Jim Carroll

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Tune of the Week – “Standing In The Way of Control”

You know this one. I spent most of yesterday at Punchestown Racecourse. It’s a building site down there at the moment which means bright yellow safety vests for everyone, including getting-in-the-way members of the media walking around, pointing at things …

Thu, Jul 5, 2007, 11:03

   

You know this one.

I spent most of yesterday at Punchestown Racecourse. It’s a building site down there at the moment which means bright yellow safety vests for everyone, including getting-in-the-way members of the media walking around, pointing at things and asking questions.

It never fails to amaze me to see how a big field gets turned into a festival site. Yesterday, I was standing at what I thought was the main stage only to find that the main stage was half a field away and was still under construction. There have been lads working down there for the last month and they’ll probably be there for a few weeks afterwards putting the place back together again.

Naturally, it’s a bit muddy down there too. Look, it’s Ireland in July and it has been raining since 27.5 per cent of the Irish people re-elected Bertie Ahern. Rick O’Shea is blaming Rhianna for the wet spell, but I blame the Greens myself.

The going is soft at Punchestown at the moment and this is even before 80,000 people arrive with their rucksacks, tents, trays of Dutch Gold, sleeping bags and various cumbustibles for their weekend and a half. If there are any farmers in the Kildare area with a few spare bales of straws in their barns and outhouses, they’re going to make a few quid this weekend.

While I am sure that there are some readers who are happily counting down the hours until the gates open and the bands start playing, others will be giving Oxegen a wide berth for all kinds of reasons.

For a large swathe of the population, Oxegen is their rite of passage, serving the same purposes as Feile in Thurles did for an earlier generation. That, of course, is a reason why so many Feile veterans will avoid the road to Punchestown this weekend. They probably remember their own rites of passage and can only shudder at how a younger, hardier generation will go about that task with gusto. That’s why the Electric Picnic was invented, after all.

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So, this week’s tune is for everyone heading to Oxegen to hear some music or to hang out or to just generally do something different for a few days in the rain and the occasional sunny spells.

I saw The Gossip live in Texas a few months ago and they were savage. They really do give good live show. On Saturday, they play Stage 2 at 6.25pm. If you haven’t done so already, download this, learn the words (Rocks has some of them) and sing along. Most of all, throw your hands in the air and wave them around like you don’t just care.

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