Crowds flock to Co Kildare for final day of Oxegen festival

Numbers in Punchestown increase dramatically as David Guetta headlines main stage


The final day of Oxegen saw the numbers in Punchestown increase dramatically on the downsized site. With memories from a pyrotechnic-assisted set from yesterday’s headliner Calvin Harris fresh in foggy heads, it was time to pass the baton to David Guetta.

Before the French hit-maker turned up on the main stage though, there was a full day of dancing to be had. Al Gibbs bashed out hard tracks with a technique as unforgiving as Kerry dispensing with Cavan.

A highlight of this new breed of Oxegen was Red Bull’s “garden” site outside the massive hangar housing their Electric Ballroom, with DJs playing slightly more laid back tunes than the intense hardness of the sounds in then warehouse.

Another Bull did well too: Pitbull, an endlessly derided Miami artist of Cuban heritage who always seems to pop up on astoundingly cheesy hits yet not have any songs of his own. In between Spanish stage banter and endlessly energetic dancers, he put on a hell of a show.

Rizzle Kicks also drew a large crowd to the main stage earlier in the day, as the punters who had purchased day tickets continued to flood into the site. The increased size of the crowd intensified a hectic atmosphere, the look of the day being shirtless with shorts and a worrying loose jaw.

There were a few other big hitters on today’s bill; legendary West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg, Dutch youngster Nicky Romero and British DJ Duke Dumont. But the day was always going to belong to Guetta. His brand, capacity for pumping out hits and international name recognition is beyond the reach of anyone else, and if Oxegen really wanted to position itself as the bullseye for commercial dance music in fields, then there was no other headliner that would suit the occasion more.