Pet Shop Boys and Nine Inch Nails added to Oxegen line-up


Veteran pop act the Pet Shop Boys, American indie pioneers Jane’s Addiction and Nine Inch Nails along with Scottish band Glasvegas and Irish girl band The Saturdays are among others complete the line-up for Oxegen 2009 which was announced today.

They will join headliners Blur, Kings of Leon, and The Killers for this year’s festival at Punchestown Racecourse between July 10th and 12th.

Blur will headline the main stage on Friday night, Kings of Leon will do so on Saturday and The Killers will round off the festival as they did two years ago.

Tickets for Oxegen ‘09 go on sale on Friday at 8am and, in keeping with the straightened times, fans can pay a €120 deposit and pay the remaining balance before April 30th 2009.

Prices have been kept at last year’s level at €224.50 for three days including camping tickets.

The festival has a distinctive comeback feel about it with the line-up including Blur, Squeeze, The Specials, Jane’s Addiction and Nine Inch Nails, all groups of a certain vintage, who have reformed in recent years.

Other acts already confirmed for the festival include electropop queen Lady Ga Ga, Katy Perry and Lily Allen along with Bloc Party, Mercury prize winners Elbow, Keane, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and The Ting Tings who were a big hit at the festival last year.

Pete Doherty, who releases his solo album next week, has also been confirmed for the festival.

MCD spokesman Justin Green said the line-up reflected the wishes of fans who have logged on to the Oxegen website.

“If the reaction from fans is anything to go by, we’re set to be the best year ever with the likes of the Pet Shop Boys and Jane’s Addiction adding to the line-up that have already been announced.

“Because the fans pick the line-up, this is exactly what they want to see. The reaction has been announcing has been fantastic.”

He said the line-up would not suffer because two of the headline acts Kings of Leon and The Killers have played the festival recently.

“The fans are still looking for them. They are the number one acts in the world at the moment. You don’t get any better,” he said.

Irish band the Script are one of the main acts performing to tens of thousands of revellers on the opening day.

Frontman Danny O’Donoghue promised music fans a show to remember. “I’m very, very nervous, I’m apprehensive, but I have to say it’s going to be a fantastic night. If last year is anything to go by, we’re going to have one hell of a night.”