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Saturday 20 December 2014

Fans party through rain as Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay and Beyonce rock Oxegen festival

The Black Eyed Peas' Fergie on the Main Stage on Friday  Night at  Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
The Black Eyed Peas' Fergie on the Main Stage on Friday Night at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
The Black Eyed Peas' Will-I-Am and Fergie on the Main Stage on Friday Night at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
The Black Eyed Peas' Fergie on the Main Stage on Friday Night at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
The Black Eyed Peas' Fergie on the Main Stage on Friday Night at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Martina Boyle, Chloe McFeeley, Colin Armstrong, Craig Hogg, Richard Mc Allister, Ben Matheson and Andrew Kirk at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Sarah Long from Lucan at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Laura Whitmore at Oxegen 11 in Punchestown
Crowds arriving at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Fans at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Tinie Tempah at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Fans at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Danny O'Donoghue From The Script at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Danny O'Donoghue From The Script at OXEGEN 11 in Punchestown..KOBPIX NO FEE PIX ..7.7.11
Fans at the Vodafone Stage at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Copper Pigot with Simon Wilson and Emma Bitove from Wicklow at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Huey Morgan from the Fun Loving Criminals opening the main stage at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Sarah Long from Lucan at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Sisters Sara And Aoibheann Johnson at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Lisa Ring, Joanne O'Neill, Fiona Burns and Emma Murphy at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Ciara McTague, Roisin Dolan and Jennifer Fee at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Stephanie Lilburn and Aimee Boyd from Newry at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Leah Mallon, Siobhan Sernon, Laura McShane, Anna Mc Creesh, Aoife Burns and Carlyon Connolly from Armagh At Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Enjoying the Funfair at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Fans pictured at Oxegen 2011
Happy Campers At Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Tiarna Devlin and Orlaith Downey from Belfast helping with the clean up At Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Crowds at the main stage at Oxegen 11 in Punchestown
Crowds at the main stage at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Ciava Dunning,Ciara Fitzgerald and Siobhan Morris from Athlone arriving at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
General view from Blue Campsite at Ocegen 2011 in Punchestown
General view from Green Campsite at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Christina Cloke from Galway arrives at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Annie Hunt, Roisin Murphy, Emma Bryan and Grainne Flanagan from Clare at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Roisin Doolan customising her wellies in aid of Reach.com at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Emma Craig, Aimee McIvor and Carmen Horner from Derry settling into the Green Campsite at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown
Chloe White from Rathfarnam with Nathaniel Plevyak, Lee Goodard, Tom Thornycroft and Nick Master from England At OxegenX 2011 in Punchestown
Enjoying the Funfair at Oxegen 2011 in Punchestown

There was a fear rain would top the bill but the weather proved only a support act at Oxegen yesterday, with showers failing to steal the show.

Last night, promoters MCD estimated there were 65,000 music fans on the site outside Naas, Co Kildare, but with dryer, sunnier weather expected today and tomorrow for sets by Beyonce and headliners Coldplay, thousands more are expected to arrive on day tickets.

They will join the legions of music fans who are on the campsites since Thursday.

In 2010, it was “the terrible trumpets” from the World Cup — the vuvuzela horns — that kept campers awake all night.

But this year, Oxegen hell-raisers came up with an even worse torture for those desperate to sleep in the early hours: megaphones.

“They play music from their phones down them. We didn't get a wink of sleep but I don't suppose anybody comes to Oxegen for a good night's sleep,” said Michael Oprey (18) from Belfast.

Another sound disturbance on the campsites was an audio version of the Mexican wave.

Throughout yesterday, the good-natured cheer about nothing in particular worked its way across from blue to red campsites.

But it didn't keep up Pete Hunt and his friend James Spik, both 18, who had travelled over to Oxegen from Ascot in England.

“We slept fine because we were so tired from travelling,” Mr Hunt said.

“This year we wanted to visit a well-known festival so it was here or Glastonbury. But getting in a visit to Dublin first decided us on Oxegen.”

Although the music didn't start until 2pm yesterday, the tented army was well catered for on the campsites with Domino's Pizza, a pop-up Penney's shop, and a Centra.

“Pot Noodles. We've had a huge run on them. Everyone wants Pot Noodles,” said a Centra staff member.

Irish MTV presenter Laura Whitmore arrived to Co Kildare straight from the London premiere of the last Harry Potter film on Thursday. Hours later, she was en route to the backstage area, where she was to interview bands for MTV.

“Harry Potter to Oxegen. That's the nature of my job but it's great to be home,” she said.

Irish rugby star Cian Healy arrived down at Oxegen with some of his rugby pals in a small caravan, which might remind some of that episode of Father Ted with Graham Norton as the jigging Fr Noel Furlong. But it was more likely dance music was what they were playing as the Clontarf man will be DJing in the Red Bull Electric Ballroom under the alias DJ Church.

Team mates Tommy Bowe, Jamie Heaslip and Brian O' Driscoll are among the Oxegen day-trippers expected to catch his set at 2pm today and a performance by hotly tipped Dublin act Consumer Love Affair on the 2fm Hotpress Stage later in the afternoon.

While Cheryl Cole failed to show yesterday, well known faces expected to drop into Oxegen this weekend are US comedy actor Jim Carrey, Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, and Westlife members Shane Filan and Mark Feehily, all drawn in by superstar singer Beyonce's appearance tomorrow.

Her husband, rapper Jay-Z, is also rumoured to be planning a visit — Beyonce was in the crowd when he took to the stage here last year.

The crowds seemed lacking at times yesterday. Was it rain or waning popularity? Either way, US group Fun Lovin' Criminals had just 200 people waiting for them when they kicked off on the main stage at 2pm.

But playing hits like Scooby Snacks, singer Huey Morgan and his bandmates had managed to entice a more respectable audience out into the drizzle by the end of their set.

Next up, US indie band Weezer finished their slot with a choice cover of Radiohead track Paranoid Android.

Last night's Oxegen's headliners The Black Eyed Peas had on the home crowd, going on stage at 11.15pm last night. US band The Foo Fighters are among today's headliners, with Coldplay bringing Oxegen 2011 to a close tomorrow night.

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