Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

In Pictures: Festival-goers get a whiff of Oxegen

Festival goers Sinead Feeney and Clara Brown, from Derry, arriving at the 09 Oxegen Festival in Punchestown

Northern Ireland will today experience a mass exodus as revellers head south for Oxegen in the Republic.

Up to 100,000 festival-goers are expected at Punchestown Racecourse in Co Kildare this weekend for Ireland’s biggest musical festival.

Indie rockers Snow Patrol will play the main stage on the first night of what is generally regarded as the Irish equivalent to Glastonbury.

And as Oxegen gets under way for a fifth year, newly reformed Britpop stars Blur will be hot on their heels.

The Script, Lily Allen, Keane and 2 Many DJs will also perform to a bevy of overseas fans, not to mention celebrities.

Headlining the show tomorrow will be the Kings of Leon. The rock quartet from Tennessee thrilled last year’s audience with an eclectic performance of hits; then in December they were back for a sell-out show at the O2 in Dublin.

Also on Saturday’s bill are Bloc Party, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Pet Shop Boys and Elbow.

The grand finale on Sunday will left up to Las Vegas stars The Killers, supported by Razorlight and The Specials.

David Holmes and Johnny Moy will also be in action on the Red Bull Music Academy Stage during this year’s extravaganza.

Festival fans are being warned to ‘Bring a brolly’ by weather experts who predict the sunshine will give way to rain.

Commuters should opt for the bus and leave cars behind to avoid delays and traffic jams.

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