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Happy Monday for tired and emotional Oxegen revellers

Oxegen fans, weary after a weekend of rock 'n' roll revelry, will get a lie-in in their tents next Monday morning.

In previous years fans staying in the campsites had to leave the Punchestown venue early on the Monday following the annual |festival.

But this year, in a new initiative by organisers, campsites at the three-day jamboree near Naas, Co Kildare, will remain open until 6pm on Monday evening.

“We would rather people be rested, sober and in a position where they are capable of driving home safely,” Oxegen event organiser John Probyn said.

“For this reason on Monday there will be no rush to get people off the campsites, which will remain open until 6pm.”

However, Superintendent John Gilligan warned that whatever time festival-goers “drifted away” from Oxegen on Sunday or Monday, they would face a number of Garda checkpoints.

Eminem, Muse, Arcade Fire and The Black Eyed Peas are among |the big acts headlining over the weekend.

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Campsites open at noon tomorrow and gardai and organisers urged fans, where possible, to arrive by public transport.

“The key issue is that there is no parking. There are no facilities to access the route other than through transport supplied by organisers or private buses which can be facilitated at certain parking spots, for instance the |park-and-ride facility situated at Goffs, off junction 8 off the N7,” added Supt Gilligan at Punchestown yesterday, where work crews were putting the final touches to the concert site.

Fans were also advised to allow at least three hours travel time to and from Punchestown, to check the weather forecast before travelling, to bring suitable clothing and to take responsibility for their property.

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