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In Pictures: Fans brave mud to see Eminem and Black Eyed Peas at Oxegen festival in Punchestown

Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas headline the Vodafone stage on day three of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas headline the Vodafone stage on day three of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
The Crowd at the Main Stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Muse's Matt Bellamy on the Main Stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Singer Jenna Toro at Oxegen in Punchestown
The Main Stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Niall Campbell Tyrone at Oxegen in Punchestown
Fergie and apld.de.ap from The Black Eyed Peas on the Vodafone Stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Nadia Ford at Oxegen in Punchestown
Dizzie Rascal on the Main Stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Diana Vickers at Oxegen in Punchestown
Breakfast in the Blue Campsite at Oxegen in Punchestown
Stephanie O'Hara,Marie Sheridan,Anna Heffernan and Naomi Cuffe from Sligo in the Blue Campsite at the Oxegen festival in Punchestown
Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas headline the Vodafone stage on day three of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas headline the Vodafone stage on day three of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Nikki Good (left) and Sarah Headon braves the mud on day three of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Fans brave the mud on day three of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Fans watch Kate Nash on the final day of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Fans watch Paolo Nutini performing on the final day of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Eminem performing on the final day of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Eminem performing on the final day of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Fans watch Two Door Cinema Club on day three of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
The fans on day three of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Fans brave the mud on the final day of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro performing on day three of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Paolo Nutini performing on the final day of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Fans watch the World Cup Final on the final day of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performing on day three of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Ellie Goulding performing on day three of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Revellers enjoying the mud on day three of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Beth Ditto of Gossip performing on day three of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Revellers in the rain on day two of the Oxegen music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
John Fitzpatrick Straffan at Oxegen in Punchestown
Shannen Egan from Knocklyon has some Body Art Applied from Amber Conroy in the Beauty Parlour Oxegen in Punchestown
Crowds at the main stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Crowds at the main stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Crowds at the main stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Crowd at the Main Stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Vampire Weekend at Oxegen in Punchestown
Crowd at the Main Stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Crowd at the Main Stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Crowd at the Main Stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Crowd at the Main Stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Crowd at the Main Stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Crowd at the Main Stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
Kelly Jones of The Stereophonics on the Main Stage at Ocegen in Punchestown
Crowd at the Main Stage at Oxegen in Punchestown
A group of campers from Co. Down prepare for day two of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown racecourse in Co Kildare
Steven Heavey from Co. Roscommon on day two of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co. Kildare
Ezra Koenig of the Vampire Weekend performs on the main stage on day two of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co. Kildare
Jay-Z performs on the main stage on day two of the Oxegen music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Jay-Z fans gesture to the star as he performs on the main stage on day two of the Oxegen music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare
Festival goers begin to arrive for the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare.
A group of students from Sacred Heart Secondary school in Newry pose for photographs in the camp site of the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare.
Irish Rugby internationals Cian Healy (centre left) and Jamie Heaslip (centre right), who took part in a charity cycle in aid of the Christina Noble Foundation, arrive at the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare.
A festival goer carries her belongings in a wheelie bin as music fans begin to arrive for the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare.
Festival goers begin to arrive for the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown race course in Co Kildare.
Katy Naughten and Rachel Stuart from Clontarf arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Aoife Gordon from Co.Down arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Alicia Gerrard from Gorey, Co.Wexford arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Sarah McCarthy from Cork (center) arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Shauna Hayes, Jennifer O'Connor and Niamh Harrington all from Cork arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Happy Campers at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Rebecca Gubbins and Rachel O'Keeffe from Tipperary at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Orla Enchian, John Sweeney, Breff Purcell, James Tynan, Paul McCarthy, Mary Sweeney, Michelle Sweeney, all from Tipperary arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Michelle O'Toole and Alice Stoneman from Waterford arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Katie Bryce and Aimee Norton from Belfast arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Concert goers arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Irish Rugby Internationals Cian Healy and Jamie Heaslip who were part of a thirty strong group who cycled to OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Niamh Gormley with Emma McConomy and Aisling Moore from Londonderry arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Catherine Hanna, Shauna Connolly and Marie Stitt all from Co.Down at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Laura O'Donnell, Carol Ann Benham with Bronagh Quigley and Ashleigh Brandon from Londonderry arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Happy Campers at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Campers arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Andrea Doherty, Julie McDwyer with Catherine Gaffney and Shane Kelleher from Cork at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
A Happy Camper arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Andrea Doherty from Letterkenny at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Sally O'Reilly and Maggie Foley from Londonderry at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
A Camper arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Campers arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Campers arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Rebecca Harkin, Natasha McMonigle and Dearbhla Martin from Londonderry at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Grail Mageean, Aoife Gordon, Ellen Grant (Belfast) and Catherine Hanna from Co.Down arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Rachel Gallagher from Londonderry at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Happy Campers arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Kellie Page and Erin Connor from Londonderry arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Leah Healy, Saidbh O'Connell, Ann Byrne and Patti O'Keeffe all from Co Down arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Jane O'Mahoney and Edwina Neville from Cork arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Andrea Doherty and Catherine Gaffney from Letterkenny at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Local Scouts from Naas helping Campers with their Tents at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Sarah Cronin, Molly Reid and Georgina Forde all from Galway arriving at OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
OXEGEN 10 in Punchestown
Happy Campers. Laura O'Donnell, Carol Ann Benham, Bronagh Quigley and Ashleigh Brandon all from Londonderry join other early morning music fans as they arrive at the Oxegen music Festival.
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"Lady GaGa", live on stage on Oxegen Music Festival 2009
"Lady GaGa", live on stage on Oxegen Music Festival 2009
Lady Gaga performs at Oxegen 09
Derry girl Emma Frisby showing that the rain won't stop her from having a good time
Katy Perry live on stage at Oxegen Music Festival 2009
Laura Whitmore at the Oxegen Music Festival in Punchestown
Yeah Yeah Yeah's on stage at Punchestown
Brian O'Driscoll with Amy Hubermann and Friend Paul O'Donoghue partying at in Punchestown
Evelynn Flynn and Breda Fitzgerald
Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody performs at Oxegen
Lady Gaga performs at Oxegen 09
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Fans enjoy the atmosphere at Oxegen 09
Amy Oprey with Rebecca Maguire and Laura Healy Belfast at The OXEGEN Music Festival in Punchestown
The devil Andrew Cruise in the crowds at Oxegen 2009.
Oxegen 09
Festival-goers arrive at Oxegen
Festival goers Sinead Feeney and Clara Brown, from Derry, arriving at the 09 Oxegen Festival in Punchestown

Torrential rain left 75,000 fans soaked as the Oxegen festival climaxed with an explosive performance by rappper Eminem last night.

Despite the rain, fans rated the three-day festival as a success.

“The rain at Oxegen almost makes it. It stops everyone being so concerned with how they're looking and makes them concentrate on the music,” said Rachel Hamilton (21), who with boyfriend Joseph McAnally (22), from Stamullen, Co Meath, cancelled their holiday to attend the event.

“Like last night when Muse were playing on the main stage. It was great, everybody standing together in the rain watching them.

“The weather made their stage show even better with the raindrops getting caught in the light,” added Joseph.

“This is my third time at Oxegen and it's rained every time,” remarked the couple's friend Eric Strong (22) also from Stamullen.

The wet conditions did produce mud but nowhere near the scale that has turned this and other Irish festival sites into quagmires in previous years. This was due to work on the site by production crews from Saturday night through Sunday morning.

“The crews had contingency plans for every eventuality. Knowing about the rain in advance, they were able to implement them,” said Justin Green of concert promoter MCD

“As soon as the arena closed on Saturday night, site crews moved in and reinforced the ground across the whole site.”

However, these repairs led to a 30-minute delay in the concert arena opening up yesterday at 1.30pm.

Fala Buggy (19) from Chapelizod, Dublin, and Sonia Zhao (18) of Palmerstown, Dublin, were among the first on the repaired site for the opening main stage band, veteran Liverpudlian act Echo & The Bunnymen.

“We've been cold and wet all weekend. We've enjoyed it but it was lovely with the sun being out today,” said Sonia.

2010 was the year the World Cup came to Oxegen, with campers kept awake all night by incessant blowing of vuvuzela horns.

Last night, football lovers could watch the final of the tournament as the Netherlands v Spain game was relayed live on a 100-sqm HD screen on the Nokia Live Stage in the blue campsite.

However, Brid Callaghan (30), one of hundreds at Oxegen yesterday in either Meath or Louth GAA shirts, was more interested in the result of the Leinster football final at Croke Park.

“I love music so I couldn't miss this,” she said.

“But most of my friends are at the match and will be texting me,” said Brid, who didn't regret her decision due to the impressive sets from Dizzee Rascal, Florence & The Machine and Kasabian.

The sporting theme continued at Oxegen with stars of field and track joining in the music.

Irish rugby stars Jamie Heaslip, Luke Fitzgerald, Tommy Bowe and Cian Healy helped to provide a percussive climax to a set from UK act Mumford & Sons, after being brought on stage to bang drums for their final song ‘Cave'.

Other VIPs included Newcastle United football team — on a break from training at nearby Carton House — US singer Beyonce, who was spotted at the side of the stage for her husband Jay-Z's dynamite set on Friday night, ‘Sherlock Holmes' actress Rachel McAdams, and Westlife's Mark Feehily.

US rapper Eminem brought Oxegen 2010 to a close last night with a bang, setting off pyrotechnics as he finished up his first concert in Ireland in seven years.

Shortly after, cold, wet and muddied revellers packed up their soaking tents and made a beeline for dry clothes and warm beds.

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