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Snow Patrol to headline Oxegen

By Maureen Coleman

Snow Patrol are set to headline again at this year’s Oxegen Festival, it was announced yesterday.

The Northern Ireland band will join Kings of Leon, Bloc Party, The Script and Katy Perry on stage at Punchestown Racecourse outside Dublin from July 10 to 12.

Snow Patrol’s return to Oxegen follows their hugely successful headline set there two years ago. This year’s appearance comes on the back of their chart-topping album A Hundred Million Suns.

A spokeswoman for MCD Promotions said that having sold out tens of thousands of tickets for their forthcoming Irish dates, it was no surprise that fans had voted the band as one of the top acts they most wanted to see play Oxegen.

Kings of Leon were the first band to be unveiled as headliners earlier this week. It’s the second year in a row the US rockers have played Oxegen.

Bloc Party are also a favourite with Oxegen fans and the band played to a crowd of 10,000 at Phoenix Park in November 2007.

Completing yesterday’s line-up announcement were Dublin pop act The Script, who are being tipped to win this year’s Meteor Award for Best Irish Band, stealing the crown from previous winners Snow Patrol, and feisty American singer Katie Perry.

Further line-up announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

Fans who are registered at oxegen.ie will have exclusive priority access to an Oxegen ticket pre-sale from Wednesday, February 25 from 8am until Thursday, March 5 at 6pm. Tickets will go on general release on Friday, March 6 at 8am nationwide.

Meanwhile Snow Patrol return to Belfast for four shows at the Odyssey Arena on March 19, 20, 21 and 23.

The band will be supported by local acts including Lowly Knights, Iain Archer, Cashier No 9, Burning Codes, General Fiasco, Ed Zealous and Duke Special.

Tickets for the final show on March 23 are still on sale.

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