Well now that’s that, my summer made, albeit the unfortunate circumstances that lead me to miss those NY heroes The Strokes and the madness which is Tiny Tempah on Friday; Oxegen 2011 did not disappoint. Ah well boo urns nothing could be done, here’s my Saturday and Sunday Highlights from Punchestown…
Saturday Top 5:
5) The Vaccines– Playing on the prestigious Heineken Green Spheres stage the four London lads sure had a lot to prove following their somewhat mediocre performance in The Academy back in March. And yes, they certainly did not disappoint. Banging out one sure fire hit after another the indie group displayed a presence only a minute number of bands can easily convey.
4) Two Door Cinema Club– Those happy chappies from the North lit up the main stage for an early evening set, which did not founder.
3) Plan B – AKA Mr. Strickland Banks opened his set with some super beat boxing ala The Prodigy’s ‘Breath.’ What a great way to begin an excellent performance from the ‘She Said’ star. Mr. B never fails to entertain the Oxegen revelers having been invited back for the second year in a row. Here’s a little clip of a beat-box genius at work
2) Arctic Monkeys: “I’m going back to 505…I crumble completely when you cry”…I’ve been waiting four years for this and I was not disappointed. The Sheffield foursome played an excellent mix of their hits coupled with a few legendary album tracks…Even-though some Oxegen goers slated those monkeys for not interacting enough with the crowd, I believe the music and the atmosphere speaks volumes…(terrible audio, but) the result clearly evident by this audience members footage
1) Foo- Fighters: Epic, Epic, Epic…the reason why my voice was gone for a week; what more can I say, have a listen for yourselves
Ones to watch: The Minutes– What a lovely start to an epic weekend. The Minutes delivered a very stellar performance as the Vodafone Stage’s opening act. I’m sure these guys will be playing a way better slot next year if this is anything to go by 😉
Sunday Top 5:
5) Pendulum– Headlining the Vodafone Stage; now that’s no easy ask, although no problem for the the Aussie electronic rockers who ended the show with one serious party piece consisting of lethal lights and banging bass…
4) Slash: The guy most rockers will continually refer to as perhaps the best rock guitarist in the world, kept the afternoon crowds glued. The former Guns n’ Roses guitarist played a mixture of his own material whilst even throwing in a bit of “Sweet Child of Mine” to keep the main stage majority captivated by his undeniable talent.
3) Airbourne Toxic Event: I had a quick peek into the 2FM Hotpress Stage/Tent before Pendulum to catch the American Indie rockers…and glad I did as they were conveniently belting out the incredible, “Sometime Around Midnight” which never fails to send the auld shivers up the spine. Here it is live just to give you a feeling of the atmosphere…
and some better audio, cos ya just gotta hear those genius lyrics
2) The Manics: Design for Life certainly had the same effect it had on me the first time I heard it live. As far as I’m concerned these Welsh rockers could fit in at any festival; any stage, any time slot. If I had to sum up Bradfield and co. in one word it would have to be, ‘Timeless.”
1) The National: Vodafone Stage; I could watch this band over and over. Without a shadow of a doubt the highlight of Sunday for me. Just have a listen for yourself…
That’s all folks…roll on Oxegen 2012!!!!!!