Friday 18 October 2019

Never mind the weather... festivals will turn up the heat

Calvin Harris: headlining Oxegen this weekend.
Calvin Harris: headlining Oxegen this weekend.

THE heatwave may be officially over but the summer festival season is still in full swing, with some of the biggest events of the summer still to take place.

Tickets are still available for most, proving that either the recession is still biting hard, or Ireland's outdoor music calendar is so saturated, gig-goers are spoiled for choice and spreading their spend.

There's a clash of festivals this August Bank Holiday Weekend, with a returning Oxegen battling for bodies with Indiependence.

But for the smaller Indiependence festival, running at Deer Farm, Mitchelstown, Cork, the clash is not as worrying as it might have been when Oxegen was THE rock, pop and indie festival on the Irish calendar.

This year's Oxegen is very much a dance music affair, with Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Chase & Status, Example, Snoop Lion, Alesso, Labrinth, Rita Ora and more all lined up to take the stage at Punchestown.

The capacity's been reduced and ticket prices are lower, reflecting the slimmed down and niche nature of the new-look Oxegen.

You can have three days with camping for €149.00 and a single day (Saturday or Sunday) for €49.50.

Cork's Indiependence will appeal to a much broader market, with Bell X1, De La Soul, Bastille, The Fratellis, We Are Scientists and Kodaline heading up a good cast. Three-day entry with camping is €99, and €79 without. Day tickets are €45 and camper vans €60.

Saturday, August 17, should see roughly 80,000 fans descend on Slane for a gig that should have happened eight years ago.

Eminem famously pulled out of a 2005 show at the spread of Lord Henry Mountcharles, citing 'exhaustion and other factors', and legal action followed.

But all would appear to have kissed an made up, and Eminem, Plan B and other guests should deliver the goods for the second Slane concert of the year. At the time of writing, tickets are still available at €79.50 plus booking fee.

Wrapping up a summer of festival magic is old reliable, The Electric Picnic, back for its tenth year at the Stradbally Estate in County Laois.

The Picnic is promoted as an all-rounder with acts you may not find elsewhere and this year's bill is as diverse as ever.

Fatboy Slim, Bjork and Arctic Monkeys headline, backed by a stellar line-up that includes Robert Plant, My Bloody Valentine, Two Door Cinema Club, Wu-Tang Club, Ellie Goulding, Eels, Little Green Cars, Billy Bragg and many more.

The festival runs from August 30 to September 1 and, now that the dealine for discounted deals has passed, tickets are €229.50 for three days with camping, or €85 for Sunday only.

Wexford People

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