Saturday, March 17, 2007

TRAVEL ADVISORY: Ireland's Oxegen 2007 Festival Makes Clean Sweep & Sells Out in Record Time

Yet another reason to add to the "Why I'm moving to Ireland someday" list, County Kildare can be added to the likes of Glastonbury and Reading as holding one of the biggest, coolest festivals in the world. What makes it worthy of joining the pantheon of great European fests this year? The 80,000-strong audience is responsible for setting a record, selling out the 2-day festival in 1 hour and 10 minutes flat. Yes, that's 80K people all purchasing their tickets within a 1 hour and 10 minute window. And without even knowing the final festival lineup. Incredible.

They'll be rewarded with bands like Arade Fire, Scissor Sisters, Daft Punk, Muse, Bloc Party, Snow Patrol, My Chem, Babyshambles, and even Tori Amos.

And why a clean sweep? Oxegen is the first European Festival to feature hot showers for its attendees! Yes, that's a two-day fest with showers. Unfathomable, isn't it? Oh the bliss! (*sigh*)

Scissor Sisters at the Theater at MSG, 3/3/07
>>Scissor Sisters (photo by Ames Friedman)

Saturday, July 7th Lineup
--Snow Patrol
--Scissor Sisters
--Kings of Leon
--Amy Winehouse
--The Fratellis
--Wu-Tang Clan
--Tori Amos
--Goo Goo Dolls
--Erol Alkan
--Booka Shade
--Dr. Lektroluv

Sunday, July 8th Lineup
--The Killers
--Arcade Fire
--Daft Punk
--The Kooks
--My Chemical Romance
--Bloc Party
--James Morrison
--Deep Dish
--Frankie Knuckles

Tickets are sold out according to the official Oxegen Fest site, but you can try your luck with a ticket reseller.

>>Bloc Party (photo by Lauren Dobkin)

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