Oxegen 2010

Mud, tea and a lot a rock n rolla!!

We missed the now mandatory deluge of rain (6mm and hour on sat night) and arrived in time for the sun and Mumford and Sons on the last day of the madness that is the Oxegen Fest. I’m more of a Picnic girl myself and this was my first time to Oxegen.
I’d volunteered to help out charity Reach Out (www.reachout.ie) who were busy ‘pimpin’ wellies and tents over the weekend but because of a mix-up with passes we only made it for the last day to check out the awesome work they do – I was maybe a little disappointed not to get spray painting but pretty glad I didn’t have to volunteer to create ‘mud angels’ in the rain!

Sunday had an unusual mix of acts for Oxegen – a lot of indie, folk, acoustic… and I found some real surprises I’d never heard before too. The stand-outs for me were the obvious Mumford and Sons who played to a heaving crowd in the big tent – so much energy live – I danced my socks off and had to hobble back to the carpark! Will never forget ‘Little Lion Man’ live! LA band, Local Natives are definitely worth checking out – another good ‘foot-stomping’ band, Newton Faulkner really held his own – one man in socks with his guitar playing to thousands on the main stage and still making it feel like an intimate show. Laura Marling was sweet and sang her hauntingly beautiful song, ‘Ghosts.’ And just to mix it up, hip-hop, rap group Hilltop Hoods, whose music I discovered on a surf trip in Australia and often listen to to amp up before a session, were awesome live.

Oh yeah and I was very grateful to the ‘Tiny Tea Teepee’ for being able to rest my tootsies and relax in between the acts!
Oxegen 2010 – A very fun distraction on a wave-less weekend. But probably best in short doses – not sure I would have survived a full weekend!