Festival Fortnight: Oxegen

Ireland’s biggest festival, Oxegen, is held just outside of Dublin in Naas and has been running since 2004. As the name may suggest, the festival has a large focus on the environment and is the largest 100% Carbon Neutral event in Ireland.


Ireland's biggest festival, Oxegen, will take place on July 9th-11th just outside of Dublin. Photo: oxegen.ie

Emissions generated by energy use, waste, diesel as well as the artists, crew and fans travel, are offset by two renewable energy schemes: the Sebenoba-Karakurt Wind Power Project and the Rhine-Ruhr Waste Gas Power Project in Turkey.

The three day event, taking place July 9th-11th, has been significantly grown during its short history and already brags huge acts including The Who’s first appearance in Ireland for more than 35 years in 2006, and big headliners throughout 2007 and 2008 with bands Muse and Kings Of Leon.

This year, the festival maintains an impressive list of acts, forming a back catalogue of big names as well as plenty of new up and coming artists, with performances from the likes of Eminem, Muse, Jay-Z, Kasabian, The Prodigy, Florence and the Machine, and Faithless to name just a few.

The three days will also be dedicated to other forms of entertainment, where festival-goers can experience a festival funfair, a silent disco, and even a campsite cinema screen. Other activities include various chill out marquees with special performances and interactive music workshops.

Oxygen only admits under 18’s with a parent or guardian over 25, so you can expect a more adult surrounding for anyone wanting to escape the younger crowd of Leeds and Reading-type festivals.

Tickets for Oxegen festival are on sale now. A three day camping ticket will cost €224.50 (£194), and a single day ticket will cost €99.50 (£86).

For more information, visit the official website.

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