Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Oxegen 2011–Day One

Where’s the mosh pit… here’s the mosh pit… Those lyrics will be stuck in my head for ever more! I heard 3 or 4 different bands/singers chant the same thing over the weekend, most notably Tinie Tempah, who of course has a track called Mosh Pit!

Anyway… On to the my first gig of the festival, the Fun Lovin’ Criminals on the Main Stage. It’s a cold day in hell when FLC give a bad show and it must have been a scorcher in hell today as FLC were in fine form. A fantastic start to the festival.


Next up on my to-do list was Her Majesty and the Wolves in the Heineken Green Spheres tent, for no other reason than singer Kimberly Wyatt used to be a Pussycat Doll. I’m a man, we would watch paint dry if it looked hot!


The House of Pain were in full effect on the Vodafone Stage. I’ve jumped around to these guys for more years than I care to remember, but I had never seen them live until today. Sure they look older and might not move as gracefully as they used to, but they still rocked!


I hung around after House of Pain and caught 10 minutes of the Saw Doctors. Say what you like about them, but they sure can work a crowd! I had to leave as I was off to see old Irish favourites, Whipping Boy in the Heineken Green Spheres tent. Singer Fearghal McKee is still a very angry man and at multiple times throughout the gig, told us that our country was ruined and only we could save it. That may be true, but it does get a tad boring after a while. Still though, it was a good gig and was great to see they still could do it.


Over on the Vodafone Stage, Tinie Tempah, him of Mosh Pit fame, was busy doing his thing. I like a bit of rap music and the UK is currently producing some fine rappers in Dizzie Rascal, Chipmunk, Devlin, and the afore mentioned Tinie.


What happened after Tinie? Well ehh…. I took in about 10 minutes of The Script (Irish chick rock at it’s finest), followed by some Calvin Harris (somewhat enjoyable, but not really my scene) and ended up with the Black Eyed Peas on the Main Stage.

I saw the Black Eyed Peas last year on the Vodafone Stage and it was quite an entertaining show. With nothing else that interested me, I decided to head back over to the Main Stage and check them out again and boy was I disappointed.

First off Will.I.Am, you were in Punchestown and not Dublin. Secondly, the O2 is an indoor arena, Punchestown is a fecking outdoor racecourse!! Surely even behind your shades you could tell the difference.

The other thing that annoyed me was Will.I.Am doing his 30 minute DJ set in the middle of the gig. It broke what ever momentum there was to the gig and people started to leave. The band came back on stage buy by then it was too late and I got bored rather quickly. It has to be said though, that Fergie was looking great. Tight clothing really suits her!!

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2017 in Review

Lots of gigs this year and saw some great acts! It was a busy year!