The CLUAS Archive: 1998 - 2011


If you're going to Oxegen and you'd like a bit of le French touch (as the French themselves refer to it), there's a veritable Ferrero-Rocher-pyramid of Gallic dance and electronica on offer.

On Saturday afternoon, Justice are on the Dance Stage at 5:00, performing from their excellent debut album (the one with the crucifix as a title). They really should be on your list of must-see acts. Warning: Justice make the queasiest, squelchiest sounds around, so don't visit the chipper van just before seeing them.

Later that night, for anyone hoping to sway along to some bland existential swoosh noises, Air will be at the Pet Sounds stage. With luck they'll play lots of oldies from they days when they made essential music.

Sunday's headliners on Stage 2 are Daft Punk, the original of the French-electro-duo species. No news of a new album from the pair, although the DVD of their directorial feature 'Electroma' (premiered at the Cannes festival last year) is coming out this autumn. However, it doesn't feature any Daft Punk music.

I dare you, put one of the bank's 'Please Remove Motorcycle Helmets' signs on the Stage 2 entrance just as Daft Punk are arriving. I double dare you.

Finally, also on Sunday but all on his own, Miami-based hard house DJ Cedric Gervais is on the Dance Stage.

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2001 - Early career profile of Damien Rice, written by Sinead Ward. This insightful profile was written before Damien broke internationally with the release of his debut album 'O'. This profile continues to attract hundreds of visits every month, it being linked to from Damien Rice's Wikipedia page.