The Oxegen 2005 Festival
Punchestown, 10 July 2004 (Day 2)
The biggest festival in Ireland once again proves to be a success with some solid performances and fond memories.
The CLUAS Verdict?
(See purple box below for act-by-act rating)
After waiting over at the Ticket Stage with curiosity to see Belfast act Leya, disappointment came with the news that their lead singer was struck down with food poisoning. So it was a quick shuffle over to the New Band Stage to catch another Irish act The Blizzards. Despite their early morning appearance, they attracted quite a crowd and wowed them with a stomping set that included the catchy 'First Girl To Leave Town'. Then over at the Green Room, Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley had all eyes on her as she ran through fan's favourites 'Portions For Foxes' and 'Does He Love You' amongst others.
One of the best things about festivals is that you get a chance to discover bands who you were previously unsure or unaware of. English band Editors were one of those pleasant surprises of the weekend. Their lively enactment of songs from their forthcoming album 'The Back Room' tightly gripped the attention of the gathered crowd. The crowd then seemed to multiply when the Republic Of Loose blazed into new single 'Comeback Girl' and lead singer Mick Pyro commanded everyone to 'Dance, Muthafuka, Dance'. A vibrant buzz shot through the tent and that was elevated even higher with an almost anarchic set from two member rockers Death From Above 1979. Security had to be on high alert as moshing erupted due to lead vocalist/drummer Sebastien Grainger repeatedly pumping the crowd up. Cups of water were then clutched like golden nuggets as sweat poured from hundreds of excited faces. The biggest crowd of the weekend in the New Band Stage then appeared for The Magic Numbers. Howls of delight greeted the band's smiling faces and they returned a similar gesture with thrilling renditions of 'Forever Lost', 'Love Me Like You' and 'Mornings Eleven'.
It was then coming to the close of the weekend so festival goers had to decide what act they wanted to sign this year's Oxegen Festival off with. On offer were New Order, Foo Fighters, Super Furry Animals, Deep Dish or James Brown. For thousands it had to be the 'Godfather Of Soul' James Brown.Rodrigo Y Gabriela were just finishing up over at the Green Room with a superb rendition of 'Wish You Were Here' when the crowds arrived, hoping to squeeze inside the tent to cement a spot for the final performance of the weekend. Those who did manage to get in were not disappointed when James Brown, in his sparkling green suit, went through an euphoric set that included classics like 'Get Up' and 'I Feel Good'.
Overall for Oxegen 2005? A complete and memorable success.
Check out the CLUAS coverage of Day 1 of Oxegen 2005.