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RAGE AGAINST THE MA­CHINE

In the last few weeks, Rage Against the Ma­chine’s de­but album has be­come es­sen­tial lis­ten­ing ahead of their re­turn to an Ir­ish stage. One of the most wel­come re­unions of the last few years, RATM will end Ox­e­gen 2008 in style. www.ratm.com

KAISER CHIEFS

What’s that com­ing over the hill? Why, dear reader, that’s the Kaiser Chiefs with more of those cheery mon­ster cho­ruses and Ricky Wil­son do­ing the splits. The Chiefs have yet to show that they have the where­withal to throw down songs which match early break­throughs I Pre­dict A Riot and Oh My God. www.mys­pace.com/kaiser­chiefs

THE FRATEL­LIS

If there is a more an­noy­ing band do­ing the rounds at the mo­ment than The Fratel­lis, we have yet to meet them. The nadir of indie’s cur­rent ir­ri­tat­ing flir­ta­tion with beer-spilling oom­pah-loom­pah sounds. www.the­fratel­lis.com

THE KOOKS

We spoke too soon – there may be some­thing worse than The Fratel­lis. The hugely un­o­rig­i­nal Kooks play the kind of whey-faced pop mu­sic which once used to be as­so­ci­ated with Leo Sayer. Ku­dos, though, to them for find­ing a fol­low­ing and a sound, thanks largely to the das­tardly plan of only re­leas­ing records when Ra­zorlight are on hia­tus. www.thekooks.co.uk

THE BLIZ­ZARDS

The Bliz­zards may not be able to get ar­rested be­yond this coun­try but they’re prob­a­bly more pop­u­lar than Brian Cowen. Cur­rently en­gaged in the task of fin­ish­ing off a new album, they’ll be the ones to have the masses singing and sway­ing when they ap­pear in the mid-af­ter­noon. www.the­bliz­zards.ie

THE FEEL­ING

Pro­duc­ing the kind of soft-rock an­thems which are al­ways des­tined to get loads of ra­dio play is The Feel­ing’s mis­sion in life. www.the­feel­ing.com

EDDY GRANT

There are times at ev­ery sin­gle fes­ti­val when you won­der what the hell is go­ing on, and the pres­ence of Eddy Grant (be­low) at the bot­tom of the bill to­day is one of them. What the hell, peo­ple? Per­fect sun­splash reg­gae pop. www.mys­pace.com/ed­dy­grant1

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