Ox­e­gen feels the love as pro­mot­ers fi­nally “get it”

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The peo­ple have spo­ken – and they feel that Ox­e­gen 2008 has been the fes­ti­val’s most suc­cess­ful out­ing to date.

Fol­low­ing wide­spread crit­i­cisms and com­plaints af­ter the 2006 and 2007 fes­ti­vals, pro­mot­ers MCD are feel­ing some punter love af­ter pulling their socks up for this year’s event.

On The Record blog read­ers had many pos­i­tive things to say about the or­gan­i­sa­tion, traf­fic man­age­ment and line-up at this year’s fes­ti­val.

Sean D spoke for many when he said: “I was gen­uinely taken aback by how well it was or­gan­ised. It’s taken them a few years, but they’ve nailed it now.

“Plenty of toi­lets, food stalls, clean wa­ter etc. Camp­sites were bet­ter or­gan­ised this year –- more space be­tween them to walk around and less like shanty towns.”

It was a view echoed by Rose­mary, who called it “a vast im­prove­ment on any other year I’ve been to. Or­gan­i­sa­tion, traf­fic, all a dream. Por­taloos clean in the morn­ings, stew­ards who were all po­lite and friendly.”

Dave­mor also gave it the thumbs up. “I was bliss­fully im­pressed with this year’s fes­ti­val af­ter giv­ing it a miss the last two years be­cause of the fes­ti­val’s no­to­ri­ous as­pects. The camp­sites were well planned with a few more food stalls than usual to pick from.”

He also felt “the acts were on the ball”, cit­ing Sea­sick Steve, Richard Haw­ley, The Prodigy (“in­sane, with Maxim call­ing on all the ‘Ir­ish War­riors’ to rise up”) and Rage Against the Ma­chine (“a hoot”).

Fel­low reader Vin­cent had praise for Holy F**k, Yeasayer, The Ting Tings and REM – “I was one of those peo­ple singing the man­dolin solo!” – The Prodigy, White Lies and MGMT.

Of course, there were also quib­bles, mostly to do with some of the clien­tele. This, though, isn’t some­thing you can blame on the or­gan­is­ers.

As Mix­tape PR put it: “There are some bloody knobs out there, but it can’t be helped if Leav­ing Cert stu­dents and fran­tic techno-lov­ing farm­ers de­cide to de­scend.”

More post-match com­ments on Ox­e­gen 2008 at the On The Record


Sea­sick Steve: on the ball

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