One fes­ti­val does not a sum­mer make

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

The year may be wind­ing down, but the plot­ting and plan­ning for next sum­mer’s Ir­ish mu­sic fes­ti­vals is in full swing.

Early­bird tick­ets are al­ready on sale for a rake of events, in­clud­ing the Elec­tric Pic­nic, Castlepalooza, Body & Soul and the Sea Ses­sions, and line-ups should be con­firmed early in 2012.

There are, though, some ele­phants in the room.

The first is Ox­e­gen. With no con­fir­ma­tion about dates or venues for next year’s event, and we’re still wait­ing pa­tiently for pro­mot­ers MCD to re­spond to our tweeted query a few weeks ago, but there is lit­tle doubt there will be some class of Ox­e­gen-like camp­ing fes­ti­val in 2012.

Ox­e­gen may not be as good or as pop­u­lar as it once was, but there are al­ways a cou­ple of thou­sand kids each year ea­ger to pop their fes­ti­val cherry. To add grist to the mill, a num­ber of UK agents have in­di­cated they’ve re­ceived queries from book­ers about acts for such a fes­ti­val.

An­other ele­phant in the room is Ire­land’s in­volve­ment in Euro 2012. If the team have a good run, this will have an ef­fect on gigs and events in June, with peo­ple leav­ing ticket pur­chases later and later.

The third ele­phant in the room is the one wear­ing a pair of flares and a floppy hat. It’s sur­pris­ing that there has been no word yet about an Ir­ish show for The Stone Roses. While there have been plenty of ru­mours and hearsay about Slane and the Phoenix Park, a con­firmed venue and date re­mains elu­sive.

Add in the slump in live ticket sales and you’ve the mak­ings of an­other in­ter­est­ing year.

OX­E­GEN: the ele­phant in the room

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