Today, OXEGEN is widely regarded as one of the world’s top music festivals so it’s easy to forget that the festival only started in 2004. Since then, Punchestown (Naas, Co.Kildare) has hosted some of the world’s greatest acts and witnessed many unforgettable moments.
Down the years, many performances have stood out including The Who’s first appearance in Ireland for more than 35 years in 2006, Muse’s phenomenal headline set in 2007 and of course Kings Of Leon closing the inaugural Friday night OXEGEN in 2008.
But, it’s not just the bands that make the festival so memorable. It’s a weekend dedicated to great entertainment, where festival-goers can experience everything from the high octane thrills of the festival funfairs, the communal silliness of The Headphone Disco to the more relaxed pleasures of the campsite cinema screen.
Above all though, the thing that makes OXEGEN unique, and the reason that it continues to be the ‘must play’ tour destination for so many huge acts, is the incredible atmosphere created by the fans.