Afternoon, apologies for the late blog those who have been following. Sunday was a late start for us, and a later finish, when we got back to Dublin there was no electricty in the flat, a situation which was only rectified earlier today.
So, Sunday at Oxegen started with Calvin Harris. MCD had put in a good effort to remedy the situation overnight, with more woodchips scatered around the site, and it did the trick in some of the areas. Midway through Harris set though, actually near the end when the Scottish DJ played Girls, a mud fight broke out in frount of us, with several guys, and a few girls getting dragged into it. This theme continued over the course of the day.
Lady Gaga was next up, an I will be kind and say I have never enjoyed a gig less. Needlessly crass and vulgar, there were three costume changes in the course of a six song set. I am no prude, but this was just pointless.
Via a short spell at Paulo Nutini, we went to see anthoer American lady, Katy Perry. She was engaging, fun, entertaining and more understately sexy than anything that Gaga could offer. Maybe this shows the clear East Coast West Coast divide.A torrential downpour during I Kissed A Girl soaked everyone through, but failed to dampen the enthuasism the crowd, and Perry herslef showed for the song.
After a qick trip to Casio Kids, partly to dry off a little, we saw The Tings Tings play a good set, it was nice to see them this year after being stuck outside a packed tent last year. We popped back to Razorlight for a few songs, catching the end of Jason Mraz on the way, before heading to the Red BUll Music Academy again, this time to listen to Florence and The Machine.
Florence, despite a brief delay, was brilliant, playing to an enthuastic and energetic crowd. She really belted through the set, hitting high points with Dog Days, Kiss With A Fist and Cosmic Love. I really enjoyed this gig, and would recommend anyone who can to catch her as soon as possible, while she is still paying smallish venues. We finished off with a trip to The Killers, and then home from Kildare.
Song of the Day: Doy Days Are Over
Quote of the Day: Lady Fucking Blah Blah more like.
General impression: MCD fought a good fight, but a ten minute deluge just turned the entire site into a quagmire, with standing water in several tents, and inches of mud in places. I know they can’t control the rain, but anyone who saw the river flowing down to the right hand side of the stage from the Green Spheres tent will appreciate that somethign better ha to be done with drainage. Mud. What is it good for, absolutley nothing.