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Festivals

Oxegen was pure gas!

Over 80,000 fans enjoyed a weekend of music and mud at the Oxegen festival.

The Killers brought the weekend to a close, with a storming set. Their brand of indie rock had the whole of Punchestown Racecourse bouncing.

Saturday was headlined by Snow Patrol and Muse. Snow Patrol were given a heroes welcome, for what was treated as a homecoming.

Over the last year, the Northern Irish band have become one of the biggest acts in the world, and few bands could have followed them.

Fortunately, Muse were the perfect choice.

Their flamboyant art-rock is made for festivals, and Muse brought Saturday to a close with a bang.

The eclectic mix of music meant Oxegen had something for everyone. Tori Amos drew an appreciative crowd, which enjoyed her experimental piano ballads. At the other end of the musical spectrum, the Wu Tang Clan also thrilled their fans, proving they are the kings of gangsta rap.

The Gossip, Scissor Sisters, Avril Lavigne and Mika were all making their first appearance at Oxegen, but they all played liked festival veterans.

This year’s Oxegen festival also saw many acts returning to Punchestown. Razorlight, The Kooks, Maximo Park and Daft Punk were all given a warm welcome by the fans at Oxegen.

If the 100 bands weren’t enough for you, the festival featured some of Ireland’s best comedy talent in the Laughter Lounge tent. There was also a fun fair and, thanks to the less than ideal weather, plenty of opportunities to enjoy mud wrestling and mud slides. In fact, anything that involved mud.

But the rain couldn’t dampen spirits, and no doubt people have already started counting down to Oxegen 2008.

Summer in Dublin

Dublin has a lot to offer throughout the year, and summer probably has more than its fair share of events to entertain visitors and locals.

There is fun for all the family at the various Activity Days. Throughout July, venues around Dublin will be hosting a selection of live music, circus workshops, puppet and magic shows, face painters and bouncy castles.

Each activity day starts at 3 pm and they will be on at:

1st of July at Bunting Road
8th of July at Fairview Park
22nd of July John Paul Park
29th of July Johnstown Park

And that’s not all. There is a great range of concerts throughout the summer. The Lunchtime Concerts series is on at 1 pm – 2 pm and features:

The Army Band – 4th July – Merrion Square
The Garda Band – 10th July – Herbert Park
Mary McEvoy & Friends – 11th July – Civic Offices
Avondale – 18th July – Wolfe Tone Park
The Niall Toner Band – 25th July – Civic Offices
Crofton Folk Band – 1st August – Herbert Park

If you have the energy for shopping after all that, you should see the Smithfield Summer Market. Opening in August 3rd, this is the biggest open air market Dublin has ever seen.

As well as stalls selling something for everyone, the Smithfield Market hosts street entertainment and kids’ activities. There is also a picnic area so you can relax.

The Smithfield Summer Market is open every Friday and Saturday until September 1st.

If you want a taste of the exotic, the Eurocultured Festival is sure to satisfy you.

This free festival features the best in European art, dance, music, performance and cuisine at Smithfield Plaza on Saturday August 18th.

Over 150 top performers from across Europe will be coming to Ireland for the Eurocultured Festival. Expect to see street art, flamenco dancing, DJs, live music, workshops and much more.

The summer in Dublin is always filled with activities, and there is a lot more to do in 2007 as well as the options here.

OXEGEN ’07 – SINEAD PART OF THE SHOW

The outspoken and controversial Sinead O’Connor is due to appear at the Oxegen festival at Punchestown Racecourse on Sunday 8th July. Love her or loathe her, she should be one of the most interesting acts at the event.

Ireland’s Sinead O’Connor is probably as well known for her interviews and personal life as she is for her music. She’s been ordained as a priest in a small Catholic sect, came out of the closet in 2000, put herself back in soon afterwards and was boycotted by radio stations across the USA after her infamous Saturday Night Live appearance in 1992, when she tore up a photo of the Pope during a performance.

But Oxegen is about the bringing great music to Ireland, and she’ll be sure to deliver. With a back catalogue that takes in reggae, gospel, traditional Irish music, pop and rock, Sinead O’Connor alone is almost as diverse as all the rest of the Oxegen festival.

Oxegen 2007 promises to be the greatest rock n roll event in Ireland, with acts like Snow Patrol, The Killers, Tori Amos, My Chemical Romance, Wu Tang Clan, Daft Punk and Mika among the acts playing over the weekend.

There are also still plenty of rumours swirling around, with some commentators suggesting that Bono and Radiohead will be appearing.

Whether any of the rumours turn out to be true or not, fans know they will be in for a great weekend.
Over 80,000 music lovers will be at Oxegen 2007, on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July. Tickets sold out in just over an hour as lucky fans got there hands on tickets for some of the best music in Ireland.

As well as many established bands, two unsigned acts will be part of the Oxegen festival. The winners of the Platform II Battle of the Bands will have a dream come true as they join the bill at Oxegen ’07.

It should be one of the biggest music events in Ireland.

Easter Celebrations

When it comes to any occasion, Irish people are world famous for the gig they create. Easter being one of the most honoured and auspicious day of Ireland brings so many celebrations and traditions to be followed at this special occasion. It’s indeed a day to meet your relatives, spend a day with them, share Easter eggs and have pleasurable gatherings collectively.

If you’re inclined to discover the enchanting activities which effervescent Easter celebrations then logon to http://www.dublinevents.com/easter/.

St. Patrick’s Day Greetings

St. Patrick’s Day… a day that rings a bell: Recognize yourself being Irish and enjoy its real fun. The day lets us know how to spread happiness and joys, to chortle away all qualms and worries, to dance Irish jigs and last but not the least to cook, feast and party the Irish way. Notwithstanding all these revels, the day also reminds us about St. Patrick. So, if you want to send your friends and acquaintances warm wishes of St. Patrick’s Day, use our web-based free flash e-cards in the section, St. Patrick’s Day Greetings.