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Foo Fighters Rock Oxegen 2011

10.07. 2011

Last night’s headliners did not disappoint Oxegen fans and sent everyone back to their campsites on a high.

Foo Fighters played a huge amount of their hits, both old and new including ‘Bridge Burning’, ‘Rope’ , ‘Pretender’, ‘Learning To Fly’, ‘Times Like These’ and ‘Best of You’. Frontman Dave Grohl gave an electric performance, telling the crowd; “It’s great to be back in Ireland …. Welcome to the rock show. We’ve got a lot of songs and we’re going to play until they look at us and say stop, stop, stop”.

Fans were delighted by the seemingly never-ending array of hits being bashed out by the Foos! Audience members swayed, danced and sang along to every tune.

Deadmau5 appeared on-stage dressed as a ghoul, surrounded by an incredible DJ box, which played host to some of the best graphics of the weekend.

He took off his ghost-sheet to reveal his famous Deadmau5, mirror-ball head and whipped the crowd into a frenzy within the first few minutes of his set! The accompanying light show was a dynamic visual treat.

The excitement for today’s performances is palpable, it seems almost everyone is talking about Beyoncé’s arrival. Tonight looks likely to be a whopper finale for Oxegen, with headliners Pendulum, Primal Scream and Coldplay to finish off an unbelievable festival weekend.

Yesterday’s warm weather could be responsible for the love-in that occurred between the stars at Oxegen, as fellow performers were out in force to support each other’s gigs.

Brandon Flowers, Professor Green and The Pretty Reckless all bused it down to watch Beady Eye on the Main Stage, as did Saoirse Ronan!

Dave Grohl and Beady Eye were also spotted checking out The Pretty Reckless on the Heineken Green Spheres Stage before their respective gigs.

Liam Gallagher was at his belligerent best yesterday afternoon. The front man asked the ‘mad for it’ crowd:

“Are there any hippies in the audience….are there any millionaires?”,he then went on to play their track ‘Millionaire’, followed by ‘Four Letter Word’ and ‘Beatles and Stones’.

Just before leaving the stage Liam jumped into the pit and shook hands with the audience and told photographers “You take a mean photograph”.

There was also a multitude of sensational covers played on a balmy Saturday afternoon at Oxegen.

Plan B went for an eclectic mix on the Main Stage, including Ben E. King’s classic ‘Stand By Me’, Seal’s ‘Kiss From A Rose’ and Eminem and Dr Dre’s ‘Forget About Dre’. His smash hits ‘She Said’ and ‘Writing On The Wall’ provoked massive sing-a-longs from the crowd.

He also did a cover of fellow Oxegen star Paolo Nutini’s ‘Coming Up Easy’.

Eliza Doolittle was taken aback when she spotted a very eager fan in the front row:

“This guy here has something written on his chest, I’m a bit scared to read it out…it says ‘Marry me Eliza’ …How about we get to know each other first after the show, then I can give you an answer”?

‘Skinny Genes’ got a great reaction from the 2FM Hot Press Academy crowd as did her rather appropriate cover of Bill Withers’ ‘Lovely Day’ and Bruno Mars’ ‘Grenade’.

She jumped off the stage and ran up and down the front of the pit shaking her awed fan’s hands.

As a farewell to her crowd, she said, “Oxegen festival there is no way I could want to go home right now”

The crowd were going wild before Professor Green came out on the Heineken Green Spheres Stage…jumping and chanting “We want Prof”!

When he appeared on-stage, Professor Green was jumping around so much that he stumbled momentarily and said:

“Sorry I’m a bit out of breath here, I’m having fun up here. Are you having fun today Oxegen? Make some noise for yourself because I’m having the time of my life up here”.

He wowed the crowd and performed his own version of Travi McCoy and Bruno Mars’ No.1 ‘Billionaire’.



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