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Oxegen 2007: mud, mud, glorious mud!

The Killers wrapped up Oxegen for another year but not before the 80,000 music fans in attendance saw the likes of Arcade Fire (pictured), Kings Of Leon, The Gossip, Klaxons and Brian Wilson.

The Hot Press Newsdesk, 09 Jul 2007

The day kicked off with sunny spells, but was entirely temperamental – in The Blizzards’ set alone, the weather went from sunny to wet, to sunny to wet, and back to sunny before the rain started to belt down, causing lead singer Brezzie to swear angrily at the grey clouds. He later told “I put two fingers up but the front of the audience were thinking ‘is he swearing at me?’. I was like ‘no, I’m swearing at the sky!'” Catch the video action as Brezzie takes to the Oxegen campsite very soon – and we’ll also have video insights from Kate Nash, Royseven and New Young Pony Club.

The biggest disappointment of the festival was the cancellation of Amy Winehouse, due to “exhaustion”. Amy, whose appearance was already in doubt after calling off a UK gig late last week, also pulled T In The Park.

Her no-show caused the timings of Stage 2 to be disrupted, meaning Gogol Bordello fans only saw Lovefoxx-from-CSS’s fetching multi-coloured luminous catsuit when the New York Ukrainians were due to have played. We'd love to soften the blow by telling you that they were doggy do, but they were actually as much fun as it’s possible to have without exchanging bodily fluids.

Bloc Party were on top form, playing a balanced mixture of old and new. As if to make up for Kele Okereke's blooper in 05 when he made a none-too-clever passing reference of being back in “the UK”, he waved the tricolour onstage. It's okay Kele, we forgive you.

From less than auspicious beginnings, the Klaxons seem to have turned into a live band of genuine class, with ‘Golden Skans’ proving to be one of the defining moments of the weekend. Full marks too the entrepreneurial skills of the glo-stick salesmen who suddenly appeared.

In the hospitality area, glued to the Connacht Football Final between Sligo and Galway was none other than Albert Hammond Jr. Bono's daughter Eve Hewson was also spotted backstage with friends, there to support her mum Ali Hewson who was selling her range of clothing out front.

'Cheekiest Advertising Ploy Of The Weekend’ goes to MCD’s rival promoters The Pod who had a plane circling the site advertising Lovebox at Malahide Castle this weekend.

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