Oxegen '07
  • Fresh from two sell out gigs at Wembley Stadium rock giants Muse are coming to Ireland, bringing their epic sound and stunning live show to Punchestown on Saturday.
  • Will make a triumphant return to OXEGEN, playing the main stage on Saturday night. Their last album, Eyes Open, was the biggest selling British album of 2006 and saw them win worldwide acclaim. Their set full of festival anthems new and old promises to be a stunning addition to day one of OXEGEN 2007.
  • Certain to add plenty disco glitz to the festival are the Scissor Sisters who will be airing their catchy glam pop sound at OXEGEN on Saturday. The band's debut album was the best-selling album of 2004 in the UK with the follow-up providing even more sing-into-your-hairbrush favourites - including their number one hit 'I Don't Feel Like Dancin'.
  • The beards may be long gone but the catchy blues garage rock of Tennessee band Kings of Leon just keeps on coming. The family Followhill are setting up camp at this year's OXEGEN to give you all their hits from their first two albums and new songs from the forthcoming Because of the Times.
  • The NME hailed them as the best new band in Britain in 2006 and earlier this year they scooped the Best British Breakthrough Act award at the Brits - now The Fratellis are bringing their popular indie rock sound to OXEGEN. Chelsea Dagger, Henrietta and the recent single Baby Fratelli - every one set to be a festival classic.
  • They may have started out in the 80s but the Goo Goo Dolls alt rock sound is just as well loved now as it was way back when. The prolific New Yorkers marked their 20th anniversary last year with new album Let Love In, expect an energetic set and with any luck the band's most famous hit Iris.
  • Canadian-born punk-pop dynamo Avril Lavigne has left her sk8r boi years behind her and is now focusing on a more up-tempo style that matches her live shows. Her last album, Under My Skin, sold more than eight million copies worldwide and the eagerly awaited follow-up The Best Damn Thing is due for release in April this year.
  • Hailing from Dublin, Director is an Irish band with plenty of enthusiasm. Proud of their roots, the four-piece have played many Irish locations in the past year; including slots supporting Snowpatrol in Dublin and Razorlight in Dublin and Belfast. All of this has been a great warm-up for their third consecutive appearance at Oxegen this summer.
  • For these Dundonian boys, the past year has been one to remember. From packing out a tent at Radio 1's big weekend in Dundee in 2006, to selling out their April tour in just one hour, The View are making their mark on the British music scene. Their debut album 'Hats of to the Buskers' offers many anthemic songs such as 'Same Jeans' and 'Superstar Tradesme'. For a band with an average age of 18 and a passion for what they do, the future is looking good.
  • The Cribs consist of three brothers from Wakefield and who make popular indie sounds. The single 'Men's Needs' has proven to be a student favourite and will be well received at festival performances this summer. Taken from the album 'Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever' this track is a sign of things to come from this promising British band.
  • Rodrigo Y Gabriella are bound to give music fans a treat when they play Oxegen on Saturday night. Having received their break supporting Damien Rice, Rodrigo Y Gabriella's self titled album entered the Irish charts at Number 1 and they have gone onto massive success in the US and 3 recent sell-out nights at London's Shepherds Bush.
  • With their dark brooding guitar riffs, captivating vocals and anthemic choruses New York indie rock band Interpol are guaranteed to impress. Their debut album Turn On The Bright Lights saw them soar to world-wide fame and acclaim with the follow-up Antics securing their spot as one of the coolest bands around.
  • Maximo Park led 2005's post-punk charge with a mighty spirit and finely tuned song, turning attitude into 5 top five hit singles. Their debut album, 'A Certain Trigger' racked full of chronicles of small town desperation was duly nominated for a Mercury Music Prize and featured heavily in critic's album of the year lists.
  • This is one singer songwriter that will leave a vivid impression on anyone who sees him live. His blend of music has been described as 'fantasy' music and 'bubblegum pop' where anything goes so long as it makes people happy. The number one track 'Grace Kelly', from the album 'Life In Cartoon Motion' will stick in your mind for hours after hearing it. His delightful mix of surreal but cheerful pop music is translated into a burst of energy at every one of his live performances; prompting comparisons with the late Freddie Mercury.
  • The band rose to fame on the back on their powerful live gigs and formidable frontwoman Beth Ditto. The band behind current indie club favourite Standing in the Way of Control will be bringing their feisty brand of danceable punk pop to Punchestown on Saturday.
  • This is one Glasgow band destined for success. An important aspect of the British music scene for a number of years now, the band has been catapulted into the public consciousness this year with their smash hit 'Saturday Superhouse'. Taken from their third album, 'Puzzle', the track displays the band�s unique blend of melodic, stomping music which wins over fans everywhere they go. Their dedication to succeed is evident in their grueling tour schedule, however, these boys are not shy of hard work and it shows.
  • Birminghams most notorious new band The Twang have been tipped as one of he hottest bands of 2007. Their mish-mash of baggy, dance and melodic tunes, together with swirling guitars and rough'n'ready urban rhymes, make them a mix of The Streets and Happy Mondays, with a bit of Oasis and Stone Roses thrown in.
  • The Pigeon Detectives created a cult following thanks to myspace before being picked up by the masses and finding themselves playlisted on Radio 1 and selling out gigs. Their urgent, well crafted tunes make for an exciting live show, with fans of the band including the Dirty Pretty Things and the Kaiser Chiefs. The band's debut album is due out this year.
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  • This promising Irish band come from Derry with a good selection of electro-rock music to delight the ears of all who hear them. Formed in 2005, the four members are fronted by Glenn Rossborough and even include Peter Doherty; although not to be confused with the Babyshambles frontman! Such diverse influences range from Bob Dylan to the Stone Roses and the Chemical Brothers, resulting in a refreshingly unique sound.
  • A Glasgow band with a difference, Frightened Rabbit bursts forth with a rough indie rock sound. The three piece band consists of Grant and Scott, two eccentric brothers who choose only to be known by their first names, and an individual named Barry. This elusive band draws a veil over individual members; the music speaks for itself and that is what is important to their growing army of fans. The main aim behind this emerging act is to have songs which will seep into your brain and emerge next time you want to sing or whistle.
  • QOTSA are a hard rock band famed for their distinctive style of riff-oriented, heavy music which Homme has described as 'robot rock' and their frequently changing line-up. The band have confirmed that their new album, Era Vulgaris, will be released in June.
  • Founded while the members were at the University of Stafford, Editors are best known for tracks such as 'Blood' and 'Bullets'. Such tracks speed along in a flurry of music and lyrics, taking the band and their fans with it. The platinum selling 'The Back Room' helped raise the band to a national stage and they return this summer with the new album 'An End Has A Start'. Their live credentials are supported by the fact that they were chosen to support Franz Ferdinand shortly before they emerged into the main UK music scene.
  • JET
  • This Australian outfit has music running through their veins. Offering an escape from the 'real' world, Jet show their fans how to have fun through elegant melodies and stomping vocals. Clubs throughout the land play the hit 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl' to a rapturous reception, in which people frantically dance and sing along. The same result is sure to be evident at their live, energetic performances.
  • If the mod revival is still alive and kicking it's probably down to these guys. Ocean Colour Scene came to be one of the leading bands of the traditionalist, post-Oasis British rock of the mid-'90s. Their second album, Moseley Shoals, became a multi-platinum success story in the UK, with their on-going popularity aided by praise from pals like Paul Weller and Oasis' Noel Gallagher.
  • This four-piece fuse the passion of hardcore and punk with the passion of euphoria and trance to create a power packed live show. The band became the second ever unsigned band to sell out the London Astoria and earlier this year they released their debut album Take to the Skies.
  • Five young Americans coming from New York offer a diverse range of experiences that are translated into song form. From the self-titled debut album fans will remember the infectious 'An Honest Mistake'. The band return again this summer with the new album 'The Sun and The Moon', which promises similarly infectious tracks to hum or sign along to.
  • The Maccabees quirky guitar pop sound has been formed by influences from the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and television cricket coverage to growing up in south London. The band have released a series of singles, with First Love becoming their first top 40 hit at the end of last year. The follow-up, About Your Dress is due for release in June.
  • This promising singer songwriter from London cites influences as Carole King, The Doors and Jeff Buckley. Exposure to such talent has molded Jack Penate into a talented artist in his own right. His single 'Spit at Stars' is a catchy tune, perfect for those summer nights sitting round a barbeque with friends. Deep songs are enhanced by an energetic live performance that should be marvelled at and will be sure to captivate.
  • An acoustic singer from Toronto, Canada with an enchanting voice, Justin Nozuka may be a relatively new name to many but it will not stay that way for much longer. The 18 year old singer recently brought his songs to Britain and illustrated how he is often described as mature beyond his years. Realising that people engage with emotionally rooted songs, Justin capitalizes by presenting heartfelt songs on his debut album 'Holly'.
  • This four-piece band is a hybrid from South Wales and Birmingham and this year they will not fail to delight your ears. The debut album is released in autumn and will deliver a range of big tunes, perfect for letting your hair down and singing along with. The band offer self-proclaimed 'bulldozer rock', taking inspiration from a range of credible sources such as John Lennon and even the movie director Stanley Kubrick.
  • East coast rap outfit the Wu Tang Clan are coming OXEGEN on Saturday. Bringing an all star line-up of MCs including Ghostface Killah, Method Man and founding members RZA and GZA. There'll probably be some solo stuff from Clan members along with some classic collaborations from albums like number one hit Wu-Tang Forever.
  • AIR
  • Musical duo Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel will be bringing their distinctive brand of ambient, chilled-out electronica to OXEGEN. Their debut album Moon Safari was released to critical acclaim in 1998, while the band's fourth studio release Talkie Walkie reached the number one spot in the Irish charts. Check out all the hits along with songs from their most recent album Pocket Symphony when they play at Punchestown this summer.
  • One of the 90s' best known and best loved female artists, the unconventional, uncompromising Tori Amos is coming to Ireland. Fans of the American pianist and singer songwriter will be hoping classics like Cornflake Girl and Professional Widow make an appearance alongside her more recent material.
  • Psychedelic rockers Brian Jonestown Massacre have undergone a large number of personnel changes during its decade long history. Multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter Anton Newcombe is the only member who has stayed with the band since its beginning, when it was founded by Newcombe and guitarist/bassist/vocalist Matt Hollywood. There are at least two dozen musicians who have been in the BJM at one point or another.
  • With its riff-heavy mixture of classic rock and Craig Finn's lyrically dense storytelling, Hold Steady crafts intricately detailed musical universes that have already made it a critical darling and fan favourite. Formed in 2000 from the ashes of the band Lifter Puller, The Hold Steady released Almost Killed Me in 2004. Bolstered by an ambitious tour schedule, 2005's Separation Sunday further boosted the group's profile..
  • Until last year's superb 'Not Fade Away' LP on Rough Trade, a lot of peoples experience of singer/songwriter Kitt had been minimal, largely down to a chosen musical corner previously saturated by other singer songwriters. Now he's firmly on the up and up with a little help from his friends The Magic Numbers, crossing boundaries without ever resorting to the schmaltz-like balladeering of his contemporaries.
  • Delorentos are a four-piece band that have been together for less than two years, and have had two independent releases, the October 2005 EP 'Leave It On' and the May 2006 Single 'The Rules'. Their sound ranges from soft acoustic melodies to angular, driven guitar rock. Riffs and rhythms combine to produce powerful, intimate and captivating tunes that have already won them a dedicated fan-base across the country through their regular live appearances. Aside from headline shows the band have also played with the likes of Idlewild, Bell X1 and The Coral in locations as far afield as London, New York, Chicago and Toronto.
  • The Rumble Strips have been together for the last few years and moved further into the public eye with a number of key support dates for Dirty Pretty Things and the The Young Knives in early 2006, followed by the release of their second single, 'Hate Me (You Do)'. A further tour supporting The Zutons, and the release of the band's first EP, 'Cardboard Coloured Dreams', followed this in November 2006. 2007 has brought The Rumble Strips their first move into the charts, with the release of 'Alarm Clock' in March. The band are currently playing their biggest headline tour to date as headliners of the 2007 NME New Music Tour, which sees them play a number of venues around the country with other new bands Pull Tiger Tail, Blood Red Shoes and The Little Ones. The band have recently re-released "Motorcycle".
  • 25 year old singer songwriter, who appeared on Elbow's Grace Under Pressure has a broad range of songs that reference PJ Harvey, Bjork and a young Kate Bush. Her debut album Something Ilk is powered by spiky guitars, even spikier lyrics and a powerful exuberance.
  • Internationally revered DJ and producer Felix da Housecat will be bringing his bag of much loved electro/progressive tunes to this year's OXEGEN. He has remixed tracks for artists such as Madonna and Kylie is sure to play a fantastic set of club favourites during his Saturday slot.
  • Legendary dance act and alter-ego of Soulwax, 2 Many DJs have been added to the steller lineup at the Greatest Rock n Roll Weekend of the Year. With their 1st album As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt.2 consisting of 45 remixed tracks by a series of various acts including Dolly Parton, Basement Jaxx and 10cc, their mash up set at the festival will be eagerly anticipated.
  • His debut album release Sexor won the 2007 Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year and he's remixed for everyone from Depeche Mode and LCD Soundsystem to fellow OXEGEN artists Scissor Sisters and Felix da Housecat - they love his style and we know you will too when he takes to the decks on Saturday.
  • Inspired by the synth pop and trance sounds of the 1990s Booka Shade aka Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier team pop melodies and shiny trance euphoria with twitchy, stripped bare beats to create a style that's seen them hailed one of the best live electronic acts around. They'll be playing OXEGEN on Saturday.
  • Electro duo Digitalism are famous for their remixes of tracks by artists including Tom Vek, The Futureheads and fellow OXEGEN acts Daft Punk, Tiga and Klaxons. Their debut album Idealism is out in May giving fans just enough time to get to know all their biggest hits for their Sunday slot at the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Weekend of the Year.
  • Their remix of Simian's 'We Are Your Friends' was one of the biggest tunes of 2006 and this funky French duo are certain to bring OXEGEN to its feet with their infectious blend of ambient electro. Catch them as part of Saturday's line-up.
  • DJ Set. Norwegian friends, Fredrik Saroea and Ket-Ill were brought together by a mutual love of Devo, Talking Heads and the Happy Mondays - an interesting mix which makes for, by their own admission, some 'bonkers' gigs. Experience the Datarock phenomenon at OXEGEN on Sunday.
  • The Dr gained a massive following with his DJ sets Body Two Body and i Love Techno before releasing the highly acclaimed Lektroluv series. He'll be administering his atmospheric electro music at the festival on Saturday.
  • With a membership similar to that of the Polyphonic Spree, I'm from Barcelona (who are actually from Sweden) has 29 members. The benefits of such a large group are evident in that a plethora of instruments can make every track sound like it has come from a different band. The release of the album, 'Let Me Introduce My Friends', in 2006 was a response to intense interest in the group. The response to a one-off show, originally planned by founder Emanuel Lundgren, encouraged the group to continue with this successful and entertaining formula.
  • This London based Indie act boasts a female singer who captivates the audience with her deep vocals, reminiscent of Billy Holiday but slightly less mellow. Shingai joins up with Dan and James to present a successful act with a boundless energy and enthusiasm for what they do. Both elements combine to enthrall the audience and send shivers up your spine.
  • This duo offers an interesting blend of electro-pop. Formed in Ontario, Canada in 1999 by Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark, the act collaborated for many years before Dark left to be replaced by Matt Didemus. Their second album, 'So This Is Goodbye' was released in 2006 and from here the duo has consistently built on their fan base and success.
  • Formed in 2005, in Southend, England, this garage rock band has enjoyed relatively rapid recognition. 'The Horrors EP', released in late 2006, was followed by a full length album entitled 'Strange House' in March 2007. 'Strange House' entered into the top 40 in the UK Charts and helped raise awareness of this quirky band with obscure musical interests and a unique image.
  • Consisting of two Liverpudlians and a Norwegian, The Wombats have catchy choruses accompanied by humorous lyrics. A toy wombat even acts as a mascot and accompanies them at live performances. This punk-pop act produce toe-tapping songs that will engage the crowd in their light-hearted but exciting world.
  • A Canadian five-piece dance-punk band that is happy to simply perform. The band was formed in 2003 and is often affectionately referred to as YSP! WSD! Having performed their first show in a church basement, the band is moving onwards and upwards, with recent shows throughout Europe. The second album 'Lose All Time' was released in early 2007 in Canada and the future is looking bright for success in Europe.
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  • This four piece band from Ontario, Canada was born out of the desire to feel musical magic. Having felt this magic in a previous band, the boys formed and began to play spontaneously. An invitation to play the Pop Montreal Festival sealed their fate and the band agreed to pursue a career in the music business. Now they have a reputation for unrestrained, high-spirited shows and music which acknowledges our turbulent times with an undeniable catchy tune.
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  • Formed in 2005, this promising band from Manchester defy all influence and produce their own brand of punk pop. Their fan base continues to grow thanks to the high energy, enthusiastic shows. The debut album 'Down Til Dawn' was released in Spring 2007 and features the singles 'Man Overboard', a previous single of the week in NME, and the newest release 'Wont You Come Around?'.
  • Five guys from Manchester, brought together by frontman Simon Aldred. After Aldred rejected calls to 'get a proper job' he followed his passion for making music; marking the beginning of Cherry Ghost. Keen to avoid simply being a singer-songwriter, Aldred enlisted the help of friends in spreading the musical word and they began touring their hometown of Manchester. Their first release comes in late summer 2007.
  • Three Londoners, who cite influences as diverse as Motorhead and The Coral, bring surf garage rock to your ears. Having worked together for over five years, the band have enjoyed support slots with The Subways. These are three garage rockers who bring strong basslines combined with catchy choruses to get you hooked.
  • Emerging from the burgeoning Dublin music scene, the Dirty Epics are fronted by an enigmatic and captivating frontwoman Sarah Jane Wai O'Flynn. The rest of the group is comprised of three male members and together they produce a boisterous punk pop, influenced by acts such as Blondie and Queens of the Stone Age.
  • Shortlisted from 55 entries, My Ok Hotel competed with 7 additional bands in their hometown of Kildare for a chance to play this year's New Bands tent. Having won one of two slots, the band now has the opportunity to bring their indie sound to a wider audience at this years Oxegen.
  • It was hit after hit on their debut album Hot Fuss, with its successor Sam's Town helping them scoop Best International Band and Best International Album at this year's Brits, now the Vegas based stars are coming back to Ireland to rock fans at OXEGEN 2007.
  • Johnny Borrell and friends will be setting up camp at OXEGEN for the Greatest Rock n Roll Weekend of the Year, promising to prompt sing-alongs-a-plenty with their infuriatingly catchy sound.
  • Their entire UK and Irish tour sold out within hours, proving indie rock bank Arcade Fire as one of this year's hottest acts. Catch the quirky Canadians in all their harmonious glory when they take to the stage on Sunday.
  • For pretty pop harmonies, jangly guitars and the essential sing along chorus they don't come much better than The Kooks. Expect lots from the band's debut album Inside In / Inside Out including She Moves in Her Own Way and the summery Ooh La.
  • The band shot to fame in 2005 with their debut album 'Silent Alarm', returning at the start of the 2007 with follow-up 'In the City'. The album has become one of the hottest releases of the year and is sure to make for an amazing live set at OXEGEN 2007.
  • Drawing influence from all the soul and blues greats Morrison has been doing his best to drag the singer/songwriter tag back out of the mud, cleaning it up with laid back melodies and hits like Wonderful World and You Give Me Something.
  • Oxegen favourites The Blizzards make a triumphant return to the festival following their first appearance on the New Bands Stage in 2005 followed by the NME Stage in 2006. Festival goers will no doubt be keen to give the band a big welcome as they transfix fans with a host of their hits from First Girl to Leave Town to recent single Fantasy..
  • The band boasts a fervent following both at home and abroad and hold the record for Ireland's highest-selling single ever. Although the band have released only six studio albums over their two-decade career, their sparkling live shows have brought them international renown and they're sure to be a highlight at OXEGEN 07.
  • One of the most influential dance acts around - Daft Punk are bringing their innovative style and much-loved synth pop sounds to OXEGEN this summer. Fans can look forward to lots of festival favourites including tracks like One More Time and Digital Love - we dare you not to dance.
  • The Black Parade is coming to Punchestown thanks to American emo band My Chemical Romance who will rock OXEGEN on Sunday. The band have amassed a dedicated cult following and are sure to give a powerful performance at this year's festival.
  • Her earlier soul and jazz inspired sound has given way to a new style more recently, winning her fans and critics alike. While the tabloids go to town on her private life music fans are loving her modern take on the 50s and 60s girl group sound.
  • Will he or won't he'll Whether or not the bad boy of rock will bring his supermodel girlfriend to this year's OXEGEN is yet to be seen but his band are guaranteed to put on a show you won't want to miss - expect the unexpected, and maybe the odd Libertines cover.
  • And CSS will be on hand to add some sex appeal to the weekend. Full name Cansei de Ser Sexy - which is Portugeuse for Tired of Being Sexy - have been hyped as one of the best to come out of South America and they're certain to add something special to the weekend.
  • Gogol Bordello are renowned for their frenetic, theatrical stage shows. The band incorporate accordion, fiddle and the occasional burst of saxophone with cabaret , punk and dub to create their totally unique style.
  • Irish indie/rock band, The Thrills formed in 2001 in Dublin and is made up of lead vocalist Conor Deasy, guitarist Daniel Ryan, guitarist and bass player Padraic McMahon, pianist Kevin Horan and drummer Ben Carrigan. With their debut album So Much For The City giving them much success Let's Bottle Bohemia, did similarly well, with particular attention given to the single 'Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?'. Their 3rd album is due for release in summer 2007.
  • After formed in 2005 the band quickly began attracting interest from several record labels and in March 2006 signed to V2. Their fifth single, Sexy In Latin was released on 22nd January and became their highest charting single yet, entering the official UK singles chart at number 20.
  • DOGS
  • Blending rock with punk, Dogs offer fans of The Clash and The Jam a little something special. Taking inspiration from familiar sounds and bringing them up to date for the twenty first century audience is not an easy feat. Dogs give fans a little sense of the familiar but with a modern dimension to catch the aural attention. The debut album 'Turn Against This Land' is followed by this years 'Tall Stories From Under The Table'; an album which will take listeners on a roller coaster ride of emotions.
  • In the short lifespan of The Coronas there have been a few lineup changes; from a four-piece to a three-piece and back to a four-piece. The band formed at college when the members were just 15 and six years on they have been taken to the heart of the Dublin college scene. Offering an interesting blend of indie rock, 'The Talk' is their current single.
  • James have come a long way from their first hit in 1983 and to mark their longevity a collection of singles entitled 'Fresh As A Daisy' accompanies James' comeback. Renowned for infectious tracks such as 'Sit Down', 'She's A Star' and the hit used in the American Pie films 'Laid', James put the anthem into any live performance. However, this is no ordinary comeback as James have new material to offer and it will not fail to disappoint those who know and love James.
  • Dig out the glo-sticks - new rave heroes the Klaxons are bringing that happy party atmosphere to this year's OXEGEN, playing favourites like Atlantis to Interzone and Magick. Their debut album may be called Myths of the Near Future but for the moment the band are very much the darlings of the indie club world.
  • This 21-year-old singer/songwriter took the music world by storm at the end of last year, prompting comparisons to everyone from Bob Dylan to Mike Skinner of The Streets. With his debut album Panic Prevention launched to rave reviews, Jamie T is sure to put on a not-to-be-missed performance at this year's OXEGEN.
  • Satellite Party is an alternative rock band conceived by former Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros frontman Perry Farrell following the demise of his former band in 2004. The band's debut album entitled Ultra Payloaded was in May 2007, with contributions from artists such as John Frusciante and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, former Chili Pepper and Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons, electronic dance producers Hybrid and Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook.
  • BRMC will be bringing their dark, brooding good looks and rocking all-American garage sound from California to Kildare this summer. The band's third album Howl was recently released to widespread critical acclaim with its successor Baby 81 due out in May.
  • MC/rapper and producer Dizzee Rascal has won fans with his largely self-composed music, a blend of garage, conventional rap, grime and ragga, with extremely eclectic samples and more exotic styles. After winning a Sidewinder award for 'best newcomer MC' in 2002 his album Boy in Da Corner was released to universal critical acclaim in August 2003.
  • Bringing some glamour to the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Weekend of the Year are The Long Blondes, a 5-piece indie rock band fronted by singer Kate Jackson. In 2006 the band won the NME Philip Hall Radar Award, and were hailed the best unsigned band in the country. They eventually signed to Rough Trade, releasing their debut album Someone to Drive You Home at the end of last year.
  • Electronica's latest find, Calvin Harris is no one hit wonder. Hailing from Dumfries, Scotland, Calvin Harris burst into the public consciousness in 2007 with his hit single 'Acceptable in the 80s'. A catchy tune with great music, the track resonates with many teenagers and twenty-somethings because of the line 'I've got love for you if you were born in the 80s'. Hot on the heels of this success, Calvin Harris has released his latest hit 'Girls' to a similarly rapturous reception. Both tracks can be found on the album 'I Created Disco' and his live act will be sure to live up to the hype.
  • This 23 year old Londoner has an abundance of talent, so much so that she has been compared to Lily Allen. However, Nicole is much more indie oriented than Allen and in the face of criticism from cousins, who wondered why she didn't like R'n'B and Hip Hop, she pursued her passion. The result is a confident and enchanting performer who clearly does what she loves; her first single is entitled 'Fed Up'.
  • Nothing short of a musical legend, and a massive influence to hundreds of acts, Brian Wilson is one of music's most deeply revered figures. Despite personal and professional setback, Wilson has overcome numerous obstacles to experience one of pop's most enduring careers. The epic 'SMilE' project initiated in the late 60's was finally released in 2004, and although the album had previously reached mythic proportions with fans of both the Beach Boys and Wilson's solo work, his new millennia release has brought his classic talents to a whole new generation of music fans, all of whom will be enthralled by this rare opportunity to catch a true master at work.
  • The son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle Rufus is a prolific singer, songwriter and musician, recording his own original music as well as contributing to numerous collaborations and film soundtracks. Fans will be looking forward to hearing classic tracks along with material from his new album Release The Stars when he takes to the stage at this year's OXEGEN.
  • When it comes to heartfelt, meaningful songs delivered with passion and power indie sensation Bright Eyes, aka Conor Oberst, is top of the pile. His songs range in style from alt country to digital rock, with 2005 release I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning voted one of the top ten albums of the year by Time Magazine. New studio album Cassadaga will be released in the UK and Ireland in April.
  • A Californian outfit that began life as a band by playing together as friends, Cold War Kids are creating a buzz throughout Europe and North America. Having released their album 'Robbers and Cowards' in 2006, the band have been most noted for their unique voices on the track 'Hang Me Up To Dry'. The track has received plenty of airplay and admiration and is sure to be well received at live performances.
  • Sinead O'Connor is one of the most iconic and influential artists of modern times. In the course of over twenty five years of music making, she has produced an enduring body of work which has been both commercially successful and critically acclaimed on a global scale. One of a small band of recording artists who can truly be classed as maverick, she has intuitively ploughed her own furrow, trusting instinct rather than following fashion, and above all else, being honest and true to herself. Having produced music across a range of genres from traditional Irish music to dub reggae, O'Connor is back with a new album Theology. .
  • The Strokes well-dressed guitarist Albert Hammond Jr is flying solo at this year's Oxegen having been working on his own projects for the last couple of years. Hammond released a solo album entitled "Yours To Keep" in 2006 which featured several guest contributors such as Sean Lennon and Ben Kweller. He is now ready to embark on a massive European tour including his appearance at the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Weekend of the Year.
    Albert Hammond Jr on Myspace
  • With a spirited and infectious fusion of traditional West African music, roots reggae and rhythmic traditional folk, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars craft music that transforms and uplifts. The collection of songs on their debut album Living Like A Refugee, decry the horrors of war and describe the plight of refugee life.
  • Mr Hudson and the Library are key players on the UK hip hop scene having worked with such musical mavericks as Dizzee Rascal and Sway. Combining the influences of RnB, reggae and Ska, it is hard to define their sound though lead singer Ben Hudson's dulcit tones have been compared to Sting.
  • Ash's former guitarist is back on the festival stage as she heads to Oxegen to regale the crowds with her solo work. Following her debut solo album She's a Star, Hatherley has recently released her second album The Deep Blue. The album develops beyond the post-punk melodies of first album 'Grey Will Fade', to a grander, more elaborate sound with influences ranging from Kate Bush to David Bowie to The Flaming Lips.
  • LOKO PARENTIS are a new Dublin-based band influenced by the 'New Wave' era of 1978-1982 and high-energy alternative guitar-pop. The outfit was founded in mid-2006 by Paul O'Mahony, once of Cork-based bands Berserk and Factor Fiction, who began discussing the idea of a new group with Alan Markey, formerly of punk outfit The Gurriers. The debut Loko Parentis CD, 'The Other Side of Fear', to be released in early Autumn 2007, includes turbo-charged nuggets like 'This Is What You Find', the twisted funk of 'Singular Obsessions' or the manic meltdown of 'One Broken Window'.
  • Trash founder Erol Alkan has built up a reputation as a party starting genius. A star on the international electro scene he's famed for his left field remixes of contemporary indie classics by bands like Bloc Party, catch him spin his stuff on Saturday.
  • As American leaders in the international dance music arena, Grammy-Award winners Deep Dish have become one of the most revered names in the genre. They've remixed for the likes of Madonna, P Diddy, Dido and Justin Timberlake, and they'll be digging out the very best from their record bags for OXEGEN festval goers on Sunday.
  • The sounds of Chicago circa the 1980s to more modern underground tunes you can rely on the Godfather of House to come up with a set that's pure uplifting music you just can't help but dance to.
  • In an exclusive summer special DJ Shadow and turntablist Cut Chemist have teamed up for a performance that is sure to be as unique as it is impressive. The duo have collaborated on several live mix albums and will come together again this summer spinning and splicing records and samples to create some fantastic festival tunes.
  • Gervais brought his signature blend of tribal and hard house to America in 1998 and fast became the king of the Miami dance scene. He's highly sought after at clubs across the country and has remixed some of the world's most exciting artists, such as Lenny Kravitz, Duran Duran and Dirty Vegas. He plays OXEGEN on Sunday.
  • Founded in 1999, The Sounds hail from Sweden and from there they bring their unique new wave sound to our shores. Fronted by the strong figure Maja, it is easy to see where the Blondie comparisons originate. Following their debut album in 2002, the band has not only toured with acts such as the Foo Fighters but can count lead singer Dave Grohl as a fan. With references such as this, the band can count on increased success in the future.
  • Brooklyn based The National comprise five individuals who, together, produce a sound that is easy on the ears but ever so difficult to describe. The only option is to listen for yourself. Typically described as indie or alternative, the band are now on their second album, 'Boxer', the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2005 release 'Alligator'. Debates over their influences are ongoing but it is safe to say that now they rightfully have an identity of their own.
  • Formed in 2005, The Hours comprise Antony Genn and Martin Slattery. Both members have a notable pedigree in the British music industry, with Genn previously playing with Elastica and Pulp and Slattery having toured with Black Grape. The 2007 album 'Narcissus Road' contains the 2006 hit song 'Ali in the Jungle'. Jarvis Cocker claims you wont regret it if you let them in your life, the only way to find out is to listen.
  • London based New Young Pony Club are newcomers to the new wave scene, having formed in 2004. Recent tours with the Klaxons, CSS and Lily Allen has equipped them well for a plethora of summer festival appearances. A sell out headline tour also bodes well for the forthcoming release of their debut album 'Fantastic Playroom' in late summer 2007.
  • Virginia born singer-songwriter Mraz, now based in California, is so seasoned in producing music that he is practically a veteran and he is not yet 30. Having produced 6 albums, the artist is now working on his third studio album which promises to please the aural senses. With an eclectic range of musical styles, he appeals to many and has played with respected artists such as The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
  • Australian born but English based, the Howling Bells consist of three ex-Waikiki members plus bassist Brendan Picchio. The debut self-titled album was released in 2006 and showcased their indie/country style of music. Support slots for The Killers in America, Snowpatrol in Australia, and Placebo in the UK and Europe followed this. A multitude of festival appearances rounds off a busy year for this up and coming band.
  • From one of the most southern parts of Britain come Air Traffic. The Bournemouth band have made both fans and critics alike sit up and take notice with their catchy single 'Charlotte'. The follow up to this, 'Shooting Star', has received similar attention. The EP 'Never Even Told Me Her Name' gave fans a taster of the forthcoming debut album. An appearance on 'Later...With Jools Holland' gave the band exposure to a wider national audience and they are likely to build on their success so far.
  • A London based quartet, Ghosts offer guitar pop with melodic harmonies. For four guys in their mid twenties they have a long history; meeting at school the band has had many name changes, line up changes and style changes. In their previous incarnation as Polanski the band received significant attention but success still eluded them. The turning point came when lead singer Simon Pettigrew realized that guitar music had more prospects than electronic music; from here the band's potential has increased in leaps and bounds.
  • A singer-songwriter influenced by music's greatest singer songwriters such as Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, 19 year old Kate Nash also claims to draw inspiration from Roald Dahl. The London based artist is proud of her roots in the British music scene and is often compared to Lily Allen due to their storytelling lyrics. Summer 2007 sees her single 'Foundations' released prior to the release of her, as yet untitled, debut album.
  • The Bangor born Singer songwriter has a rich array of musical influences thanks to his upbringing as a preacher man's son. Young Vance spent a significant amount of time in the churches of America's deep south and this is reflected in his music. Now living in London, the singer is receiving a great deal of recognition due to the use of his song 'Gabriel and the Vagabond' in the cult drama Grey's Anatomy.
  • This Derby rock band has been highly tipped for the top in 2007. For a three piece band, the ease with which these boys can whip the crowd into a frenzy is admirable. Despite their rock persona they are not afraid to admit that the beach boys are one of their main influences (alongside Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin). Their debut album, 'Say No To The World', was released this year and if the hype is to be believed this band are going to be big.
  • Miraclebell
  • One of the winners of the Oxegen Battle of the Bands competition, Miraclebell was selected from 55 unsigned bands to play the New Bands Tent. The boys from Kildare form a funk-rock quartet which brings together inspiration from each individual member; producing a unique sound. The boys describe their sound as infectious and is sure to get the crowd going.