I managed to completely miss this announcement yesterday [that's the curse of having exams until 6 in the evening, come home and going straight to the pub... But at €3.50 for ANY drink what else would I do on a Wednesday?] but I'm glad to see that Oxegen have finally added some much needed quality to the bill in the form of the Hot Press Academy Stage.
WE ARE SCIENTISTS
BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB
THE HIGH KINGS
THE MIDDLE EAST
DAISY DARES YOU
Now of those, Julian, The Middle East, Laura Marling and Wallis Bird had already been confirmed [Wallis via her own blog], but the rest sees some very welcome additions.
Irish rock legends Ash are always fun to see live (though I won't be losing any sleep if I miss out), while Cathy Davey and Villagers are two of the hottest acts in Ireland today. Wallis, herself, is on the verge of exploding all over the radio - her current single La La Land is receiving huge airplay on 2FM at least and this will surely spill over. Of course O Emperor are a welcome addition: I'm always delighted to catch these guys.
As for the rest, Kele was inevitable really as were We Are Scientists, Mystery Jets and Bombay Bicycle Club, though they are all welcome.
The one's to look out for are the irresistible and fantastic Yeasayer - their second album Odd Blood was simply fantastic, as well as Lissie: she blew away the acts and audience on Jools Holland the week before last.
And, as SwearImNotPaul pointed out, "old frogthroat-skeleton hands herself is playing, that's right Diana Vickers will be there!"
Congrats Ronan. That may just be the best description I have ever read.
And remember - Oxegen is less than fifty days away so get your tickets people!
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