Monday, July 09, 2007
Oxegen: The Verdict
So it's all over. I had loads of fun on Saturday and not so much on Sunday. Yes, it was muddy, more so on Sunday when the mud was up to your shins in a lot of places and the pit for the mainstage was quagmire (as a result I now have a cold, crysies.)
Saturday was awesome. When we got to the press area we saw how much bigger that and the VIP were compared to last year. It makes for a better atmosphere, because the artists are wandering around too and you can do some sleb spotting. Mostly, me and Neil and Lili hung out at Camp Phantom when we weren't working. I love all the Phantom people so this was fun.
On Saturday, we went to see Avril Lavigne because I wanted to hear 'Girlfriend'. She played it first, so we stayed a little longer. It was mad the size of the crowd she pulled in, and not an airbourne bottle of piss in site. After that, we went to see Delorentos at the Pet Sounds stage. The tent was packed and the sound was a little underwater-ish in places, but it was good at the entrances.
After that we had some work to do and then went to see The Gossip who were AMAZING. It lashed rain for the second half of the gig and I have never needed to pee so much in my entire life, but me and Mr Dunphy stook it out and it was well worth it because 'Standing In the Way of Control' was AWESOME. God, just thinking about it now makes me want to get up and dance around the office. But I won't.
Later we saw Kings of Leon. Again, gigantic crowd, probably 40,000 or something. Mental. Then we went over to Interpol at the NME stage, and there were only a few thousand there for that, so bizarre.
It started to get a little sloppy after that and myself and Mr Dunphy and Lili had plenty of adventures that took in both the big wheel and Felix in the dance warehouse.
But it was Muse that blew away the evening. They were about half an hour late on and you're kind of thinking at that stage 'this better be worth it'. It so was. They are the LOUDEST band I have ever seen. We were right up the front and when they started playing it was kind of like The Big Bang and the apocalypse at the same time. Just amazing, from the lighting to Matt's voice to the sounds to the crowd. Everything. Unreal. Great way to end the day.
Sunday morning, groggy, we arrived in and had loads of work to do so we didn't get to see many bands apart from Sinead O Connor and Arcade Fire (AF were predictably out of this world; Lili got a drum stick and Tim Robbins danced around the side of the stage. Random.) We left early yesterday and missed Daft Punk. But it was so wet and cold we just couldn't handle it anymore. And everyone had to be in work early and such and such, so what are you gonna do.
Met loads of lovely people - apart from the usual lovely people - Sam from the Bravery, Tom from Editors, Dizzee (nicest boy ever), Matt from The National who was so sweet, Klaxons, Sinead O Connor (be president of the world now please), Matt from Bloc Party, but most importantly, BETH DITTO who is the sweetest lady in the world and so cute and amazing. I love her.
Anyway, that was Oxegen. As I remember things (have a bit of festival brain damage at the moment) I'll post them up. Lili has loads of awesome photees which I'll post soon too. The ones up here now are just crappy ones I took yesterday.