OXEGEN is set to return to Punchestown Racecourse this summer – as reported in the Leinster Leader almost two weeks ago.
Concert promoters MCD Productions have confirmed that the concert will take place over 2 day (August 3 and 4).
Oxegen was an annual fixture at Punchestown between 2004 and 2011.
The confirmation came as Oxegen announced recorded “strong” profits last year in spite of a 22% drop in ticket sales to 1.2m.
Describing the 2012 profits as strong, Mr Desmond said that the biggest grossing shows of last year were two Westlife concerts at Croke Park and Madonna at the Aviva. The level of profits at MCD is not known as it is an unlimited company and therefore not required to disclose annual profits and revenues, according to the Irish Examiner. MCD gigs at the O2 last year included concerts by Robbie Williams, One Direction, and Van Morrison. However, the tickets sold by MCD Productions last year represented a 22% drop on the 1.54m tickets it shifted in 2011. Explaining the drop, Mr Desmond said: “The business is cyclical, plus there was no Slane or Oxegen in 2012 and this accounts for the reduction in sales.” Mr Desmond said the line-up for Oxegen will be announced in late February. MCD most controversial gig took place last year and featured the Swedish House Mafia at the Phoenix Park and was marred by drunkenness, drugtaking and violence and attracted widespread criticism.
- Paul O’Meara.