Council blamed for Oxegen cancellation

CONCERT promoters MCD have laid the blame for the failure to stage the Oxegen event in Naas at the door of Kildare County Council.

CONCERT promoters MCD have laid the blame for the failure to stage the Oxegen event in Naas at the door of Kildare County Council.

Director Caroline Downey-Desmond claimed “We have huge issues with costs that they don’t have in the UK,” she began.

“For example, the reason Oxegen isn’t going ahead this year is solely to do with costs,” she alleged.

Hot Press quoted her as claiming: “It’s to do with the council, it’s to do with the garda costs. It’s outrageous, we cannot do it any more.

“We’d have to up your ticket prices, kids wouldn’t be able to afford it. We try to give value for money, and it costs a huge amount in infrastructure. We do more than they ever have to do in Europe and it’s still not enough.

“They insist on a huge amount of guards. They don’t seem to have that problem for Electric Picnic, the guards seem to work much better with them.”

She also claimed that the loss of Oxegen in 2012 would cost Kildare “millions”.

Ms Downey-Desmond made no reference to the profits made by MCD from successive events staged at Punchestown Racecourse.