Weather the star of Oxegen

The star of Oxegen 2011, for seasoned festival goers, was the weather.

The star of Oxegen 2011, for seasoned festival goers, was the weather.

While in previous years the festival has tended to get quite mucky, this year there was a little bit of drizzle on the Friday afternoon, and thereafter it was pretty much dry for the rest of the weekend.

Ironic then that festival fashion for 2011 appeared to be hot pants and wellies for the ladies and something similar, although perhaps slightly more modest for the gentlemen.

“It’s what everyone is wearing - you don’t end up with soggy jeans,” one young lady told this reporter in Naas on Sunday afternoon as she waited for the bus out to Punchestown to see Beyonce.

“Plus, you get to show a bit of leg, and that should help you score!” she suggested, with a wicked glint in her eye.

Word is that with less muck and water around, camping was a little more comfortable as well – which isn’t to say that anybody got any more sleep than usual.

The highlights of the event were (in no particular order) Foo Fighters, Beyonce and Coldplay. For Kildare folk it was when Christy Moore was invited on stage by Coldplay who played backing band for his fine rendition of ‘Ride On’.

There were some arrests for public order and drugs offences, and although there were five special sittings of Naas District Court spread out across the weekend, none of them had more than two or three defendants or lasted more than a couple of minutes.

Five teenage men were injured in a slashing incident at 4am on Saturday morning. Only one of them was brought to Tallaght General Hospital where his injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

A weapon used in the attack was recovered by Gardai.