COLDPLAY ARE SET to headline this year’s Oxegen festival, in a stellar line-up that will also include the Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, the Black Eyed Peas and Deadmau5.
At a special launch party in Dublin last night, organisers MCD confirmed London fourpiece Coldplay as being the main attraction on the final night of the three-day Punchestown music festival, with the Black Eyed Peas headlining on the Friday night and Foo Fighters on the Saturday.
Irish talent will be led by The Script, who will play the main stage on the opening Friday night, while Imelda May will also feature at the weekend.
The festival will also see a debut Irish performance by Beady Eye, the new band formed by former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, and shows from My Chemical Romance, Paolo Nutini, and a solo show from Killers leader Brandon Flowers.
Indie acts will include The National, while dance acts will include Canadian electro superstar Deadmau5.
Coldplay’s appearance will mark the first time that the band have played at the Oxegen festival since it relocated from Fairyhouse to Punchestown, though the band did feature in the 2003 lineup when the festival was billed as Witnness.
The appearance will be among many festival shows for the band this year; the fourpiece are also headlining the Glastonbury festival in June, and T in the Park in Scotland on the same weekend as Oxegen.
In a first for the festival, the announcement of the acts was announced by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, in a video streamed on the Oxegen.ie website – causing the website to crash under the weight of public interest.
Tickets for the festival are on sale through Ticketmaster, priced between €99.50 for one-day tickets and four-day camping tickets costing €244.50 each. MCD is allowing festivalgoers to pay for their tickets in instalments.