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Oxegen

PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:18 pm
by philipchevron
Sincere thanks to tonight's audience at Oxegen, you were truly magnificent. 8)

Re: Oxegen

PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:20 pm
by dublinrambler
how about a set-list from one of the lucky feckers who attended oxegen?

Re: Oxegen

PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:23 pm
by mats
dublinrambler wrote:how about a set-list from one of the lucky feckers who attended oxegen?

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Oxegen

PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 5:10 pm
by john k
what a gig. the tent was rammed. the crowd enthusiastic. the band in flying form. not even a bum note from james.

Re: Oxegen

PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:49 am
by Mogsy
After many years of travelling over to Brixton I never thought a Pogues performance outside that spectacular venue could reach the same standards...how wrong I was! The Green Room at Oxegen was stunning from beginning to end and the crowd reacted brilliantly - I was with a part-time believer who is now a complete convert - thanks lads!

Re: Oxegen

PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:33 am
by mats

Re: Oxegen

PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:59 pm
by Deasun
Have seen the Pogues many times now over the years, (Belfast last year was a particular highlight) but Oxegen was immense. The band were on top form and the atmosphere was incredible, I wonder if the band expect this kind of reception, because genuinely you looked surprised and delighted at the enthusiasm of us poor souls getting crushed down the front... had you any reservations about playing Oxegen? I also noticed that the back-stage area was packed for your set, I imagine some of the other bands were trying to bottle your energy. Thanks again for an intoxicating experience.

By the way RATM were also magnificent, great way to round off the festivities. we even got a blast of the Internationale... I think the Pogues should do a cover!!!

Re: Oxegen

PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:26 pm
by philipchevron
Deasun wrote:Have seen the Pogues many times now over the years, (Belfast last year was a particular highlight) but Oxegen was immense. The band were on top form and the atmosphere was incredible, I wonder if the band expect this kind of reception, because genuinely you looked surprised and delighted at the enthusiasm of us poor souls getting crushed down the front... had you any reservations about playing Oxegen? I also noticed that the back-stage area was packed for your set, I imagine some of the other bands were trying to bottle your energy. Thanks again for an intoxicating experience.

By the way RATM were also magnificent, great way to round off the festivities. we even got a blast of the Internationale... I think the Pogues should do a cover!!!


My comment at the top of this forum was genuine. I'll never know where Pogues audiences get the energy from. Thanks again.

Re: Oxegen

PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:36 pm
by KathleenwithaK
philipchevron wrote: I'll never know where Pogues audiences get the energy from.


In between gigs we loll about on a raft, exercising our brains and fingers. It actually provides tons of energy and a certain ability to withstand kicks in the head from crowd surfers. :wink: We're a hearty and devoted bunch.

Re: Oxegen

PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:08 pm
by john k
the best gig i've attended since the pogues reformed with shane. on par with the gigs in the sfx in the 80s. seriously.

Re: Oxegen

PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:28 pm
by DaBanjo2
philipchevron wrote:My comment at the top of this forum was genuine. I'll never know where Pogues audiences get the energy from. Thanks again.


Ha...I'll give you three guesses where it comes from.

Re: Oxegen

PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 7:54 pm
by Kriss
DaBanjo2 wrote:
philipchevron wrote:My comment at the top of this forum was genuine. I'll never know where Pogues audiences get the energy from. Thanks again.


Ha...I'll give you three guesses where it comes from.


I'm going to say....Guinness.

Re: Oxegen

PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:56 pm
by MacRua
"Today’s big disappointment were The Pogues in the Green Room. Shane MacGowan tried his best, God love him, but the sound was awful and he looked as lucid as the entire population of The Priory put together. Pair of Brown Eyes was still a goose-bumps moment, mind. " -- Belfast Telegraph

That would seem to be it for the Irish contingent. Unless of course you remember that, over in the Green Room, there is the small matter of THE POGUES. A lot of people have remembered it would seem as they are running to get there in time and soon the tent full barriers are up. It looks like that, even in this temporary world of guitars, haircuts and fashionable bands, there is still a place for the songs of one Shane McGowan. It’s a million miles away from the voyeurism that surrounded Amy Winehouse, the tent instead full of genuine affection and respect. The band respond by sounding better than anyone could have hoped with even Shane’s vocals coming close to hitting the spot. A resounding triumph and even a little moving in its own way. -- State magazine


Semi Naked In Somebody Else's Green Room
aka. Negative Review: The Pogues at Oxegen '08
21 July, 2008
By Positive Boredom

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<...>Immediately afterwards I went up to the Pogues, it was kinda obvious that the place would be pretty packed and I wanted to get into the thick of it without killing some people. I walk into the tent, work my way to the front(go down by the side then walk in towards the middle is ALWAYS the most effective way).
With another half hour or so til they were due to begin, I've a little look around at the rest of the crowd.
From observing the crowd you could presume:
- It'd be a pretty high energy(to an extremely annoying level) crowd for the whole half hour before the gig, as every single person there was wearing a GAA jersey!
- It'd be a violently aggressive crowd, as every single person in the crowd was chanting "Shane-O, Shane-O" and following it up by saying to each other "He's a fucking legend".
-It'd be perhaps the biggest shower of bastards at the festival gathered into one place, as they kept chanting out "I.R.A. I.R.A. I.R.A." to the beat of Chelsea fucking Dagger then suddenly jump into the eternal anthem for bastard that is The Fields Of Athenry(y'know the version with all the IRA bacing vocals?).
That I'd have no one to talk to for the godawful half hour before me.
All that happened during this time of note was how I decided to risk my life against all these drunks by pointing out the Pogues are a british band.

Half an hour later the whole band come on stage, all looking very professional and proper and all... then MacGowan comes on.
In all probability, I think the sight of him was the most hateable thing I've seen in years. Stumbling his way towards the mic, he attempts to grab it and nearly falls over. The crowd cheers, he puts on a grin of extreme arrogance that nearly makes me laugh from how pathetic he looks.

By this point I felt I was overcome with negativity to the point of being incapable of enjoying myself. Yet from the second they started it was brilliant, I was in a perfect mood for a crowd that violent and they did not disappoint.With a crowd that lively, I cannot help but enjoy it with the right amount of whiskey in me.
However, It. Was. F*cking. Packed! It was ridiculously hot, so much so that even I had to take off my jacket after 5 minutes... jumper after 10, shirt after 15 and finally my vest after 20. Which is not something I would do lightly by the way. Around this point I (literally) bump into some of my friends who made their way to the front.

3 songs from the end it was starting to get uncomfortable, this was only made worse when a f-cking 10 year old pops up in the packed area! The little shit was clearly on a suicide mission, he looked like he was gonna die. What's worse though is I was right beside him so it looked like he was gonna die partly due my presence.
I solved my guilt by giving him the last of my water. Therefore I wouldn't be responsible for his death, I was even compelled to start trying to help kill him now cos at least I gave him water, no one else done anything!

I decide to leave before they play Fiesta, which would've led to my death. Great atmosphere. Great band. Did anyone even hear a single word come from MacGowan's microphone though? <...>

Re: Oxegen

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:56 am
by philipchevron
MacRua wrote:

Great atmosphere. Great band. Did anyone even hear a single word come from MacGowan's microphone though? <...>[/indent]


Why yes, I heard several. Perhaps you need a hearing test? I have a state-of-the-art digital hearing aid I can let you have at face value - $6000. It was used for only three months and it may even have helped restore my hearing to (almost) previous levels.

Re: Oxegen

PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:07 am
by Bottle_of_Smoke
Sorry to drag up an old topic but I haven't been around in a while.

Pogues at Oxegen was for me the highlight of the weekend, and a lot of people who weren't huge pogues fans said the same thing.

At first I was dissappointed they weren't gonna be on a a bigger stage but was really glad after. The sound was crap on the stages but was great in the tents. Darkness makes a big difference too.

Oh and whoever decided Pogues & Flogging Molly were to play at the *exact* same time should be shot. :roll: