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You might have meant oxygen, the colourless gas.

Oxegen is a yearly music festival, the first of which occurred in 2004, sponsored by the O2 mobile communications company and Heineken. It was previously called Witnness, which ran from 2000 and was sponsored by Guinness. It takes place at the Punchestown Racecourse, Co. Kildare, Ireland and has an average attendance of around 80,000 a day, with around half of these camping on site for the duration, and the rest travelling to the site each day.

While Oxegen has not yet reached the iconic status of Glastonbury, it still manages to attract a large amount of acts each year - for the 2004 festival, acts included The Darkness, The Cure, Orbital, Scissor Sisters and Faithless

As well as four Stages for Music, there are two large areas for camping which are numerically subdivided. Each of these camping areas has it's own small stage on which a mystery guest singer, generally a Mid-level act from the day before, will play. There are also stalls and Shops all around the enclosed area, and toliet areas. Critics often note that these toliet facilites are not nearly adequate to satisfy the large crowds.

There is also a Funfair featuring A big Wheel and other rides, such as the "Magic Carpet", the Big Drop and the Roller Coaster although at the 2004 festival these cost an extra 5 each.

For the most part, its lineup is identical to that of T In The Park, which runs on the same weekend, but in Scotland. TITP has a longer history and a smaller site, meaning that it sells out quicker, and many acts play Oxegen on the day that they're not playing TITP.

2005 Festival

Green Day, Foo Fighters, New Order, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Frames and Snoop Dog have been confirmed to play at Oxegen for the Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. A limited number of tickets went on sale in December 2004 at a discount price and quickly sold out, the main bulk of tickets went on Sale in February, costing 150 for a Weekend with a camping pass, 125 for a weekend without a camping pass and 67 for a day pass for either day. The tickets finally sold out on 3 June, six weeks prior to the event.

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