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50 acts that you won't believe played Oxegen in 2011

Sometimes you forget just how good those lineups used to be.

WHEN YOU LOOK at the lineup for Oxegen 2011, it’s nearly impossible to believe that 3-day tickets cost just €199.

Friday’s Main Stage was graced by:

1. The Black Eyed Peas

black eyed peas 01- Source: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

They’d still be a pretty decent headline act today.

2. The Script – evidence that this was actually 2011.

3. My Chemical Romance – Were any of their fans even old enough to go see them at Oxegen in 2011?

4. Weezer, who said they’d like to see Ireland again “soon”. 

Source: Niall O'Donnell/YouTube

It’s been six years and they’ve yet to return.

4. All Time Low - Once again, surely none of their fans were old enough to go?

5. The Blackout - This was an Oxegen lineup arranged for no reason other than to torture young people who read Kerrang! religiously.

6. Fun Lovin’ Criminals - OK, this one’s easy to believe.

The Saturday of the festival had some pretty big names too:

7. Foo Fighters

Greece: Foo Fighters concert in Athens Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

8. Arctic Monkeys - Their name on a festival bill in 2017 would be a pretty big deal.

9. Beady Eye - Even Liam Gallagher made an appearance at Oxegen 2011.

10. Two Door Cinema Club - Since 2011, they broke up, got back together disguised as a cover band of themselves called Tudor Cinema Club and surprised a lot of fans.

At this stage, anyone who went had definitely gotten their money’s worth of headliners. But as always, the biggest acts are saved for Sunday.

11. Beyoncé performed.

NBA: All Star Game-Eastern at Western Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Coachella couldn’t even secure Beyoncé this year. Jay Z had played the year before and must have recommended the Punchestown festival to Beyoncé.

12. Coldplay - People were paying a lot more than €200 to go see Coldplay in Croke Park this summer.

13. Slash - They had something for everyone.

14. Manic Street Preachers - Another act that appeals to dads.

15. Kesha - Another artist we haven’t seen since 2011.

16. The Rubberbandits - Horse Outside took them very far.

The other stages had pretty big names too. For example, the Vodafone stage hosted these acts over the weekend:

17. The Strokes 

18. Swedish House Mafia

19. Tinie Tempah

20. House of Pain

21. The Original Rudeboys – haven’t heard that name in a while.

22. Paulo Nutini

iTunes Festival 2014 - London Source: David Jensen

23. Deadmau5

24. Imelda May

25. Bruno Mars

26. The National

The National In Concert - Amsterdam Source: Utrecht Robin

27. Jimmy Eat World

28. Pendulum

The Heineken ‘Green Spheres’ stage also had some pretty big names.

29. Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris Source: Joe Giddens

30. Brandon Flowers

31. The Vaccines 

32. Professor Green

33. Crystal Castles

34. Primal Scream


Reading Festival 2011 Source: Empics Entertainment

36. The Saturdays 

37. Chase and Status

Similarly, the 2fm Hotpress Academy hosted loads of acts that we’d all be happy to see as headliners at a festival in 2018.

38. The Naked and Famous

The Naked And Famous in concert at Revolution Live Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

39. Metronomy

40. Tame Impala

41. Glasvegas

42. Noah and the Whale

43. City and Colour

44. Braids

45. Bright Eyes 

Red Bull’s stage really didn’t disappoint either.

46. Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki Live in Milwaukee Source: Daniel DeSlover

47. Tiga

48. Diplo

49. Sven Vath

50. Afrojack

How did anyone ever complain about Oxegen?

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