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Oxegen music festival will not take place this year

Organisers MCD are citing financial reasons as well as a lack of headline artists.

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MUSIC FESTIVAL OXEGEN will not be taking place this year, organisers have confirmed.

The festival was first held in 2004, and after a brief hiatus in 2012 returned in 2013.

Organisers MCD are citing financial demands as well as a lack of suitable acts.

In recent years the festival has targeted a younger audience with dance artists, in contrast to arts festival Electric Picnic which is confirmed to be taking place in autumn.

A short statement reads:

It is with regret that MCD announce that OXEGEN will not take place this year due to lack of suitable Headline Acts which combined with the financial demands by local agencies make it no longer viable to stage the Festival in its current form.

Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and Example headlined last year’s festival.

In 2011, 90 people were arrested and over 300 drug seizures took place at the festival, and five were injured in a tent slashing incident.

Previously: Oxegen organisers deny festival is moving to Phoenix Park >

More: 12 examples of Gardaí being sound at music festivals >

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