LIMERICK’S Rubberbandits have been booked to play on the main stage at Oxegen, sharing a stage in front of 75,000 baying music fans with Beyonce and Coldplay, who performed to rave reviews at Glastonbury last weekend.
The ‘Bandits will open the main stage on the Sunday of the three day festival, billed as one of the largest in Europe and taking place in Punchestown on July 7-10, performing ahead of the Manic Street Preachers, Sash and headliners Beyonce and Coldplay.
Welcoming the news, Blind Boy Boat Club of the Rubberbandits told the Limerick Leader that the main stage slot at Oxegen was “going to be like being an examiner in the Leaving Cert”.
“We will be standing at the top of a large hall, commanding loads of 18 year olds. Except the large hall will be a field and the exams being sat will be “honours getting sick on your friend’s tent” and “foundation manners”,” laughed Blind Boy, who along with his pal Mr Chrome, forms the plastic-bag-wearing duo.
Asked if the duo would be hoping to meet Beyonce at Oxegen, Blind Boy replied: “No, we are going to head back to Limerick as soon as we get off stage. Our friend Coco is having a barbecue out his back garden that night. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to hang around with Beyonce under any other circumstances, but when it clashes with one of Coco’s barbecues, we just can’t do it. His parents are rich and he has his own handball court, enough said like”.
Being booked to play at the festival is an indication of the massive crossover success the duo have experienced in the past 12 months, their single ‘Horse Outside’ narrowly missing out on scooping last year’s Christmas number one, while they recently filmed an MTV special in New York, scheduled to be broadcast in the autumn.
Currently finishing tracks for their first album, which will be released in October, the ‘Bandits have also been booked to play live dates all over the USA, UK and Europe including the Reading and Latitude festivals.
Next week they will play their biggest live gig to date in Limerick when they kick off the tenth Pig ‘n Porter festival in Old Crescent, Rosbrien, with all proceeds from the 1,000 capacity gig to go to mental health awareness charity Reachout.com. Support for the gig, which takes place on July 15 and tickets for which are on sale from Empire or Old Crescent, will come from Campaign LK, 2 Day Nation and The Strypes.
Meanwhile, the Bandits will this Saturday launch a ‘Horse Outside’ in the grounds of the Hunt Museum. The life-size hand painted fibreglass horse has been decorated by the Roxboro School Completion Programme and the Southill Outreach Programme, with both groups encouraged to use items from the museum’s collection as sources to inspire the horse’s creation.
The project is part of the museum’s education and outreach programme and The ‘Bandits themselves will be on hand at midday on Saturday to unveil the horse.
Tickets for Oxegen are on sale now from Euro Empire on O’Connell Street and Ticketmaster.ie.