The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and OXEGEN have brought together a stunning line-up for this year’s IMRO NEW SOUNDS STAGE.

Featuring headline performances from David Kitt, Director and Villagers as well as a host of emerging new talent from home and abroad, the stage will be the place for clued up OXEGEN fans to discover an incredible array of new talent before anyone else!

Headlining Friday is David Kitt, one of Ireland’s finest singer-songwriters. His albums Big Romance and Square One are regarded as two of the best Irish albums of this decade. His 6th album Nightsaver develops his sound further blending acoustic introspection with nuances of disco, Kraftwerk and even hip-hop.

Director return to OXEGEN on Saturday showcasing material from their new album ‘I’ll Wait For Sound’. The Malahide four-piece burst on to the scene in 2006 when their debut single Reconnect entered The Top Ten and they then went on to win Best New Irish Act at the 2006 Meteor Music Awards.

Villagers is the brainchild of mult-talented singer-songwriter Conor J O’Brien. His folk-centred soul songs are surrounded by rich pop arrangements on the critically acclaimed ‘Hollow Kind’; an EP that marks Villagers out as a very special talent.

Friday’s line-up on The IMRO New Sounds Stage will also feature a diverse range of fantastic acts. Irish duo Heathers have already toured the US and supported Kimya Dawson (ex-Moldy Peaches), Welsh act The Joy Formidable are building up a big live reputation in the UK, while The Flaws return to the fray having previously enjoyed national airplay for their single Sixteen.

Also playing on Friday are two brilliant new bands from Belfast Yes Cadets and Cashier No.9, streetwise troubadour The Mighty Stef and singer-songwriter Ruth Anne Cunningham. Completing the line-up on Friday are synth-pop duo The Brilliant Things and Dublin hopefuls Home Star Runner and Stone Motion.

Director are joined on the IMRO New Sounds Stage on Saturday by Northern Irish three piece General Fiasco who’ve recently been signed to Infectious Records and have a growing fan-base both north and south of the border. It’s quite a line-up on Saturday: Texan St Vincent’s beguiling sound has seen her hailed by Pitchfork and The New York Times while local band Codes entered the Irish charts with their first two singles and have since supported Keane on tour. Instrumental juggernaut And So I Watch You From Afar, edgy Dublin band Cap Pas Cap and the richly talented Joe Echo reaffirm the sheer quality, variety and ambition of emerging acts in Ireland right now. The infectious Nightbox, hotly tipped indie popsters Angel Pier and vocal sensation Jenna Toro should also win new fans, while Carosel have won favourable comparisons with Regina Spektor and Feist.

Sunday’s IMRO New Sounds Stage will welcome Wintersleep, winner of the Juno award for ‘Best New Band’ in Canada last year and Scotland’s Broken Records – a band that have already received the backing NME, Q Magazine and BBC Radio 1. Concerto For Constantine is the new band of former JJ72 frontman Mark Greaney so big things are expected of them while electro act Dark Room Notes brooding sound has seen them compared to Joy Division. Mixing traditional Irish music with punk rock ala The Pogues, Blood Or Whiskey are a must see live band; The Chakras anthemic indie looks set to catapult them to stardom and The Jades are Ireland’s best new all female group. Promising new acts Andrew Hosier Byrne and Bone complete the IMRO New Sounds line-up for ’09.

The full IMRO New Sounds Stage line-up is:

Friday 10th July:

David Kitt, Heathers, The Joy Formidable, The Flaws, Yes Cadets, The Mighty Stef, Cashier No. 9, Ruth Anne Cunningham, The Brilliant Things, Home Star Runner, Stone Motion.

Saturday 11th July:

Director, General Fiasco, St Vincent, Codes, And So I Watch You From Afar, Cap Pas Cap, Joe Echo, Nightbox, Angel Pier, Carosel, Jenna Toro

Sunday 12th July:

Villagers, Wintersleep, Broken Records, Concerto For Constantine, Dark Room Notes, Blood Or Whiskey, The Chakras, The Jades, Andrew Hozier Byrne, Bone

IMRO’s Director of Marketing & Membership, Keith Johnson comments: “IMRO is delighted to once again have this opportunity to present some of the very finest emerging Irish acts alongside their international counterparts at Ireland’s biggest live music festival. The IMRO New Sounds Stage will profile what’s “hot” for 2009 and beyond and if last year is anything to go by then it promises to be one of the busiest stages at OXEGEN 09″.

In addition to the IMRO New Sounds Stage, the OXEGEN line-up to date is:



Main Stage: Blur, Snow Patrol, The Script, Lily Allen, James,


The Coronas

OXEGEN Stage 2: Keane, Pendulum, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Duke Special, Therapy?, The Answer

Heineken Green Spheres: 2 Many DJ’s, Republic Of Loose, Mogwai, Fight Like Apes, Dreadzone, God Is An Astronaut, Dirty Epics

Red Bull Music Academy: Ladyhawke, M83

Hot Press New Bands Stage: Spinnerette, Howling Bells, The Hours, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Mumford & Sons, Priscilla Ahn, O Emperor, Truffle Shuffle.

OXEGEN Dance Arena: DeadMau5, Swedish House Mafia, Crookers,


Tom Middleton, Aeroplane (DJ Set), Japanese Popstars, Frankmusik, BURNS



Main Stage: Kings Of Leon, Bloc Party, Elbow, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Morrison, The Blizzards, Squeeze, The Saw Doctors

OXEGEN Stage 2: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Doves,


The Mars Volta, Maximo Park, Eagles of Death Metal, The Game, The Gaslight Anthem

Heineken Green Spheres: Pet Shop Boys, TV On The Radio,


Peter Doherty, Regina Spektor, The Saturdays, Daniel Merriweather, Gary Go

Red Bull Music Academy: Crystal Castles, Tinchy Stryder

Hot Press New Bands Stage: The Airborne Toxic Event, Patrick Wolf, Passion Pit, Hockey, Little Boots, Sneaky Soundsystem, Go Audio, Magistrates, In Case Of Fire, Will and the People.

OXEGEN Dance Arena: Tiga, Boys Noize, Annie Mac, Digitalism, Yuksek, Dr Lektroluv, Popof, Don Rimini



Main Stage: The Killers, Razorlight, The Specials, Paolo Nutini, Lady Gaga, Calvin Harris, Ocean Colour Scene

OXEGEN Stage 2: Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, The Ting Tings,


Katy Perry, White Lies, Starsailor, You Me At Six, The Horrors

Heineken Green Spheres: Manic Street Preachers, Glasvegas, Jason Mraz, Foals, Friendly Fires, Noisettes, Iglu And Hartly

Red Bull Music Academy: Florence And The Machine, Of Montreal

OXEGEN Dance Arena: Felix Da Housecat, Miss Kittin & The Hacker (live), Fever Ray, MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots, Hudson Mohawke,


Kissy Sell Out.

OXEGEN will take place at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co Kildare from 10th-12th July 2009 (subject to licence).



Ticket Deposit Scheme


For 2009 OXEGEN has introduced another great first…The Ticket Deposit Scheme…a flexible way to pay for your ticket at no extra cost. Open to all fans, you can pay a 120 Euro deposit to secure your ticket and pay the remaining balance by 19th June 2009.


OXEGEN is subject to license and tickets are available on a first come first served basis. All ticket purchases for OXEGEN are limited to 4 per person – don’t forget that to encourage car pooling, one free car pass will be issued with every 4 tickets purchased.


Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale NOW and are priced at a 2008 PRICE FREEZE of 224.50 Euro (incl. booking fee) for 3 day including camping ticket. For an extra 20 Euro fans can purchase a 4 day including camping ticket which will include Thursday campsite stay also.


Tickets can be bought via our official ticket partner


Check out for all the latest line up announcements and festival updates as well as all the information you’ll need to make sure your OXEGEN 2009 is the best yet!


The following conditions apply:


Strictly 17s and over only – ID required and will be checked vigorously before entry. Under 17s will only be admitted if accompanied by guardian/relative 25 years or over who will sign for and accept responsibility for said person. Policy will be strictly enforced – persons who purchase and ignore conditions will be refused entry with NO refund.


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