A combination of rain, muck, and over-priced beer could not dampen the spirits of 80,000 music lovers as the 5th annual Oxegen music festival proved another rip roaring success.
Punchestown race course in Naas, Co. Kildare, played host to an array of both international and local music talent for the 3-day long festival with rock giants the Kings of Leon, top US band the Killers, and reformed nineties boy band, Blur, leading a stellar line up.
There was something for everyone with the two outdoor stages featuring a mouth-watering combination of diverse acts from the 'poptastic' new kids on the block - the Script - to rock group Nine Inch Nails.
The increasingly popular Tinchy Stryder lit up the smaller Red Bull Academy stage, while the Saturdays, a self-confessed 'girl pop' group, were a surprise success story, managing to pack out the ten thousand capacity Heineken Green Spheres stage, on the Saturday afternoon.
For many fans, Sunday was well worth the wait as the main stage played host to US pop sensation Lady Gaga, and the girl of the moment did not disappoint with an eye-catching stage performance accompanying rousing renditions of her smash hit number 1's - Just dance, Poker Face and Paparazzi. The quirky personality of the singer also shone through and she declared to a thoroughly amused audience; "All you need is art, love, music and Oxegen".
In the months running up to it, much hype surrounded the failure of the festival to sell out and hard times coupled with the prices of both the tickets and the services on offer were blamed for this unusual occurrence.
From a student perspective however, the expense could not deter the majority of young music lovers now used to the 'poor student' role of making a lot out of a little.
They found it easy enough to economise, and chose to spurn the nine euro beer and six euro burgers for 'mammy's' sandwiches, a cheap six pack and some discreet looking spirits which proved easy enough to sneak past security!
"Their food was expensive enough - but that was to be expected and you could make a relatively cheap weekend out of it if you wanted to", said Amy, a nineteen-year old St. Pats student, "There are always horror stories going around about the campsites and they weren't very nice especially with the terrible weather but nothing bad happened to us and we had a great laugh with the other campers".
In terms of the music itself, Amy was left pleasantly surprised at the quality of Calvin Harris whose electro sound "really shone through" while Lady Gaga and the Kings of Leon also lived up to her expectations with "brilliant" performances.
"Overall it was a brilliant weekend and I'd definitely do it again".