Oxegen Festival Survival Guide


Oxegen Festival Survival Guide

These aren't so much reasons, as experiences from last year to help twist your arm if you're half thinking about going this year... 

  1. Crowd surfing - Everyone around is concentrating on you. If you get dropped though you're on your own!
  2. The food - My god is it shit but how else would you get away with drinking yourself into a stupor for a whole three days, spending two hundred euro on food, not take a shit all weekend and still come back a stone lighter. You can't argue with results like that.
  3. The randomers - One guy from The Isle Of Mann stayed for 2 hours before disappearing. We didn't see him again until Monday morning and he was supposed to be in the tent beside us.
  4. The Bacardi bar - 7.50 for a drink but what a place. Trained pros behind the bar juggling, spinning and throwing bottles as well as tossing ice onto the packed dance floor. Has to be seen to be understood.
  5. The music - It wouldn't be a music festival without the music. And in fairness it was there in spades. I was in the arena listening to top quality music for 12 hours on the Sunday.

….And the tips from my Oxegen festival survival guide!


  1.  Bring a wheelbarrow - Yes you're reading it properly but if you had to lug around crates of beer for two hours before you get to put up a tent at all you'd understand.
  2. Rain-gear and old clothes - I went with two sets of clothes and no rain-gear  Ended up wearing Saturdays clothes home again on Monday because of my stupidity. And they were still wet.
  3. Don't set tents on fire - We…. I mean some people got in a lot of trouble (and had a lot of fun for this reason). The campsite was like a war zone in the early hours of Monday morning.
  4. Pace yourself - You're not going to manage to keep a permanent state of drunkenness so take it handy on the Friday night. And don’t drink in the arena. It’s a rip off.
  5. Join an angry mob - They just go around chanting “angry mob” and generally look threatening. They last all of 4 minutes before security comes over and everyone scatters. Harmless fun.