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Thursday 21 August 2014

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Plush pampering zones, endless varieties of gourmet cuisine and stacks of world-famous celebs -- sounds more like an exotic paradise than a rock 'n' roll festival.

But these are just some of the delights set to lure 100,000 music fans from across the globe to the fifth annual Oxegen festival at Punchestown from noon tomorrow.

The Herald was given an exclusive back stage pass as final preparations got under way for the hottest three-day bash of summer.

Some 4,000 workers, 160 trucks, and 52 miles of fencing have transformed the racecourse into a rocker's sanctuary over the past week.

Speaking to the Herald, spokesperson for promoters MCD Justin Green said: "Everything is well on track and we're looking forward to a great weekend.

"The great thing about it is that the promoters didn't pick the line-up, the fans did. We surveyed the people who went last year and asked them who they wanted to see this year.

"There is something for everyone, the line-up is second to none and it's one of the best line-ups ever for a European event.

"My advice to fans is if you're coming down use public transport or car pool. Remember that you are at a music festival so come with your friends and stay with your friends, don't walk on your own.

"Always keep your phone charged and don't hesitate to contact security or gardai if you have any concerns whatsoever -- it's the fans' festival and it's the fans that make it, so come and have a great weekend but drink in moderation." A sneak peak at the mouth-watering VIP menu revealed The Kings of Leon, Blur and co will be tucking into roast beef, pumpkin cannelloni, chargrilled Mediterranean vegetables and an extensive selection of desserts before they hit the main stage.

The headlining bands' funky black and pink "chill-out area", which is decked out with about a dozen soft, black leather sofas, will be filled with fresh fruits, flowers and any special requests on the day.

Performers will also have access to private games rooms, pool tables, a Buddha bean bag swamp, not to mention a well-stocked bar.

Aside from the spine-tingling line-up of The Script, The Killers and Lily Allen to name but a few, we can reveal fans are in for some awesome surprises.

Campers who splashed out on cosier facilities in the deluxe Green site will be happy to note the tepees, Podpads, MyHabs and tents are up and ready to use.

And Scouting Ireland will be back to pitch or repair tents for a small fee in aid of charity.

aanderson@herald.ie

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