STROKES LEAVE FANS GASPING FOR MORE OXEGEN

The band steal show at day one of Ireland's Oxegen Festival...

THE STROKES made a triumphant return to the big stage last night (July 10) with a barnstorming show at the OXEGEN FESTIVAL at PUNCHESTOWN RACECOURSE in Ireland.

The five-piece’s 18-song set stole the thunder from headliners The Cure as they easily drew the biggest crowd of the day from among the 60,000 fans. There were no new songs – despite the recent news that they have started work on material for their third album – though they did drop in a cover of The Clash’s ‘Clampdown’. And the band worked through many more older songs from their debut album ‘Is This It’ than they had during Spring’s ‘Room on Fire’ tour.

Two of the band’s celebrity girlfriends Drew Barrymore and Amanda De Cadanet were on hand to witness the stronger bite driven into the set with songs like ‘Reptilia’ rocked up a notch. Frontman Julian Casablancas was also on sparkling form. He was chatty throughout, half-way between louche lounge lizard and rock God.

It had been a listless day until early evening when local heroes Snow Patrol kicked some life into the festival. Thousands of fans thronged around the second stage to see them and bellow along to the band’s anthem ‘Run’.

Hope Of the States, Orbital, Razorlight, Belle & Sebastian and Kings of Leon – who The Strokes watched from the side of the stage – were also amongst the biggest draws of the day.

Most of the acts move to the T In The Park festival in Scotland tomorrow.

The Strokes set:

‘Reptilia’

‘Last Nite’

‘Automatic Stop’

‘Hard To Explain’

‘Someday’

‘The End Has No End’

‘Under Control’

‘The Modern Age’

‘New York City Cops’

‘I Can’t Win’

‘Alone Together’

‘Is This It’

‘What Ever Happened?’

‘Barely Legal’

’12:51’

‘Trying Your Luck’

‘Clampdown’

‘Take It Or Leave It’