Bowling For Soup showered with toilet roll at Oxegen

Pop-punk band make their Irish debut

Bowling For Soup were showered with toilet rolls as they opened the second day of the Oxegen Festival this afternoon (July 12).

Arriving onstage to the sound of Motley Crue classic ‘Wild Side’, singer Jaret Reddick declared, “we are called Bowling For Soup and we are the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band you’ve ever seen,” before launching into ‘Punk 101’.

Throughout their performance, the band’s first at Oxegen, various toilet rolls were thrown onstage, prompting Reddick to banter with the crowd on several occasions as he joked early on: “Hey, toilet roll. Hey, we should save that toilet paper for later because we are going to sell the shit of that later. No pun intended.”

He also took a jovial jibe at emo when he told the crowd: “Let’s bring emo back and everybody be sad,” before he later urged the crowd to chant: “It is perfectly fine to be happy in Dublin. It is perfectly OK to be intoxicated in Ireland.”

As the singer continued to banter with the crowd they burst out into football chants of “Olay! olay! olay! olay”, prompting the singer to sit back and take a swig from his beer while the crowd carried on singing.

Later, he spotted a sombrero hat in the crowd which he managed to pull onstage and put on his head as he quipped to one member in the audience: “I hope you didn’t rub your balls on that when you passed that up here.”

The American punk-pop four-piece rolled through a host of tracks from their recently released live album ‘Live & Very Attractive’, the highlight of which was their highest-charting UK single ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’, which was greeted with massive cheers and resulted in the crowd singing back every word.

As the band rounded off their set with ‘Sedated’, they played the first few bars of Led Zeppelin classic ‘Rock And Roll.

Bowling For Soup played

‘Punk Rock 101’


‘I’m Gay’

‘Ohio (Come Back To Texas)’

‘High School Never Ends’

‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’

‘The Bitch Song’



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