We Are Scientists sing for ‘free beer’ at Oxegen festival

Plus band drum up business for festival's food stalls

We Are Scientists played an entertaining set on the 02 Stage at Oxegen this afternoon (July 13).

The trio jetted in for their performance just moments before they were due to appear onstage, following a rain-drenched show at T In The Park yesterday (July 12).

Speaking to NME.COM before he took to the stage, singer Keith Murray said: “We’ve been here mere moments. We flew in from T In The Park after an amazing show there even though it was cold and wet.

“Now we’re in Ireland it is warm and sunny, which feels weird and almost like something is amiss.”

On the challenge ahead, he added: “I have to admit we are a slightly bigger band in Scotland than here. Here we still have to prove to Oxegen that we actually deserve the free beer we get afterwards. The Irish do really begrudge you free beer so we’ve got prove that we deserve it.”

The band proved their worth as they laced their set with tracks from their debut ‘With Love And Squalor’ and ‘Brain Thrust Mastery’.

Typically, Murray and his bandmate Chris Cain, who arrived onstage with cropped hair and without his trademark moustache, were on comedic form, constantly sending shout-outs to food stores around the stage. You can watch fan footage of the product placement below.

“I’d like to give a big shout-out to my homies at the Rumbles Restaurant,” Murray said early on. “They serve the best squid in town!”

He later sent out a shout-out to the Japanese Noodles bar next door and the Madison Grill where he joked the fans “could drown their sorrows if they didn’t enjoy the show”.

The band ended the set with a storming performance of ‘The Great Escape’.

We Are Scientists played:

‘Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt’

‘Chick Lit’

‘This Scene Is Dead’



‘Let’s See It’

‘Cash Cow’

‘After Hours’

‘It’s A Hit’

‘Lethal Enforcer’

‘The Great Escape’

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