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It's Rit as rain; ORA WOWS FANS AT OXEGEN.


RAIN was an unwanted last-minute addition to yesterday's Oxegen line-up but fans didn't seem to care.

As the first groups hit the stage, it was clear the traditional downpour had returned despite the festival's break last year.

Throughout the day, punters were cursing the near-tsunami that took over Punchestown, with few bright skies seen at Oxegen.

But 50,000 fans still turned up amid the showers to soak up the music.

Headline act Rita Ora got the party started when she landed on the main stage and belted out her chart-topping tracks.

The Kosovo-born star jetted in with DJ boyfriend Calvin Harris (also performing), from New York on Friday, and sent the audience into a frenzy when she sang How We Do, Shine Ya Light, Radioactive and Hot Right Now. She told fans: "I'm so delighted to be here in Ireland."

Organisers set up a joint dressing room for them to spend the four-hour break between sets, laying on vodka, Corona, Guinness and mixers to ensure they enjoyed the most of their weekend.

A source said: "They were the big, big attraction at Oxegen on Saturday so everything was always going to be done to keep them happy - and there seem to be no complaints." Harris kept the party going with a sensational must-see set that left the campsites deserted.

Others performing yesterday were The Original Rudeboys, DJ Fresh, Example, Labyrinth and Example, with Snoop Dogg and David Guetta coming today.

But fans were left sobbing in the mud after Iggy Azalea cancelled her set due to illness. Pals Kathryn Holmes, 21, and Jessie Donohue, 22, from Dublin, were delighted that Oxegen had finally returned after a year off.

Luke Byrne, 25, from Mayo, insisted: "This is the best Oxegen ever."

Daniel Jacob, 27, from Carlow, had put all of his woes behind him, admitting: "I actually couldn't care at all what's happening outside of Oxegen." And Susie Bond, 21, from Belfast, was loving her first Oxegen, revealing: "I wasn't planning to go, but decided at the last minute to get a ticket. It was the best decision ever."

Bosses kept security tight as punters were patted down and swept with metal detectors.

More than 600 gardai and 1,000 stewards patrolled the site.


Sunshine girls... Tina Morrisey and Trisha Sutton from Moneygall

Fans... Sarah Evans and Lauren O'Leary from Dublin

Summer camp... fans staying overnight

Fun in the sun... Michelle Rooney, Sabrina Dermody and Eimear Cullen from Westmeath

Ora's aura... Rita delights fans with her top hits

No flagging... fans brave the rain for their favourite singer
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2013
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