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20th Dec 2016

A Lot Of People Still Aren’t Over The Time Bowie Was Replaced By The Darkness At Oxegen 2004


Sadly, there’s a whole generation of Irish people who never got to see Bowie perform live – but many of them did come agonisingly close in 2004.

Having been scheduled to headline Oxegen that year (along with Scottish twin festival T In The Park), he was forced to withdraw for health reasons.

His replacement – The Darkness – left a lot of people rather underwhelmed. And now, with the knowledge that the chance to see him perform has passed forever, it seems the scars have been reopened…

‘That feeling but forever’

Even if you don’t speak French, the ellipsis here says it all…

To be fair, The Darkness had been second on the bill and the withdrawal was at very short notice – so they were probably only delighted to step up to the mark and headline a festival gig after having one hit (and one festive follow-up).

But still.

The Darkness.

And across the water in Scotland, T in the Park veterans were equally pissed…


‘Bebo AGM’. Amazing.

‘The fucking Darkness’