2004 in Irish music

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This is a summary of the year 2004 in the Irish music industry.



  • Tickets for Oxegen 2004, the festival that would in years to come be a worthy successor to Witnness, went on sale on Friday March 5. One-day tickets cost €59.50, two-day tickets were priced at €110.00 whilst a two-day ticket with camping included cost €130.00.[1]





  • November 19 saw the Irish release of the internationally anticipated eleventh studio album by U2. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb debuted at #1 in 34 countries and worldwide sales as of 2006 number close to 10 million copies sold. The album was preceded by the lead single "Vertigo", released for radio airplay on September 24, when it received extensive airplay and topped the charts in several countries when it was released on November 8.


Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

Albums & EPs[edit]

Below is a list of notable albums & EPs released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2004.



Below is a list of notable singles released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2004.
Issue date Song title Artist Source Sales Notes
24 February "Clones" Ash
22 March "Come Home Billy Bird" The Divine Comedy
12 April "Chocolate" Snow Patrol
3 May "Orpheus" Ash
14 June "Absent Friends" The Divine Comedy
19 June "Starcrossed" Ash
20 August "Finally" The Frames
25 October "How to Be Dead" Snow Patrol
8 November "Vertigo" U2
__ December "Renegade Cavalcade" Ash

Date unknown


Oxegen 2004[edit]

Electric Picnic 2004[edit]

Heineken Green Energy[edit]

Slane 2004[edit]

Music awards[edit]

2004 Meteor Awards[edit]

The 2004 Meteor Awards were held on ???, 2004. Below are the winners:[11]

Award Winner(s)
Best Irish Male Paddy Casey
Best Irish Female Cara Dillon
Best Irish Band The Frames
Best Irish Album So Much for the City (The Thrills)
Best New Irish Act Future Kings of Spain
Best Irish Pop Act Westlife
Best Live Performance Red Hot Chili Peppers (Slane 2003)
Best Irish DJ Ryan Tubridy
Hope for 2004 Republic of Loose
Best Folk/Traditional Damien Dempsey
Best International Male Justin Timberlake
Best International Female Beyoncé Knowles
Best International Band The Darkness
Best International Album Elephant (The White Stripes)
Industry Award Dave Fanning
Lifetime Achievement Award The Dubliners
Humanitarian Award Stanislaus Kennedy (Sister Stan)

Choice Music Prize[edit]

The Choice Music Prize did not exist this year.


  1. ^ "Bowie & Darkness Punchestown-bound". RTÉ. 2004-02-19. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Dido announces Dublin date". Hot Press. 2004-06-02. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Groove Armada confirmed for Phoenix Park bill". Hot Press. 2004-04-16. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  4. ^ "Chilis break Irish concerts record". RTÉ. 2004-06-04. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  5. ^ "The White Stripes for Dublin & Belfast". Hot Press. 2004-06-12. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  6. ^ "The Darkness replace Bowie at OXEGEN". RTÉ. 2004-06-30. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  7. ^ "New York Dolls to support the White Stripes". Hot Press. 2004-06-17. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Foo Fighters to headline OXEGEN 2005". RTÉ. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  9. ^ "Foo Fighters to headline Oxegen". BreakingNews.ie. 2005-12-01. Archived from the original on 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  10. ^ "Prodigy announce OXEGEN appearance". RTÉ. 2004-12-10. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  11. ^ "Meteor Ireland Music Awards Past Winners" Archived 2009-02-01 at the Wayback Machine.. Meteor. Accessed 1 February 2009.

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