2004 in Irish music
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This is a summary of the year 2004 in the Irish music industry.
- 1 Summary
- 2 Bands formed
- 3 Bands disbanded
- 4 Bands reformed
- 5 Albums & EPs
- 6 Singles
- 7 Festivals
- 8 Music awards
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- 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.
- On Friday June 11, tickets for Dido's August performance at Marlay Park in Dublin, supported by Scissor Sisters, went on sale priced at €55.
- On Saturday June 12, Red Hot Chili Peppers played Phoenix Park, supported by The Thrills, The Pixies, Groove Armada  and Hothouse Flowers. It was their fourth consecutive year to appear in Ireland.
- On June 25, tickets for The White Stripes two August shows in Dublin's Marlay Park and the Belfast Botanic Gardens went on sale.
- On Wednesday June 30 it was announced that David Bowie would be unable to headline his scheduled slot on the Sunday night of Oxegen 2004.
- Oxegen 2004 took place on Saturday July 10 and Sunday July 11, headlined by The Darkness, The Strokes and The Cure. It was the natural successor to Witnness and like the previous year's festival was held at Punchestown Racecourse, County Kildare. It was the first of two new festivals this year that would leave a permanent mark on the Irish music scene in later years.
- On August 24, The White Stripes played Marlay Park in Dublin. On August 25, they played Belfast's Botanic Gardens. They were supported at both shows by New York Dolls.
- On August 25, Dido played Marlay Park in Dublin with support from Scissor Sisters.
- The first Electric Picnic was held at Stradbally, County Laois. Beginning as a one-day event, it was soon to become an international hit, and it wasn't long before it was catching up on Oxegen in popularity. Its patrons praised it for its unique atmosphere and, although it didn't attract the same internationally recognised acts as Oxegen, it became very much a fixture in later years.
- 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.
- On December 1, Foo Fighters were confirmed as the Sunday night headliner for Oxegen 2005.
- On December 10, The Prodigy were confirmed for Oxegen 2005.
Albums & EPs
- Below is a list of notable albums & EPs released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2004.
- Absent Friends - The Divine Comedy (March 29, 2004)
- Meltdown - Ash (May 17, 2004)
- Kindness - The Radio (August 2004) 
- Let's Bottle Bohemia - The Thrills (September 13, 2004)
- Burn the Maps - The Frames (September 17, 2004)
- Bavarian EP - The Divine Comedy (October 25, 2004) - (EP downloadable from official website)
- How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - U2 (November 19, 2004)
- Nightrock - The Chalets (2004) - (EP)
- Something Ilk - Cathy Davey (2004)
- Listening In: Radio Sessions 1978-1982 (Live) - The Undertones (2004)
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- Below is a list of notable singles released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2004.
|Issue date||Song title||Artist||Source||Sales||Notes|
|22 March||"Come Home Billy Bird"||The Divine Comedy|
|12 April||"Chocolate"||Snow Patrol|
|14 June||"Absent Friends"||The Divine Comedy|
|20 August||"Finally"||The Frames|
|25 October||"How to Be Dead"||Snow Patrol|
|__ December||"Renegade Cavalcade"||Ash|
- "Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?" - The Thrills (??? 2004)
- "Not for All the Love in the World" - The Thrills (??? 2004)
- Oxegen 2004 took place at Punchestown Racecourse in County Kildare on Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 11. It was headlined by The Darkness, The Cure and The Strokes, whilst Kings of Leon, PJ Harvey, The Divine Comedy, The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters, Muse, Faithless, Massive Attack, Basement Jaxx and Chemical Brothers also appeared.
Electric Picnic 2004
- Electric Picnic 2004 took place in Stradbally Estate, County Laois. It was headlined by Groove Armada, Super Furry Animals, Jurassic 5, David Kitt, Mylo and Erol Alkan.
Heineken Green Energy
2004 Meteor Awards
|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
The Choice Music Prize did not exist this year.
- "Bowie & Darkness Punchestown-bound". RTÉ. 2004-02-19. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- "Dido announces Dublin date". Hot Press. 2004-06-02. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
- "Groove Armada confirmed for Phoenix Park bill". Hot Press. 2004-04-16. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
- "Chilis break Irish concerts record". RTÉ. 2004-06-04. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- "The White Stripes for Dublin & Belfast". Hot Press. 2004-06-12. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
- "The Darkness replace Bowie at OXEGEN". RTÉ. 2004-06-30. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- "New York Dolls to support the White Stripes". Hot Press. 2004-06-17. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
- "Foo Fighters to headline OXEGEN 2005". RTÉ. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- "Foo Fighters to headline Oxegen". BreakingNews.ie. 2005-12-01. Archived from the original on 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
- "Prodigy announce OXEGEN appearance". RTÉ. 2004-12-10. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- "Meteor Ireland Music Awards Past Winners" Archived 2009-02-01 at the Wayback Machine.. Meteor. Accessed 1 February 2009.