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Beyonce to play Oxegen festival at Punchestown

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Image caption This will be Beyonce's first Irish performance since 2009

Pop superstar Beyonce has been announced as the headline act at this year's Oxegen festival in County Kildare.

The singer will join a host of stars including Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas, and Irish rockers The Script.

It is Beyonce's first Irish date since 2009, when she performed in Dublin and at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

The festival will take place at Punchestown race course from 7 until 10 July.

Beyonce is also scheduled to appear at this year's Glastonbury festival, on 26 June, and will play at Scotland's T in the Park on 9 July.

The Texas native, whose husband Jay-Z was the first hip-hop artist to headline Glastonbury when he played the 2008 festival, shot to fame in girl group Destiny's Child.

With over 75 million albums sold worldwide as a solo artist, she is now recognised as one of the best selling musicians of all time.

Over the past decade, Beyonce has had more top five hit singles, and clocked up more cumulative time at number one, than any other female artist.

Her fourth solo album is due out this summer, and fans across the UK and Ireland will be amongst the first to hear her new material performed live.

John Probyn, Oxegen's festival director, said: "We're always striving to bring the biggest and best music talent to Oxegen and they really don't come any bigger than Beyonce.

"She is a truly incredible artist and an amazing live performer. This year we've got most of the artists headlining the UK's major festivals on one bill.

"It's all about giving fans real value for money and delivering an unforgettable experience."

Tickets for Oxegen 2011 are on sale now from €99.50 (£89).

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