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Oxegen Festival

Friday 11th July

17:00 on the PET SOUNDS STAGE ~ ~

"God Is An Astronaut", one of the world's most established instrumental bands play at this years Oxegen festival on the "Pet Sounds Stage" on Friday July 11th.

With their highly anticipated 4th album due for release early next year to add to there ever growing back catalogue and new tours already planned for the US in December and a European tour in April/May 2009, it will be a unique chance to see them perform at Ireland's biggest music festival.

In the previous months they have played shows all over the world including sold out shows in New York, London, Lisbon, Boston, SXSW and Moscow where they played their own headline show at the B1 Arena, Moscow's biggest indoor venue.

Considered by many to be the most intense live act ever to come from Ireland, their shows are accompanied by stunning and sometimes controversial visuals. Their videos have received airplay on MTV networks all over the world.

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"While they share the same wavelength as Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky, the potency and discipline in the playing sets them apart from the post-rock masses." - The Irish Times

"From start to finish this second album glows with unique focused intensity." **** Chris Roberts - UNCUT

"A highlight of the day for sure, their big sound should have no problem filling the tiny Knitting Factory tap bar which is where they'll finish their U.S. tour in NYC tonight" - SXSW Review -

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God Is An Astronaut was formed by brothers Niels and Torsten in 2002. Based in Wicklow, Ireland, the band released their debut album "The End of the Beginning" on their own label Revive Records in March 2003 with the videos for the title track and "From Dust to the Beyond" notching up heavy rotation throughout Europe on MTV's 120 minute show. In 2005 their second album, "All is Violent, All is Bright", was released and featured the single "Fragile". Again, the band received heavy rotation for their third video, "Fragile", on MTV2's 120 Minute show in addition to MTV's "The Comedown" Program. "All is Violent, All is Bright" trademarks their intense build ups from serene ambience to searing intensity presenting a closer representation of their live sound. GIAA is considered by many to be the most intense live act to emerge from Ireland in recent times. The band has received thousands of radio and TV plays worldwide, including countless online internet radio programs.

Their most recent release "A Moment of Stillness" EP (co-produced with Pat O'Donnell ex-Fountain Head) spent three weeks in the Irish top 40. They also recently played a number of shows in Europe including sell out shows in both Ireland and Portugal. As part of their worldwide licensing deal with Rocket Girl, the 21st of August was the the official release date in Europe for the "A Moment of Stillness" EP followed by their album "All Is Violent, All is Bright" on September 11. The albums will be available in the record stores through "Pinnacle" distribution


"GIAA have really struck gold this time out" **** - Jim Carroll, The Ticket / The Irish Times

"Fragile, Love it to bits ... an incredible builder ... it's amazing" - Eddy Temple Morris - XFM (London)

"Majestic" - Mark Kavanagh - Hotpress.

"Love it" - Tom Dunne - Today FM (Ireland)

"Amid the flotsam of Dublins new garage-punk revival this Dublin based electronic outfit stand out with their gorgeous dreamy chillout" - Whats Hot, Tanya Sweeny - Evening Herald

"this vocal-less combo engineer such startlingly fantastic pieces of music." 9 out of 10 - Dom Gourlay, Drowned in Sound

"God Is An Astronaut have perfected their epic, melancholic sound..." - Brett Spaceman

"Subtle and perfect, A Moment of Stillness will move you." ***** - Jason

"Emotive-laden instrumental rock seems to be what all the kids are into can not only add these guys to the list, but put them on the fuckin' top!"
- Warren

"Voted top 14 best instrumental releases" -

"Few post rock bands stand out from the mob but the Dublin three piece have honed a sound that is entirely unique. "A Moment of Stillness" **** - Eamonn Miller - Metro (Dublin)

"This is a truly great album and if you’re into sad, melodic post rock, you really should check this out." -

"God is an Astronaut have produced an incredible piece of post-rock music that will stand the test of time." ***** - Jason

"Great with the volume up or down and urgent throughout, it'll still sounds as colossal in December as it does now. December 2010 that is." **** - Harry Guerin - RTE

"This extremely strong second album from the dark-hearted Wicklow-based trio should drag them out of the shadows." **** - Dan Hegarty - RTE 2FM

"one of the strongest Irish releases in quite a while" - Road Records (Dublin)

"This epic return is smothered in big guitar anthems, mind controlling electronica and a healthy dose of melancholy. This is the break through album the Dublin band have craved"
- Golden (Ireland)

"white noise roars out with unexpected grace" - The Irish Times (Oxegen Festival gig review)

"And if music could be used in chemical warfare, God Is An Astronaut would flattencities." - BBC Radio Ulster (Oxegen Festival gig review)

"God Is An Astronaut's set at Oxegen was one of the weekend's highlights." - Dan Hegarty RTE 2fm (Oxegen Festival gig review)

"A quietly great moment. God is An Astronaut with white noise and soaring guitarswhile the effects of a nuclear bomb test are beamed onto the screen behind them." - BBC Radio 1 N. Ireland - Across the Line

"my personal highlight of the festival was God Is An Astronaut" -

"God Is An Astronaut have gradually developed an almost organic sound, a kind of hybrid alternative rock sensation." - Golden (Ireland)

"Fantastic" - Hotpress (Album Review "The End of the Beginning")

"music fans should be grateful that we don't have to wait any longer." - Eclectic Honey (Album Review "The End of the Beginning")

"superb debut album" - Sounds XP (Album Review "The End of the Beginning")

9 out of 10 -

4.5 ot of 5 - (Portugal)

4.7 out of 5 - (Portugal)

8 out of 10 - (Haiko, Germany)

4.5 out of 5 - (Italy)

9 out of 10 - Dom Gourlay, Drowned in Sound

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