The Oxegen festival is back for 2013, it has been announced.

MCD chief Denis Desmond revealed the news that Oxegen will return to the Irish festival line-up this summer, after a one-year hiatus.

The festival is taking place in its usual home of Punchestown Racecourse in Kildare, however it will be a two-day affair instead of three days, and is taking place on August 3 and 4 instead of the earlier July date of previous years.

The new date means that Oxegen will clash with other smaller festivals Castlepalooza and Indiependence.

Oxegen last took place in 2011, when a host of A-list acts including the Foo Fighters, Beyonce, Coldplay and The Black Eyed Peas all took to the stage.

The line-up for Oxegen 2013 is expected to be revealed in late February, with Elton John and Eminem among the acts rumoured to be featuring on the bill.