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2018 is shaping up to be a pretty good year on the gig front, and this latest announcement has just pushed our excitement levels (and bank accounts) over the edge.

Delorentos will play an intimate show in Whelan's on Friday, April 13 to coincide with their upcoming album, which is due to be released early next year.

With five studio albums already under their belts, Delorentos have proved themselves as one of Ireland's most dynamic and exciting musical acts.

The band will also preform at venues in Cork, Limerick and Galway in the run up to the Dublin show.

Tickets are €22.90 and go on sale this Friday, November 17 at 9am from Ticketmaster.

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Singer-songwriter, Glen Hansard has announced two festive Dublin concerts – just in time for Christmas.

Following the success of his two sold-out shows at Vicar Street earlier this month, the Oscar winner looks set to return to the iconic venue on December 17 and 18.

 

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Widely known for his intimate acoustic performances, the December shows will reportedly see the tempo raised with the introduction of a live band, as well as "strings, horns, bells and whistles."

Tickets are €40 and are on sale Tuesday, September 5 at 9am via ticketmaster.

That's the early Christmas presents sorted anyway! 

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A Garda Superintendent has today warned that festival-goers should except additional security measures at events throughout the year.

The statement comes on the last day of the Longitude music festival in Marlay park and Gardaí are reminding people to be patient when entering the grounds.

Huge queues on the opening day of the festival saw many people complain of being crushed and fainting after they were left waiting for over a hour.

Superintendent Peter Duff says people can expect to see increased safety measures at all public events.

"We in An Garda Síochána, particularly this year, have taken increased steps to ensure the safety of patrons attending concerts, matches etc.," he said.

"That's my primary concern is make sure that everyone gets in here, enjoys the concert, and goes home safely."

The heightened security measures come after a series of terror incidents in the UK which saw attackers target an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

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No matter how much we tell ourselves it's going to be different this time, an evening at a gig ALWAYS turns into one very long and messy night.

And our remedy for alcohol over-indulgence and serious lack of sleep the night before is pretty much always a giant vat of coffee – with extra coffee – the following morning.

But it seems we may be setting ourselves up for a world of health issues if the findings of a recent study conducted at the McGill University Auditory Sciences Laboratory are anything to go by.

The research, which was published by JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surgery, explored the theory that caffeine can have a negative effect on a person's hearing after they've been exposed to considerable sound levels.

According to NME, the Consequence of Sound study exposed three groups of female albino guinea pigs to either caffeine, 110 decibel "pure tone sound" or both.

 And researchers concluded that the groups who were exposed to both recovered their hearing a lot slower than the sound-only group.

The 15-day study pitched their noise levels between 100 and 120 decibels – the typical level heard at most concerts.

Ladies, it sounds like everyone's gonna have to speak up.

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Summer is jam-packed with gigs and festivals – it's probably why it's our favourite season of the year (well, that and the sun, obvs).

But sometimes there's so many concerts and weekend fests that we just don't know which one (or three) to choose from.

Here, we've complied a list of the best music events on around Ireland over the next few months – ones you'll be totally devo if you miss out on them:

1. Longitude

With The Coronas, Kendrick Lamar and The Lumineers all set to take to the stage, Longitude Festival is definitely something you'll want to experience. Taking place in Marley Park from July 15 to 17, it's going to be a great weekend.

 

2. Groove

Groove Festival is taking place in Kilruddery House, Co. Wicklow on July 2 and 3. Between acts such as Aslan, Ocean Colour Scene and The Academic all taking to the stage, and the Celtic Kitchen dishing out some fab Irish grub, you'll be spoiled for choice at this fest.

 

3. Castlepalooza 

This Irish independent festival will see Jurassic 5, Lynched, and Tiger and Woods playing over the weekend at Chareville Castle in Tullamore, so it's something that's not to be missed. Throw that in with good July weather (fingers crossed) and it's a dream come true.

 

4. Electric Picnic

More acts have just been announced for EP including Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, The 1975, Nas and Joey Badass. Taking place in Stradballay in 63 days (we're not counting.. *cough*), this year's Picnic is looking epic already.

 

5. Shemazing! Gig with Róisín O (obvs)

Yes! We are hosting our very own gig that's definitely not to be missed. With Róisín O headlining on the night – and loads more acts to be announced – it's going to kick off July with a bang. Just keep your eyes peeled, you have no idea what we have in store *mischievous face emoji*. You can get your tickets here.

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Fans were left devastated last night when One Direction cancelled their scheduled On The Road Again tour performance in Belfast.

And with tickets for two more concerts – tonight and tomorrow night – already sold-out, understandably thousands of attendees have been worried that they too would miss out on the show.

However, Aiken Promotions has now said that those WILL go ahead as planned. Better still, anyone who missed out on last night's gig will be able to attend a rescheduled concert this Friday. 

"Once again we apologise for the cancellation of last night’s One Direction show," the statement began. 

"We thank everyone for their understanding and their good wishes to Liam. 

"Tuesday’s concert has been rescheduled for this Friday 23rd October. All tickets from last night's postponed concert will be valid for Friday.

"For anyone not able to attend the rescheduled show on Friday, please contact point of purchase for detail of how to obtain a refund."

With the band going on an extended break from next spring, their three Belfast gigs had been very much eagerly anticipated. 

However, Northern Irish fans – as well as those who had travelled from around the island to the SSE Arena – were left hugely disappointed when the lads cancelled at the last minute.

A statement read out to the largely irate crowd said that Liam Payne had fallen ill and was unable to perform. Disappointingly, none of the band appeared in front of their fans, though Harry, Louis and Niall did take to Twitter later in the evening.

Both Mr Styles and Mr Horan stated that "these things happen," while Mr Tomlinson said the situation was "out of our control".

An online official comment from the band's management last night explained: "Unfortunately One Direction have had to cancel tonight's concert in Belfast.  

"Liam has been taken suddenly ill, and the concert will sadly not be taking place. Fans have been asked to hold on to their tickets and there will be a further statement tomorrow.

"The band apologise to their fans and wish Liam well as soon as possible."

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About 50 fans have taken to the streets of Dublin to protest Dublin City Council's decision not to grant a license for the five night event. 

The fans marched from the GPO to the DCC offices to voice their disagreement at the decision, complete with signs and cowboy hats!

Many of the protesters described how they had travelled far and wide for the concerts and now feel severely let down by the turn of events. 

There has been no update on the concerts as of yet, which were due to be held from the 25th to the 29th July. 

 

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Paolo Nutini has just announced his biggest tour to date and has added Dublin and Belfast to the mix…yay!

The Rewind singer will play Belfast on the 2nd November 2014 followed by Dublin on the 3rd.

Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, 10th July at 9am while Paolo will be playing Cork’s Marquee this Tuesday and Wednesday followed by an appearance at this year’s Electric Picnic.

No doubt fans of Paolo’s will be super excited about this amazing news!

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There is bad news for fans heading to Garth Brooks concerts at the end of the month as it has been revealed that Dublin City Council have only granted a licence for THREE out of the five gigs.

The news comes following a debate by local residents campaigning against the concerts on the grounds of a 2009 written agreement stating that only three concerts each year were to be held at the venue.

There has already been three concerts in Croke Park this year so far following One Direction last month.

The dates of which concerts have not been given a licence has not been revealed.

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Miley Cyrus could be in hospital for several weeks after her health has gone from bad to worse.

The 21-year-old Wrecking Ball star was hospitalised in Missouri on Tuesday after suffering a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics for a sinus infection.

Miley has reportedly been told by doctors that she’ll have to stay in hospital for weeks to come, as her sinus infection continues to get worse.

An allergic reaction can also take up to 27 days to reverse and it is unknown exactly when Miley will be released from hospital.

She has had to cancel three concert dates on her Bangerz Tour this month due to illness and it appears likely she’ll have to strike a few more shows from the schedule.

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Since their ‘sex is on fire,’ rock band Kings of Leon think it’s only fair that their female fans give something back in return.

The band thinks that seeing audience members flash the flesh will add more “variety” to their concerts.

Kings of Leon front man Caleb Followill said, “We’re up there pouring our hearts out and if someone wants to show us a little skin, then that will only add a little variety to our show.”

While the band don’t mind which gender strips off, they say they’d prefer to see women show off their birthday suits at their gigs.

The American musicians think nudity at their shows would spice up their own rock n’roll lifestyles because the band themselves are all “boring and married”.

Band member Jared Followill said, “We are all married, all very faithful and kinda boring now, so it wouldn’t hurt to see a little nudity at a concert, but it never happens.”

“I think the last nudity was [a male streaker at a British show last year]. It did spice up the show a little bit,” he added.

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