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Fresh from a hugely successful run of concerts in Cork, Galway and Belfast, Ed Sheeran will close his biggest ever Irish tour in Dublin's Pheonix Park this weekend. 

The flame-headed singer will take to the stage this Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with over 180,000 expected to attend over the three days. 

As with all large-scale events, there are a few vital pieces of information to be aware of: 

Getting there 

Gates will open at 5pm and early queueing will not be permitted. 

Concert-goers and locals have also been warned of road closures over the course of the concerts, including:

  • Castleknock Road from junction at Auburn Avenue up to Ashtown Gate – all days from 4pm to 1am.

  • Blackhorse Avenue from Ashtown Gate to Nephin Road – all days from 4pm to 1am.

  • Chesterfield Avenue East Bound – all days from 4pm to 1am.

  • Chesterfield Avenue West Bound – all days from 6pm to 1am.

  • Parkgate Street Wolfe Tone Quay to Father Mathew Bridge – all days from 9pm to 1am.

  • Conyngham Road (from Island Bridge to Parkgate Street – all days from 9pm to 1am.

Shuttle buses will depart form Custom House Quay every half an hour between 3pm and 7pm on each day. You can book your spot here

Entry requirements 

In order to gain access to the venue you'll need to bring tickets as well as the credit/ debit card (a photocopy will do) you used to buy the tickets. 

A valid ID that reflects the family name of the person who booked the tickets will also be required. 

Bags and banned items 

A spokesperson for Aiken promotions has advised concert-goers to not bring a bag unless it's "totally necessary."

People without bags will be Fast-tracked. If you must bring a bag it needs to be less than A4 size. Bags larger than A4 size will not be allowed into the stadium.

Support acts and stage times 

Irish trad band Beoga will kick things off a 5.45pm, before singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson takes to the stage at 6.30pm. 

Ciao adios hit-maker Anne Marie will be tasked with hyping up the crowed form 7.30pm before Ed Sheeran takes the spotlight at 8.45pm. 

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We want you to enjoy Ed Sheeran’s record breaking Irish Tour 2018 so here are few helpful tips ahead of the Cork dates.

 Aiken Promotions have created an Ed Sheeran Irish Tour App which is available now on android and Apple.  It can be downloaded in the Google Play Store or Apple Store.

So here are some of the tips from the lovely folks at Aiken:

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The venue will open at 5pm on the show days.

 Please remember to keep your tickets safe and check your tickets in advance to ensure you are attending the correct venue on the correct date.

 Early queueing will not be permitted in the streets around the venue. This is a residential area and we ask ticket holders to please respect the privacy of the residents and respect the local community.

 PLEASE do not bring a bag unless it is totally necessary. People without bags will be Fast-tracked. If you must bring a bag it needs to be less than A4 size. Bags larger than A4 size will not be allowed into the stadium.

 The opening acts for Ed Sheeran at each show will be very special guests Anne-Marie, Jamie Lawson & Beoga. Please check the App and Social Media for Stage times closer to show-days.  All Times subject to change

 Patrons are strongly discouraged from purchasing tickets from any sites other than www.ticketmaster.ie which is the authorised seller of tickets for this event. Purchasing on www.ticketmaster.ie or from a Ticketmaster outlet directly guarantees genuine tickets. Anyone presenting a bogus ticket will be refused entry to the show.

 Under 18’s MUST be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian attending the event who will remain with them and take full responsibility for them throughout the duration of the event. 

There will be FREE-TAG-A-KID safety wristbands which will be available at all the customer care points both outside and inside the venues. The purpose of these wristbands is to help reuniting lost children with parent/guardian should your child become separated from you within the venues.

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This is an outdoor event and will take place rain, hail or shine. Please remember to plan for adverse weather conditions and check the weather forecast before leaving home.

Umbrellas are not permitted in the venue. Any large lens professional cameras or any form of video recorder WILL NOT be admitted. Only small 35mm cameras will be permitted.

 Flag poles, selfie sticks, sticks for banners are not allowed. Only small banners of other (A4 or A3 size) will be permitted into the events as anything larger can obstruct the views of other customers.

 Prohibited articles and items are as follows: any article that may be used as a weapon, Bottles, glass vessels, cans, flasks, Frisbees, and related items, dangerous or hazardous items, illegal substances, scooters, skateboards, or other skates. Laser devices, prams/push chairs, inflatable and folding chairs, suitcases, laptops, illegal merchandise items, hampers, and cold boxes, air horns and animals (except service dogs and guide dogs). 

For tickets purchased online: To gain access to the concert you are required to bring your tickets along with the purchasing credit card or a photo/photocopy of the credit card and a valid form of ID to reflect family name. 

For tickets purchased in outlets: Whether you have paid by cash or credit card your name will be printed on your tickets and you will be required to bring valid ID matching the name printed on the ticket, or a photocopy, to gain access to the show.

The venue is well served by public transport. Bus and Rail transport options can all bring you within walking distance of the venue. Plan your journey online from anywhere in Ireland to the venue via www.transportforireland.ie 

There will be signage to direct patrons to the appropriate entrance to your seating or standing area. Follow the coloured route / directions as indicated on your ticket.

An Garda Siochana will have a traffic management plan in operation for city. For full details please visit www.garda.ie

Further transport information available HERE

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I've been a Macklemore fan for years, ever since he played to a crowd of 200 people in The Twisted Pepper in 2011. 

And obviously, he's come a long way since then, and I couldn't be happier for him. 

The platinum selling artist played in Dublin last night, to a massive crowd in the 3 Arena, and I went along. 

I didn't go with the intention of writing an article, however, it was quite the experience… an experience worth sharing. 

So I arrived at around 8.30pm (standard) and was greeting by a very large crowd of teenagers, and a handful of Gardai keeping the peace. 

Not an easy job, let me tell you. 

Anyway, myself and my pal went in and situated ourselves among the standing crowd, getting reasonably close to the stage. 

At 9pm, the show began, and from the very minute Macklemore came on stage, he was incredible. 

I'm telling you now, there are very few artists around these days who have the same levels of energy and enthusiasm.

He captivates an audience like no other, despite the fact that the audience was made up of 10,000 17 year olds, pissed as rats. 

He performed music from his numerous albums, including Downtown, Glorious and of course, Irish Celebration

He spoke about his love for Ireland, his Irish heritage, and how Dublin is his favourite place to perform – and I genuinely believed him. 

 

Taking in the magic. Dublin, 3 Arena. Night 1. : @rjmckinnon

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He donned an Irish jersey, waved the tricolour, and put on one hell of a show. 

However, as I stood there taking in the greatness, it hit me – I am officially old. 

Now listen, I'm 26, and I know I'm not old, old, but the days of tiny shorts, scoring the face of random fellas and getting drunk on a Wednesday are well and truly behind me. 

And I'm not sure how to feel. 

I genuinely felt like an old fart at the concert, despite the fact that I've been a fan of Macklemore for years (back when the majority of the crowd were making their confirmation).

Anyway, it brought me back to my school days, and despite the fact that they were all HUGELY irritating, I felt very nostalgic. 

I don't think I  realised how much I missed being young and carefree, no job to worry about, no bills to pay, and no worries about being an adult. 

Back when I was a teen, my biggest worries were my boyfriend at the time, what I was going to wear to Wezz (HA) and whether or not I could drink a whole naggin. 

Of course, I WAS that annoying girl at concerts who a little bit too drunk, annoying the handful of adults that braved the event. 

And that made me think a little, and lessened my desire to flip the lid at all the young ones. 

I was 16, too, and I loved every second of it. 

It actually seemed fitting when Macklemore launched into Good Old Days – I even welled up a little.

 

Irish Celebration in Ireland

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"I wish somebody would have told me babe, some day, these will be the good old days."

"'Cause someday soon, your whole life's gonna change, you'll miss the magic of the good old days."

Too bloody right pal. 

My point is, despite the fact that the crowd of drunken teens were killing my buzz, we've all been there. 

I kept reminding myself that they're making memories, the stories they'll still be talking about in ten years.

When they're old farts, just like me. 

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Okay, real talk!

Earlier this week, one of the music industry's most influential couples, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, announced a global stadium tour.

The super duo are due to perform at 36 venues across the US and Europe, including stops in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London.

And while we are beyond excited that super star couple are heading back on the road, there's just one thing we can't wrap our heads around – where's the Dublin date?

With that, we're calling on the Beyhive of Ireland to come together and convince the Carters to grace us with their presence this summer!

Make your voice heard by signing the petition below, (or by clicking here) and if we achieve our goal, we'll reach out to Jay and Bey! 

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Ladies, listen up!

We're so lucky because Britney Spears is bringing her 'Britney: Piece of Me' exclusive limited tour to Ireland. The pop icon will be gracing us with her presence on August 20 this year.

This is the first and only time 'Britney: Piece of Me' will be showing in Dublin, so don't miss out.

 

Thank you, Vegas : @randeestnicholas

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The show has rocked the Las Vegas stage since December 2013, and we cannot WAIT for it to be in 3Arena. Fans and critics alike have raved about 'Britney: Piece of Me', and even celebs from Beyoncé to Steven Tyler have attended.

The singer's headlining residency in Vegas with 'Britney: Piece of Me' has generated over $140 million gross revenue and sold nearly 1 million tickets.

 

Back on stage tonight! See ya soon!!!! 

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This tour, covering the American East Coast and Europe, is the last time anyone will see the show. So get those tickets while you can!

Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 27 at 9am and can be found here.

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Stop everything and prepare yourself for the ultimate nineties throwback, because one of the decades most iconic music groups is coming to Irish shores.

Iconic girl group En Vogue have just announced not one, but two Irish tour dates for 2018.

Best known for their hits Don't Let Go and Free Your Mind, the r'n'b trio will take to the stage at Belfast's Mandela Hall on Sunday April 1, followed by a performance at Vicar Street in Dublin on Monday, April 2.

Tickets from €45.00 go on sale this Friday at 10am via Ticketmaster.

See you there!

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Singer-songwriter Stephanie Rainey is quickly making a name for herself as one of Ireland's most talented performers.

Following a hugely successful few years, the Cork native has announced an intimate Irish show The Sugar Club on Wednesday February 28.

After years of trying to break into the music industry, Stephanie struck gold when a song she uploaded to Facebook raked in over one million views in just 24 hours.

Inspired by the loss of her one-year-old nephew, Please Don't Go struck a chord with music fans across the globe and offers from record companies in the US and UK began to pour in.

Shocked by her viral success story, Stephanie explained: “I had absolutely no idea of the impact that one song and that one video we made would have.”

Tickets are priced at €16.35 and are available now from Ticketmaster.

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So, while our 2018 gig schedules may already be overflowing with incredible artists from around the world, we're pretty sure we can squeeze in one last show.

Kodaline have just announced a headline show at Dublin's Malahide Castle on Friday, June 8, 2018.

The announcement comes ahead of of the band's highly anticipated third album which is due for release in 2018.

Next summer's Malahide Castle line-up is better than ever with performances from LCD Soundsystem on June 5 and Liam Gallagher on June 15.

Tickets from €49.00 go on sale this Friday, December 15 at 9am.

See you there!

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A teenager in the UK was found guilty of plotting an unexecuted act of terrorism at a Justin Bieber concert a number of months ago.

The plot came just one month after the devastating Manchester attack, which killed 22 people and injured many more.

The Welsh 17-year-old, who cannot be named as he is a minor, faced the court this week and was found guilty of 'planning to drive a car into a crowd of people in Cardiff in a Daesh-inspired terror attack.'

He also planned to execute attacks on Cardiff Castle, the Capitol Shopping Centre, and the Justin Bieber concert on June 30. 

Police also found a hammer,knife and 'martyrdom letter' on searching his home.

In the note, the teen described himself as  'a soldier of the Islamic State,' according to The Guardian.

In court, he denied the charges and told the judge: 

'I wanted to see how easy it was for people who had an interest in terrorism to go online and get information because the police and the government are trying to crack down on terrorism and radicalization,' The Guardian reports

'I wanted to see if it was possible, not for me but from someone else's point of view.'

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Bruno Mars has just announced six European tour dates for 2018.

The Grammy Award-winner will take to the stage at Dublin's Marlay Park on July 12, 2018.

Bruno will perform exclusive series of shows in Spain, France, Germany, Scotland next summer, before finishing off in the Irish capital.

The Irish Independent previously described the singer at “the greatest showman in pop” and guaranteed crowds would be “singing all the way home.”

Currently, Mars is on the South American leg of his sold out 24K Magic World Tour, produced by Live Nation.

Reviewers of the tour have called the hitmaker a “master of his craft and consummate performer” (Washington Post), and his showmanship “remarkable”

Tickets from €79.50 including booking fee go on sale this Monday, December 4 at 9am

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X Factor fans rejoice! 

Fans of the talent show will get the chance to see their favourite acts from this year's competition perform on stage when the live tour returns to Dublin and Belfast next year.

The live show will feature the show's six semi-final acts along with a seventh wildcard act that will be decided by a public online vote. 

The acts already confirmed for the tour are Rak-Su, Grace Davies, Kevin Davy White, Lloyd Macey, The Cutkelvins and Matt Linnen.

Irish brothers Sean and Conor Price narrowly  missed out on their spot in the tour when they were voted off last Saturday. 

The X Factor Live Tour will kick off at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Friday February 16 before travelling to Dublin on Saturday February 17, 2018, and on to a number of cities in the UK. 

Tickets for the tour are now available via usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online. 

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Following the phenomenal success of his solo album Flicker, Niall Horan has added an extra Irish date to his 2018 world tour.

Adding to the two dates scheduled for Dublin's 3Arena, Niall will now perform at INEC, Killarney on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Dublin band Wild Youth will provide support on the night.

Niall’s debut album Flicker was released in October and went number one in over 60 countries.

The 24-year-old has also been honoured with numerous awards in 2017, including People’s Choice, Teen Choice, Radio Disney Music and most recently he was named Best New Artist at the American Music Awards.

Tickets from €49.50 on sale this Friday at 9.00am via Ticketmaster.

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