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By Colleen Brady

It’s that time of the year again – bloggers and celebs hit Palm Springs for the second stint of the Coachella Weekend this weekend, and the jealousy inducing Snapchat stories and smug pics are now clogging up our Instagram feeds.

However, Coachella doesn’t seem to be all it’s cracked up to be, and by looking over the surface, it seems it is more about celebs keeping up appearances.

For upcoming bloggers and celebs it seems as if Coachella is not just a music festival but an opportunity for them to build their following and also make key contacts.

Coachella is nothing like your standard Irish or UK festival.

Yes, the line-up is fantastic, with this year’s Coachella giving the stage to names like Beyonce, Eminem, The Weeknd and SZA. However, the whole vibe of Coachella seems to be more about blogger branding than the actual music itself.

Every year our favourite celebs and bloggers attend the star-studded festival, where their followers seem to multiply as a result of those pictures in front of the famous ferris wheel.

In fact, Irish blogger Louise Cooney hit the 100K mark this weekend while at the festival.

The whole festival seems to be selfie central and more about the fashion and posing than enjoying the music on offer.

Many celebs and bloggers including German blogger Masha Sedgwick have commented that Coachella is just an overcrowded, huge platform to see and to be seen, simply because everyone is there.

At Coachella you can’t drink alcohol freely while swaying over and back to your favourite songs.

If you want to drink alcohol you have to go to specially designated areas away from the festival grounds where you can only get one drink at a time. Sneaking in drink is not an option either as there is security everywhere and you are searched multiple times while entering the festival.

It seems the music is second priority for not all but many who attend Coachella, and it is more about posting on social media platforms showing “look at how much fun we are having” than actually having any fun.

Celebrities are there to be photographed by paparazzi and bloggers are there to be noticed or photographed by fashion magazines and style blogs.

The hope to pop up in a magazine under “Coachella style” certainly comes at a price – over $500 dollars to be exact – and that's just for the ticket.

Coachella seems to not be a music festival in the real sense of the word, where care free people come together in the mud to celebrate music, but only acts like one. Coachella provides a festival- like experience but without the reality.

Many bloggers make the money back on the ticket by wearing sponsored clothes, and working with co-operations which may make some a profit.

Festivals are usually a fun experience, however Coachella seems to be more about endless hashtags and pictures being uploaded onto Instagram – almost like an assignment.

If you are going to Coachella to catch a glimpse of some famous celebs, forget about it.

Most of the time celebrities don’t even go to the actual festival but chill out at Lacoste and Mulberry pool parties instead in secret locations nearby.

While everyone is moaning about how jealous they are about not getting to attend Coachella, it seems that it is a festival to show off and build a following as opposed to what the reality of a festival is.

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Festival-goers, listen up! 

Indiependence has just added a whole of amazing artists to its line-up including Kate Nash, Hudson Taylor and Wyvern Lingo, to name just a few. 

They'll join headliners Primal Scream, Walking on Cars, Jake Bugg, Cast, Sigala and Le Galaxie at Deer Farm in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork this August Bank Holiday weekend. 

Now, I don't know about you, but that line-up has my 14-year-old indie-kid heart racing at 90mph. 

The three-day festival has also announced the introduction of the new Urban Village stage which will feature some of the best up-and-coming Irish hip hop and urban artists.

In keeping with the festival's tradition of promoting home-grown music, Delorentos, King Kong Company, The Blizzards, And So I Watch You From Afar and Hamsandwich are all set to preform over the weekend. 

Tickets are available via the Indiependence website and there are a limited amount of INDIE VIP Garden tickets still available.

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While we adore heading to festivals during the summer, sometimes we can find ourselves looking around and honesty wondering if the entire Transition Year population of Ireland is also in attendance. 

Not that there's anything wrong with festivals allowing over-16's, but we'd really like to go to a festival just once and not here the words, 'ah, sorry? Would you mind buying us some pints, we'll give you the money.'

Luckily, 2018 will see the launch of All Together Now, a over-21's festival based in Curraghmore House, Co Waterford. 

The setting could not be more picturesque, with the Curraghmore estate's 3000 acres of tiered lawns, ancient forests and elaborate water features. 

All Together Now promises to bring together the realms of  music, spoken word, comedy, theatre, debate, art and workshops in one three-day event across the August Bank Holiday. 

There's no word yet on the musical line-up, but we're hoping that the alltogethernow.ie site will give us some details ahead of ticket release. 

Early Bird tickets go on sale next Friday, February 23rd, for €149.50 from Ticketmaster. 

Children between the ages of two and 12 can attend free of charge, accompanied by a parent with a family ticket, so if you're on the market for a family event without the teens (sorry teens).

The festival is a camping festival, but they promise to also offer 'bespoke accommodation' options which sound right up our alley. 

Will you be making the pilgrimage to Waterford? 

 

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A 20-year-old woman, who decided to go topless at the Rhythm & Vines Festival in New Zealand this week, has found herself the subject of debate after she punched a man who groped her.

The incident, which was captured on film, saw Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller making her way through the crowds at the New Year's Eve festival when she was chased by a man who then appeared to grope her.

Madeline and her friend Kiri-Ann Hatfield immediately retaliated by following the man back to where he sat with a group of friends before hitting him repeatedly.

Worryingly, some members of the public who have viewed the footage placed blame at Madeline's door by suggesting her decision to go topless resulted in the altercation, with one YouTuber asking: "Wtf do you expect going topless to a drunken festival?"

Responding to that particular narrative, Madeline told The Daily Mail that her decision to go topless did not justify the man's actions.

"A human’s body is their own, and nobody has a right to touch you without your consent, regardless of what they’re wearing or the lack thereof," she argued.

“He grabbed my breast. I hit him. There was a lot of built up anger coming from harassment throughout the day. This happens everywhere, not just New Zealand," she added.

"I stand by my actions and hope that I’ve inspired women to feel comfortable in their bodies, no matter how they look, and to stick up for themselves when anybody says otherwise, or tries to deny you the right to protect your own body."

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Electric Picnic seems to hail the end of festival season in Ireland, but if you still feel the need to bop to a whole host of epic artists in the one place, then never fear. 

Metropolis festival is on its way, and the festival has just announced the addition of 20 epic new acts. 

90s icons TLC have already been announced as headliners, as well as Richie Hawtin, Jungle, Bonzai and Leftfield. 

KARYYN, New Jackson, Hubie Davison, Adian Coker, Le Boom, Mathman & Mango, Mount Alaska, ELLLL, Trinity Orchestra, and Nialler 9 have all been added to the line up.

They will be joined by Lakerama, Mix & Fairbanks, Long Island Sound, Tara Stewart, Jack Thompson, Daire Carolan (All City Records),  Papa Lou, Seany B, Dan Stritch, Hidden Flux and Sarah Mooney at the two day festival.

The festival takes place in the RDS on the last weekend of October, and much like Longitude and Forbidden Fruit, it is not a camping festival. 

Tickets for both days are available now on Ticketmaster. 

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Castlepalooza and Indiependence are both kicking off this weekend, so we're sure all the essentials have been packed. 

From the inflatable mattress to the bumper-pack of Tayto, there are many necessities that must be brought. 

While you may be ready to slay in a field for three days, your phone might have a harder time keeping up. 

Luckily in the tech savvy world we live in, there are a number of ways to update your phone to make it work for you all festival long. 

Lets start with the essentials.

If you go to  festival without a power bank, prepare to be sans power for two out of the three days or spend an astronomical amount of time in queues at charging stations. 

  • IOM iPhone 6 protective case €49.99

A protective case is another one of life's essentials, so if you have been thinking of investing in some hardware for your smart phone, there is no better time than ahead of a festival. 

Okay, so this one might not be a necessity, but we're obsessed with this innovative little gadget (Which is currently on sale in Currys right now, FYI)

The HP Sprocket Photo Printer allows instant high quality photos to be printed straight from your phone, so you can create real life photographic memories while chilling in your tent. 

  •  Gear 4house party speakers €59.99 

These wireless speakers are key to keeping any festival going after the main arena has closed for the night. 

The speakers use Bluetooth so are compatible with all devices. Just don't be surprised if someone yells at you because they're trying to sleep. 

 

So we're all partial to losing our phones every now and again, but at a festival we are much more likely to have disaster strike. 

The Tile tracking device shares the location of anything you attach it to, such as your wallet, purse or clothing via a smart phone or tablet app.

However, it also works in reverse, so your phone can make a noise when you double-click a button on the Tile, which is cleverly designed to attach to a key ring.

  • Aquapac Mini Phone/GPS Case €30.00

If you are paranoid about water damage, this is the thing for you. 

The Aquapack keeps your pone safe from the Irish weather and leaking tents, and can be tucked subtly away under clothes or worn around the neck for easy access to your fon poca.

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The BBC has launched a music festival, just as Glastonbury comes to an end for two years.

Glastonbury Festival takes a break every five to six years to prevent excessive damage to the site.

And now it looks like BBC is banking in on that.

The festival, which has been named The Biggest Weekend, will take place on May 25-28 across four sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

As well as hoping to attract over 175,000 people, the network will stream the live performances on the BBC's app, in hopes to be one of the biggest streamed festivals.

Bob Shennan, director of BBC radio and music, said in a statement, "BBC Music has a strong history of bringing the nation together for some special moments, and this is the biggest single music event ever attempted by the BBC.

"We will be celebrating the diversity of music from four different corners of the country, bringing the best UK music to the world and the best global music to the UK."

The four-nation event will only take place for one year, and there are no plans to make it an annual festival.

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So, Hozier has a bit of a knack for popping up when he least except him.

Last year the Take me to Church singer joined the Trinity Orchestra on stage at Electric Picnic for an epic David Bowie tribute and he pulled a similar stunt during the closing set of Dublin's longitude festival last night.

After a weekend packed with amazing performances from the The Weeknd, Picture This and Stormzy, Mumford and Sons found the perfect way to close the show.

The band invited a a number of Irish artists on stage and from what we can see on Twitter, it was absolutely magical!

Hozier, Jack Garret, Jorja Smith, Kevin Garrett and Lucy Rose were among those to join the British indie rockers for a rendition of the Beatles classic, With a Little Help From my Friends.

Take a look.

Has there ever been a more perfect ending to a festival?

We think not.

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Confession: I have never been to a festival before.

I know, I know… total shocker.

Back in the day (OK, around eight years ago), Oxegen was the place to be.

My friends in school all got tickets for Christmas or birthdays – but because I was the baby of the class, my mother wouldn't allow me to go (you're still not forgiven, mam).

And the year I turned 18? Oxegen was cancelled.

Throughout the years, I've looked out for other festivals to go to, but if I'm honest, none of them really took my fancy. 

I feel like I am the only twenty-something in Ireland to never have experienced the festival scene… but now, I'm popping my festival cherry.

This weekend, I will head along to Longitude, and I'm both excited and a little bit nervous.

Nervous, because I really don't know what to expect.

How will the day begin and end? How much money will I have to bring? How will I get home? What if I lose my friends? 

 

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But even with those thoughts gathering at the back of my mind, the thoughts of excitement are bursting free.

So far, my mates have planned out the day pretty well; pre-drinks and glam time at 12.30pm, grab a taxi at 2.30pm, arrive and check out the performers at 4pm… and then party 'til our hearts' content until 2am (or until my body gives up on me).

The day sounds like a total dream, but the three things I'm really looking forward to the most are music, fashion and friends.

The music – obviously, festivals are centred around music, and the acts I'm most looking forward to seeing at Longitude is The Weeknd (obvs), Mumford & Sons, Mac Miller, All Tvvins, Skepta, Villagers and Jack Garratt.

Apparently, I've set my hopes too high and won't get to see all of the bands I want to see… but I'm determined to prove my mates wrong. How hard can it be?

The fashion – when I walk by people on the street I look out for cool style and daring fashion choices, and this is going to be no different.

One thing I need to remember though; it's not Coachella… I will not see Givenchy kimonos and Lavin dresses… but I still want to see the most extra style Longitude has to offer. 

The craic – music and fashion are two of my great loves, but there's nothing better than chilling and catching up with good friends.

 

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I'm also very intrigued to try out Heineken's new Live Your Music rooms, which allow you to control the sounds, mood and visuals of the atmosphere (which basically means I can custom-build my own nightclub to rock out in).

From pre-drinks to after-festival plans, I'll be with the best b*tches I know, and I can't wait to soak in the atmosphere and have a laugh with the fab ladies in my life.

My friends might be right – I've probably set my hopes too high and have no idea what I will encounter as I step foot onto a muddy Marlay Park.

But after this weekend, and after my first festival experience, I will report back and let you guys know exactly how I got on.

Is festival life for me?

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Calling all street food connoisseurs! 

Dublin will be transformed into a feast of food, fun and entertainment this weekend as Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular takes over Merrion Square South.

Festival goers can enjoy a huge selection of freshly-made dishes from over 25 culinary regions at the Just Eat STREET international street food festival, including award winning Mexican food from Boojum, authentic barbecue from Smokin Bones and loaded sweet potato fries from Strong Roots.

The Just Eat waiters will be on hand to take orders and deliver some of the best street food the country has to offer, so you can sit back and enjoy the sound of the international music stage which will feature a wide variety of genres to compliment the food on offer.

Across the two-day festival, visitors will be treated to live performances from Cuban All Stars, Havana Club Trio, Manden Express and samba musicians and dancers MaSamba. 

The Just Eat Street at Laya City Spectacular will take pace this Saturday July 8 and Sunday July 9. You can find more information at cityspectacular.com

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Longitude is just around the corner, but if you didn't manage to secure tickets to one of the hottest festivals of the year, never fear. 

You could still be in with a chance of winning tickets to the three day festivities, along with tickets to Electric Picnic and Lowlands festival, Amsterdam, to boot. 

Casa Bacardí is returning to Longitude this year, and if you haven't ventured to the covetable party area at a previous festival before, this year is definitely the time to check it out. 

 

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The creative Bacardí mixologists will be on hand at the Latin street-culture meets modern day music saturated area to showcase their cocktail skills to festival attendees, as well as hosting mojito masterclasses.

To kick off the party spirit, Bacardí is giving away a pair of weekend tickets to Longitude, Electric Picnic and Lowlands along with return flights to Amsterdam.

The beverage brand is asking festival fans to get in the throwback mood of nostalgia by recalling their favourite mojito moment. 

 

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Whether it was a mojito mix of your own enjoyed on a summer evening or a delicious cocktail experience from a previous Casa Bacardí experience, sharing these moments will get you in with a chance to win.  

Simply share an image on social media using the hashtag #MojitoMoment, tag the friend you shared it with, and you could be in with a chance of winning the ultimate summer festival experience. 

Headliners at Longitude this year include Stormzy, The Weekend, Jack Garrat and Milky Chance. 

The main acts due at Electric Picnic are The XX, A Tribe Called Quest and Interpol, while Lowlands will feature Bastille, Mumford & Sons, Halsey, Skepta, Solange Knowles and Migos. 

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Celebrity style is one of our favourite sources of inspiration when it comes to styling our own fashion friendly looks. 

With festival season upon us, we're checking in on what the celebs are donning to the three-day events, and one blonde singer's style was giving us life. 

Mollie King rocked a gorgeous playsuit at BST Hyde Park, where Justin Bieber, Green Day and Phil Collins all headlined over the weekend. 

The summery sweet playsuit was trimmed with pom poms, so minimal accessories were all that was needed. 

The former Saturdays singer teamed her playsuit with a pair or white runners and a festival staple, the khaki army jacket. 

PrettyLittleThing Dobby mesh pom pom playsuit €33.75

The one annoying element about taking inspiration from the celebs is that the looks can often be from inaccessible designer collections, but luckily Mollie's playsuit is from PrettyLittleThing.

The playsuit also comes in black if worrying about keeping white pristine at a festival just isn't your prerogative. 

Team yours with runners and camo like Mollie, or try toughening it up with black biker boots, a leather jacket and a trilby hat. 

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