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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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It may be only January, but we're giving ourselves full permission to start getting excited about festival season.

And with Longitude already releasing their main line-up for 2016, it seems we're not the only ones looking ahead.

You'll want to snap up your tickets for July 15 – 17 NOW, as the line-up for the Marlay Park festival is downright amazing this year:

Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer and The National will headline, with Jamie XX, Chvrches, Róisín Murphy, Tyler The Creator and Saint Sister all making an appearance too.

Tickets for this year's festival will go on sale via Ticketmaster next Friday Jan 29 at 9am.

You can nab yourself a one-day pass for €64.50 and a three-day weekend ticket for €159.50.

See you there!

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In the last few years Ireland has become one of the best little hub’s for festivals in Europe.

We have music festivals, arts festivals, comedy festivals, food festivals, to name but a few. But now, there is a new festival taking over our fair Emerald Isle.

The first ever Heart of Ireland (Hi) Festival is taking place this weekend, 10th – 12th July in Mullingar.

And their objective? To make goodness cool!

The HI Festival aims to promote goodness as it is the cornerstone to success and happiness in life and they believe that it is a trait that is largely undervalued in our society.

In a display like no other, the streets of Mullingar will transform into a live 100 year timeline, starting with the 1920’s and displaying all the best traits from the past century. There is also a fancy dress competition for the best dressed so don’t be afraid to don the clothes from your favourite era.

There are a huge number of live acts as well, beginning with the Irish Chamber Orchestra on Friday 10th at 8pm in the Mullingar Arts Centre, followed by Rebecca Storm and special guest Emmet Cahill on the Saturday night.

In keeping with the festival’s unique theme, there is also pig-racing, the Flea Circus, the Armagh Rhymers, Lords of Strut, tug of war, chocolate meditation classes and loads more activities.

You can download the full festival programme here. And now, here is Father Murt to give you HIS opinion on this brand new festival. 

 

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Lily Allen was caught in a gas explosion when she was in a campervan and the stove exploded.

The 30-year-old singer is attending Glastonbury festival where she has been keeping her fans up to date of her antics through her social media pages.

 

 

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The mum of two posted a photo of her face to Instagram, showing minor burns and singed eyelashes. She urged her fellow festival goers to be extra careful, to avoid the same terrifying experience.

“I was in a gas explosion in my caravan today and I synged my eyelashes considerably,” the Not Fair singer explained.

 

“It was absolutely terrifying and I wouldn’t want anyone to go through anything similar,” she continued. “Please be SO careful using gas stoves at anytime but especially during festival season when ones reaction times may be a little off.”

Thankfully Lily’s injuries weren’t any more serious. As she said, “Feeling very grateful to be alive.” 

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If you are heading to one of the many festivals happening across the country this summer, you might already be panicking about how to stay gorgeous, even though you are slumming it in a tent.

Here are 8 must–have items that will keep you looking gorgeous even if you won’t be showering for a few days…

Batiste shampoo
This will become your best friend. Pick one with a fragrance to hide the fact that not only is your hair greasy but also kind of smells….

Deodorant
Do not leave your house without packing this in your bag. Seriously, no one will thank you if you forget it.

Tinted moisturiser
After a few sleepless nights and one to many drinks your skin will be left looking dull and grey. A tinted moisturiser will make you look more awake.

Suncream
We may sound like your mother  saying this but don’t forget the suncream. Red skin is not attractive.

Concealer
No need for thick, heavy make-up at a festival. Bring along a concealer for hiding any blemishes.

Mascara
Great for opening up your eyes and it can also double up as eyeliner.

Lip balm
Festivals mean festival selfies! Make sure your lips are ready by bringing along a lip balm that you can also use as a blusher.

Baby wipes
To clean your face and body of course!

 

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Festival season is now officially upon us, and with Body and Soul happening next week it won’t be long until we are donning our wellies, flower hairbands and teeny tiny shorts.

Rather than ending the night with matted hair, here are 5 perfect festival hairstyles:

Top knot
Pull all your hair back really tight and tie it in a top knot. Pop on a pair of sunnies and you’ll be able to enjoy the music without getting hair in your mouth!

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Straight
Straighten your hair and pull it to the side. Accessorise with a flower hairband or trilby.

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Thin plaits
Give yourself a deep side parting. On the side of your hair with the less hair create a simple plait. Add some mousse to the other side to give your hair more volume.

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Plait upstyle

Part your hair in a centre parting. Plait each side, pull them up and wrap them around your head. Secure with bobby pins.

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Messy look
Put your hair into a centre parting. Leave loose and add mousse to give it some texture.

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Edinburgh is only literally a hop, skip and jump away, but it is often left in the shadow of London, Liverpool or even Newcastle as a place to head to.

But, did you know Scotland’s capital hosts a lot of festivals? We mean a lot… especially in the summer, that will make you rethink your travel plans.

Edinburgh International Film Festival 18th – 29th June
The Edinburgh Film Festival is known the world over and is probably a festival you have always said you would love to go to – sure, who doesn’t love a good film?

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 18th – 27th July
If you are a fan of jazz and blues then pop this date in your diary. Over ten days, 140 gigs will take place at 13 venues. From samba to swing to blues-rock there is sure to be something to tempt you.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 1st – 23rd August
This is the largest arts festival in the world and includes everything from theatre to comedy to cabaret, musical and musicals.

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Not all of us will be lucky enough to be heading heading away this year, but fear not, there is plenty to keep you entertained at home.

Electric Picnic
Yes, it’s the price of a short city break but it is so much better!  There is an abundance of festivals to hit this year so you’ll definitely find something to suit your budget.

Marlay Park gigs
There will be a whole host of pretty cool artists playing here including Ellie Goulding, Kanye West and Jay-Z, The Arctic Monkeys, The Kings of Leon and a lot more.

Surfing
Who needs Australia when we’ve got Donegal, Lahinch and even Wexford right on our doorstep.

The National Horse show
This is the perfect way for horse-lovers to spend a glorious afternoon.

Fota Wildlife Park

The animals are so close you can almost touch them, but we don’t recommend you try…

 Whale watching
West Cork is a hive of whale and dolphin activity.

Taste of Dublin
Food, drink and a lively atmosphere – what more could you ask for?

Giro d’Italia
One of the world’s best cycling events is coming to Dublin, make sure you don’t miss it.

Camping
Yes, it will probably rain but you will be having so much fun you won’t even notice!

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All this talk of Coachella has got us thinking about summer music festivals. There is nothing quite like sitting under the sun with a beer in one hand, listening to your favourite bands.

However, it is important that you have your make-up down to a tee so you don’t have to worry about it or keep topping it up.

Concealer
Concealer is handy for hiding blemishes and spots. Pop one into your bag for quick touch ups during the day if necessary.

Tinted moisturiser
A tinted moisturiser is great for giving you light weight coverage without the feeling of heavy foundation. Use one with an added SPF to protect from the sun at the same time.

Lip gloss
A little lip gloss will make you look gorgeous even if you are feeling a little worse for wear.

Waterproof mascara
It will no doubt rain at least once during the festival so waterproof mascara is a must to avoid panda eyes.

Blusher
Nothing completes your look like a little blusher across your cheeks. A light natural colour will make you look like you didn’t apply make-up at all.

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These festivals are full of culture, colour and fun. If you are lucky enough, you may experience a few of them.

1. Fourth of July – US
Held, unsurprisingly, on the 4th of July each year all over the United States. Barbecues, beer and the American flag are all a staple part of any good 4th of July celebration!

2. Mardi Gras – New Orleans, US
Beginning on January 6th and stretching until Shrove Tuesday, you have about 11 hours left to get to the best city for celebrating Mardi Gras!

3. Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany
A 16 day festival running from the end of September until the first week of October. A celebration of Bavarian culture, dress and of course, beer.

4. La Tomatina – Buñol, Spain
Held on the last Wednesday of August each year, this day consists mainly of throwing tomatoes at people. What a fun mess!

5. Diwali – Nepal, India
Also known as the Festival of Lights, this ancient Hindu tradition is held in autumn each year. The festival celebrates the victory of lightness over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair.

6. St Patrick’s Day – Dublin, Ireland
I’m sure most of us know about this one and there is nowhere like Dublin on Paddy’s Day for fun, festivities and Guinness!

7. Holi Festival, India
This is also known as the Festival of Colours and is another ancient Hindu tradition. The festival has become increasingly popular with travellers and promotes community spirit as everyone is fair game in this colourful and friendly fight!

8. Carnival – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Held around the same time as Mardi Gras, before Lent, Rio is renowned for holding one of the most famous Carnival celebration.

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