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Calling all Irish musicians! 

Other Voices are offering one talented act the chance to perform at the famous Dingle music festival this December.

Applicants are invited to send in samples of their work through the new eir Other Voices Open Call system, and Dublin band, Le Galaxie, are urging musicians to avail of this “incredible opportunity.”

The chosen act will enjoy an all expenses paid trip to Dingle where they will have the opportunity to perform at the IMRO Other Room, which has previously featured artists such as James Vincent McMorrow, Villagers and Rusango Family.

The winner will also be given a three-day studio session as well as the budget and resources to film their very own music video.

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment, Le Galazie's Dave McLaughlin said: "It's incredible, just the idea that all you have to do is put your music forward, it's not a competition per se, it's almost like a Booker Prize.”

"So it's incredible to think that a band starting out now, who has their chops together, that you're going to have access to that kind of platform."

Sound like you? Entries are open now at www.othervoices.ie/content/open-call and will close at 6pm on September 22.


Later this month, our very own Niall Horan will embark on his first ever solo world tour – and he's bringing some local talent along for the ride.

The Slow Hands singer took to Twitter earlier today announce the support acts for his upcoming Flicker Sessions tour, adding that he wanted to make it “as Irish as possible.”

The Dublin-based Wild Youth will join Niall for his opening show in Dublin's Olympia theatre, while Kildare duo, Picture This, will join the former One Direction member in London and Stockholm.

And as if that wasn't enough, the super-talented Gavin James will support Niall in the US and Toronto.

Many fans were left disappointed after tickets for the Flicker Sessions tour sold out in minutes, and to be honest, we reckon this latest announcement will just rub salt in the wound.



As we all know, trends come and go, but there's something about Irish fashion that's changing at the moment – and for the better.

With influences coming straight from the Irish music scene, we look at the style of Róisín O, Ireland's latest girl crush.

We're getting way more comfortable with ourselves, and that means with our clothing choices too, and we can thank gals like Róisín for it:

The piercings:


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A few years ago, getting unusual piercings were a bit of a taboo (our Irish mammies wouldn't be too happy), but taking example from Róisin, they're something that have become a total norm and a style statement these days. If you like it and want it, go for it girl.


The hair:


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Celebrities have always been changing and chopping their hair throughout the years, and it's safe to say us Irish have been a bit late to the game sometimes. But, not anymore. We relish with different looks, cuts and colours, and strive to be a bit different. Go us.


The grunge:


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Gone are the days of the super girly girl (goodbye Paris Hilton circa 2009). Now, us Irish gals like a bit more rock'n'roll and we always grunge up our look. Whether it's adding a big statement belt, or rockin' black dress like Róisín here, we're loving it.


The glamour:


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Saying that though, as much as we like to be comfy and original, we also LOVE to add a bit of glamour to our outfits sometimes. Whether you're heading on a night out and want to sparkle as bright as the discoball, or you simply just feel like adding some glitz to your shopping-day look, in the words of Fergie, we are G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S yeeeaaah.


The accessories:


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If there's one thing we've conquered in fashion, it's accessories. Rocking some deadly shades, or simply adding a great bag like Róisín here, can totally change up any look and make it ten times better. We got it, girls.


To raise awareness of the issue of dating abuse and to raise funds for Women's Aid, we have decided to host a music gig in The Sugar Club on Wednesday July 6, where Róisín O will headline, and more special guests to be announced. If you'd like to support us on the night, you can get your tickets here now.


If you like a bit of Irish talent (like we all do), then feast your eyes on this list. From all around Ireland, these bands and singers are the ones to watch in 2016. 

And believe us when we tell you, you'll be impressed:

1. The Academic

These lads from Mullingar have just sold out an Irish tour. But that's not all, The Academic also supported The Strokes and Noel Gallagher in 2015 and in March they're headlining Vicar Street. Not too shabby, boys. 


2. Exmagician

Belfast's Exmagician have taken a more bluesy approach to their music of late. They first made a stir on the Irish music scene in 2011, but 2016 is definitely going to be their year.


3. James Vincent McMarrow

This Dublin man first debuted in 2010 but since then has changed his sound to a more hip pop and R&B vibe. And if his latest single, How To Waste A Moment is anything to go by, he's going to be big. 


4. Ciaran Lavery

Lurgan singer/songwriter Ciaran was nominated for the Northern Ireland Music Prize recently but this year he is really going to stand out from the crowd. Imagine a smooth Damien Rice-like sound. Just lovely. 


5. Saint Sister

These two beautiful ladies from Derry and Belfast have a enchanting sound to their music and describe it as 'atmosfolk'. Just think a traditional, Enya-type vives, but with a modern twist.