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Ireland has a range of amazing festivals on the horizon, such as Forbidden Fruit, Electric Picnic and Longitude.

However, there are also some completely amazing festivals going on outside of our emerald isle, and the line-ups are simply class.

Here are a few international festivals that would be worth the flight: 

Creamfields, 24-27 August, Great Britain 

For fans of EDM, Creamfields is not to be missed.

This massive UK music festival plays host to some of the biggest names in electronic music.

The festival is a four-day event, and is set in the pastoral Daresbury countryside. 

Headliners: Tiesto, Alesso,Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Galantis, Hardwell, Gorgon City, Martin Garrix, 

 

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Hide Out Festival, 26-30 June, Croatia 

Hide Out consistently lands itself on lists of the best international music festivals.

Another one for fans of dance music and EDM, the Pag island festival is a big hit thanks to the amazing weather, crystal blue waters and epic tunes. 

The first festival was in 2011, and has gone from strength to strength as the years have gone on. 

Headliners: Mazor Lazer, Diplo, Stromzy, MK, The Martinez Brothers

 

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Reading|Leeds Festival, 25-27 August, Great Britain

This festival is perfect for those with a diverse musical interest. 

With everything from chart, indie and EDM on offer, it's a great all-rounder.

Plus, flights to Leeds from Dublin are cheap as chips!

Headliners: Muse, Eminem, Bastille, Major Lazer, Haim, Fatboy Slim

Mad Cool Festival, 6-8 July, Spain

This no-camping festival takes place in the heart of Madrid, and there are plenty of local hostels and Air B&Bs to stay in.

The hot weather and epic line-up are two major pulls for international music fans travelling to this seriously cool fest. 

The festival has more of an edgy vibe, with an indie rock line-up.

Headliners: Foo Fighters, Alt-J, Foals, Kinds of Leon, Green Day, Foster The People

Lollapalooza, 21-23 July. France

This festival is located right in the city of Paris, and tickets are freakishly reasonable.

This festival is playing host to some absolutely massive acts this July, you'd actually be mad to miss it.

Another no-camping festival, accommodation will be pricey in Paris so get booking ASAP. 

Headliners: The Weeknd, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Alt-J, Imagine Dragons, Skepta

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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What comes to mind when you think of Black Friday?

Laptops, wide-screen televisions, and a turkey-fuelled lust for shiny things at knockdown prices?

Yeah, us too.

But if rolling commentary from EWN Twitter account is anything to go by, the Friday following Thanksgiving is a clear illustration of countless people's grim financial circumstances.

While grappling over bumper packs of toilet roll could sum up the hysteria which generally descends once the last morsel of Thanksgiving turkey has been consumed, many people feel a recent Twitter upload is an indictment of significant economic hardship.

"Jesus this is terrible. People are fighting over TVs and they are fighting over toilet paper!" commented one.

"Just a tragic illustration of the low household income of millions of South Africans," wrote one.

"What hurts me is that most people will then not survive the rest of the next month because of money spent impulsively today," added another.

Meanwhile in the UK, reports of a stabbing during a Black Friday sale in Leeds City Centre have begun circulating.

While full details have yet to be confirmed, it is understood an off-duty police officer was stabbed after confronting a shoplifter in a branch of HMV.

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A young woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of the bodies of two young children.

The exact age of the youngsters is still unknown, but the suspect is believed to be 24-years of age.

No one else is currently being sought in connection with the deaths.

Police in England found the children with stab wounds after they were called to an address in Bradford, West Yorkshire, at 11.28am.

A spokesman said law enforcement was contacted after paramedics attended a call-out.

Both children received treatment at the scene but were pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

Inquiries are continuing.

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We certainly know how to make the most of a beer garden 'round these parts. 

Indeed, if there's a hint of sunshine – even in the depths of winter – hoards of Irish folk are more than happy to transfer outdoors to finish their pints and chats. 

Gas heater switched on; an extra geansaí applied; a sturdy disposition: with the right, can-do attitude even freezing temperatures and the occasional sprinkling of rain can be cheerfully endured. 

However, we could only shake our heads in wonder when we spotted two particularly hardy chaps finish their beer garden pints… while waist-deep in flood water. 

With the nearby river bursting its banks amid heavy rainfall over the weekend, a pair of patrons at the Kirkstall Bridge Inn in Leeds very much took matters into their own hands.

John Kelly and Steve Holt, the plucky individuals in question, run the Kirkstall Brewery that owns the pub. They told BuzzFeed they were "irked by the river’s inconsiderate nature" and decided to reclaim it by taking their beers outside.

And while the water was initially only knee-deep, the flooding continued until it soon reached their waists.

The pair reported afterwards that "the beer was spot on… but we only had a couple". They eventually departed when they "got told off by Steve’s missus and had to get out".

Reckless; dangerous; just a bit of good fun? Well, they're all over social media anyway. And one thing's for sure too – a bit of November beer garden chill doesn't seem so bad now after all.

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