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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. 


Huge congratulations are in order as Macklemore is officially a dad-of-two. The Glorious singer shared the news exclusively with Spin 1038.

Speaking to the radio station before his Dublin gig, he shared his joyous family news for the first time.



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The singer often gushes about his love for Ireland and when he was asked about how he spent St. Patrick’s Day, he shared, “To be honest, I haven't said this publicly, cue the airhorn."

He continued, “I spent it in the hospital with my brand new daughter, who was born right before St Patrick's Day."

We are delighted for the Can’t Hold Us singer, who also has a two-year-old daughter with wife Tricia.

The doting dad revealed that they were expecting their second child back in September.

He shared a witty baby announcement video with his four million Instagram followers, where he revealed the joyous news.


Half the 2018 starting line up. Squad.

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In the video, he says, “I woke up today and had an idea. You guys have been such a huge part of our lives that I wanted to let you in on a little secret.”

The Downtown singer then announces the exciting news that their family is about to get a lot bigger.


Beyond lucky … #happyinternationalwomensday

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We cannot wait to find out what they called their daughter.


Having sold out his first 3Arena show in just five minutes, thousands of Macklemore fans were left disappointed after they failed to nab the much sought-after tickets. 

However, due to phenomenal demand, the Can't Hold Us singer has added an extra show on Tuesday, April 3. 

Macklemore's recently released studio album GEMINI via LLC / ADA entered the Irish Top 10 and its lead single Glorious continues to climb the charts. 

In a recent interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, he said: "I always try to get a different pallet of sounds and textures and vibes. This album, I was in a good place man… for the most part, if I'm in a happy place and life is good, that's going to be reflected in the music."

Tickets for the extra show are priced from from €44.05 and go on sale this Friday at 9am from ticketmaster.ie and outlets Nationwide.

Oh, and one more thing while we have you! Don't forget that you can catch up on all your favourite shows for free for a month right here, so sign up now!


If you have yet to see Macklemore live, your time has come, ladies.

The Seattle star has announced that he will be taking to the stage in Dublin next year, and tickets will be going on sale this Friday.

The Thirft Store singer will be performing at Dublin's 3Arena on April 4, and if you want to get your hands on tickets, you need to bring your A-game this Friday morning.

Macklemore recently released his new solo album, GEMINI, which entered the Top 10 in the Irish Album Charts.

This marks his first solo project since 2005’s The Language of My World and follows his two massive releases with producer Ryan Lewis: 2012’s multiple-GRAMMY award winning album The Heist and 2016’s This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.

Tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster, and they'll set you back a cool €44.05.

 We'll be seeing you there.



Rapper Macklemore has announced that his wife Tricia is pregnant with the couple’s second child.

The Downtown singer posted a video to his personal Instagram account where he unveiled the huge news.

He wrote on Instagram, 'Seattle… second time’s the charm.'


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In the video, he says, “I woke up today and had an idea. You guys have been such a huge part of our lives that I wanted to let you in on a little secret.”

The father-of-one then announces the exciting news that their family is about to get a lot bigger.

Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Heggarty, then goes on to say they will be revealing the gender of the baby in the video.

The video is set at a gender-reveal party at the family’s home, which has been decorated with pink and blue balloons to mark the occasion.


Seattle… Second time’s the charm.  (and yes, both announcements are true)

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The camera cuts to a pink and blue cake that has the words girl and boy written on it in icing. The couple are surrounded by their family, who are under the impression that they’re about to find out if Ben and Tricia are having a baby boy or a baby girl.

As the rapper cuts the cake he pulls out a piece of card, however, it doesn't have the information we were expecting to find out on it.

The Can’t Hold Us singer holds up a concert ticket and laughs as he announces 'We’re having a second night at Key Arena. Tickets on sale tomorrow.


I think Sloane has had me open 7 deluxe Gemini's today

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The proud dad appears at the end of the video and confirms the news saying, “Tricia really is pregnant though” and winks at the camera.

Ben and Tricia became engaged on January 21, 2013, after seven years together. On January 3, 2015, the chart-topper took to Twitter to announce that they were expecting their first child. They welcomed their first daughter Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty on May 29, 2015.

After a two-year engagement, Ben and Tricia finally tied the knot on June 27, 2015.

He admitted that his daughter is the true love of his life and his muse. Macklemore dedicated his song Growing Up to his daughter Sloane.



Macklemore is currently travelling around Ireland with his wife and daughter, and something very special happened on our fair green isle.

Mack's wife, Tricia, took to Instagram to share a video of their daughter taking her first steps in Belfast.

The parents are so uncontrollably happy that when she finishes they leap into each others arms. IT'S SO CUTE.

“Yesterday in Belfast, Northern Ireland…. Sloane’s first steps. Watch me try to help and then she gets up on her own!” Tricia captioned the clip. 

The family seem to be having a great time travelling across the Emerald Isle, and some of his Instagram photos are just hilarious. Here's to more happy memories!


Ireland traffic jam

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Macklemore has touched down in Dublin town, and he's loving it so much, he can't stop posting on Snapchat.

The rapper is performing in the 3Arena this weekend, but arrived to the capital city early so he could soak up some Irish culture.

One of his snaps shows him dancing on Grafton Street with his daughter and he looked very happy to be here.

Macklemore and his partner Ryan Lewis are performing tonight, Saturday and Sunday, and if his last gig was anything to go by you're going to have a good time. 


When you arrive into a celebrity's home, you expect to see a lot of things; but a naked painting of Justin Bieber with pancakes on his penis and syrup dripping down his torso is not one of them.

As Rolling Stones were doing an interview with Macklemore in his home, the writer Jonah Weiner decided to have a little gander.

"There is a kitschy velvet painting of a bald eagle, an oil painting of Drake, and a transfixing rendition of a naked Justin Bieber with maple syrup pouring down his chest onto a pancake balanced on his boner."

Weird? Yep. And here it is:

Nothing like you've ever seen before, huh? 

We're not sure what type of art Macklemore is into, but it sure is original. 



One thing is for sure. Macklemore's new single and follow up track to 2005's White Privilege was intended to create waves. 

With lyrics like: "You speak about equality, but do you really mean it? Are you marching for freedom, or when it's convenient", it's safe to say, Macklemore wanted White Privilege II have an impact. 

However, THIS may not have been the attention he had wanted. 

In the second verse of the new song, Macklemore raps: "You've exploited and stolen the music, the moment, The magic, the passion, the fashion, you toy with, The culture was never yours to make better.

"You're Miley, you're Elvis, you're Iggy Azalea.

"Fake and so plastic, you've heisted the magic, You've taken the drums and the accent you rapped in, You're branded hip-hop, it's so fascist and backwards."

And as one might expect, Iggy totally took the bait taking to Twitter to respond to the probing lyrics. 

"He shouldn't have spent the last 3 yrs having friendly convos and taking pictures together at events etc if those were his feelings," she said about the song in a tweet that was swiftly deleted.

While Macklemore kept out of the Twitter scuffle, he did respond to the comments in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. 

"For me, that second verse is unpacking. It's an unpacking moment of internalised criticism and self-doubt.

"And I think that people get put into boxes, and the conversation around cultural appropriation – I was at the forefront of that, rightfully so. And that conversation also included Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea, and that's why their names are on the record."

You can listen to Macklemore's track below and decide for yourselves: 



If you haven't heard of Amanda Byrne yet, you need to, because this girl is all kinds of hilarious.

Her first video, posted to Facebook over the weekend, has already had a whopper 120,000 views and over 6,000 likes.

Watch it below – it's an epic spoof of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's Downtown, all about life in north Dublin city.

"In town" by macklemandy

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"Killin' the game in me new trackie, pass the posh mots who think that I'm manky"… We love this girl.


Every year multiple artists promise that their new album will be the hottest thing for the new year.

But as we waited and waited (Rihanna, we're looking at you) no albums seemed to surface which left us very disappointed.

Here, we take a look back at the artists that left us hanging this year, and the albums that never saw the light of day:


In June 2014, the band of sisters told BBC 6 Music that their Days Are Gone follow-up album is "coming very soon." Nearly 18 months later, we've heard absolutely nothing. Zilch. Nada. Not even a snippet of a new song.

Sorry, HAIM fans, it seems like you'll be waiting a little while longer.


5. Drake

When Hotline Bling rocked onto our radio stations this year, it's safe to say everyone got excited in hopes his new album would be following soon after.

But no; no album. He's been teasing Views From the 6 for more than a year now, so hopefully he'll get his act together in 2016. We're watching.


4. Macklemore

On January 1, 2015, Macklemore answered a question we've all been waiting to hear. One Twitter user asked the MC when can we hear a new album and he replied, "You will this year. Believe that."

Well, we believed it. And he LIED, because nearly a year later, there's no sign whatsoever of a new album.


3. Gwen Stefani

During a Twiiter Q&A in October 2014, Gwen said that her next studio album would be arriving in December. 

That December passed, and this December has nearly passed too. We kinda forgive her though, since she shockingly split from hubby Gavin Rossdale. BUT we're totally hoping she writes some love songs about her new beau Blake.


2. Kanye West

Ah, Kanye. He's been teasing his album that-may-or-may-not be called SWISH (it's more than likely called SWISH) for the whole year, but yet again, we were all left disappointed.

He did have a bit of a rant on Twitter though and asked everyone to stay away until he finished his album… so we guess he's working on it.


1. Rihanna

In January this year, Rihanna came out with FourFiveSeconds which was supposed to be the first single of her new album. 

She even released Bitch Better Have My Money in March AND she released album art and tour dates for ANTI. But we kinda haven't heard a THING from the actual album yet.

I guess we'll just have to keep waiting.



Ed Sheeran sent Twitter into meltdown earlier today when he revealed he'd be dropping a new song this evening. The surprise tune, a collaboration with a mystery artist, caused crazy amounts of speculation online, and it's finally been released… along with a pretty exciting announcement.

Growing Up (Sloane's Song) was recorded with rapper Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (sorry, Taylor Swift fans) in celebration of Macklemore's new daughter Sloane.

Macklemore –  a.k.a. Ben Haggerty – and his fiancée Tricia quietly welcomed little Sloane in May, and this song seems to be the rapper's way of introducing her to the world. "Our daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty was born 2 months ago on May 29th," he wrote on Soundcloud today. 

"There is nothing like the joy and happiness that comes from bringing a baby into this universe. She has filled my heart in ways that I never knew were possible. She is the love of my life. This song is for her."

While the experience of becoming a father has been a positive one, Ben says it took him time to adjust when he first found out Tricia was expecting.

"I wish that I could say that I was in a 'better place' when I found out the news," he wrote.

"It would make for a far more polished and respectable story. But I think back to that night: praying on the floor at 2am as Tricia went to the bathroom to take the pregnancy test I’d just purchased from Walgreens. I was scared."

Growing Up (Sloane's Song) is available for free download via Soundcloud. Have a listen here – we're loving it so far.