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Dublin Bus have announced a shuttle bus schedule to the much-anticipated Metallica concert at Slane Castle, taking place on Saturday June 8.

Thousands of concert-goers will travel with the bus company to the rock band's first Irish show in ten years. It's safe to say the excitement is well and truly building.

Those attending the gig have been urged by an Garda Síochána to plan their routes to and from the gig in advance for safety;

"Gardaí wish to remind those attending Metallica at Slane Castle on 8th June 2019 to plan their travel in advance. Use public transport if at all possible."

Customers have been urged to book tickets as soon as possible to ensure their seat on the day. You can grab your shuttle tickets on the Ticketmaster website for the most convenient travel experience.

Buses will depart between 11am and 4pm from Western Way, Dublin 7 and the return service will operate directly after the event.

A discounted price of €30 for a return ticket (plus booking fee) is available up until May 26, while tickets purchased up until 3 June will cost €40 for a return ticket (plus booking fee).

For outbound journeys, it's important to book a time slot. Metallica fans also can't travel outside of their allocated time slot. Rules are Rules, ladies.

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There is limited availability for this service and tickets will sell out, so we'd urge you to book right now. No tickets will be sold on the actual day of the concert, so planning ahead is key.

A Dublin Bus spokesperson expanded on the new shuttle service;

“The reality is that if you take the bus you don’t have the hassle of finding a parking space, leaving more time to enjoy the concert and then travel home safely. It is so much more convenient. Dublin Bus takes the hassle out of travelling.”

There you go, people. You've no excuse to be wandering around the castle, lost amidst your fellow drunk rock fans.

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The countdown to one of Ireland's biggest summer festivals is well and truly on, and now Longitude have only gone and given us 22 more glorious acts to see.

They've also entrusted us with the break-up of which days certain artists are playing over the weekend, so we're pretty much ecstatic.

The new acts include; Ave, Bugzy Malone, Fredo, Wild Youth, Little Simz, NOT3S, Headlie One, YBN Cordae, Chasing Abbey, Kneecap, Biig Piig, Grace Carter, Amber Mark, Saweetie, Buddy, Ama Lou, Adekunle Gold, Mallrat, JYELLOWL, Nealo, Why-Axis and Barny Fletcher.

Stage times will be announced over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Unforch, H.E.R. and Clairo cannot perform at Longitude 2019 due to scheduling conflicts. We're gutted, especially about H.E.R., but thank the Lord we have 22 new acts to worship.

The festival will take place in Marlay Park from July 5 until July 7, 2019. There are still some limited tickets left for the full three days, so get on that FAST.

For further festival information see: www.longitude.ie | www.mcd.ie

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If you haven't yet adorned your ears with any of Erica Cody's tunes thus far in your life, please excuse yourself for that indiscretion by going ahead and clicking over to Spotify, having a listen (and a bop), and only then may you return to this article for the already Erica enlightened. 

Big news for fans of the the Dublin alt-RnB singer – Erica is playing a gig in the Grand Social next month, on the eve of the launch of next EP Leoness, April 11th. 

The ideal excuse for a gals night out, tickets are only €14.45, on sale this Friday.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In the last two years, Erica has been a regular on the Irish festival circuit, appearing at Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza and Longitude to crowds of fervent supporters who clamoured to the stage for an audible glimpse of her particular brand of empowering choonage. 

Her distinctive sound plays on influences from 90s Hip-Hop icons blended with contemporary lyrics that address love, infatuation and female authority – perfect for the pre-drinks playlist or to employ a sense of self-confidence of all who listen (and inevitably end up singing along – that sh*t's catchy). 

In the summer of 2018, Erica played the main stage at Electric Picnic with The Story of Hip Hop, collaborating with The RTE Orchestra, DJ Mo-K, Jess Kavanagh, Jafaris and Mango to a 13,000-capacity stage. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When she's not busy performing, she can be found modelling, acting and collaborating with massive brands like Nike and Samsung (casual). However, she's not one to fall into your typical 'influencer' category. 

While she showcases her style and promotes her music on Instagram, she also uses her platforms to draw attention to societal issues like toxic masculinity and to elevate other female artists – promoting inclusively and creativity among her audience.   

Our advice? Get your tickets ASAP, so you can gloat to your friends that you got to see Erica Cody just before she became one of Ireland's best-selling Irish singer songwriters. Don't sleep on it. 

Feature image: Instagram / @ericacody / Photography by Anouska Proetta Brandon @anouskaphotography

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Picture This have been announced as the first act to play a brand new summer music festival in Belfast.

Live At The Botanic Gardens is set to be a series of outdoor concerts which will be held in the aesthetic setting of the famous Northern Irish gardens next June.

Early next year, Picture This are heading off on tour around Europe, Canada and the States, but will return to play Belfast for two nights on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June 2019.

The Irish alternative rock band have confirmed the release of their second album for February 15, entitled MDRN LV.

The lads dropped the first single from the new album, One Drink, back in October and it has dominated the airwaves as the number one radio song in Ireland for three weeks running.

It has also entered the USA top 40 singles chart, breaking the band into a whole new American audience.

They have unveiled their new track Everything or Nothing alongside the music video, and we can't stop listening.

The band are also set to play a huge five night run at Dublin's 3Arena from March 27 until 31 in 2019.

Though they only formed the band two years ago, the foursome from Athy signed to massive US label Republic Records, which boasts Ariana Grande and Drake as other artists signed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ryan Hennessy, Jimmy Rainsford, Owen Cardiff and Cliff Deane have achieved incredible success, and are currently Ireland's biggest-selling artists of 2018, with a debut album that enjoyed four weeks at number one.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 19 December at 9am for Live At The Botanic Gardens on Ticketmaster, and we bet they'll sell out fast.

Get yourselves ready on Wednesday at 8:59am lads.

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Following last months Manchester Arena attack, concert venues across the world have been cracking down on security.

This weekend Robbie Williams will perform at Dublin's Aviva Stadium and in the wake of those attacks, the venue has issued a public notice listing it's heightened security measures.

You will not gain access to the venue if you are in possession of any of the following items:

  • Backpack or large handbag.

  • Selfie sticks, professional cameras or cameras with a detachable lens, go-pros, iPads.

  • Garden furniture, deck-chairs, fold up chairs or shooting sticks, umbrellas.

  • Aerosols, spray cans.

  • Illegal/unidentifiable substances, legal highs, herbal highs or NoS.

  • Anything that can be perceived as a weapon or which could cause danger or disruption to any other persons at the event.

Concert organisers have warned that any attendees who are carrying any of the above items could be "refused entry or experience delays on entry." 

Note that there will be no cloakroom available to store items. 

MCD have advised those attending the concert to read the full notice thoroughly and allow at least an extra teo hours travel time to and from the venue.

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Indie-pop band The Drums is joining the extensive list of amazing musicians playing in the Emerald Isle this year.

The band is coming to Ireland on October 3 as part of their brand new album tour. 

Three years after the release of their third record, the The Drums are celebrating their 4th album "Abysmal Thoughts" with the UK and Ireland tour. 

 

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The group have announced that they have signed with Anti Records, according to MCD,  and revealed the details of their fourth album. “Abysmal Thoughts”, which will be released on June 16.

“I said I wanted to let life happen? Well, the universe listened and life began to f*** me real good,"  said band founder Jonny Pierce of thr new album. 

 

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"But honestly, I make the worst art when I’m comfortable. The stuff that resonates with me the longest—and that resonates with others—is always the stuff that comes out of my misery.”

Tickets are €20.00 including booking fee, and go on sale this Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster.

We're looking forward to becoming immersed in the band's new sound. 

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If you love Elvis, then this artist is right up your alley.

He is the only person from outside America to be crowned the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, and this week, he's coming to Ireland. 

Since his win, Ben has appeared on top US TV shows, including The Letterman Show, and has headlined concerts all over the world.

We all know there was only one Elvis, but seeing Ben Portsmouth live in concert is pretty close to experiencing the real thing.

If this sounds like the show for you, we have a family pass (4 tickets) up for grabs to attend the opening night of Ben Portsmouth Taking Care of Elvis in the Olympia Theatre this Thursday night.

But, you need to be in it to win it, so just head over to our Facebook or Instagram page to enter. Good luck, ladies!

For more information on Ben check out this website. He is performing in the Olympia this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. 

 
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