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''Why does it always raaainn on meeeee….''

Yes, get ready for a blast of '90s post-Britpop nostalgia as Travis head to Dublin later this year.

They're bringing The Man Who album back to our Fair City, where they first performed it way back in 1999.  

The band will play a special show at the Olympia Theatre on Sunday, 9th December.

The album was the biggest selling UK album in 2000, spent 11 weeks at Number 1, and gave us songs like Driftwood, Turn and their iconic tune, Why Does It Always Rain On Me.

“Songs are like emotional bookmarks in time,” frontman Fran Healy said.

“When you hear a song you are transported to those times and feel strong echoes of the feelings you felt. Rarely does an album have this ability so performing.'' 

Singer/guitarist Fran Healy, bassist Dougie Payne, guitarist Andy Dunlop and drummer Neil Primrose will be bringing you right back to the era of practically non-existent eyebrows, platform shoes and slip dresses over t-shirts.

Tickets from €44.05 go on sale this Friday 17th August at 9am via Ticketmaster.

Snap 'em up before everyone else does. 

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Hozier is set to play three intimate rehearsal shows in Dublin this September. The singer has announced he will play a special run of live shows at The Academy, Dublin.

The tickets cost a mere €30 and all proceeds from the shows will go to three charities close to the Jackie and Wilson singer’s heart.

 

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The charities include Safe Ireland, One In Four and the Peter McVerry Trust.

The Take Me To Church singer has stepped back from touring as he works on his second album, so we are delighted to hear he will be taking to the stage again.

Tickets are limited to two per person.

They go on sale from 9am on Friday, August 17 at ww.Hozier.com.

The Someone New singer is set to announce further Ireland, UK and European tour dates on September 17.

The 28-year-old will also be releasing new music in the coming months and we cannot wait. It’s been too long since his voice graced the charts.

Dates are as below:

Monday, September 3 – The Academy, Dublin

Wednesday, September 5 – The Academy, Dublin

Friday, September 7 – The Academy, Dublin

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We are well into festival season, which has been speculator thanks to some decent Irish sun.

As Electric Picnic draws closer, we cannot contain our excitement.

But before you get the kicks out, glitter on and rock the double buns, you have to plan what and who you're gonna see at the epic festival.

Lucky for you, we and Electric Ireland have one to pencil into the weekend-long fun.

Electric Ireland clearly got the memo about how much we adore bobbin' to our fav ninety tracks.

They've put together a Throwback Stage line-up and announced that B*witched are to headline. (FAN-GIRL SCREAMING)

 

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We are clearly thrilled with seeing our gals, Edele and Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou, and Sinéad O'Carroll belt out ‘C’est La Vie’. 

We can't forget "Rollercoaster", "To You I Belong" and "Blame It on the Weatherman" which all smashed their way to number one in the English and Irish charts, upon their release.

We highly recommend that you splash that colour and rock the 90s denim ​​​​​​as you dance along to the nostalgia.

 

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Past throwback line-ups brought by Electric Ireland has seen some of our golden oldies like 5ive, S Club Party, Ace of Base, Bonnie Tyler, 2 Unlimited, The Vengaboys and Bananarama. 

If you don't know any of these acts, you're dead to us – joking – but check them out on Youtube as they hold a special place in our heart.

Additionally, for extra brownie points go check out the acts in this year's line-up during the festival.

The full-line up for the throwback fun is due to be released shortly.

Electric picnic will be held on August 31 to September 2nd.

For anyone who managed to secure tickets, I hope you feel the jealousy seeping through the screen.

Hope isn't entirely lost, as some lucky duck will win a pair of weekend tickets by shareing a screenshot of ‘C’est La Vie’ streaming on Spotify using #ThrowbackStage and tag @ElectricIreland on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

May the odds forever be in your favour.

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As if we needed another reason to love Taylor Swift even more!

During her performance in Philadelphia Saturday night, the young popstar encountered show-stopping technical difficulties.

As a part of her dynamic performances, the singer is usually transferred to different stages throughout the show. This time, however, she was left floating above the crowd. Taylor was being lifted into the air on a platform when it halted to a stop.

She told fans, “I'm pretty sure I'm stuck up here […] It's supposed to take me to the other side of the stadium.”

The experienced performer remained calm and positive about the mishap, commenting on how nice the view was from her position. After a few moments, the singer decided to take control of the situation.

Descending the stairs down to the main stage, Taylor sang two songs acapella until the technical glitch was fixed. She smartly chose the fan favourites of “Our Song” and “Wildest Dreams,” and the audience sang along delighted with the surprise.

This was the first time the singer encountered any problems during her world tour performances, and Swifties went wild for her impromptu songs! Fans flooded twitter with their admiration for Taylor, saying she kept things professional and handled the situation brilliantly.

Taylor’s response during the set malfunction impressed all concert attendees in Philadelphia. The tour will continue across the States with no delays.

Nice job, Taylor. We can't wait for your next performance!

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If you're anything like us, you love nothing more than a good podcast.

So what better way to check out your favourites or discover new ones?

Dublin Podcast Festival is back by popular demand and it's right up our street.

Running from 26th September 17th October, our fair city will play host to live podcasts, workshops and headliner shows with some very cool acts across multiple venues.  

The incredible line-up features international and homegrown podcasters, discussing  everything from food to music to literature to football, film, comedy and much more.

One of the unmissable shows is The Guilty Feminist. 

Deborah Frances-White and co-host for the night Alison Spittle will be live at Vicar Street, 1st October, talking about the noble goals of 21st century feminists and the insecurities which undermine them. 

We like the sound of that.

Another one not to miss out on is the Blindboy Podcast in Vicar Street on 7th October.

The Podcast does not only indoctrinate mental health issues but reaches further into a wide spectrum of current topics, may it be gun laws, feminism, racism or a bit of history. BlindBoy has it covered!

I think we're all aware about the phenomenal rise of the podcast as a form of both entertainment and education. 

This will be the second year of teh festival and it looks set to just keep on growing, celebrating the podcasting world and connecting fans with the people who make them.

 

DUBLIN! Expect a wicked double headliner down at The Liberty Hall on 12th October with Dubland and Up to 90. Dubland is a fortnightly chat podcast in which Suzanne Kane and PJ Gallagher unpack the news of the week. Whether it's political, global or personal news, there's always something to send PJ into a rant and there's always a stick for Suzanne to poke him with. With well over a million downloads, this podcast is not just popular among its listeners, it's a hit that needs to be consumed as soon as it's available. Also taking to the stage in Liberty Hall is the latest podcast from Headstuff, featuring two of Ireland’s most exciting comics, Emma Doran and Julie Jay. The show covers anything and everything 90s, as long as it happened during the decade of Fresh Prince and ‘going-out’ combat pants, these two gingerettes have got you covered.Treat yourself to tickets this coming Monday from 9am! #DPF18

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Some of the events include:

Sexy Beasts + Phoning It In

The Grand Social – 14 October 2018. Tickets €16 from Ticketmaster.

 Banter 200 with Jim Carroll

The Workmans Club – 17th October 2018. Tickets: TBC.

The Blindboy Podcast

Vicar Street – 7th October 2018. €28 from Ticketmaster.

Those Conspiracy Guys

The Sugar Club – 9th October 2018. Tickets €18 from Ticketmaster.

So what are you waiting for?

Go grab some tix when they go on sale Monday, 16th July at 9am from www.ticketmaster.ie and outlets nationwide.

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Music lovers, rejoice! Vance Joy has just announced a second Dublin date at The Olympia Theatre on November 16.

Tickets go on sale at 10 am on Wednesday, July 4.

Tickets cost a mere €26 but they’ll be swiped up so don’t forget to set your alarm for Wednesday.

Vance Joy won the hearts of many with the ukulele-led charm of instant classic ‘Riptide’, He consolidated on that first impression with further anthems ‘Mess is Mine’, ‘Georgia’, ‘Fire and the Flood’ and ‘Straight Into Your Arms’.

Those hits all found a home on 2014's debut Dream Your Life Away – the record hitting No.1 in Australia, No.2 in Canada and Top 20 in the UK and US.

It’s fair to say that the Melbourne turned global star is sounding better than ever on Nation of Two. Joy’s compelling vocals dance around thoughtful lyrics and luscious melodies, and while he may have the special skill of making it all sound effortless, every word and metaphor is there for a reason.

Now, with a swag of exquisite new material added to his already impressive repertoire, comes time to start the crazy cycle all over again, this time with the bonus of simultaneous global releases and a ready-made audience.

“It's a luxury to have made one album and it’s nice to know people are waiting to hear some new songs,” the Riptide singer gushed.

Tickets are available from a www.ticketmaster.ie  on July 4.

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The Riptide Movement will play Vicar Street on Saturday, 1st December. 

Tickets are priced at €25, which is inclusive of booking free, and will be on sale from the 5th of July at 10am from Ticketmaster.ie. 

The announcement follows the release of their new single, Plastic Oceans

Plastic Oceans was recorded in London with producer Chris Coady (Future Islands, Slowdive) and has a firm backbone of the kind of melodic indie rock that has seen the band build a strong following in their native Ireland, clocking up various #1 records.

The band will continue their heavy touring schedule this summer, putting in appearances in coastal areas.

They will be using their latest single to spread the important environmental message that our beaches, coastlines, rivers, cities and towns need to be kept litter and plastic free if we're to stop the oceans from becoming even more polluted by plastic waste.

Visit www.ticketmaster.ie for Vicar Street tickets from July 5th. 

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Our fav Canadian (sorry Justin) has revealed the tracklist for his upcoming album, Scorpion.

Drake is set to release the new tunes on June 29 (TODAY), and we CAN'T wait.

The artist will be teaming up with some legends including Michael Jackson and Jay-Z. 

Taking to Instagram, the 31-year-old gave us the names of the new tracks.

 

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Those with eagle eyes will notice that previous hits like God's Plan, I’m Upset and Nice For What are making a reappearance on the new album.

As for the iconic collabs, Don’t Matter To Me will feature the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson. 

Jay-Z will accompany Drake in Talk Up. 

 

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Ty Dolla $ign and Static Major also make guest appearances in the album. 

Scorpion will mark Drake’s fifth studio album.

We've been holding out for new music since Drake's 2016 album, Views.

Get ready to have the 25 tracks on constant replay.

 

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A limited number of extra seated tickets are being released for Paul Simon’s highly anticipated Dublin show.

The legendary songwriter, recording artist and performer Paul Simon’s farewell concert tour comes to the RDS Dublin on Friday 13 July, bringing to the stage a stunning, career-spanning repertoire of timeless hits and classic songs which have permeated and influenced popular culture for generations.

It is especially poignant that Paul Simon will perform his farewell concert tour in the RDS, where he first performed in Ireland in 1982 as Simon and Garfunkel.

 

He will be joined by James Taylor & his All-Star Band and Bonnie Raitt.

Tickets will go on sale this Monday 2 July at 9 am from Ticketmaster, so make sure you set your alarm to get your hands on these tickets.

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We can all admit we’ve all had that moment where we had a good, long cry whilst listening to one of Adele’s songs. There have been many rainy mornings where we dramatically wept to Someone Like You, and plenty of nights out where we sang Hello into a wine bottle. Adele’s music has been the soundtrack to many women’s lives for years.

We have been huge fans of the Grammy winner since she released her first album 19 all the way back in 2008.

It’s been a decade since the Water Under The Bridge singer stormed the charts with her first album, but there’s no stopping Adele just yet.

Rumour has it the singer is set to release a brand new album in 2019.

 

According to reports, the Chasing Pavements songstress has been in talks with Sony about working on a new album.

It is understood that Adele is hoping to head to the studio later this summer, where she will write a wave of chart-topping hits.

 

A source shared: “She’s back in the UK and intends to write here. A number of studio musicians have been approached to work with her and she’s already penned some of the songs.”

The new album is rumoured to be released next Christmas. We are beyond excited. If anyone needs us we’ll be singing along to Make You Feel My Love for the foreseeable future.

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There’s something so glamorous about a night out at the theatre, whether you’re going to see a serious production of a well-loved classic or a witty show at your local theatre.

We must admit that seeing a musical at the theatre is one of life’s simple pleasures, so it's time to pop on your dancing shoes and break out those 80s dance moves as Whitney- Queen of the Night is coming to Irish theatres.

The electrifying show will make its way to The Waterfront Hall, Belfast on January 16 and will then head to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on January 17, 2019.

Whitney Houston’s music lives on in this captivating theatre show consistently receiving standing ovations and rave reviews.

Whitney – Queen of the Night is a stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award-winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artists, with a powerhouse and breathtaking performance from rising West End star Shanice Smith as Whitney.

Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s, Shanice, winner of Brit Idol and a graduate of the world famous Brit School (where the likes of Adele and Leona Lewis cut their teeth), has triumphed in the role and has astounded audiences wherever she plays.
 

Beautifully remembering the most highly awarded female artiste in the world ever, the music of Whitney Houston has touched most of us at some time in our lives. With hits that include, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, I Will Always Love You, and many more.

Share her life and get ready for the greatest love of all in Queen of the Night!

Tickets from €29 including booking fee go on sale this Friday, June 22.

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Cathy tunes, inoffensive melodies and relatable lyrics are the pillars on which Ed Sheeran has crafted his first three albums, however, it looks like the singer-songwriter could be putting that winning formula to bed for the time being, as he hints a change of direction for his next album. 

Released in March of last year, his most recent album Divide went multi-platinum across the globe, however he said not concerned if his new music does not do well commercially.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, the 27-year-old explained how he does not want to give into the pressure of making another hit record.

"The next record I'm making isn't a pop album and the reason is people expect the next album to be bigger."

"If I control it and say: 'Here's a low-flying record I f****** love,' then my fans will be like, 'Yay!' and the pop world will be like, 'Well, maybe the next one'.

"No one will say, 'That's a flop.' It'll just be, 'That's what he wanted to do."

Pop or not, we're excited to hear what Ed does next! 

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