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Back for the third year in a row, Dublin Podcast Festival is returning with headliner shows and live podcasts across multiple venues this November.

The festival have announced a string of headliners in the line-up and the anticipation is seriously building.

The podcast event will feature international and homegrown talent, covering everything from crime, comedy, literature and history for live audiences.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The legendary Guilty Feminist is set to land at Vicar Street once again on November 6. With over 35 million downloads under their belt, host Deborah Frances-White and a special guest are set to light up the stage.

They're scheduled to chat about noble goals as 21st century feminists, and the paradoxes and insecurities which undermine them. If you were lucky enough to catch them in Ireland last time, you'll be a superfan by now.

The UK's number one LGBTQ+ podcast is landing with a bang, and it's possibly the show we're the most excited about.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A Gay and a NonGay is coming to the Sugar Club on November 10, with BFFs James Barr and Dan Hudson covering the differences between LGBTQ+ and NonGay people to life on stage in a ridiculously simple but gas premise.

Comedy duo The 2 Johnnies return with their biggest live show yet after a sold-out event at the Vodafone Comedy Festival. The pair have been number one on Ireland's podcast charts every week for 80 weeks.

They're performing at Vicar Street on November 14, with serious topics such as riding, Gaelic games and parish news to cover.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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IT GALZ LIVE! have continued to sell out live shows throughout Ireland since their debut at last year’s podcast festival, and their success story is continuing in 2019.

The hilarious cultural commentary by Jenny Claffey and Lindsay Hamilton will reach new heights as the gals are hosting their biggest headline show yet; Vicar Street on November 16.

The topics range from pop culture to women's rights, through a mainly satirical lens, but you're bound to get a good laugh from them.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ireland's favourite podcaster and number one bestselling author, BlindBoy, is set to return for two nights in Vicar Street on November 19 and 24.

BlindBoy will be here for a third consecutive year, and is set to celebrate International Men's Day with a special live show. 

The personality speaks wise words on indoctrinate mental health issues but makes sure to reach further into a wide spectrum of current topics, may it be gun laws, feminism, racism or history.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Dollop will arrive at Liberty Hall on November 21, bringing US history to the stage with comedian hosts Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds.

History buff Dave decided to turn his hobby into a podcast. Each episode he reads one strange and disturbing story from the American past to Gareth, who is clueless about the tales.

Gareth's hilarious reactions are why The Dollop is in the top 20 downloaded comedy podcasts in the US, Canada, and Australia.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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My Favourite Murder will host a live show in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on November 24 and 25, but limited tickets remain for the second show so act fast.

Debuting number one on The New York Times Best Sellers List, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark host a brilliant true crime podcast that you're bound to become addicted to.

Aside from being avid true crime enthusiasts, Karen is a stand-up comedian and television writer and Georgia is a writer and host for the Cooking Channel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The popularity of podcasts has skyrocketed in recent years, for both their entertainment factor and educational abilities.

The Dublin Podcast Festival will celebrate the world of podcast and intends on connecting fans with those who create them.

Your earphones won't be necessary this November, we highly recommend seeing a live performance. Tickets for the events will go on sale from Ticketmaster.ie on Monday, August 12 at 10am.

Feature image: Instagram/@dublinpodfest

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The March for Choice, which is organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign, will be taking place in the Irish capital four weeks from today.

And ahead of the Rubberbandits gig in Vicar Street on that same day, the Limerick duo have encouraged their fans to take part in the march before attending the gig.

Taking to both Twitter and Facebook this week to remind fans of the city-wide event later this month, they wrote "People travelling up for our Vicar Street gig on the 30th. The March for choice is on during the day, please go to that if you're in Dublin."

The tweet has been shared extensively since its upload in recent days, however the comedy act have come in for criticism from some Twitter users for using their platform to promote the march.

"The #repealthe8th freakshow will be enough of a laugh," wrote Emma Murphy while David Plunkett added: "The March to legalise the termination of unborn children. Bit of a whitewash to just say 'choice'. Ur gone a bit lefty lads."

Responding to the critical remarks, other users have weighed in, with one writing: "Is it only now you have noticed that Rubberbandits are a bit lefty? Lol. Sharp one you are."

"It's great to see two intelligent lads use their platform for progressive politics. This country needs more of that."

On Facebook, the act came in for more criticism, with one Facebook user writing: "F*ck off and stick to comedy."

Responding to the advice, the Rubberbandits replied: "Ah jaysus Gerard. Goway will ya. We're not for you, it's grand."

Never change, lads.

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With the General Election taking place this Friday February 26, taxpayers are taking their last chance to air their feelings on certain important issues.

Chief among these is mental health, and specifically the issue of Ireland's guilt-heavy culture around anxiety and depression.

The Rubberbandits voiced their opinions just that problem last night, during a sketch on Des Bishop's RTÉ Election Special.

The Rubberbandits guide to mental health.

The Rubberbandits guide to Mental Health. #GE2016 . Originally shown on Des Bishops election special.

Posted by Rubberbandits on Monday, 22 February 2016

What started out as an off-the-wall p*sstake of Gerry Adams, Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin through the world of Blindboy's dreams soon turned into a very astute observation about mental health, anxiety, Catholic guilt and the Irish culture of bottling up our emotions.

"We still punish ourselves – especially young men. The fear of talking to a therapist carries with a label of being 'bad' or 'broken'," said Blindboy. 

"We treat counselling like it's some big dirty secret."

Unsurprisingly, the video got a huge reaction online:

Fair play to the lads for highlighting a very important issue in Irish society,

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Justin Bieber has been working on an image overhaul for the last year or so, but his sense of style still leaves a LOT to be desired.

The 21-year-old is generally seen in oversized tank tops, jeans and massive baseball caps – and even on the red carpet he tends to get it a bit off the mark.

Case in point has to be last night's Grammys, when the Where Are U Now singer showed up in a pretty dull monochrome outfit.. a far cry from his ex Selena Gomez's breathtaking appearance in a sequined sapphire blue number.

Justin's shirt-and-suit-pants outfit, combined with the faint hint of a blond mustache, earned him a fair bit of stick online – in particular from Irish comedians The Rubberbandits.

"Justin Bieber went to the Grammys looking like a leaving cert student who just got a job collecting glasses in a Monaghan nightclub," the lads wrote in a Facebook post which has already racked up a whopping 31,000 likes since it was posted early this morning.

Justin Bieber went to the Grammys looking like a leaving cert student who just got a job collecting glasses in a Monaghan nightclub.

Posted by Rubberbandits on Monday, 15 February 2016

"That's a massive insult to leaving cert students in Monaghan," one sly-tongued commenter wrote, with another adding, "It beats going to the Grammys looking like Justin Bieber."

Thankfully Biebs had an outfit change before he headed on stage to perform Love Yourself and Where Are U Now in front of a jampacked audience of celebrities.

However we can't help but noticing that he's still in desperate need of a shave…

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Your weekly event guide is here brought to you by Niamh Geaney. This week we look at the classic Chrismtas panto along with another panto which is a little bit different, adults only! We take a look at Panti’s fabulous show, artisan food in Tipperary and a gig not to be missed this Christmas in Limerick, check it out!

Join us back here tomorrow where we'll be rounding up what's hot and what's not in the cinema this week in Pic 'n' Mix.

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The Rubberbandits are back with their new song FELLAS (featuring Gabriel Byrne).

Well, it’s not REALLY featuring Gabriel Byrne – they have a puppet of him singing the song, which talks about how “if you wanna f*** a fella” it’s perfectly fine.

It’s a catchy tune with a good message – even if they do slightly overuse the F word! Russell Brand took to Twitter to praise the guys: “Always listen to @rubberbandits one day their prophecies may free us all.”

Frankie Boyle is also a fan of the song, calling it “immense” and Panti-Bliss tweeted: “Ha! Amazing. @Rubberbandits new song/video about fellas "f***ing fellas" as sung by puppet Gabriel Byrne. Seriously.”

Have a listen for yourselves

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