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Orla Gartland has been on the Irish music scene since 2012, making herself widely known through her YouTube channel.

Four years on, and debuting her third studio album, there's no stopping this Dublin gal.

For her first collaboration, she teamed up with Great Good Fine Ok, to bring you Shapeshifting, which she says is all about how "nothing stays the same."

Treat your ears to this, ladies:

And Orla has just been announced in the line-up for our SHEmazing! gig on July 6, which will see her performing alongside Róisín O and Hudson Taylor.

Taking place in The Sugar Club, we want the gig to raise awareness for dating abuse – an issue that affects more Irish women than anyone would like to imagine.

Tickets to next month’s gig are available here so don’t miss out on your opportunity to do your bit for the ladies in your life.

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Look, we totally get it. Brothers and sisters fight. Some worse than others, yes, but it's safe to say we've all had our arguments with them.

And if someone asked you to be in a band with one of your siblings, you'd think they were crazy; however, these ten pairs of brothers and sisters decided to sing together, tour together, live together, and make creative decisions together.

Here's our top 10 favourite bands that DIDN'T have a bust up… because, kudos, guys:

1. Win & William Butler of Arcade Fire

 

 

2. Nick, Joe & Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers

 

 

3. Howard & Guy Lawrence of Disclosure

 

 

4. Harry & Alfie Hudson-Taylor of Hudson Taylor

 

 

5. Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon & Michael Jackson of The Jackson 5

 

6. Caleb, Nathan & Jared Followill of Kings of Leon

 

7. Este, Danielle & Alana Haim of HAIM

 

8. Alex & Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen

 

9. Malcolm & Angus Young of AC/DC

 

10. Karen & Richard Carpenter of The Carpenters

 

And we are delighted to announce that one of our favourite sibling duos, Hudson Taylor, are playing alongside Róisín O at our Shemazing! Gig to help fight against dating abuse. 

Tickets to next month’s gig are available here so don’t miss out on your opportunity to do your bit for the ladies in your life.

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Now, these people have made a major name for themselves in the music industry, but it wasn't always that way.

These seven famous bands and singers had to put in some major hard graft before they were anywhere near the big time. Check out our top seven performers who started off on the streets:

1. Ed Sheeran

 

2. Hudson Taylor

 

3. Tracy Chapman

 

4. Passenger

 

5. Eminem

 

6. Rod Stewart

 

7. Sheryl Crow

 

And we are delighted to announce that one of our favourite artists that started out busking, Hudson Taylor, are playing alongside Róisín O at our Shemazing! Gig to help fight against dating abuse. 

Tickets to next month’s gig are available here so don’t miss out on your opportunity to do your bit for the ladies in your life.

 

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While we all love jamming to Rihanna on the radio, there's something about modern folk-pop music that we just can't get enough of.

And it's seen a major rise in popularity in recent years too, as more and more of the younger generation is listening, playing and buying music from folk-pop artists.

Here, we look at our top 6 favourite artists and bands:

1. Hudson Taylor

 

 

2. Benjamin Francis Leftwich

 

 

3. Vance Joy

 

4. Of Monsters and Men

 

 

5. George Ezra

 

 

6. The Lumineers

 

As if the upcoming SHEmazing! gig wasn’t already set to be an absolute stomper of a night with Róisín O, we are pumped to announce that everyone’s favourite folk duo, Hudson Taylor, will also be taking to the stage on July 6. Tickets to next month’s gig are available here so don’t miss out on your opportunity to do your bit for the ladies in your life.

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For some, music festivals are a one-off occasion and something to simply check off the old bucket list.

For others, they take over entire summers and dictate numerous weekends between May and September.

Whether you’re a slave to festival season or have dipped your toe only once, you’ll know that certain things are bound to happen at each and every music festival.

And here, ladies, are just ten.

1. You will get properly lost at least once over the weekend.

“Oh I say, kind stranger, if I give you a can, can I stay in your tent tonight… or at least nearby?”

2. You will have a PARTICULARLY bad toilet experience.

“Girls, I didn’t want to have to tell you this, but I had to use my sock…”

3. You will miss at least one of the acts you’ve talked about for months.

“Two hours ago?! What?! But that was burger-time!”

4. Your face will become one with the ground at least once.

“Those DAMN ropes! Did anyone see that?”

5. You will have one seriously intense DMC with a random stranger at 3am.

“My dad has never understood me, man.”

6. You will forget one essential and have to beg, borrow and steal all weekend.

“Look, it’s grand. You take one wellie and I’ll take one wellie! No?”

7. You will panic every time you need use the toilets while sober.

“If I’m not out in ten, tell my parents I love them.”

8. You’ll lust after the festival style which other festie peeps are rocking.

“I KNEW I should have packed another flower crown. Gimme yours.”

9. You'll wonder -at least once – why it costs so much money to charge one damn phone.

“It’s like charging me for oxygen, lads.”

10. You’ll question at least once why you aren’t snuggled on the couch in your PJs watching Gogglebox.

“Do you remember what comfort felt like?”

If you're not heading to a festival this summer, but are still in dire need of a cracking music session, then make sure you head along to the SHEmazing! charity gig next month.

Taking place in The Sugar Club on July 9, Róisín Ó will headline with Hudson Taylor and other special guests supporting.

Raising awareness of dating abuse and funds for Dating Abuse support service – Women's Aid – this is one gig you won't want to miss out on!

Get your tickets here, ladies!
 

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As far as we’re concerned here at SHEmazing! HQ, music is bae, and bae is life. End of.

And while most of us remember our first CD and subsequent concert trip, little stands out as much as your first ever unsupervised gig. (Apart from the first time your tent floods at a festival, obvs.)

So after your first few boy band concerts with your mum and BFF, it simply became time for you to spread your wings and hit up your first PROPER gig, and Christ you were going to cherish that teenage milestone.

Unfortunately, the reality of your first proper gig could not be further from your expectation, but hey that’s what made it so amazing, right?!

Here’s what we mean…

Expectation: The ride of a lead singer will notice you in the crowd and invite you backstage.

Reality: The ride of a lead singer wears Cuban heels and you’re pretty sure they’re veneers he’s rocking.

Expectation: Your credibility will soar when people find out where you’re spending Saturday night.

Reality: Your credibility will remain the same because you were one of the last to hit up your first gig.

Expectation: You’ll sneak into the pit and life will be amazing.

Reality: You don’t know what the pit is and it scares you.

Expectation: You will dance like a sex goddess and purse your lips at strangers who totally deserve it.

Reality: You’ll stomp your feet and your hair will looks like Monica’s in the humidity.

Expectation: You’ll make friends with everyone ‘cos this music is so damn powerful and that’s what connects you all.

Reality: You’ll run away from some of these people who are too damn intense…even for you.

Expectation: You’ll sip on a really cool drink and act like it’s not a big deal. Like, at ALL.

Reality: You’ll forget to drink because you're so pumped at the fact that you're FINALLY seeing these guys.

Expectation: They’ll perform your favourite tracks and will sound exactly like they do on your beloved CD.

Reality: They’ll perform more tracks than you ever thought possible and it was like God himself was speaking to you

Expectation: You and your friends will get separated and you might have to spend the evening alone.

Reality: Your and your friends will stick to each other like glue and promise to always be BFFs during 'your' song.

Expectation: You’ll have enough room to get down with your bad self.

Reality: You’ll struggle to move while jostling desperately for space with other equally red-faced and sweaty gig-goers.

Expectation: You’ll remember the night for as long as you live cos it was so AWESOME.

Reality: You’ll remember the night for as long as you live cos it was so AWESOME…aw!

If this has gotten you as pumped as it's gotten us, then be sure to check out the upcoming SHEmazing! gig which is taking place in The Sugar Club on July 6th.

With Róisín O headlining, Hudson Taylor supporting and a host of other special guests, you can get your gig on while doing your bit for the ladies in your life.

Get your tickets here!

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As if the upcoming SHEmazing! gig wasn’t already set to be an absolute stomper of a night, we are pumped to announce that everyone’s favourite folk duo, Hudson Taylor, will also be taking to the stage on July 6.

Taking place in The Sugar Club, the gig – headlined by Róisín O – will raise awareness of an issue which affects more Irish women than anyone would like to imagine – and that issue is dating abuse.

Commenting on the worrying trend which is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s dating scene, our editor Gillian Fitzpatrick said: “Our SHEmazing.net readers are telling us that one in three girls have already experienced Dating Abuse within their own relationships, while over half of our girls know someone who is currently in an abusive or unhealthy relationship.”

“Very often the first serious relationships we start in our teens or early 20's are a whirlwind of love, romance and excitement,” she continued.

“However it is this love that can make women blind to the onset of controlling and abusive behaviour often distancing themselves from friends and family members.”

With funds for Women’s Aid support service hit by Government cuts, we’re determined to raise money for an organisation which provides help to women affected by verbal, emotional, controlling, physical or cyber abuse.

If you suspect you are in an unhealthy relationship, you can seek help from dating abuse dedicated advice site, 2iN2U.ie, which as Linda Smith of Women's Aid explains “is designed to help young women know the difference between safe and sinister behaviour in intimate relationships and offer support to those experiencing dating abuse."

Tickets to next month’s gig are available here so don’t miss out on your opportunity to do your bit for the ladies in your life.

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We'll be honest, we're seriously looking forward to the next few months. It's full of gigs and festivals we just can't wait to go to.

However, this year has already been jammed packed with awesome concerts and performances – and we suffered a serious amount of FOMO.

From Adele to Mackelmore, here are the top gigs we wish we went to:

January

The Corrs at the 3Arena

 

February

Foals at the 3Arena

 

March

Adele at the 3Arena

 

April

Mackelmore at the 3Arena

 

May

Bruce Springsteen at Croke Park

 

Yep, #majorfomo… Those performances were serious craic. But, you don't have to miss anymore! 

Us gals at Shemazing! are hosting a gig in Dublin's Sugar Club to raise awareness for dating abuse, with Róisín O headlining on the night – and loads more acts to be announced – it's going to kick off July with a bang. You won't want to miss out on this one.

Just keep your eyes peeled, you have no idea what we have in store *cheeky monkey emoji*. You can get your tickets here.

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Summer is jam-packed with gigs and festivals – it's probably why it's our favourite season of the year (well, that and the sun, obvs).

But sometimes there's so many concerts and weekend fests that we just don't know which one (or three) to choose from.

Here, we've complied a list of the best music events on around Ireland over the next few months – ones you'll be totally devo if you miss out on them:

1. Longitude

With The Coronas, Kendrick Lamar and The Lumineers all set to take to the stage, Longitude Festival is definitely something you'll want to experience. Taking place in Marley Park from July 15 to 17, it's going to be a great weekend.

 

2. Groove

Groove Festival is taking place in Kilruddery House, Co. Wicklow on July 2 and 3. Between acts such as Aslan, Ocean Colour Scene and The Academic all taking to the stage, and the Celtic Kitchen dishing out some fab Irish grub, you'll be spoiled for choice at this fest.

 

3. Castlepalooza 

This Irish independent festival will see Jurassic 5, Lynched, and Tiger and Woods playing over the weekend at Chareville Castle in Tullamore, so it's something that's not to be missed. Throw that in with good July weather (fingers crossed) and it's a dream come true.

 

4. Electric Picnic

More acts have just been announced for EP including Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, The 1975, Nas and Joey Badass. Taking place in Stradballay in 63 days (we're not counting.. *cough*), this year's Picnic is looking epic already.

 

5. Shemazing! Gig with Róisín O (obvs)

Yes! We are hosting our very own gig that's definitely not to be missed. With Róisín O headlining on the night – and loads more acts to be announced – it's going to kick off July with a bang. Just keep your eyes peeled, you have no idea what we have in store *mischievous face emoji*. You can get your tickets here.

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In today's Ireland, dating abuse is something that's known but rarely discussed – a silence we at SHEmazing! want to shatter.

Between looking at real life examples and making women more aware of the help they can get, we want more and more girls to feel safe in their relationships and speak out if they feel that something is wrong.

Take the 2in2u relationship quiz here, to find out if his actions are actually NOT OK.

To raise awareness of the issue of dating abuse and to raise funds for Women's Aid, we have decided to host a music gig in The Sugar Club on Wednesday July 6, where Róisín O will headline, and more special guests to be announced. If you'd like to support us on the night, you can get your tickets here now.

If you have been affected by dating abuse and would like to share your story to help others please email us at hello@shemazing.ie.

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In today's Ireland, dating abuse is something that's known but rarely discussed – a silence we at SHEmazing! want to shatter.

We're looking at real life examples of dating abuse, and how the victim fought to make their life safe again.

Here, we look at Cara's fight and how she overcame the control of her boyfriend:

Cara's Story:

I met Colm in our last year of college when we were both 21. We had the same circle of friends and often saw each other on nights out. One night we got talking and we had lots in common. He was great fun to be with and we hit it off straight away. I was really flattered by his attention and we starting going on dates and spending a lot of time together. He seemed to get me. He was such a charming guy and my friends all loved him.

 

After college, I started my new job in the bank. I was really excited to be out in the world and earning my own money. I started to make plans and thought about travelling with my best friend Sarah the following summer. It was around this time that I saw some subtle changes in Colm’s behaviour. He seemed really anxious and concerned about where I was going or who I was with particularly after work. He kept saying to me that "you can’t trust other people." He started to demand that I spend all of my spare time with him.

 

At first I thought that his concern was sweet but it quickly became suffocating. One time, when I wanted to go on a girls’ night out after work he would insist on meeting me first to escort me to the pub. I always said that there was no need but he pushed me to find out exactly who I would be with and if there would be other guys there. I told him lots of times that there was no need to be jealous. I was so embarrassed when Colm turned up as I left work saying that he just wanted to make sure I was safe. This happened every time I went out. He always seemed reluctant to leave me and I was beginning to find it embarrassing and harder to explain to my workmates. I tried to reassure him but he never listened.

 

When we were together Colm was very affectionate and he told me that I was his whole world and that we should be happy to spend all of our time only with each other. He said that I should be happy to give him all of my attention and started to hassle me about travelling with him instead of Sarah. He started to try to stop me from going out and soon his behaviour got more sinister. When I was out he started to send me text after text and he’d ring me constantly when I didn’t get back quickly enough. He’d guilt trip me when I rang him back, asking who I was with and saying how could I be having a good time without him. He demanded that I phone him when I arrived home. I was always trying to make him happy but it never seemed to work. I could never say or do the right thing.

 

I became overwhelmed with all of this. I felt Colm didn’t trust me. I didn’t like that he was keeping an eye on me and wanted to know my every move. I really became worried when Colm started to repeat conversations that I had with my friends. At first, when I asked him, he fobbed it off as me being paranoid or forgetful saying I had told him about the conversations. However, I became more suspicious when I had to go away with work and spent a number of days away from him. When I spoke to Colm he began to question me about information in text messages I had received and questioning me about who had I been texting. He denied that he had any opportunity to look at my phone because I was away and that he was just guessing.

 

That was the last straw. My gut instinct was that it was more than Colm’s guess work that allowed him to have information about my text messages. I felt more and more under his controlling, watchful eye and constant surveillance. I decided then and there that I wanted to end things with him. I told him that the relationship was over and that I didn’t want to see him again. He became very verbally abusive and threatened that if he couldn’t have me no one else would. He bombarded me with text messages and phone calls that night. I switched my phone off to try and get some sleep, but when I switched on my phone the following morning, I was bombarded again. It never stopped. I didn’t want to talk to Colm because I was frightened. I definitely didn’t want to see him again. His behaviour was too overwhelming and unpredictable and I was scared for my life. Even though he never hit me, his words and threats were like a knife. I didn’t know what I had done to deserve this and he kept telling me that it was all my fault.

 

When I went home to my parents’ house for the weekend I broke down and told my sister about Colm and what he was doing. She gave me a big hug and told me that she had been worried about because I hadn’t been in touch as much as usual. She had also gotten a few horrible messages on Facebook from Colm accusing her of breaking us up. She showed me the Women’s Aid website and she made me take their Helpline Freephone number in case I ever needed it. I also began to talk to my parents and friends about what was happening.

 

I didn’t phone Women’s Aid at first as I didn’t really know what to say. But some months later Colm began to stalk me as I went to and from work, letting me see him but not getting too close. He was still sending me threatening texts warning me not to see anyone. The texts were nasty and said that I would regret it if I started to see a new boyfriend. I didn’t feel safe and didn’t know what he was capable of doing. I started to hide away at home fobbing off invites from workmates. I was terrified of Colm now and I felt very vulnerable. When I’d least expect to see him – he was there. I became a shell of myself. I was alone, isolated from my friends and felt like I was going crazy. My life was dominated by my ex.

 

It was at that point that I decided to phone Women’s Aid. The woman I spoke to her was very supportive and understanding. She encouraged me to trust myself and she told me that his behaviour was not my fault. I soon saw that Colm was trying to control and have power over me and it had been working. Women’s Aid said that they would support me if I reported the incidents of stalking to the Gardaí, advising me to keep the records of his excessive text messages and phone calls. She told me that the Gardaí would be able to press charges under the ‘Non-Fatal Offences against the Person Act’, and that Women’s Aid would support me through the court process.

 

The Helpline supported me around contacting my mobile phone provider for support on how I might protect myself and my information from my ex-boyfriend. I told them that he possibly had remote access to my mobile phone, as he had given me the mobile phone as a present. I was advised to get a new phone.

 

It felt good to be back in control of my own life and to feel supported. My friends and family have been brilliant too. I continue to get support from Women’s Aid, when I feel vulnerable. They support and listen to me about my safety and reassure me that I can contact the Gardaí at any time if I feel unsafe. Most importantly, they believe and listen to me. I don’t feel alone and life is getting better, step by step. I feel safe.

 

*Cara’s story is based on real accounts as told to the Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline and Support Services. Specific details and circumstances have been changed in the interests of protecting identity and to preserve the confidential nature of Women's Aid services.

To raise awareness of the issue of dating abuse and to raise funds for Women's Aid, we have decided to host a music gig in The Sugar Club on Wednesday July 6, where Róisín O will headline, and more special guests to be announced. If you'd like to support us on the night, you can get your tickets here now.

If you have been affected by dating abuse and would like to share your story to help others please email us at hello@shemazing.ie.

Feature image: DWS4.ME

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