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Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival has managed to get EVEN BIGGER this year; already boasting Norwegian pop sensation Sigrid, Two Door Cinema Club and Clean Bandit as headliners.

The festival takes place in Donegal's Bundoran every year; a uniquely Irish haunt which has sold-out tickets weeks before the festival over the last four years.

Now they've added major names like Jax Jones, The Magician, Wild Youth, Hermitage Green, The Sugarhill Gang with Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio, Le Boom, Jerry Fish, Bitch Falcon, Trojan Sound System, Kormac and Inhaler to the lineup.

The festival has seen major artists grace their stages, like luminaries Dizzee Rascal, Paul Weller, Tinie Tempah, Rudimental, Bastille and Seasick Steve.

It began way back in 2008 as an after-party for a big surfing competition, and now hosts a range of the world's top skateboarders, BMX bikers and beach sporting heroes.

Festival director Ray O’Donoghue couldn't contain his excitement about 2019's eclectic line-up, and we don't blame him.

He said: "We’re delighted with this year’s lineup and with our new additions. We think it is by far our strongest lineup yet! There’s something for everyone there, from Sigrid to The Sugarhill Gang, Two Door Cinema Club to Jax Jones  and everything else in between."

He continued;

"We’ve sold out the last 4 years so we expect this year to be no different. We’ve even got a surprise or two still left up our sleeves. We literally can’t wait until the summer."

The summer festival will take place from June 21 until June 23 in 2019, and early bird tickets have already been snapped up.

Day and weekend tickets are still available now from Ticketmaster outlets, priced at €119.90 for three days non-campsite and €149.90 to include four nights of camping banter.

Limited single day tickets are available from€54.90 + VIP Upgrades for €50, if you head to the Sea Sessions website you can catch them now before they're gone.

Feature image: Instagram/@sea_sessions

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Like many an Irish man, Kian Egan is looking forward to the long evenings. 

"Last year I went out surfing and I was still in the water at five to twelve. It's just incredible." 

The former Westlife singer and dad-of-three has always loved the beaches, and in particular the coastline of his native Sligo. 

"We have amazing beaches in Ireland. I remember when I first started travelling around the world, you’d go to different parts of the world and think this isn’t that great really, is it? as an Irish person we have an amazing coastline." 

As an avid surfer, Kian is not bluffing about his connection to the sea, and to show it he's teamed up with Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week. Running from the 1st to the 10th of June, the week encourages communities around the coast of Ireland to "Do good, Feel good" by volunteering to keep our beautiful beaches litter-free. 

For Kian, getting involved with Clean Coasts was a no-brainer. 

"It’s a natural fit. I’ve noticed over the years that people do get a bit 'lacksidaisy' when it comes to leaving stuff on the beach and not even know what they’re doing, it’s not conscious.

"It’s a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness for someone like myself who loves the beach so much. I’m very environmentalist anyways." 

Keeping local beaches clean is something that Kian does all year around. 

"When I’m walking along the beach I always try to bring back a few pieces of rubbish. I think that’s such a simple thing to do, it’s a feel good task. I think if we try to spread messages like that around the country then we’ll be doing very well." 

It's something that he gets the kids involved in too. 

"Whenever I bring them to the beach I always say 'right lads, go find me three pieces of rubbish'. When the tide comes in it picks up that rubbish and it gets brought out to the sea again and that’s where the problem arises in the sea as well."

Kian, whose boys are aged six, three and eight months, sees the beach as a "natural playground". 

"My kids have more fun in the beach than they do in the actual playground. You’d find yourself when you go to the beach, feeling happier naturally. I don’ know why it does it, it could be the sea air, the calming of the water.

"In general if people are in bad form and they go for a walk on the beach it cheers them up." 

He's been spending a lot more time at the beach recently, since the birth of his third son he's actively stepping away from the limelight. 

"I feel like being at home with my children is now important right now. To help them and to raise them especially in the first few years. I love the idea of being around them, cooking their meals and make sure they’re not eating junk too much.

“I feel very privileged to do that. I am very privileged to be about to do that. I know dads that would give so much to be able to do what I do. I want to keep it going for as long as we can."

Married to British singer Jodi Albert, he jokingly calls his three boys "little terrors".

"Having the three boys together is a good thing, cause they’re going to such a little unit. I have an older brother whose the same age gap as my older two and I looked up to him so much.

As for the possibility of one of his sons following in his footsteps, he "wouldn't be completely against it" but he has "a lot of opinions about it". 

Completely happy with his dad-at-home dad life, Kian has no current plans to get back in the limelight. As for a Westlife reunion? 

"There’s no doubt that there will be one at some stage in the future, but when is the real question. Not for a long time I don’t think." 

Excuse us while we go cry in the bathroom. 

Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week runs from the 1st to the 10th June.  

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Here at SHEmazing! we've long had a bit of a soft-spot for Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth – he of Home And Away, Neighbours, and The Hunger Games fame (we're choosing not to mention a certain former fiancee, Miley Cyrus).

Furthermore, he comes from a mega good-looking family (*tip of the hat to brothers Chris and Luke too*) – but it says plenty that the youngest Hemsworth offspring is the shining light amid such glowingly good genes. 

It is a fact we were duly reminded of today upon seeing some rather impressive snaps of the 25-year-old Melbourne-native surfing in California.

Taking to waves at Malibu Beach just yesterday, Liam looked to be something of an expert when it came to tackling the rough water on his board. 

And following his expedition on the waves, Mr Hemsworth stripped down his wet-suit to the waist, indulging in a refreshing after-surf shower – and showing off his incredibly healthy and toned bod in the process.

Just last week, Liam joined Chris for a football match back in their native Australia, where they still spend a considerable amount of time despite being major Hollywood players.

Suited and booted and looking rather dapper, the brothers were attending the Australian Football League final at the Melbourne Cricket Club.

 

At #AFLgrandfinal with the boys! #gothehawks!

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It was a game eventually won by the Hawthorns, who beat their West Coast Eagle rivals by 46 points.

That's not all, either: on Tuesday, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 official trailer finally hit the internet, giving us further, never-seen-before glimpses of Liam.

Hurrah!

 

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Surfing is cool. It’s funky. It’s different. And it's not just for Californian stunners who look natural standing on a wooden board in the middle of the ocean.

So, if you fancy getting in on the action you definitely need to put these locations on your holiday to do list:

Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
Hawaii is the home of surfing. Don’t you dare contemplate finishing a surfing holiday without heading here.

Bundoran Beach, Co. Donegal
Europe’s best surf spots is right on our doorstep. Yay!

Supertubes, Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa
Here you will find the craziest of all waves with the highest walls of water. This is not for the beginner or the faint hearted. Yikes!

Black Beach, San Diego, California
Strong currents, powerful break points – this is not for those who scare easily. 

Hossegor, France
Not only will you catch a pretty good wave, you might even bump into someone rich and famous.

Now all we need to do is learn the lingo – gnarley! 

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If surfing is on your to do list, you don’t have to venture miles away from home to tick it off. Ireland is blessed with an incredible coastline that has a huge variety of reef and break points – words familiar to the keen surfer.

Here the top four places to catch a wave in Ireland:

Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Bundoran is incredibly popular with surfers all over the world and there is a pretty good reason why. The town hosts some of the world’s most well known surf schools and is home to the best break points in the country.

Lahinch, Co. Clare
Lahinch is the surfing mecca of the west but unfortunately everyone seems to know it so it can get a little busy.

Tramoe, Co. Waterford
The Copper Coast in Waterford is an unsuspecting spot and is a perfect place to learn how to ride a wave.

Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow
Brittas Bay is renowned for being the go to place as soon as the sun peeps out behind the clouds but it is now home to its very own surf school.

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