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The news that A$AP Rocky had been arrested in Sweden had Longitude fans worried for days, and now the news has been confirmed that the US rapper will not headline the festival tonight.

He was set to headline the main stage at the summer festival in Marlay Park but was detained by Swedish authorities in relation to an alleged assault last weekend.

The star was arrested after a gig at the Smash festival in Stockholm on Tuesday, and police are stating that four people were initially arrested.


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Three of these people were suspected of serious abuse and one of assault, but the person suspected of assault was released two days ago and is no longer a suspect.

It is rumoured that the altercation began as a result of the men seemingly following A$AP Rocky in the street and of inappropriately touching women.

His replacement on the main stage at Longitude has been announced as rapper Ski Mask The Slump God. 


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Longitude is also being headlined by Stormzy and Cardi B, with Wild Youth and Anne Marie also performing over the course of the weekend.

Chance the Rapper was also originally a headliner, but cancelled recently to much fan disappointment.

Thousands will attend the festival over the next three days, with the gates opening from 1.30pm. 

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Finding the perfect getaway can be a challenging business; you want to feel at ease, relaxed and replenished, but where can you find a spot with the perfect amount of privacy mingled with life-changing views?

Well, this tree hotel in the northern Swedish forests offers rooms perched among the pines with an awesome aesthetic landscape to boot.

It's essentially something straight out of a dream, with different room types like the Bird's Nest, The Cabin and the UFO (legit a flying saucer).


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Each of the seven available rooms are all modern variations of tree houses designed by Scandinavian architects, which allow you to bond with nature in the lap of luxury. 

The Tree Hotel is so private and remote that you have to fly all the way from Stockholm to the Lulea Airport, and then the hotel organises for a car to collect you, or for a train journey.  

You can totally disconnect and enjoy the natural lifestyle, as well as possessing that crucial WiFi in case you need to post an emergency Instagram of your incredible surroundings. Oh. it also has HEATED FLOORS and towers.


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There's also a gorgeous restaurant on the property which makes sure to serve only local ingredients. Daytime activities include dog sled tours, ice fishing and photography walks.

You might need to tap into your savings to afford this one, however. Prices range from about €113 to €680 per night, depending on the time of year and type of room.

Maybe add it to the bucket list, or find a sugar daddy to help you out (joking…joking…)

Absolute boujee-ness goals.


January is really a month for the winter blues. Christmas is a hazy memory, you can't quite shake that cold that's been bothering you, and summer seems like an eternity away.

Why not escape for a weekend to see some of Europe's most incredible sights, and stay in the best Airbnb's you can find. Treat yo'self, gowan.

Luckily for you, we've curated a list of some of the continent's best apartment finds.

We've already booked our flights straight out of Dublin airport, ASAP….

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1. Zagreb, Croatia

This new stylish apartment is in the perfect location in the centre of the beautiful Zagreb, on Križanićeva street.

For a quiet and safe space which is still central, this is one of the best areas to stay in. Close to the main city square, central bus and train station, everything is easily within walking distance.

A modern, contemporary apartment with a monochromatic décor theme, yet still so comfortable, this apartment is perfect. It can host three guests, and has two beds and a bath. 

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Price: €37 per night

2. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is an incredible city to visit, the Old Town is stunning and has a huge amount of history, and most of the town is within walking distance.

It also is home to some of the best pub crawls in the world, just sayin'. This gorgeous boutique apartment has us DROOLING.

The spacious design, the window panels allowing light to stream in, we just need to stay here ASAP.

The boutique apartment is located in the Bohemian Zizkov district, packed with unreal cafés, bars, restaurants and bars with some amazing views of Prague.

3. Paris, France

We have found a sunny, cosy studio apartment LITERALLY just down the road from the Eiffel Tower. What more would you need?

The charming apartment is ideal for an escape to the Parisian life; it's both residential and family-oriented.

There are windows throughout the apartment to let in the French sun, and the location is absolutely perfect; the seventh district of Les Invalides

Just picture yourself having a coffee and croissant downstairs, looking out the window at the Parisian aesthetic. We can.

4. Berlin, Germany

A 'superhost' owns this GORGEOUS Berlin apartment, which can house four guests and his also an absolute bargain of an offer for what you're getting.

The apartment is a short walking distance away from some of Berlin's top spots, with restaurants, shops and bars surrounding the area.

The subway station is only a seven minute walk away, and the location is both safe and central. You'll be prancing around Alexanderplatz in no time…

Design apartment
Price: €34 per night

5. Barcelona, Spain

This spacious loft is on Airbnb Plus, and for a good reason.

The stunning studio apartment has an actual JETTED TUB. Be still my beating travel heart. The location is extremely central; with the city's main sights within walking distance.

The New York-style space has exposed brick walls, high ceilings of rustic Catalan wood and bold modern art.

Catch some rays on the balcony and make use of the space's incredible amenities.

Spacious loft
€70 per night

6. Rome, Italy

This 'superhost' certified apartment in the centre of one of Europe's most renowned cities is GOALS.

The apartment can house up to four guests, and is located on the first floor of a beautiful palatial residence just minutes from the Piazza Della Repubblica.

The studio home is freshly renovated, filled with light and more luxurious than our future. We LOVE.

7. Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This stunning Georgian apartment in Edinburgh's New Town is one of the best Airbnb's on the market.

The loft is a ground floor flat in the famous area, with absolutely every part of the city within walking distance. The apartment is spacious, has fantastic amenities such as a bath, and even an indoor fireplace for those cold January months.

The beautiful home as Wi-Fi, free parking down the road and houses two guests easily, with comfort being the essential promise. 

New Town apartment 
€54 per night

8. Vienna, Austria

This sunny apartment is extremely sought after, for it's dedication to space and light.

It can house four guests, and they can each experience the unique, warm decor of the apartment while being close to the most famous parts of Vienna.

The metro station at Ober-St. Veit is only a seven minute walk away, with the home featuring a spacious living room with a kitchen, one bedroom and a bathroom.

The terrace can be used in summer to soak in that European sun that we Irish can never seem to get.

Sunny apartment in Vienna
Price: €69 per night

9. Krakow, Poland

Poland is a great country to escape to, especially because of how affordable it is.

This chic loft apartment in central Krakow is only €18 PER NIGHT, we cannot believe how great it is.

Beautiful, modern studio for one or two people has air conditioning for the hot summer months, and is located on Bonerowska Street in Krakow city centre. 

The space is less than five minutes walking distance away from Krakow's main historical sights including main square, Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarter and more.

Loft apartment
Price: €18 per night

10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The hosts don't call it the 'stairway to heaven' for no reason. Amsterdam is one of Europe's most interesting cities, with a huge amount to do and some immensely picturesque locations to visit.

Little loft apartments near the canals and boats are such a dream come true, and this luxury apartment with warm, modern décor is perfect for a weekend away with someone special.

The private trendy studio is built in the attic of an authentic 1880 Amsterdam house, and is located in the cool neighbourhood near the food hall and outdoor markets. I wouldn't book this if stairs aren't suitable for you, however, it's a steep climb up.

Stairway to Heaven
Price: €80

You all deserve a holiday, and January is the perfect time to escape the winter blues and catch the travel bug.



According to emerging reports, an appeals court in Sweden has considered the sentences of three men who livestreamed the rape of woman earlier this year, and ultimately decided to increase their time behind bars.

It has been established that the Svea Court of Appeal increased one sentence from 28 to 32 months, the next from 12 to 16 months and the final from six to eight months.

The victim of the rape, whose attack was shared live on a closed Facebook group in January of this year, was deemed to be 'under heavy influence' and therefore unable to consent to sex – a ruling which contradicted the claims of the three men at the centre of the attack.

Police attention was drawn to the incident after a member of the public disclosed that she had seen the live streaming of an alleged gang rape within a closed group on the social networking site.

Communicating the nature of the footage to authorities, the 21-year-old woman told police that a man, who appeared in the video, laughed and said: "You have been raped."

The three men, who are aged between 19 and 25, were arrested north of Stockholm.


The Swedish tourism board have just pulled the marketing stunt to top all marketing stunts.

The entire country has just been listed on Airbnb as part of Visit Sweden’s latest tourism campaign.

The idea is based around the Swedish legal principle of ‘freedom to roam’, which states that anybody in the country has the right to enjoy and explore the natural landscape in all its glory.

From cosy beech forests to rugged cliffs shaped by the ice sheet, Sweden's natural landmarks are more beautiful than we could have ever imagined. 

Just take a look. 

Rocky Island in the Stockholm Archipelago

Beach with Large Limestone Columns (Raukar)

Rugged Cliffs Shaped by the Ice Sheet

River Bank by Visjöån

Cozy Glade in Beech Forest

Speaking about the campaign, Jenny Kaiser, the USA Country Manager at Visit Sweden said, ''This is made possible thanks to a Swedish right guaranteed by the constitution – freedom to roam. This right enables the Swedish people to experience nature and enjoy the beautiful Swedish wildlife.''

''In Sweden we have everything from high mountains to deep forests, from beautiful archipelagos to quiet meadows. Now, together with Airbnb, we welcome everyone to come to Sweden and, through freedom to roam, share our wonderful nature.''

When visiting the page, users are given the option to click a 'Visit Sweden' button which then redirects them to a website packed with videos, interviews and travel tips. 

Well played Sweden, we're now all dying to visit. 




Police have confirmed that one man has been arrested and two suspects have been taken in for questioning regarding the crime which shook Sweden yesterday.

A truck drove into the Åhléns department store on Drottningsgatan in the Swedish capital, killing four people and injuring 15. 

The man arrested was likely the driver of the hijacked vehicle.

"Yes, it is correct, it is likely him," police spokesman Lars Bystrom told The Associated Press.

The suspect is  a 39-year-old from Uzbekistan, according to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

Swedish media outlets are suggesting that the incident may be terrorist-motivated.

"If it is a terrorist attack, and regardless of whether it was carried out by an organisation or a lone perpetrator, the aim of terrorism is to undermine democracy, to sow discord between people so that more people will begin to hate and distrust one another," said Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. 

"But those kinds of acts will never succeed in Sweden. We know that our enemy is this kind of vile murderer – not one another. We will use all of Sweden's strength to track you down."


According to emerging reports, three people have been killed after a truck crashed into crowds of people on a street in central Stockholm.

Several others have been injured. 

It is understood that the vehicle crashed into the Åhléns department store on Drottningsgatan in the Swedish capital.

Swedish media outlets are suggesting that the incident may be terrorist-motivated, but details have yet to be confirmed.

"I went to the main street when a big truck came out of nowhere," one witness told Swedish publication Aftonbladet

"I could not see if anyone was driving it but it got out of control. I saw at least two being run over. I ran as fast as I could from there.

It has also been reported that shots have been fired in the area. 

Twitter is currently awash with posts offering their support to the people of Stockholm.



We all long for the days in kindergarten, when nap time was a regular part of our daily routine, right? 

Well, what if nap time came with a grown up twist? 

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There is a town in Sweden that is considering giving one hour PAID sex breaks to working adults (packs bags immediately).

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Overtornea's municipal employees may soon be getting paid to “give a nudge to the dwindling local population, add spice to aging marriages, and improve employee morale.”

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“We should encourage procreation. I believe that sex is often in short supply. Everyday life is stressful and the children are at home,” Erik Muskos, an Overtornea councilman, told The New York Times. 


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“This could be an opportunity for couples to have their own time, only for each other.”

Erik continued: “Sex is also a great form of exercise and has documented positive effects on well-being.”

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We totally understand the wisdom, as studies have proven that nicer people have more sex, and that sex triggers the release of dopamine, which is an all-round good time. 

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Sex during the day affects how productive you will be through the rest of the afternoon and is a big boost to your confidence.

We're moving to Sweden… 

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In the winter months, it can feel like you never see the sun.

You leave for work in the morning and it's dark out, and by the time you commute home, the night sky has fallen.

In these instances, it feels like you're never going to see the light of day again. So, you come home, flop on the couch and that's basically your entire week.

Pretty sh*t, right?

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However, in Sweden, over the past two years, the employed population has been trialling six-hour working days. Whether you're a writer, a nurse, or in a business start-up, various companies implemented the rule.

And the outcome? Unsurprisingly, it led to employees feeling happier, healthier and more focused on their job.

Employees were still given the same wage despite the reduction in hours, but they made up for it in productivity.

A nurse from Sweden told The Guardian that after reducing her hours, she saw a huge difference in her day-to-day mood and energy levels.

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"I used to be exhausted all the time. I would come home from work and pass out on the sofa. But not now. 

"I am much more alert; I have much more energy for my work, and also for family life."

With the final results of the experiment being published next month, the preliminary findings saw that there was a 10 per cent reduction in sick leave over the last two years, 50 per cent felt healthier from the change and 20 per cent felt happier.

The thing is though, it might be some time before we see this in Ireland. While the majority of the workforce in Sweden were happier as a result of the change, it also saw a bit of backlash.

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The trial saw employers hiring more people to fill in for the hours lost, and obviously, it was an expensive trial to conduct.

In Ireland, the average working day is 8.5 hours (if not longer), however last year, according to The Irish Times, union officials said that a 30-hour week would not be a target in our future.

It's a shame because there's so much more to life than work.

How many of us are knackered by the time we come home? Or so stressed out by the long hours that we snap at loved ones? Sometimes you have to ask yourself if it is worth it; but then again, you're lucky to have a job when nearly 10 per cent of the population is out of work and struggling.

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It's the simple things like having more family time, being more socially active and having a few hours a day for yourself, that are missed in society and they would be openly welcomed by many.

Hopefully one day, Ireland will be on its way to reduced working hours and higher salaries for all, but until then, we'll just have to cross our fingers and our toes and just about everything else…


Amy Schumer killed it in Dublin last weekend and looking at Instagram, she had a great time roaming around the city centre too.

The comedian is touring around the world, and last night she took to the stage in Stockholm, Sweden.

She was only a few minutes into her gig (two minutes to be exact) when a man in the audience shouted at her, "Show us your tits." Lovely… Ugh.

However, Amy's reaction was just too perfect and she completely shut the guy down:

That's how it's done, ladies.


When you imagine divers searching an old shipwreck, you'd expect something out of the Titanic where they come across jewels and fallen chandeliers.

But not in Sweden. Nope, these divers found cheese. Stinky cheese.

Researchers were exploring a historic royal shipwreck called the Kronan, just off the south-east coast of Sweden, when they came across something that smelled really, really bad.

Lars Einarsson told his local newspaper, Kvallsposten, that the divers found it "pressed into the clay" and when they moved near it, the smell was unbearable.

"That's when they small hit is. I certainly don't recommend tasting it. It's like a mixture of yeast and Roquefort… whose character lives on in their smell.

"It's a mass of bacteria," he added.

The cheese was unveiled earlier this week after divers spent two weeks exploring the ship from 1676. They also found 14 gold coins, a diamond ring and a significant amount of 17th century pharmaceuticals.

Historians believe that the royal ship tried to sail through rough weather and somehow ignited its gunpowder magazine, which blew off the ship's bow.

Not ideal.



This is possibly one of the best fan videos to come from the Euros 2016 so far.

Instead of fighting with the team playing against us, or having a bar brawl, our fans over in France decided to take part in a huge rendition of Dancing Queen, and we totally nailed it.

In the video, a Swedish fan is seen holding up speakers, while the ABBA song pours out through them, and always the ABBA fan, a whole group of Irish joined in.

See, you can't bring us anywhere: