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Electric Picnic may not kick off until September, but you can be sure that the build-up of anticipation begins long before then, especially when they announce cracking new acts.

Joining huge names such as Florence and the Machine, Hozier, The Strokes, Billie Eilish and The 1975 are chart-topping Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon, Charli XCX making her EP debut and grime rapper J Hus.

Electronica DJ Richie Hawtin was also added to the list, as well as Johnny Marr and Richard Ashcroft. Ireland's biggest music and arts festival is about to get a whole lot more incredible.

There are just six weeks left of waiting until the most beloved weekend of music, art, food and spoken word kicks off. The full list of new acts includes;

Gerry Cinnamon, Johnny Marr, J Hus, Charli XCX, Richie Hawtin, Richard Ashcroft, All Tvvins, Biig Piig, Brittany Howard, Cassia, David Keenan, Declan J Donovan, DJ Seinfeld, Duff McKagan, Easy Life, Eve, Fjaak, Girl in Red, Ider, Inhaler, Just Mustard, Kettama, Le Boom, Maverick Sabre, Mella Dee, Otherkin, Powpig, Rebūke, Rob de Boer, Silverbacks, Soja, Somebody’s Child, Sports Team, Talos, Uly, Viagra Boys, White Reaper, Wild Youth, Working Men’s Club and Yonaka.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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After seeing British rock band Yonaka at Sea Sessions, we can't recommend them enough. With a badass lead singer and an album full of bangers, they're ones to watch.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Alt-rock band Inhaler are also on the rise, featuring Bono's son as the lead singer of the indie four-some.

Irish-English rapper Maverick Sabre also adds another level of Irish musicianship to the billing, what a talented man.

Born in Hackney, his family moved to Wexford when he was a youngster and grew up following singer-songwriter rappers like Plan B.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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With The Body & Soul Village, The Hazel Wood ready for raving and the best food stalls in Ireland preparing themselves for the festival; It's set to be the best EP yet,

Unfortunately, tickets for the festival are totally sold out, but you may get lucky and nab a last minute ticket to this outrageously talent-packed festival?

Worth it to get a glimpse of Billie Eilish's hair honestly..

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Jess Glynne's Brit Awards performance has been hailed as "inspirational" after she removed her makeup during the song, backed by a legion of women.

She performed her hit single Thursday surrounded by fellow ladies removing their cosmetics in front of the audience, and we got CHILLZ (They're multiplyin').

Glynne looked stunning in a white strapless dress for the rendition, and emoved her false eyelashes and wipes off her eyeshadow during the lyrics; "I won’t wear makeup on Thursday, 'cause who I am is enough”.

The star was joined by a group of fellow women who also donned white for the occasion, and simultaneously removed their makeup using hand towels in front of vanity mirrors.

Halfway through the tune, the British singer was joined by two-time Grammy winner H.E.R, and the standout moment became all the more powerful.

A video of countless women removing makeup played behind them, showing the need to fight back against society's strict and unrealistic beauty standards for women.

Twitter has gone absolutely wild with praise for the pair, with one person even tweeting; “That was one of the most empowering performances I’ve ever seen." YAS.

The moment came just after The 1975 frontman and absolute feminist legend Matt Healy accepted band’s award for “Best British Group” and spoke out about misogyny in the entertainment industry.

The relevance; we heart.

Healy quoted an article written about singer Ryan Adams by friend and music journalist Laura Snapes, who writes for The Guardian and Pitchfork.

“Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of ‘difficult’ artists, while women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don’t understand art.”

Bravo Jess, and Bravo Matt. We love you both, keep slamming the ridiculous standards of the music business.

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The 1975 are set to return to Dublin in the new year and we cannot wait.

The band will play Dublin's 3Arena on January 10, 2019.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 9 am.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Sound singers have been busy recording their third album and are ready to share it with the public VERY soon. They will release A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships on November 30.

We are so ready for the band to come back to Ireland. It's been too long since they graced the stage at the 3Arena.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Don't forget to set your alarm for 9 am on September 21. There's no doubt these tickets will be swiped up in seconds.

May the odds be ever in your favour.

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Following last month's horrific Manchester Arena attack, concert venues across the world have been cracking down on security.

Malahide Castle is following suit, with new rules surrounding what you can and cannot bring to gigs.

On the list are backpacks – a festival and concert staple.

 

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'Backpacks and large bags will not be allowed in to the Malahide Castle Concerts, only small bags measuring no bigger than A4 (8.27in/21cm × 11.7/ 29.7cm) will be permitted into the event,' according to a statement released by MCD, so get measuring. 

Attendees are advised not to bring a bag at all, as all bags will be searched on entry, and the venue hopes to avoid lengthy queues.

The venue is also introducing stricter searching tactics on entry, involving full body pat downs and the use of hand held metal detectors.

 

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New banned items include Go Pros and selfie sticks.

You will also be refused admission if found to be in possession of anything that can be perceived as a weapon or which could 'cause danger or disruption to any other persons at the event.'

You can find all of the new guidelines here.

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The 1975 were playing a gig in Detroit, Michigan when the lead singer Matt Healy gave a heartfelt speech about the Manchester attacks.

The band frontman, who is from Manchester, spoke his mind about the attack, labelling the targeting of kids as 'bulls**t.'

'I’m bored of nationalism and I’m bored of racism. It’s over. Nationalism, religion, all these regressive things, they’re over. We can’t carry on in the way that we’re carrying on,' he said. 

'We’re from Manchester and where we used to hang out, the actual place that we used to hang out, someone put a bomb in there tonight and then killed a bunch of kids that were going to a f**king show in Manchester.'

'I don’t need to be educated on f**king anything to say that that’s bulls**t.'

'I don’t know what it’s in the name of, so I apologise if it’s not in the name of religion, if it’s not in the name of nationalism, but these are things that keep happening and I’m f**king pissed off about it. And I’m sorry.'

The attacks occurred last night at an Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena, killing 22 and injuring 59.

Children are among those confirmed dead.

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The 1975 are heading to Malahide Castle on June 17, and the popular British indie band have just revealed who will be joining them on stage. 

The Blizzards & Pale Waves are the special guests for their headline show, and will be warming up the crowd before Matty, George, Adam and Ross come on.

The 1975 are touring to perform their critically acclaimed second album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.

Tickets are €49.50 including booking fee, and there are still tickets left on Ticketmaster.

If you manage to get your hands on some, we'll see you there. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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So, the Brit Awards were on last night, and taking to the stage were some of the best music acts around.

While people were impressed with Katy Perry's ballsy, politically charged performance, fans of The 1975 were left scratching their heads during their set. 

The band, who scooped the Best British Group award, had some very negative quotes flashing in the background of their performance.

Some Twitter users thought that the act's performance had been hacked by someone, maliciously trying to insult the band.

However, the quotes were actually intentional and represent something quite different. 

The quotes are from reviews of their first album, and are being reproduced as the ultimate f*** you from the band to those who didn't believe in them at the beginning.

The quotes are also featured in the music video for their song The Sound, specifically placed to confront critics, so if you haven't seen it already, check it out below.

 

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If you're as big a fan of Manchester act, The 1975, as we are, you're going to need to bring your A-game this Friday morning because it has just been announced that the four-piece will be taking to the stage in Dublin this summer.

Delighting fans the length and breadth of Ireland this morning, Ticketmaster revealed that the Girls singers will be performing for their Irish fanbase at Malahide Castle on June 17.

Tickets for the highly-anticipated gig will be going on sale on Friday morning at 9am, and Twitter is pumped.

"Finally Irish people get their dates!" wrote one beneath the band's update while another added: "It's about time you come back to Belfast!!"

Catch y'all there, ladies.
 

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So it may not have quite have been the member of a (boy) band we were hoping for – but this is still adorable!

Matt Healy, singer of The 1975, has admitted that he and Taylor Swift have swapped numbers and said: “Let’s see what happens.”

Taylor attended a gig by the band in Hollywood recently along with Selena Gomez and Ellie Goulding, and it sounds like the girls may have made their way backstage!

 

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Matt was obviously very taken with Taylor and said during a recent radio interview: “I met Taylor Swift, that was really nice. We exchanged number. Let’s see what happens … I mean bloody hell, what am I going to do? Go out with Taylor Swift? She’s a sensation, I wouldn’t say no.”

In another adorable twist of cuteness, Matt was seen on stage wearing a 1989 t-shirt, in homage to his crush's new album, while Taylor was spotted out and about in The 1975 top too, aww!

Looks like Harry Styles better up his game if the recent rumours about him trying to win Taylor back are true… 

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