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Azealia Banks is a woman of controversy, and her career has arguably been stalled and stopped multiple times because of her numerous spats with famous faces.

While Paddy Power was taking bets on whether or not the Harlem rapper would even play her set at The Academy last night, the 27-year-old miraculously showed up onstage.

She dedicated her gig to "All the beautiful Irish women", much to the amusement of the crowd of beloved fans who admitted that their rap hero was 'problematic', but has such good tunes you forget about it.


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Banks hit the headlines yesterday after an incident on board a flight from Gatwick to Dublin airport, which led to the artist having to take the ferry to Dublin.

She ended up having quite the rant on board the Aer Lingus flight, calling Irish women 'ugly' and launching into a tirade about our Celtic people.

“I’ve had enough of y’all oompa-loompa looking, spray-tanned, crazy-looking b****es tonight,” she raged, which was characteristic of her numerous feuds with other musicians.

“The girls have scurvy, they’re vitamin deficient, need some calcium tablets.”


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Reviews of the show claim the rapper brought an impressive set to her debut Irish show, channelling talent which is arguably gone to waste as her Twitter arguments have only done her damage.

Fans know her attitude well enough to dispel any negative thoughts of her social media ranting, choosing instead to focus on her musical prowess, surprisingly soulful voice and explosive rap verses.

“I’m a rude b**ch nigga, what are you made up of?” she spits on her classic hit, 212.

The 'Queen of Ireland' doesn't make any effort to cover up her personality, so take her with a pinch of salt but don't try to deny that the gal has talent.


Prepare the throne; Azealia Banks has officially declared herself 'The Queen of Ireland' after arriving to her gig in Dublin via…FERRY. Ok then, your highness.

The 212 rapper was forced to get the boat after storming off an Aer Lingus flight last night.

The 27-year-old seemed pretty confused after trying to change her travel arrangements, asking her Insta following if Ryanair and Aer Lingus were the same airline.


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She claimed she had been given clearance to fly with Aer Lingus, whatever that means, according to Dublin Live.

Calling herself "Queen of Ireland", she ranted:

"I've been asleep, and I woke up to some excellent news. It's out, I'm the Queen of Ireland! I never knew I was the Queen of Ireland!" We never knew either, henny.

She continued;

"Aren't you happy to have such a Queen like me? Oh my God, the first black queen of Ireland! I really just woke up in the Irish Spring and the girls can't take it." She wasn't done yet…


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"I got the pot of gold, b*tch. I've got the pot of gold, and I'm not even from here! Now wait, until I do this sold out f***ing show. Y'all b***hes are gonna see who the f***ing Queen of Ireland is." 

Understandably, she got a fair few angry messages in her inbox, but Banks said she was sick of the "oompa loompa crazy looking b***hes". Oh my.

"The girls have scurvy, they're like vitamin deficient, they need some calcium tablets and some Camaraderie soap. Anyways, I'm back on the Chardonel (wine)." We Celts are just very pale, and can't do much about it unforch.

She enlisted the Notorious Conor McGregor for support, sharing a screenshot of a message, where she wrote; "Conor help they are bullying me".

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Banks got into a massive row on Monday morning with a female cabin crew member, after boarding a flight from Gatwick to Dublin airport. 

Aer Lingus confirmed that the rapper left the 10.55am flight from Gatwick but declined to comment on her allegations.

They have released a statement following the incident.

They said: "Aer Lingus can confirm that two guests scheduled to fly on 10:55am flight from London Gatwick to Dublin (EI233) this morning disembarked themselves prior to departure."


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"The guests in question got off the plane safely of their own accord, while all other guests remained on board…Aer Lingus has a strict no-tolerance policy towards disruptive guest behaviour.

"The safety and security of our guests and crew remains our first priority."

Azealia, poor little divil, said she was 'treated like a wild animal' in the lengthy post, portraying the incident as her 'travel day from hell'.

Banks plays a sold-out show at the Academy on Abbey Street tonight, that should be an interesting one to say the least…


If you're a fan of Le Galaxie, you'll know that they'll have spent the past six years claiming their title as Ireland’s best live act.

Since their debut album, the act have enthralled crowds across clubs and venues, bars and fields, tents and countries, cities and towns, parties and raves.

And in doing so, they have had a multiplier effect, going from a cult following to a force to be reckoned with.

There's no doubt that 2017 has been a jam-packed year for Le Galaxie with a busy summer festival season culminating in Samhain over the Halloween weekend as special guests for Annie Mac, alongside Eats Everything and 2manydjs, but it's not stopping just yet.

Le Galaxie have announced they will be playing The Academy this December!

Tickets to the gig are a mere €29,90 and will go on sale this Friday at 9am.

Ladies, it's go-time.



It looks like Dougie Poynter is hanging up his boyband boots to become a… superhero!

Dougie confirmed the news this morning that he will be playing a character called Hale in an upcoming sci-fi short film, The Academy.

The McFly star took to Twitter today to say: "Stoked to join the cast of this awesome movie titled The Academy written and directed by Nick Blair!"

He also shared a picture on Instagram of what looks like a piece of the film's storyboard.


Hale #soon

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This isn't the first time Dougie has been on the big screen though. We're sure many fans remember McFly's stint in Just My Luck, which starred Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine.

Let's hope his superhero role works out better!



If you missed out on getting tickets for Keywest playing in Whelan's this July, then fear not, because the boys have just confirmed their next Irish gig.

Taking to the stage on December 3 (cough, cough, early Christmas present) in the Academy, Ireland's biggest independent band will come back to their hometown with a bang.

With their 3rd studio album due for release at the end of the year, Keywest have a busy few months ahead of them as they tour around the UK, USA, and Munich.

But Andy, Jimi, Andrew, Harry and Fionn will always come back to home soil – and we look forward to their return every time.

If you fancy heading along to their December gig, tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am, so check it out here.

See you there?



If you're a Kodaline fan, then get ready to be very happy indeed.

The group have announced that they are doing a free gig in Dublin next month. Yes, FREE!

The boyband will perform alongside Walking On Cars, July Talk and Little Hours in The Academy on Wednesday 16 March.

What a way to celebrate Paddy's Day, huh? The gig is going to give everyone a taster of their new material as they get set to perform in Marley Park this summer.



A concert is being held to raise funds to help the survivors of the Berkeley balcony collapse.

A number of Irish acts will come together to play a gig at Dublin’s The Academy on July 23rd to raise money to go towards the students that have suffered life-altering injuries from the tragic incident last month.

The event will be hosted by Westlife’s Nicky Byrne. Performing acts include Jape, Dublin Gospel Choir, The Fontaines and many more.

The family of one survivor, 21-year-old Clodagh Cogley, earlier posted photos of the Trinity student in the rehabilitation centre where she is recovering from the fall.

They thanked the public for their support saying that, “The outpouring of support for Clodagh has been truly amazing and the donations to Clodagh’s fund so generous.”

Suffering from a broken spinal cord amongst many other injuries, Clodagh posted a touching message herself last month. She said, “The thing I’m taking from this tragedy is that life is short and I intend to honour those who died by living the happiest and most fulfilling life possible.

“Enjoy a good dance and the feeling of grass beneath your feet like it’s the last time because in this crazy world you never know when it might be.”

Tickets for The Academy gig are €25, with an option to donate extra funds. They are on sale from Ticketmaster tomorrow at 9am.