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Gavin James is known for his love of Whelan's, his stunning voice which produces banger after banger, and his ability to make friends with pretty much anyone.

The singer-songwriter, who has achieved massive chart success at home and abroad with tunes such as Always, Glow and Nervous, from his breakthrough album Bitter Pill back in 2015.

We sat down for a chat with the man himself, who is the new ambassador for the Cadbury Secret Santa campaign, to chat to him about his "f*cking hilarious" father, his home away from home and his favourite celebrities, among other (random) things.


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James has been known for his love and support for charities, especially Down's Syndrome Ireland, so it's not surprising that he's choosing a generous movement like Cadbury Secret Santa to represent this Christmas.

A Dairy Milk gift can be sent anywhere in Ireland for free, either anonymously or personalised, to someone you love. Frankly, that's adorable. After posting the very first Secret Santa gift of the campaign, Gavin speaks about what drew him to Cadbury.

"I have always loved the Secret Santa ritual; the excitement of sending a gift in secret and the anticipation of receiving a gift anonymously – it’s so much fun! My dad is also essentially Santa." After pointing his dad out to me, I had to agree. He was merry with a white beard.

The artist brings his family and friends with him to gigs any chance he gets: “Its good to be able to bring them away with me. Every time I have a gig in Ireland my entire family goes, I brought my dad to a photoshoot today, which is f*cking hilarious.”

Asking him about his early days of gigging in tiny pubs, and dedicated to his then-rock band, he describes why he transitioned into acoustic songwriting, despite still having an intense love for his electric guitar.

"I started off with my mates in Temple Bar, my hair was huge. I was also trying to sing high but I couldn’t sing falsetto when I was younger, I had a raspy voice back then and couldn’t pronounce the letter 's'.I never try to transition, genres just kind of come on their own, I think."

We're glad he found his niche, his musical talent started for him at a very young age, surrounded by musical talent within his own family. His latest album, Only Ticket Home, hit number one in Ireland and has already surpassed a million streams.

He describes his latest offering as a dedication to the art of "simplicity", with most of the songs only having four chords. 

"They're not trying to be smart. There was one song that didn’t make the album because I tried to record it and it just didn’t turn out right. It was the best song I’ve written in a long time, but it sounded too far away from the right sound of the album. I have it in my back pocket for next year though. I found loads of songs in the cloud, I was chuffed."

"There was like 40 but 33 of them were shit. I usually have 100 ideas but one works. The first idea is always the best song. It’s like a buffet, the first thing you look at is always what you want.”


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James has toured with some absolutely huge names in music, among them are Ed Sheeran, Niall Horan, Sam Smith and Kodaline, to name a few. With all this talent around him, we have to ask which artists have impressed him the most.

"Bands like Vulfpeck are absolutely insane, they’re so good at playing stuff that I absolutely cannot understand. It’s insane, like Stevie Wonder-esque.”

“Foy Vance sang songs next to me, and his voice starts low and aggressively builds up and I don’t even know how he exists. He’s insane.”“When it comes to Secret Santa gifts, Gavin's already done his bit for fellow musicians… and their skin, apparently. "Sam Smith. I gave him aloe vera before, he loved that. He’s a really nice guy.”


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We're sure Sam would say the same about Gavin, but is there anyone in the industry who he has been disillusioned by, who maybe brushed him off? It's a notoriously tough industry, which requires a thick skin for survival. IT seems James has a level-headed approach to the whole 'fame' thing.

"There are people I don’t want to meet purely because it would ruin how I feel about them, people I totally idolise, sometimes they’re just not in the mood and you don't want to annoy them. Everybody I’ve ever met has been really friendly to me though, but if someone isn’t being nice to me, I’ll tell them. I don’t mind saying that to people. It’s easier to be nice."

"I couldn't meet Ryan Adams because I love him so much, and Bruce Springsteen. He’s meant to be the nicest man in the world. I’d love to meet him but I’d be bricking it. I’d probably just say “thank you, Bruce, for all of these songs.”

"When it comes to growing Irish talent, I love David Keenan. He’s class. His lyrics are amazing. He has a song called Laurence of Arcadia with lyrics like;

“You're looking at the last know bar stool prophet to retire early from the trade, I'm going fishing for pearls of wisdom. I'll be dancing through the pissing rain. You're welcome to join me you annoyance, for I find you quite amusing all the same." It's amazing."

Irish artists have repeatedly found success abroad, yet the UK and US markets are infamously hard to break into. Why have some Irish artists such as U2, The Script, Hozier and now Dermot Kennedy made it big over there, and some slip through the cracks?

“The UK is a tough market. It’s a weird one, like the Netherlands kicked off for me because they love a sad song, and I'm good at those. I brought out a Live at Whelans track, and was told it would reach top of the Dutch charts by Christmas. I didn't believe it, because it was a live recording. Then it went number one in the Netherlands, but no one would think of a live recording doing that.”


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His second album, Only Ticket Home, is still distinctly within the style of his debut, and James makes sure that his roots can come across in his lyrics. When he's in Dublin, he loves chilling with his friends in the pub, living out a normal life despite his new-found fame.

Where are his favourite parts of Dublin, and if he had to move, where would he find himself?

“Whelan’s, but I spend most of my time in Temple Bar, even though it’s seven euros a pint.” *shivers*

"Where Doran’s used to be, my mate Robbie owns a little snug next to it, an Irish pub. I always go there because it seems like a little secret spot where I’d just have a pint with my mates.”

“I’ve never been to Coppers. I tried to get in years ago, I think they were closing up. They must have a quota of guys named Gavin or gingers, so I couldn’t get in.” (Can you BELIEVE this Dubliner hasn't stepped foot in the notorious nightclub? We are shook)

“I went on one night out to Nashville to see Ron Pope, and ended up staying there a week.”

“I’d definitely move to Nashville. Very random, it’s musical but it reminds me of Dublin in a lot of ways. I have a lot of friends there, I made a lot of friends there very quickly. It’s cheap too, it’s not f*cking mad, it’s not like Los Angeles. I’m not into L.A. How the hell do people get around there?”

Sounds like this lad has his head screwed on right, that's for sure.

We got two hugs out of him and a Cadbury Secret Santa letter, so we are officially his number one fans.

Only Ticket Home is out now, grab your tickets to see him live in 2019 here.

Don't forget to become a Cadbury Secret Santa and give a little something extra this Christmas- visit www.cadbury.ie/secretsanta and follow all the action on the Cadbury Ireland Facebook and Twitter pages.



Picture This will play to an army of loving fans at Dublin’s 3Arena in the new year. The Irish band will play an unprecedented 5-night run at 3Arena Dublin, March 2019.

It came as no surprise when the band sold out all five nights within one week, there’s no doubt the Irish public love them.


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The lads confirmed that Lewis Capaldi and Dagny will be their special guests for the Dublin shows and we certainly can’t wait to see them perform.

If you’re one of the unlucky fans who missed out on tickets, you may be in luck. A limited number of production holds will now be released for sale to the public on Friday, November 23 at 9 am from Ticketmaster.


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Seeing the One Drink singers in concert is one thing you really don’t want to miss out on so make sure you set your alarms for Friday morning to be in with a chance of scoring tickets.

A mere two years have passed since their formation and Picture This have impressively sold over 300,000 tickets, concluding 2017 with a sold-out UK and Ireland tour highlighted by gigs at O2 Shepherd’s Bush London, SSE Arena Belfast, and a two-night stand at 3Arena in Dublin.


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This summer marked their first stadium tour in Ireland, which capped off with a 35,000-person stadium show selling out over 3 months prior. This accomplishment cemented the bands place amongst fellow RDS Stadium sell-out artists such as Queen, U2, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses, Bruce Springsteen and Radiohead.


The Gods of Rock have listened to our prayers.

After selling out their Whelan's show, which is scheduled for Thursday, 6 December, The Blizzards have now announced a SECOND show for Friday 7 December. Thank the Lord for that.

The Blizzards vs Tebi Rex are releasing the second single I Need A Win from their upcoming full-length album next week, and lucky for us it will be available across all digital platforms.


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Diverse Irish hip-hop youngsters Tebi Rex collaborate with rockers The Blizzards to create one of the biggest feel-good tracks of the year.

The band have come back with a bang in 2016, now bringing us their first studio album in a decade, due this Autumn. WE CANNOT WAIT.

It's sure to be unreal, so you'd be mad to miss them at Whelan's showing us why they remain one of Ireland's biggest bands.


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I Need A Win  is out everywhere now.

Tickets on sale now – €22.90 from Ticketmaster

Doors open at 8.00pm, and the gig is for over 18s only.

GET 'EM ASAP, FOLKS. We all want to stare at Bressie while listening to sweet sweet tunes, let's get real.



Get the phone, laptop and any device with Internet connection out – quickly.

Tickets to see the Westlife boys are selling out in seconds, as they go on general sale this morning.

If you've missed out on snapping up the tickets – fear not.

The band has just announced an extra date at Croke Park on Saturday, July 6, due to phenomenal demand.


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Tickets are priced from €59.50 inclusive and are on sale now via Ticketmaster outlets.

Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian will take to the stage for the first time in seven years next May, June and July. 

If you're one of the lucky ones who has secured tickets, you'll be bopping along to brand new songs.

But the boys haven't forgotten about their greatest hits and you will be belting out smash hits like Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings, You Raise Me Up and Unbreakable


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Last week, Westlife announced the exciting news of their return and their Twenty Tour.

The band have signed a new record deal with Virgin EMI, and will release new music soon.

These shows will be their first as a group since they played Croke Park in Dublin on 23rd June 2012.

Now stop reading and go get those tickets!


The marks and scars from EP are only starting to fade as we withdraw from a weekend of a lifetime.

As we scrub the remainder of the glitter off our bodies, and reminisce about living in a tent – we received the BEST news. 

It's time to clean up your bank account, open the laptop and book NEXT year's tickets.


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It's all systems go: time to act fast as they go on sale TODAY and punters have started to snap them up at 9 am this morning.

The epic festival will be making its 2019 comeback to Stradbally.

You need to head to Ticketmaster to secure your purchase and don't delay.

These bad boys sell like hot cakes and usually disappear in record timing. 


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If you're a seasoned EP goer, and been to the event three times or more, a ticket will set you back €165.

If you've explored the campsite and music twice, you'll be coughing up €185.

And if you're a total EP virgin, it's time to pop the cherry and find €205 to spurge on a ticket. 

For all the info your need on 2019 ticket prices, instalment plans and claiming your discount code, take a visit to the Electric Picnic website here.


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This might be the best Friday, and an opportunity to make more memories like last weekend.

Sure if you're broke after buying the tickets, get your friends to pool in for a bag of cans, head to a field, and it will feel as if you're already back in the campsite.


''Why does it always raaainn on meeeee….''

Yes, get ready for a blast of '90s post-Britpop nostalgia as Travis head to Dublin later this year.

They're bringing The Man Who album back to our Fair City, where they first performed it way back in 1999.  

The band will play a special show at the Olympia Theatre on Sunday, 9th December.

The album was the biggest selling UK album in 2000, spent 11 weeks at Number 1, and gave us songs like Driftwood, Turn and their iconic tune, Why Does It Always Rain On Me.

“Songs are like emotional bookmarks in time,” frontman Fran Healy said.

“When you hear a song you are transported to those times and feel strong echoes of the feelings you felt. Rarely does an album have this ability so performing.'' 

Singer/guitarist Fran Healy, bassist Dougie Payne, guitarist Andy Dunlop and drummer Neil Primrose will be bringing you right back to the era of practically non-existent eyebrows, platform shoes and slip dresses over t-shirts.

Tickets from €44.05 go on sale this Friday 17th August at 9am via Ticketmaster.

Snap 'em up before everyone else does. 


Ticketmaster have released news that are shutting down their ticket re-sale site, Seatwave. 

Seatwave, which was acquired by Ticketmaster three years ago, allowed fans to sell tickets to sold-out gigs within minutes of purchase.

They were also allowed to set their own price – which was often way above the original ticket cost.  

Today, however, the ticket selling site released a statement announcing that Seatwave is no more, saying they are "tired of seeing others snap up tickets just to resell for profit." 

In its place, the website will launch a new "fan-to-fan" exchange system where people can sell tickets at face-value or less. 

"The new website will be rolled out in Europe early next year," they wrote on a blog post. "But from today, there will be no new events listed on Seatwave."

"We’re excited about making ticketing simpler. All you need to think about are those incredible experiences you’ll never forget."

The news comes after Cabinet approved a new ticket touting law in July. The new law would ban the resale of tickets in venues with a capacity of over 1,000. 



Ticketmaster have announced a possible security breach on their website.

As a result, a potential 40,000 customers could have had their personal information and credit card details stolen.

The ticket provider says the malicious software was found on a customer support product which was hosted by an external third-party supplier on the June 23.

Ticketmaster issued emails to customers and informed them that anyone who attempted to purchase or bought tickets on the site between February and June of this year, could have been affected.

Furthermore, international customers who purchased, or attempted to purchase, tickets between September 2017 and June 23 of this year, could potentially be impacted.

In light of the situation, the company advised their customers to keep an eye on their accounts:

“We recommend that you monitor your account statements for evidence of fraud or identity theft. If you are concerned or notice any suspicious activity on your account, you should contact your bank(s) and any credit card companies.”

Ticketmaster are working with relevant authorities, as well as credit card companies and banks.

They have set up a dedicated website to keep customers up-to-date with the possible breach.



Ticket touting has become a major problem in the events industry over the past few years.

Too often, genuine fans are forced to pay extortionate fees to see their favourite act live on stage after touts quickly snap up the sought-after tickets.

The ongoing issue has prompted some artists to take matters into their own hands, with Ed Sheeran famously cancelling 10,000 tickets that were being re-sold at rip-off prices last year. 

However, it looks like touting could soon be a thing of the past with the launch of Ticketmaster's new 'Verified Fan' system.

Concert-goers will now be required to register three to 10 days before tickets go on sale with the length of time set to vary depending on the popularity of the event.

They will also be asked to provide their name, phone number and email address so the system can “run a series of algorithms” to predict how likely they are to attend the show.

Ticketmaster's Head of Music David Marcus explained the process to Newstalk's Jess Kelly:

“If we predict that you are going to go to the show, you get invited to purchase the tickets in a pre-sale. If we think that you are going to sell it, we don’t invite you.”

While the news has been welcomed by the vast majority of music lovers, some have argued that the system could potentially prioritise fans who have previously bought tickets or merchandise for the artist in question.

However, David ensured that “the system does not try to rank fans based on how big a fan they are”.

“That question is not asked. It is simply do we think they are likely to resell,” he said.

“We are the biggest ticket seller in the world. We have got a lot of insights about what fan behaviour looks like and what reseller behaviour looks like. The last point I want to make is; it is not a guarantee of a ticket. It is an invitation to purchase.”

It is not yet know when exactly the system will be introduced, though it is expected to be rolled out over the the next year.

The full interview with David Marcus can be heard on Newstalk's 'Tech Talk with Jess Kelly' this Sunday at 6pm.


If you were hoping to get your hands on tickets to LCD Soundsystem in Dublin, you were probably left pretty disappointed this morning.

According to social media users (and first-hand experience) tickets for the gig were unavailable less than one minute after their 9am release date this morning. 

Tickets for three separate dates in the Olympia Theatre went on sale, and all three appeared to be sold out before 9.01am.

LCDS fans have taken to Twitter in their droves to complain about the lack of tickets. 

Some have questioned whether anyone in Ireland did in fact get a ticket for the gig at all.

The hashtag is now trending on Twitter in Ireland.

Ticketmaster has so far remained silent on the issue. 




Ticket touting has been a source of considerable discontent in Ireland for decades.

Whether it's for a sporting fixture or music event, the sale of overpriced tickets on the secondary market sparks much heated discussion.

However, it looks like moves are being made to make it a criminal offence following submissions to a public consultation this week.

According to emerging reports, the GAA and the FAI have expressed support for the introduction of legislation which will seek to regulate ticket resale on the secondary market.

Commenting on the proposed legislation, the GAA said: "The current legislation in no way reflects the technological developments of recent decades."

"Touting in its various forms should be classified as a criminal activity with appropriate penalties in place, whether this be on the street, online or private trading of tickets above face value or fraudulent tickets online sites."

Ticketmaster, however, has railed against the idea, stating that the potential move will not yield the desired results.

Confirming their stance on the matter, they said: "Any legislation in Ireland will simply achieve the same effect as seen elsewhere; resale will not cease, it will go offshore and underground – out of the reach of the consumer protection authorities."

The submissions were received by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, with Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor asserting that the 'widest possible debate' must be undertaken before a decision is drawn on the matter.


Take That are coming back to Dublin for their Wonderland tour and it's safe to say we're giddy with excitement.

The lads are taking to the stage at the 3Arena, and with special guests, All Saints, it's definitely going to be a gig to remember.


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But, what if we told you that you could get your hands on seats that are better than anybody else's? Well, you can.

Production best seats are being released on Friday, and it basically means you'll be in a VIP section.


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For the first time ever, the band's main stage will be in the middle of the arena, and we're looking forward to the dramatic production Take That will perform on the night.

Production best seats will be available to buy on Ticketmaster this Friday at 9am, for both of their Dublin dates – 15 and 16 May.