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Nostalgia is well and truly here to stay, it seems. The one and only Sinead O'Connor has just announced that she's playing four gigs around Ireland this year.

The Nothing Compares 2 U star is set to take to the Vicar Street stage on October 27 in a highly anticipated return to music.

She's also be performing at the famous Roisin Dubh in Galway on October 17, Spiegeltent in Wexford on October 24 and Cork Opera House on Oct 26.

Sinead is apparently ready to release new music, according to The Sun, and will embark on a tour worldwide afterwards.

Sinead debuted her new song, Milestones, last year under the name Magda Davitt. The track was a demo, produced by Northern dance DJ David Holmes.

Speaking to the Irish Sun, she said: “David wrote the music. I wrote the lyrics and melody.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She added; "This is just a first demo for fans because they never get to hear a demo. I thought it would be fun to share it.”

Tickets are priced €45 and are on sale next Friday, August 16 at 10am via ticketmaster.ie. Finally some good news for the people of Ireland.

After Greg O'Shea's Love Island win and Westlife on a massive tour with new music; it's feelin' like the year of the Emerald Isle.

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Back for the third year in a row, Dublin Podcast Festival is returning with headliner shows and live podcasts across multiple venues this November.

The festival have announced a string of headliners in the line-up and the anticipation is seriously building.

The podcast event will feature international and homegrown talent, covering everything from crime, comedy, literature and history for live audiences.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The legendary Guilty Feminist is set to land at Vicar Street once again on November 6. With over 35 million downloads under their belt, host Deborah Frances-White and a special guest are set to light up the stage.

They're scheduled to chat about noble goals as 21st century feminists, and the paradoxes and insecurities which undermine them. If you were lucky enough to catch them in Ireland last time, you'll be a superfan by now.

The UK's number one LGBTQ+ podcast is landing with a bang, and it's possibly the show we're the most excited about.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A Gay and a NonGay is coming to the Sugar Club on November 10, with BFFs James Barr and Dan Hudson covering the differences between LGBTQ+ and NonGay people to life on stage in a ridiculously simple but gas premise.

Comedy duo The 2 Johnnies return with their biggest live show yet after a sold-out event at the Vodafone Comedy Festival. The pair have been number one on Ireland's podcast charts every week for 80 weeks.

They're performing at Vicar Street on November 14, with serious topics such as riding, Gaelic games and parish news to cover.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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IT GALZ LIVE! have continued to sell out live shows throughout Ireland since their debut at last year’s podcast festival, and their success story is continuing in 2019.

The hilarious cultural commentary by Jenny Claffey and Lindsay Hamilton will reach new heights as the gals are hosting their biggest headline show yet; Vicar Street on November 16.

The topics range from pop culture to women's rights, through a mainly satirical lens, but you're bound to get a good laugh from them.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ireland's favourite podcaster and number one bestselling author, BlindBoy, is set to return for two nights in Vicar Street on November 19 and 24.

BlindBoy will be here for a third consecutive year, and is set to celebrate International Men's Day with a special live show. 

The personality speaks wise words on indoctrinate mental health issues but makes sure to reach further into a wide spectrum of current topics, may it be gun laws, feminism, racism or history.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Dollop will arrive at Liberty Hall on November 21, bringing US history to the stage with comedian hosts Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds.

History buff Dave decided to turn his hobby into a podcast. Each episode he reads one strange and disturbing story from the American past to Gareth, who is clueless about the tales.

Gareth's hilarious reactions are why The Dollop is in the top 20 downloaded comedy podcasts in the US, Canada, and Australia.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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My Favourite Murder will host a live show in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on November 24 and 25, but limited tickets remain for the second show so act fast.

Debuting number one on The New York Times Best Sellers List, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark host a brilliant true crime podcast that you're bound to become addicted to.

Aside from being avid true crime enthusiasts, Karen is a stand-up comedian and television writer and Georgia is a writer and host for the Cooking Channel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The popularity of podcasts has skyrocketed in recent years, for both their entertainment factor and educational abilities.

The Dublin Podcast Festival will celebrate the world of podcast and intends on connecting fans with those who create them.

Your earphones won't be necessary this November, we highly recommend seeing a live performance. Tickets for the events will go on sale from Ticketmaster.ie on Monday, August 12 at 10am.

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The Riptide Movement will play Vicar Street on Saturday, 1st December. 

Tickets are priced at €25, which is inclusive of booking free, and will be on sale from the 5th of July at 10am from Ticketmaster.ie. 

The announcement follows the release of their new single, Plastic Oceans

Plastic Oceans was recorded in London with producer Chris Coady (Future Islands, Slowdive) and has a firm backbone of the kind of melodic indie rock that has seen the band build a strong following in their native Ireland, clocking up various #1 records.

The band will continue their heavy touring schedule this summer, putting in appearances in coastal areas.

They will be using their latest single to spread the important environmental message that our beaches, coastlines, rivers, cities and towns need to be kept litter and plastic free if we're to stop the oceans from becoming even more polluted by plastic waste.

Visit www.ticketmaster.ie for Vicar Street tickets from July 5th. 

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Talk about your Christmas miracles.

After already adding two extra dates to the five nights he was already playing in Vicar Street, Christy Moore has only gone and added another!

Christy Moore will perform an extra concert at Vicar Street on Monday January 29, meaning he will take to the stage on  December 11,12, 19 and 20, January 2, 3, 10 and 11 and the newly-added date!

 All proceeds will go to Brother Kevin Crowley at Capuchin Day Centre for the homeless in Bow Street, Dublin.

If you want in on the action, bring your A-game on Monday Dec 11 when tickets will go on sale at 9am.

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If belting out a rendition of Ride On or The Voyage is your jam, then prepare to get excited. 

Irish folk singer Christy Moore is about to embark on a series of gigs right here in Dublin.

The Irish icon will make a very welcome return to Vicar Street for a series of sessions in December and January.

Christy will be returning to gigging with a brand new album, called On The Road, which will be released this November.

Over the past two years, Christy has recorded all gigs, streamlining his collection down to 24 tunes recorded at 17 separate venues. 

Christy has performed at Vicar Street almost 200 times.

Tickets are priced at €39.50, €45.00 and €49.50, and will go on sale on Thursday October 5 at 9am through www.ticketmaster.ie.

We'll be giving Joxer our absolute best go…

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Singer-songwriter, Glen Hansard has announced two festive Dublin concerts – just in time for Christmas.

Following the success of his two sold-out shows at Vicar Street earlier this month, the Oscar winner looks set to return to the iconic venue on December 17 and 18.

 

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Widely known for his intimate acoustic performances, the December shows will reportedly see the tempo raised with the introduction of a live band, as well as "strings, horns, bells and whistles."

Tickets are €40 and are on sale Tuesday, September 5 at 9am via ticketmaster.

That's the early Christmas presents sorted anyway! 

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With previous winners including Gavin James, Two Door Cinema Club and The Script,  it’s no real surprise music fans are clamouring to attend an event which honours the best and brightest on the Irish music scene this week.

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize, which will be awarded in Vicar St this Thursday, will pay homage to the people which brought us the best Irish Album of the Year along with the Best Irish Song.

Alongside 11 international music industry delegates, the venue will play host to some of our favourite acts including Lisa Hannigan, The Divine Comedy and We Cut Corners.

As there are only a handful of tickets left, we suggest you pick yours up at your local Ticketmaster outlet for a very reasonable €26.50 now.

But listen, if you're not lucky enough to nab yourself a ticket and head along in person, you can still get a slice of the action.

As part of the new partnership with RTÉ, the event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2fm in a special four-hour extended programme from 7-11pm and on RTÉ2 as part of a special RTÉ Choice MusicPrize TV programme on Saturday  March 18.

Everyone's a winner!

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Wee Nialler from One Direction is a fan (we can’t blame him), and he’s recently appeared on the likes of the Late Late.

Then there’s his recent UK TV debut – made earlier this year on BBC’s Live At The Apollo.

Yes, serious hat-tip to funnyman Al Porter, aka the youngest lad to ever headline his own show in Vicar Street.

That and his latest offering is completely hilarious.

He’s back in the Dublin city centre venue later this evening and tomorrow – before moving on to the likes of Drogheda, Wexford, and Kerry.

But it was a warm-up gig in Bray, Co Wicklow last night that has us dyin’. And in particular, we are flat-out delira to discover that Al does a killer Twink impression.

Delightfully calling the former panto queen a “mad bitch,” he goes on to describe how she had once lamented a break-in at her home.

“Remember when her gaff was robbed? Fucking Kim Kardashian eat your fucking heart out!” he utters to riotous laughter from the crowd at the Mermaid Centre.

“Twink came over to me and she said the best sentence I’ve ever heard – and this isn’t a joke – she said to me; ‘I’m just so upset, it’s an awful thing to happen – absolutely awful, dreadful, dreadful.

“‘I’m not materialistic but… my fucking diamonds!’

“What a sentence – ‘I’m not materialistic but my fucking diamonds'.

“Mad bitch.”

However, it was his follow-up tale of Twink at the panto that really has SHEmazing! HQ in stitches.

“I did the Olympia panto and I saw her in the audience and I said ‘big hello to Adele King, aka Twink, fair play to you,’” he begins.

“And she stands up uninvited and goes ‘Can I just say…’ and everyone’s like, ‘Mammy I’m scared.’

 

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‘Can I just say,’ – and she’s doing the fucking claw… ‘Can I just say: Al Porter is a star and there hasn’t been a panto this good – and she’s addressing the audience like 2,000 people, no mic – ‘there hasn’t been a panto this good since I did panto in the Olympia'.

“Fucking love the balls of her. You know what I mean?”

Not only is Al now up for a Rising Star Ifta award tonight, but the 24-year-old Tallaght-native has also just filmed a comedy segment for the BBC alongside Jack Whitehall and Ricky Gervais.

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On this week’s Spotlight Niamh Geaney catches up with the Hot Sprockets ahead of their headline gig in Vicar Street. Of the five piece, Wayne, Tim and Franky divulge their pert bottom secrets, film adventures and their connection to Lily Allen’s Dad. They also chat on the success of their American tour, their venture into the UK and their upcoming Spanish tour. 

If you missed any of this week’s show, fear not, we’ll be back tomorrow with Snapshot’s Catch-Up show.

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We may have finally calmed down over yesterday’s announcement that Ed Sheeran will be performing a secret gig here in Dublin, this Monday.

But if that wasn’t enough, Ed singer decided to give us another treat yesterday, by releasing the music video of his latest single, One.

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