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Are you ever sitting in your favourite Dublin pub or city centre cocktail bar, pondering the fact that nothing can quite live up to The Leaky Cauldron or The Three Broomsticks? Us too.

Fantasy franchises like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings have spawned an array of merchandise and theme parks, and inspired a wealth of alcohol-based pop-ups. 

It's been confirmed that the good people of Earth crave powerful potions and brilliant brews rather than your typical pint or mojito. We want MAGICAL elixirs. 

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Luckily, The Cauldron have announced the expansion of The Magical Experience into Ireland following their hugely successful pop-ups in London and New York. 

Whether you're a muggle, a witch or a wizard; You're going to want to visit The Liquor Rooms in Dublin at 5 Wellington Quay sometime over the next three months. Seriously.

The Cauldron's Magical Experience is a one hour and 45 minute immersive class, where you wield a working magic wand and use molecular mixology to brew drinkable elixirs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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You'll receive a dashing robe to wear, and a magic wand of course. Then you'll be led to an interactive work station where you can learn spell-casting 101 by pouring a drink of beer, a cocktail or a mocktail. 

The Cauldron work with Wicklow Wolf, the Irish craft brewery from Bray, to create Wicked Wolf; a limited edition collaboration beer made exclusively for The Cauldron of Dublin. The floral IPA has some magical ingredients- Jasmine, Green Tea, Malted Irish Barley and Wicklow water. 

The Magical Experience will then invite you to brew two of their molecular potions that change colour, bubble and even smoke. We're sold. The three-month pop-up in The Liquor Rooms is set to be a sell-out, at just €29,99 per magical being off-peak and €34.99 during peak times. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The experience is almost entirely self-guided, but don't worry about doing a Séamus Finnigan on it and blowing up the place. A potions master is on hand to make sure you don't poison yourself, or anyone else. Alcohol-free, gluten-free and vegan options are all available too. We do adore dietary inclusivity.

It's hard to believe that The Cauldron first began as a Crowdfunding project in 2017. Co-founder Matthew Cortland, a George Mitchell Scholar and former reading teacher, was living in Dublin, simultaneously working at a tech startup, and finishing his master’s degree in Creative Digital Media at DIT.

Cortland later moved to London to set up the business and is bringing the project home. 

“This concept has such strong roots in Irish Design and individuals in Dublin– from our illustrator to our wand maker to our key advisors.  We even shot our first video in The Gravediggers in Glasnevin, a location that was a major source of inspiration for the interior design vision for The Cauldron."

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"Without the assistance and contribution from these people, I’m not sure that we would have ever gotten to this point," Cortland added. “I’m incredibly grateful." So are we Matthew, so are we. 

Co-founder David Duckworth, a molecular cocktail and experience designer, compares The Cauldron’s concept to Irish folklore.

“Celtic folklore and mythology ties into the fantastical experience we are bringing to Dublin. The idea that magic is real and just inaccessible to ordinary people or that the veil to the other realm is just beyond reach is a concept that resonates with those who love fantasy and mythology.

"Our goal is to use science, the magic of our world, to make that dream real," David quipped.  

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If you want your chance to experience The Cauldron while it's in Dublin, head to underground speakeasy on the quays; The Liquor Rooms,

Off-peak seatings are from Monday to Thursday all day, and Friday from 11am-4:45pm. Peak seatings are Friday nights, and weekends. 

The experience is over 18s only, and tickets must be booked in advance to attend. A limited food menu is also available on site, if your magical antics make you peckish.

Check out the clip below of the Magical Experience and you'll be scrambling to book tickets;

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All I want for Christmas is a Picture This ticket. 

The Everything or Nothing singers have just announced their final Irish show of the year and it is the ideal gift for fans of Ryan Hennessy and co.

The Modern Love singers confirmed the news this morning and the stress of scoring tickets to the gig is all too real.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Picture This will be the first band to play at the rebranded The Gleneagle INEC Arena in Killarney. They’ll take to the stage in the rebranded venue on December 20.

Earlier this year, Picture This became the first band to sell out five consecutive nights at the 3Arena.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to one of their five Dublin shows then set your alarm for next Friday. Tickets cost €49.50 and will go on sale on Friday, July 19 at 9am from ticketmaster.ie and INEC Arena.

To get you in the festive spirit, watch the band perform This Christmas below. 

 

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Have you ever been sitting at your desk at work, contemplating escaping out a nearby window just so you can achieve a bit of inner zen? Yeah, us too.

Luckily for the stressed population of Dublin, free yoga classes are now running every Monday in Merrion Square this summer to encourage wellness and mindfulness.

The classes are provided by Camile takeaway in partnership with Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership, and were a massive success last year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The yoga sessions will be running every Monday evening until August 19, from 6:15pm to 7pm, with certified yoga instructor Veronica Vincenzi.

Everyone from complete beginnings to yoga masters are welcome to join, and 60 mats are provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own due to demand.

Join your fellow zen-seekers at the Defence Force Memorial side of Merrion Square across from the National Gallery in Dublin, and you 100 percent won't regret it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Free classes are also provided on Tuesdays in Bushy Park and Wednesdays in St Anne's Park, so anyone farther away to Merrion Square or with plans on Mondays can alternate days and location.

For more information about the classes, check out the deets on the Camile Thai Eventbrite page here.

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Following a busy weekend, which included two shows in Croke Park supporting Westlife and headlining Stage 2 at the sold-out Longitude Festival, Wild Youth have announced a headline show at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on December 10, 2019.

Tickets priced from €21 inclusive go on sale at 9am this Friday via www.ticketmaster.ie

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ireland’s rising stars have also released a brand-new video to coincide with the release of ‘Long Time No See’ – available to stream / download here. The video, which is shot in various locations across Dublin, captures an emotional tale faced when bumping into an ex.

Continuing on from the massive success of Wild Youth’s EP ‘The Last Goodbye, which debuted at #5 in the Irish Albums Charts, the Dublin pop-rock superstars went on to sell-out their first ever headline show in The Olympia Theatre, support The Script in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall and perform to a packed-out house in London’s OMEARA, run by Mumford & Sons member Ben Lovett.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In addition to a string of live shows, their outrageously catchy song Can’t Move On has earned them over 2 million streams and the song was the most played Irish song on Irish radio in 2018.

Recently, Wild Youth shared the stage with the likes of Mumford & Sons and Dermot Kennedy at this year’s Malahide Castle, and Clean Bandit and Jax Jones at Sea Sessions.

Wild Youth consists of David Whelan, Conor O’ Donohue, Ed Porter and Callum McAdam.

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Music festivals are absolutely infamous for producing mass amount of waste, especially single-use plastic. This Dublin festival hopes to change the sustainability of their event, and we love it.

Beatyard takes place on August 3 and 4 this summer in Dun Laoghaire, with a stellar musical line-up, delicious food stalls, boat parties, pop-up fashion shops as well as games and entertainment.

Not to mention some class afterparties in The Lighthouse and Wigwam, if you have a weekend ticket. The party never stops during this August weekend, and if the sun decides to shine it's set to be stunning.

The acts scheduled to play on Saturday and Sunday include Groove Armada, Jungle, Chvrches, Soulé, Erica Cody, SG Lewis, Fleetmac Wood, Mount Kimbie, Todd Terje, Grandmaster Flash and Icarus. 

Boat parties are also taking place on both days for €15 a ticket (if you have a Beatyard pass) and are hosted by Gxrl Cøde, District Magazine, The Midnight Disco and Yachty by Nature.

Eatyard will of course be making an appearance, with Teddy's ice-cream, The Vegan Queen, Lala Putine, Pieman, Hells BBQ, Zero Zero Pizza, Sweet Churro, Big Blue Bus, Handsome Burger, 3FE, Taco Truck, Crepe Box, Maki, Kono Pizza, Doghouse Dogs and Buttercream Dream.

The bar closes at 10pm each day, and gates open at 12pm. Kids under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The tickets are just €59 for one day, of €99 for the whole weekend.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The festival has a new scheme for garnering help to clean-up the litter from the sesh, and it's a decent deal if we do say so ourselves.

If you volunteer and help them sort waste for just one hour, you’ll get a free ticket to the festival that day. It sounds too good to be true, honestly, but we can vouch for the legitimacy.

According to the organisers; “The main issue we have had with waste over the years was not cleaning it up, but organising the waste into the correct containers, and bags, so that nothing gets spoiled, and the waste we put away can be efficiently recycled or wasted in the correct format.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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All you have to do is fill in your contact info, and then Beatyard will mail you the meeting point and information three weeks before the festival. You'll be put into a team with a specific but simple job for one hour.

What's in it for you? A free Sunday ticket or a ticket for the festival for 2020 if you’re there on Monday. They've also continued their 'Bin It To Win It' campaign, which allows you to score a free pint.

Collect a bin bag from any of the bars, fill it with plastic pint glasses, bring it back to the designated recycling point and BOOM: Free pint. It couldn't be simpler.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As if this wasn't incredible enough, the festival is also running it's eco-brick initiative to reduce non-biodegradable waste. They aim to build a DJ riser out of all the eco-bricks they create and collect.

For each two-litre eco-brick you produce, they'll give you a pint token for the bar. Drop it off at The Bernard Shaw when you get a chance and it's free pint city. Here's instructions on how to make them.

Get your tickets for Beatyard here, and sign-up for volunteering by filling out this quick form

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Being a fan of Derry Girls is like a rite of passage in Ireland at this point so it’s safe to say we were overjoyed to hear of a Derry Girls QUIZ happening in Dublin next month.

Our competitive nature and obsession with Derry Girls will finally come in handy when Copper Face Jacks hosts the event on August 2.

The Big Fat Derry Girls Quiz will take place in the nightclub from 8pm to 10pm.

Tickets are only a tenner so gather up your fellow Derry Girls fans and get ready to battle it out with the show’s biggest fans.

Organisers of the quiz commented, “Up and down the country the Irish people who have followed Erin and her band of friends as they deal with the troubles of being a teenager throughout the troubles in Northern Ireland. Will Aunt Sarah Make it for her tanning session?

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"Get your gal and guy pals together and to make your team of four. Once the victorious team are announced the after party will kick off until the wee hours of the morning. Sure who doesn’t love a night in Coppers."

Now we’ve got the perfect excuse to re-watch the show from start to finish. If anyone needs us we’ll be doing our research by memorising Granda Joe quotes and singing along to The Cranberries.

You can get your tickets here.

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Truth Hurts singer Lizzo has finally announced a Dublin gig and we are so excited.

The American rapper is set to perform in Dublin's Olympia Theatre on November 10.

She will perform hits including Boys, Juice and Truth Hurts at her Irish show.

There's no doubt these tickets will be swiped up in seconds so make sure to set your alarms. 

Tickets from €39.50 go on sale on Friday, July 12 at 10 am.

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If you haven't yet adorned your ears with any of Erica Cody's tunes thus far in your life, please excuse yourself for that indiscretion by going ahead and clicking over to Spotify, having a listen (and a bop), and only then may you return to this article for the already Erica enlightened. 

Big news for fans of the the Dublin alt-RnB singer – Erica is playing a gig in the Grand Social next month, on the eve of the launch of next EP Leoness, April 11th. 

The ideal excuse for a gals night out, tickets are only €14.45, on sale this Friday.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In the last two years, Erica has been a regular on the Irish festival circuit, appearing at Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza and Longitude to crowds of fervent supporters who clamoured to the stage for an audible glimpse of her particular brand of empowering choonage. 

Her distinctive sound plays on influences from 90s Hip-Hop icons blended with contemporary lyrics that address love, infatuation and female authority – perfect for the pre-drinks playlist or to employ a sense of self-confidence of all who listen (and inevitably end up singing along – that sh*t's catchy). 

In the summer of 2018, Erica played the main stage at Electric Picnic with The Story of Hip Hop, collaborating with The RTE Orchestra, DJ Mo-K, Jess Kavanagh, Jafaris and Mango to a 13,000-capacity stage. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When she's not busy performing, she can be found modelling, acting and collaborating with massive brands like Nike and Samsung (casual). However, she's not one to fall into your typical 'influencer' category. 

While she showcases her style and promotes her music on Instagram, she also uses her platforms to draw attention to societal issues like toxic masculinity and to elevate other female artists – promoting inclusively and creativity among her audience.   

Our advice? Get your tickets ASAP, so you can gloat to your friends that you got to see Erica Cody just before she became one of Ireland's best-selling Irish singer songwriters. Don't sleep on it. 

Feature image: Instagram / @ericacody / Photography by Anouska Proetta Brandon @anouskaphotography

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YAS.

The 'due to phenomenal demand' Gods have answered: Mumford and Sons have added a SECOND Malahide Castle tour date.

Marcus Mumford and his fellow brethren have curated an extra day in the capital with another show booked for Saturday 15 June, the day after their original slot.

The amazing line-up will see supports slots from on-the-rise singer Dermot Kennedy, Wild Youth and AURORA.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Norwegian pop sensation AURORA is slowly breaking into the market, and Wild Youth are Ireland's latest pop band to get their start.

Tickets for the second leg of the Gentleman of the Road spectacular tour are priced €69.75 including booking fees.

Head on over to Ticketmaster to grab them, you 100 percent don't want to miss this unreal summer concert, trust us.

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The iconic skateboarding brand Vans are having a big sesh this Saturday in Jervis Shopping Centre, and we wouldn't miss it for the world.

The newly-opened store is hosting a drop-in event on February 16 for those who want to get their beloved Vans customised FREE of charge.

Local artist Ruan Van Vliet will be doing the inking, while a DJ plays some tracks and pizza and games are provided for all.

Ruan Van Vliet is a graduate of the iconic NCAD art college in Dublin, and works as both an artist and illustrator. Your Vans will be one-off, unique pieces once Ruan's done with them, trust us.

His work is renowned for it's bright, colourful and amusing patterns, and he has also created work for Vice, AirBnB, Offset Design Festival, Guinness, among others.

Shoppers can try out prize pong, to try and win 50 percent off their Vans purchases on the day.

Vans are one of the biggest brands around, and their skateboarding shoes have been hugely popular for years, so we're delighted that they've opened a new store in Jervis Shopping Centre.

As one of the capital's most vibrant and most successful shopping environments and hosting over 60 outlets, Jervis has become one of the nation's biggest hubs.

With pizza, games, a DJ and free customisation as well as prize giveaways; don't miss Saturday's party. We'll see you there on February 13, from 12pm until 4pm.

We'll be staying the full four hours, because why wouldn't we be? It's free pizza, for crying out loud.

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We've finally found the perfect outdoor cinema trend that is DESPERATELY needed on Irish land: Hot tub theatres.

Some absolute genius had the idea to combine hot tubs and watching movies, and we owe them so much for that wonderful conception. God bless them.

Organisers Tub Life have created an event where Londoners can test out the Hot Tub Cinema for real this August, but Dublin is normally about 20 years behind the England capital.

The cinema event of the century is scheduled to take place on August 31 from 6pm to 9pm, and we're contemplating booking our flights now, before Brexit goes and ruins everything for us.

Film fanatics will be able to strip and dip into relaxing hot water while enjoying whatever classic is playing on the big screen, with a cheeky bevvy. No skippy dipping allowed, sorry to disappoint you.

Tub Life wrote on the event page on Facebook: "Tub Life is coming to London and we’re bringing our hot tubs with us! Expect performers, hosts, BBQs, round-the-clock tub service and the biggest portable screen in the UK."

"Note: the scheduled date is preliminary as we’re currently finalising the few remaining details to this event. Click ‘Interested’ to be notified with more information," they concluded.

They'll confirm the exact location for London at a later date, and will also be visiting Maidstone, Liverpool, Chester, Brimingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Newcastle.

Who knows, they might even pop up in Dublin this summer if the demand is high enough, which it totally will be. Start the petition today lads, shall we?

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Clichéd Valentine’s traditions have had their time, but the era of the anti-romantic is officially upon us. 

Celebrating self-love and friendship is all the rage, and poking some fun at the mushier aspects of movie-style love is a welcome respite from the traditional sentiments of Valentine's Day. 

If you're seeking shelter from all things amore, we have your refuge on the 13th of February – so grab your pals. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Head along to J.T. Pim’s on George's Street on Wednesday night, a very different and decidedly eclectic Valentine's experience with The Kracken Rum. 

The Kraken Black Hearts is billed as an immersive drinking and dining experience, featuring a touch of meal-time drama – hosted by the Kraken Black Widow, who lost her husband to Davy Jones' Locker, the black-hearted hostess has some tales of love and woe to share. 

Seated among black roses and flickering candle light, patrons of the Kraken Black Widow will be treated to a menu crafted entirely from black-hued ingredients. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The drinks alone are worth attending for, as the Black Widow is et to serve up some of her special brews, inspired by the darkness of the deep. 

It takes place from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on Wednesday 13 February, and if you want to be in with a chance to nab some tickets, just head over to @KrakenRumIRL on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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