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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.

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We may be coming off the back of a Bank Holiday weekend, but that doesn't mean we don't deserve a few post-work tipples this Friday. 

Tomorrow night, the final instalment of The Hop House presents by Hop House 13 will take place in Whelan's on Wexford Street. 

Entertainment on the night will be provided by the recent Choice Music Prize winner Ships, as well as LUMO Club and Telephone DJs. 

The organisers have teamed up with local street food vendors including contemporary Chinese restaurant Hang Dai, The Big Blue Bus at The Bernard Shaw and The Brazilian Kitchen at Wigwam to create a range of dishes to complement Hop House 13. 

If you're feeling adventurous, Hang Dai will be putting their creative edge on a traditional Super Noodle dish served with crispy squid and wild garlic mayo, while Pedro from the Brazilian Kitchen will be serving up a range of pastels, a firm street food favourite in Brazil.

Tickets to The Hop House can be found at www.thehophouse.eventbrite.ie and are €12 incl. booking fee, plus a complimentary pint of Hop House 13 and two street food dishes.

Don't mind if we do… 

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Following the release of his acclaimed new album, Hearts That Strain, Jake Bugg has announced a UK and Ireland acoustic tour for 2018.

The singer-songwriter will kick off the 16-date tour with an intimate headline show at Whelan's on Thursday, February 15, before making his way up to Belfast (Saturday 17), and across the UK.

Recorded in Nashville and produced by the Grammy Award winning David Ferguson and Matt Sweeney, Hearts That Strain has received glowing reviews since its August release.

In their four star review The Times said Jake “sounds better than ever,” while The Guardian dubbed the young star “Glenn Campbell re-incarnated.”

Tickets for the Dublin show are €27.90 and go on sale this Friday, September 29, at 9am.

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What better way to celebrate women and raise vital funds than a night out in Whelan's?

Born Optimistic, in conjunction with Aidlink, are launching a brand new event called 'WoW Women on Wednesdays' to showcase the best female music, comedy and spoken word.

Launching on Wednesday July 19, performers such as Eve Belle, Alicia Byrne Keane, NC Grey, Eve Darcy, Hvmmingbyrd and more will take to the stage to offer us a night of music and craic.

 

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For years, the festival scene has been saturated with male acts and this is the time to change all of that.

All proceeds from the night will go towards girls' rights and education in Kenya.

 

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Global North and Global South will support Aidlink's girls' education projects in Kenya and will try to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and gender inequality.

If you fancy heading along, tickets are €10 and they are available at the door on the night or on this website.

 

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It's the end of the month and we're all feeling the pinch in the run-up to pay day. 

However, that doesn't mean you have to hole yourself up on the couch every night eating whatever remains in the fridge. 

There are plenty of delightful, cheap or free things to try in Dublin, and here are a few of our faves: 

1. Cherry Comedy – €5.00

Cherry Comedy brings the laugher to Whelans every Monday night. 

For a very reasonable €5.00, comedy fans are treated to a line-up of both new and seasoned comedians.

Just last night, both Neil Delamere and Foil, Arms and Hog took to the stage as secret guests at the show. And did we mention that gin and tonics are only €5.00 too?

 

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2. Bubble Waffles at Eatyard €4.50

As if delicious confectionery wasn't enough to get you down to Eatyard, the Instagram opportunities from the Bubble Waffle Factory should seal the deal. 

A bubble waffle, for those not in the know, is a delectable dessert inspired by the street food of Hong Kong.

The factory describe themselves as creating 'a bubble waffle, filled with ice cream, fruit, sprinkles, and any topping you can dream of, all so it looks like a cone.' We're so ready for dessert before dinner…

3. The Botanic Gardens – Free

If you feel like getting lost in the beauty of nature, The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland is the place to be. 

If sprawling acres of beautful flower beds wasn't enough, the labyrinth of glasshouses is enough to keep any budding botanist enthralled for hours. 

Check out the Palm House for truly breathtaking plants you won't see anywhere else in Ireland. And the little cactus room? We could stay there forever. 

4. Aungier Danger – €3.00

Aungier Danger has become a Dublin institution. 

The store creates some of the fluffiest, most delicious pastries, many of which have a great cause behind them such as raising awareness for homelessness or abortion rights. 

Aungier Danger has a few locations dotted around Dublin, so find your closest one and get munching. We recommend the Very Berry or the Alice In Dangerland. 

 

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5. Women Should Be Both Seen & Heard – Free

Feel like brushing up on your feminist theory and gender equality knowledge for free?

Head down to Trinity College for the third in  a series of seminars for women and other under-represented groups, including non-binary folks, in research and academia.

The talk will focus on women making waves in the academic world, and Angela Mezzetti will lead the seminar. 

It's free, but you have to register here

 

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So, just a few short hours after playing a headline set at Malahide Castel last , Arcade Fire performed a secret gig in Whelan's.

Shortly after the gig finished, Win Butler, the band's lead vocalist, took to Twitter to inform fans of a “Dance party at Whelan's.”

As the Canadian alt-rockers took to the stage, the Dublin venue was flooded with fans looking to take their place in the small crowd.

Those who were lucky enough to get a spot in the audience were treated to a short acoustic set before Win took his place behind the DJ decks for an after party.

Photos and videos of the impromptu gig have been popping up all over Twitter, leaving many fans disappointed they missed the change to see the band in such an intimate setting.

And honestly, we don't blame them. It looked absolutely amazing. 

 

When one gig of Arcade Fire per day isn't enough #aftershow

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Aaaaand cue the disappointment…

And finally, shoutout to the real winner of the night…

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If you spent your youth listening to Teenage Dirtbag on repeat, then this is going to be a great night out for you.

Yep, Wheatus are coming to Dublin and we're very excited to see them.

The lads will play in Whelan's on this upcoming Bank Holiday Monday, May 1, and we think it's the perfect way to end the long weekend.

Tickets into the gig are only €18 and are on sale now. 

'Cause I'm just a teenage dirtbag baby…

 

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Indie-pop band The Drums is joining the extensive list of amazing musicians playing in the Emerald Isle this year.

The band is coming to Ireland on October 3 as part of their brand new album tour. 

Three years after the release of their third record, the The Drums are celebrating their 4th album "Abysmal Thoughts" with the UK and Ireland tour. 

 

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The group have announced that they have signed with Anti Records, according to MCD,  and revealed the details of their fourth album. “Abysmal Thoughts”, which will be released on June 16.

“I said I wanted to let life happen? Well, the universe listened and life began to f*** me real good,"  said band founder Jonny Pierce of thr new album. 

 

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"But honestly, I make the worst art when I’m comfortable. The stuff that resonates with me the longest—and that resonates with others—is always the stuff that comes out of my misery.”

Tickets are €20.00 including booking fee, and go on sale this Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster.

We're looking forward to becoming immersed in the band's new sound. 

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Upcoming Irish band, Davis are super busy at the moment.

Not only are they preparing for their gig at Whelan's, but the band has also just released a new music video – and their fans are going to love it.

The video for their track Eager, centres around the pressures of society and how everyone is expected to act a certain way or do a certain thing.

In the beginning, we see Kevin in an abandoned house with a plastic bag around his head. He wakes up confused about where he is and how he got there.

It follows on to bring him through the motions of trying to find enlightenment and being lost – which we're sure many people can relate to these days.

Davis are a folkrock band, made up of two cousins, Kevin and Gavin, and will play live in Whelan's on January 19 (Thursday), with tickets priced at €6.

For a cool night out in Dublin, this is definitely the place to go.

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Sometimes, there's nothing better than Whelan's on a Saturday night – especially when one of your fave musicians is taking to the stage.

This weekend, Róisín O will play all of her new tracks as well as some old favourites.

She has also said she's working on a few surprises for the night too – exciting!

Have a listen here to her new track, it'll definitely get you in the mood. You can get tickets for Saturday night's gig here.

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As huge Ed Sheeran fans, we can’t imagine what these poor loves are going through right now.

It has been revealed that a number of fans who won tickets to the highly-anticipated gig at Whelans were left devastated after being told that the event was sold out.

Despite having won the tickets fair and square in the online lottery system, some of Ed’s most die-hard fans were told that there was simply not enough room for them to claim a spot at the gig.

How awful is that?!

One fan who won a ticket revealed to the Irish Mirror that she was told: “You’re too late, there are no more wristbands.”

And another, who claims she was told to arrive between 3pm and 7pm to pick up her wristband, was told there were no places left by 5.30pm.

Speaking to the paper, she said: “I am devastated. I’ve been following him for so long…All I want to do is see him. I won the raffle out of tens of thousands to get the ticket.”

We don’t really know what to say to these poor, disappointed fans. Let Ed’s soothing tones comfort you in your misery!

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There is HUGE news for Ed Sheeran fans as it has been revealed that he is set to play a secret gig in Whelan’s music venue in Dublin at the end of January. Yes, as in… this month!

The gig is a part of the Storytellers series by VH1 and will see Ed not only singing but also explaining the background to his songs – sounds perfect!

Apparently, Ed chose Whelan's because it was where he saw one of his idols, Damien Rice, playing when he was a kid: “I was only about 11 or 12 when I saw Damien play at Whelan's, and that night literally changed my life.”

There are only 400 spaces available for the January 24th gig and it is not yet known if they will be made available to the public. Watch this space…

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