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3913 - Ryan Sheridan
The second coming of Ryan Sheridan, as the Monaghan songwriter opens up about his latest album and heads up a singer-songwriter special featuring Ed Sheeran, Gavin James and more.

3912 - Top 50 Irish Gigs
We present The 50 Greatest Irish Gigs Of All Time. Plus interviews with Aidan Gillen, Sleaford Mods, Independent TD Clare Daly and more.

3911 - Longitude
Inside the new Hot Press: Longitude Special. With likes of Hozier and alt-J bound for Marlay Park, we meet some of the acts and deliver the ultimate guide to the festival.

3910 - Paolo Nutini and Florence ATM
Chats with Marlay Park acts Paolo Nutini, Imelda May and more. Plus a landmark interview with Minister for Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

3909 - Beck and Big Break Winner Ciaran Lavery
Ahead of the big RHK shows, we meet headliners Beck, Counting Crows and more. Plus, we introduce Ciaran Lavery, winner of The Big Break 2015

3908 - Marriage Referendum and Forbidden Fruit Special
In our Forbidden Fruit special, we meet superstar DJ Fatboy Slim & highlight the must-see acts. Plus, interviews with Blur, Villagers & more

3907 - Foo Fighters and Slane
Slane special: Ahead of Foo Fighters' headliner, Dave Grohl talks Nirvana, Obama & Ireland. Plus, interviews with Aidan Gillen, Ash & more.

3906 - Hozier and Longitude
Longitude special: We follow Hozier to NYC & meet the industry people closest to him. Plus, chats with Laura Marling, Matthew E White & more

3905 - Electric Picnic
An Electric Picnic special, as we talk to Florence + The Machine, Manic Street Preachers & more. Plus, a tribute to the late Tony Fenton.

3904 - 900th issue - HamsandwicH
A bumper edition for our 900th issue. Everyone from President Michael D to Kodaline gather together to celebrate a Hot Press milestone.

3903 Noel Gallagher
Music legends take centre stage this fortnight; we talk to Noel Gallagher, Kim Gordon and The Waterboys. Funnyman Jason Byrne provides the laughs, while we dole out the gongs in our readers’ poll. All this plus the usual news, reviews and more!

3902 Mark Ronson
This fortnight, Hot Press goes pop! We catch up with Mark Ronson to discuss his new album, Una Foden looks back on her incredible career, and we have the full lowdown on Ed Sheeran’s Whelan’s show. All this plus the usual news, reviews and more!

3901 Kodaline
It was back in 2013 when they first graced the cover of Hot Press and now Kodaline are back on top for our first issue of the year. The Swords quartet are gearing up to release second album Coming Up For Air and took time out of rehearsals in a very impressive country house to catch up with Craig Fitzpatrick for one of their most in-depth interviews ever.

3822 The Coronas
Featuring seasonal cover stars The Coronas, our bumper Christmas/New Year issue boasts interviews with the likes of Kasabian, Jason Bateman and Ross Noble. Plus: our annual Christmas Summit finds Kodaline and more debating the hot topics of 2014 Press!

3821 Damien Rice
Damien Rice opens up in an expansive interview, discussing his new album, time away, and a lot more besides. We also chat to Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, give the lowdown on the Web Summit, and offer all the usual news, reviews and more in the new Hot Press!

3820 - U2
The world’s biggest rock band lead the way this fortnight, as U2 discuss the controversial and inspired Songs Of Innocence. There’s also interviews with John Lydon and Lynn Barber, as well as all the usual news, reviews and more in the new Hot Press!

3819 - Love/Hate
The rock‘n’roll verdict on Love/Hate is in! We look at the hottest show in town, talk to Robert Downey Jr and Damien Dempsey, and catch up with a host of Ireland’s rugby superstars. All this plus the usual news, reviews and more in the new Hot Press

3818 - Delorentos
We talk to Delorentos, Lethal Dialect and Johnny Marr, while Bressie, Rob Heffernan, Nikki Hayes and more open up in our special focus on mental health. There’s also the usual reviews, previews, interviews and much, much more inside the new Hot Press!

3817 - Hozier
With Hozier on the cover and U2's Songs Of Innocence reviewed inside, the Irish take over the new issue...One of the most recognisable voices in Irish music at the moment, Andrew Hozier-Byrne gets his face on the cover of Hot Press for the first time this issue. We suspect it won't be the last time. Ahead of the Friday release of his debut album, Hozier, the Wicklow star opens up to Olaf Tyaransen in an extensive piece that takes in his school days, his decision to leave college to pursue music, his meteoric rise this year (Glastonbury, Ellen, Letterman and more relived), that debut album, sex, death and more. That is only the first heavy hitter interview in the issue. Interpol talk to Craig Fitzpatrick about David Letterman's love for the band, their "narcissistic" former member Carlos D and feeling revitalised as a three-piece, while Ellie Goulding gives Ed Power the lowdown on celebrity boyfriends and media pressure. Keeping it Celtic, Sharon Corr discusses sibling rivalry and her brother Jim's 'interesting' political views, James Vincent McMorrow talks dodging Border Patrol near Mexico, and Groom's Mike Stevens tells us why we should be proud to be Irish. Elsewhere in our 'Movies' section, Sherlock star Andrew Scott tells Roe McDermott about his latest big screen role and how he doesn't want to be a role model. The Hot Press Interview this fortnight is with Sunday Independent journo Niamh Horan, who explains why the vitriol she received following her article on woman's rugby doesn't bother her. Over in 'Critical Mass', editor Niall Stokes gives his take on U2's much-talked about 13th studio album Songs Of Innocence. As ever, all of that is just for starters.

3816 - The Script
On the eve of the release of their stunning new album No Sound Without Silence, The Script talk to Hot Press' Stuart Clark

3815 - Electric Picnic Special
We’re almost Stradbally bound but, before that, we’re bringing you the definitive guide to Electric Picnic 2014. The latest issue of Hot Press, out Thursday, August 21, includes everything from revealing interviews with the headliners to tips on what acts to catch and how to make the most out of everything else going on at the end-of-summer festival. In an Irish exclusive, Portishead creative force Geoff Barrow opens up about staying out of the spotlight, his infamous Twitter rants, and offers an insight into the making of the next Portishead album. Another big EP name sitting down with Hot Press is Sinead O’Connor. As her new album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss earns plaudits left, right and centre, the singer pulls no punches as she discusses music, marriage, Miley and latex fetishwear. Elsewhere in our EP coverage, Johnny Marr gives us his must-sees and talks about collaborating with Beck. Blondie, Rubberbandits and The 1975 are just several other names on the bill that are having a good ol’ chinwag. In the Hot Press Interview, Joe Brolly talks cynicism in football and his spat with Des Cahill. The interviews keep coming, as Baz Ashwamy admits how much he loves his mammy, Simon Pegg tells us we’re all going to die and DBC Pierre waxes lyrical about… lovely Leitrim? In Critical Mass, we give new albums from Royal Blood, Basement Jaxx, Spoon and many more a spin and relive gigs from the likes of Damien Dempsey and Johnny Marr. As ever, we’re barely scratching the surface. So dive on into the new issue of Hot Press (Electric Picnic special), on shelves now!

3814 - Morrissey
The A world exclusive with the one and only Morrissey, plus Ryan Adams, Rankin, Eli Roth, John Slattery and more..Our ridiculously star-studded of summer issues continues this fortnight. Gracing our cover this issue – and looking extremely cool we must say – is the ever-opinionated icon that is Morrissey. Always a bit wary of the press, the Mozza talks exclusively to Hot Press as his new album World Peace Is None Of Your Business kicks Mozzamania into gear. On the agenda? Global politics, his new album, the Royal Family, Tony Blair, Brendan Behan, Bashar al-Assad and much more, while he opens up about his recent health issues for the first time. The heavyweight interviews don't stop their, however, as alt. country star Ryan Adams looks forward to 40, discusses his use of medicinal marijuana and gets in touch with his fans through writer-at-large Olaf Tyaransen.Elsewhere, renowned photographer Rankin chats to Craig Fitzpatrick about his new Sky Arts series Collabor8te, expounds on Bono and Bob Geldof, and tells us why he doesn't see a difference between photographing the Queen Of England or the man on the street. In the Hot Press interview, author Rob Doyle confronts his wild pass and those Bret Easton Ellis comparisons. Music World is packed with names such as Adebisi Shank and Royal Blood, while Critical Mass sees new albums from La Roux, Pixie Lott and Tom Petty assessed and the big, recent Irish festivals relived. You'll also find forensic examinations of the Gaza situation and how the State betrayed child sexual abuse victim Louise O'Keeffe in our political coverage. Plus, as ever, you'll get all of our regular features and so much more. That's the new issue of Hot Press (Morrissey cover), hitting shelves Thursday, August 7.

3812 - Longitude
Rudimental, Parquet Courts and Bombay Bicycle Club are a trio of exciting Longitude acts we speak to in this fortnight's Hot Press, as we bring you the definitive guide to year two of the urban festival. The man behind Longitude, Zach Desmond, also gives us his musical tips for the weekend, we profile the likes of Massive Attack and Disclosure, and give you the lowdown on how to get there with ease. Longitude aside, we have a jam-packed issue for you...In Music World, Tom Vek discusses his long-awaited return, country-pop star Kacey Musgraves tackles Taylor Swift comparisons and much, much more. Ahead of Public Enemy's Indiependence appearance, their charismatic commander-in-chief Chuck D discusses everything from Michael Jackson's death to America's new-found obsession with the beautiful game. Rising Irish film star Jack Reynor opens up about celebrity fans and promoting our indigenous film industry. Fresh from headlining Glasto, Kasabian's Tom Meighan is typically outspoken about drugs, celebrity and matching Oasis. Our Hot Press Interview is with acclaimed Irish director John Carney, while we also chat to controversial author Irvine Welsh – with Twitter and Scottish Independence being just two things on the agenda – and Liev Schreiber – currently playing the anti-hero on TV smash Ray Donovan. In Critical Mass, new albums from the likes of Morrissey and are under scrutiny, and we relive big gigs from Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Kings Of Leon and more. As ever, that is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Best Of Dublin 2014
The Hot Press Best Of Dublin 2014 provides Dubliners and visitors a great opportunity to discover new characters, places and activities in the nation’s capital. Now in it’s third year Best Of Dublin hits shelves today!It’s the essential guide for anyone wishing to take advantage of what Dublin has to offer, including the 100 Best Restaurants, venues, bars, hotels and shopping, plus Hot Press' recommendations for sport, tours, clubbing and events. The 2014 edition brings together tips from Dubliners, visitors, writers and famous admirers who tell us about their favourite haunts and hideaways...Cover star Nadia Forde tells us her Dublin highlights and opens up to Hot Press’ Roe McDermott about her new singing career, recording in L.A. and why Bressie was the unlikely muse behind her first single. We also chat to President Michael D. Higgins, Amy Huberman, Imelda May, Rosanna Davison, Joseph O’Connor, Ryan Tubridy, Michelle Doherty and Eoghan McDermott about the Dublin they love. The Hot Press Best Of Dublin is packed with insider information on some of the most unique, exciting, fun and entertaining Dublin attractions that will keep visitors and Dubliners on the right track. Whether you’re a visitor, someone who has landed here without any plans to leave or a true blue Dubliner, Best Of Dublin will help you discover a new exciting side to the city. Dublin is full of fascinating places, people and experiences to be savoured, and they’re all gathered together for your delectations in the biggest ever issue of Best Of Dublin! The Hot Press Best Of Dublin is available now in Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Easons and all good newsagents for €3.95 or online at hotpress.com.

3811 - Paul Weller
A very special summer edition of Hot Press this month, as we catch up with The Modfather himself, Paul Weller, ahead of his Royal Hospital Kilmainham show. One of the most exciting bands on the planet, The Horrors open up to Craig Fitzpatrick as their stunning fourth album Luminous confirms their place at rock's head table. Singer Faris Badwan talks bad first impressions and their dance influences, while drummer Joe Spurgeon discusses their efforts not to be pigeonholed. Elsewhere, Olaf Tyaransen talks to Sam Smith, the singer who has recently been sitting pretty at the top of various charts. He chats about doing something he loves for a living and the last time he cried. In the Hot Press Interview, composer Bill Whelan talks candidly to Niall Stokes about Riverdance and rejects Michael Flatley's suggestions that the multi-million dollar earning show was really the American dancer's creation. He also talks U2, Kate Bush, Planxty and his concerto with James Galway. With the World Cup now underway, Craig Fitzsimons goes through the 32 teams to find the key contenders, and tells you where the smart money lies. Stuart Clark also catches up with the RTE team for their predictions.The new issue of Hot Press is on sale now.

3810 - Imelda May
Hot Press talks to cover star Imelda May on balancing motherhood and music, experiencing international success and meeting President Obama, Lou Reed and others. Alternative cover star Rocstrong is crowned as the winner of the Big Break 2014. In an interview with Craig Fitzpatrick, Rocstrong delves into his early musical influences,how he defines his sound and his plans for the future. Hot Press also takes a look at Cork, finding the best places to eat, drink and party in the city while also previewing its upcoming summer festivals. Elsewhere we have interviews with Passenger, the Dandy Warhols and the Hot Sprockets among others, as well as our usual selection of top film, sport and culture coverage to keep you up to date on what you need to know this coming fortnight.

3809 - Forbidden Fruit Special
It’s Forbidden Fruit time and this year’s bill boasts a host of Irish delights in addition to a smorgasbord of international treats! Check out our interview with BellX1 mainman Paul Noonan and our mid-US tour natter with Steven from Kid Karate in our must-have 16-page festival guide in this very issue!Also on the bill this year are Belfast’s finest Girls Names who will be nicely warmed up after recent stellar shows at Belfast’s Black Box as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, the Elastic Witch closing party in Dublin and Liverpool’s Sound City….Another gent busy with UK duties is Gavin James who will be heading to Kilmainham in fighting form having just played the Dot To Dot Festival in Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham….To non-festival news now and lauded singer-songwriter Barry McCormack has just launched his new video for ‘When The Windows Shake’. The Adrian Crowley-directed opus is now available to view on hotpress.com. Barry, who has just returned from a batch of nationwide dates, which included a pitstop at The Pumphouse as part of the Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots festival…..The very wonderful Buffalo Sunn play The Grand Social that very night before they head off to Singapore for Music Matter Asia. As the summer festival circuit kicks off with Forbidden Fruit, Hot Press is there to bring complete coverage from the Hot Press speakeasy, where will be conducting interviews and staging intimate musical sessions with some of the festival’s biggest performers. On our website you can access the special Forbidden Fruit section for all you need to know about the festival.

3808 - Michael Fassbender

3808 - Michael Fassbender
Another fortnight, another jam-packed issue of Hot Press. One of the hottest properties in the acting world, Michael Fassbender sits down with Roe McDermott for a revealing chat about the extremes in the acting profession, his high achieving family, and his toughest roles to date. There's also plenty of Frank chat as the film's creative team, including director Lenny Abrahamson and, author of the source material and bandmate of Sidebottom's, Jon Ronson discuss the project. Elsewhere, with their second album All We Are officially landing today (Friday May 2), O.R.B catch up with Craig Fitzpatrick two whirlwind years on from their first Hot Press cover. The big interviews don't stop their, as Tori Amos discusses ageing, motherhood and sexism, Mick Flannery talks moving to berlin and overcoming shyness and we have The Minutes on babies, beards and bellies. The Hot Press interview this fortnight is with Beggars Banquet supremo, Martin Mills, who reminisces about his 40 years in the industry. Gary Numan, Pixies, the Queen of England and Adele all feature.The hunt is on for the latest homegrown cover star and, in association with Alcatel, we present the 33 acts who've made the shortlist for the Big Break competition. Frontlines deals with Irish doctors setting up a Cannabis Committee, Des Bishop travelling to China and more.It goes without saying that that is just the tip of the iceberg.The new issue of Hot Press is on sale now.

3807 - Damon Albarn

3807 - Damon Albarn
On the cover is Blur frontman turned solo star Damon Albarn, fresh from revealing how heroin helped his creativity. He talks about his experiences with drugs with Olaf Tyaransen, as well as his fantastic debut solo release, London and magic in a revealing interview. Renowned DJ David Holmes talks to Craig Fitzpatrick about how ecstasy "changed people for good" in '90s Belfast, helping to bring people together from across the Catholic/Protestant divide. Also on the agenda is how clean-living his old muckers Primal Scream are these days and how he "can't work" without marijuana. - See more at: http://www.hotpress.com/Damon-Albarn/news/In-the-Hot-Press-drug-special/11414075.html#sthash.VPYAIWCH.dpufThe Hot Press Report on the Global Drug Survey itself is an intriguing read, uncovering details about recreational drug use in the country and delivering some surprising statistics about Garda attitudes towards cannabis. UK Police Cief Tom Lloyd explains why the 'War on Drugs' has failed and Stuart Clark recalls Hot Press interviews where the likes of Noel Gallagher, Lemmy, Joe Strummer, Steven Tyler, Amy Winehouse and Layne Stanley discussed their chemical adventures. Elsewhere, we have chats with everyone from Franz Ferdinand to Nicole Maguire, report from Colorado where marijuana has been legalised and, in Critical Mass, review new albums from the likes of Pixies, Iggy Azalea and Imelda May and relive gigs from Tinie Tempah, Palma Violets and more.So pick up the new Hot Press, available now!

3806 - Paolo Nutini

3806 - Paolo Nutini
A cover for the ladies – and a number of the fellas, naturally – this fortnight, as everyone's favourite swoonworthy Scottish songwriter Paolo Nutini makes his return to the music scene. Five years on from the release of Sunny Side Up, Nutini is ready to re-enter the fray with Caustic Love. He sits down with Olaf Tyaransen to talk about spending time away from the limelight meeting new friends, how he's not as confident as one would imagine, ignoring the pitfalls of fame and much, much more. Also in this issue, Craig Fitzpatrick catch up with an O2-bound Tinie Tempah, fresh from playing the BRITS where he high-fived Prince William and got in a photo sandwich with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Dylan Moran, currently starring in Calvary (reviewed this issue), gives Roe McDermott his take on religion and why the Irish need to talk. Wallis Bird discusses moving to Berlin and her new dance direction. We travel to SXSW to get all the shots of the Irish contingent. Plus, interviews with DFF, DJ Yoda, Lucius and more. Meanwhile, our Hot Press interview finds us sitting down with Paul McGinley as he prepares for the Ryder Cup. Frontlines finds us attending the premiere of the new series of Game Of Thrones and chatting to TXFM breakfast jock Cathal Funge as the new station goes to air. It's all in the new issue of Hot Press, on sale now!

3805 - The Riptide Movement

3805 - The Riptide Movement
Just a few short years on from their first Hot Press cover, Dublin's Riptide Movement grace the front of the magazine once more, and with good reason. Having just signed a major international deal and boasting a new look and a supremely confident new record, the Lucan lads are ready to take on the world. Through pure hard graft, a flair for working the crowd and some killer tunes, The Riptide Movement have risen from their roots as Dublin buskers to conquer territories as far afield as Russia and India. With their third album Getting Through on the way, the ‘Tide seem unstoppable. Few contemporary Irish rock acts can claim to have as much street creed as the Lucan quartet. More specifically, fewer still can claim as much Grafton Street creed. Also in the new issue we’ve interviews with Raglans, the magnificent John Grant, MC Danny Brown and rising Irish football star James McClean gives his take on online controversy, tattoos and escaping Paolo Di Canio.

3804 - Guy Garvey

3804 - Guy Garvey
Guy Garvey graces the cover of Hot Press this fortnight, as the singer with the Kilmainham-bound band opens up about his gang's hard-living lifestyle. Also on the agenda? New album, The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, and facing up to middle age. Our Hot Press Interview star is Andrew Scott, the Dublin actor who's come to worldwide acclaim for his devilish part in the BBC's adored Sherlock. Fame, homophobia and his new film The Stag are all on the agenda. We also have interviews with hot pop property Katy B, the enchanting Anna Calvi and Britain's most exciting art-rockers, Wild Beasts. In Music World, Joan As Policewoman touchingly recalls her relationship with the late, great Lou Reed, we introduce the fast-rising Iceland native Asgeir and we talk exclusively to Hot Press Reader’s Poll Winners,- The Script's Danny O’Donoghue & Lisa Hannigan and much much more.

3803 - Graham Norton

3803 - Graham Norton
As we finally get some spring weather, there's plenty of cause to celebrate as the third Hot Press issue of 2014 hits the stands. Whatever you're giving up for Lent, please don't stop the music, as we've a host of massive acts arriving with their much-anticipated new releases, St. Vincent among them. The lady legally named Annie Clark also opens up to Ed Power for a chat about creativity and bikram yoga as she unveils her astonishing fourth LP. By now, you'll have seen our Graham Norton-fronted new issue. He's one of the biggest TV stars around and, this fortnight, the chat show titan exclusively gives Hot Press his take on RTE's handling of Pantigate and homophobia in Ireland. In a frank interview, the beloved BBC presenter brands the Iona Institute as "idiots" and comes down hard on the "moronic" decision to pay them off. In the Hot Press Interview, we get up-close-and-personal with one of the most compelling sports stars of all time. Former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson, comes to Dublin's Olympia Theatre on March 27 and ahead of his one-man show he tells us about his extraordinary life. On the agenda? Dodging drug tests, embracing Islam in prison, being declared bankrupt, staying sober and… Irish history? "I had no idea how much you guys hate the English!" says the legendary boxer. "My friend told me about Cromwell. That was some bad shit he did."

3802 - Ellie Goulding

3802 - Ellie Goulding
The quintessential good girl gone bad – and we mean that as a compliment – British pop star Ellie Goulding has swapped mumsy clothes and an unassuming air for a sizzling new image and a parade of famous beaus. Speaking exclusively to Hot Press, she opens up about her painful childhood, life in the tabloid glare and why she is prepared to (nearly) bare it all – but on her own terms. Ellie Goulding has been working up a sweat. Her first single, 'Under The Sheets' back in the winter of 2009, introduced to the world a pop singer-songwriter, with a touch of the shy girl next door about her. Ellie was all dewy eyes and languid hair, as if she had emerged straight from English suburbia. And there was a hint of Kate Bush about the music, which mixed synth-pop and folk in a tasteful balance.

3801 - James Vincent McMorrow

3801 - James Vincent McMorrow
Our Hot For 2014 issue is headed up by James Vincent McMorrow, whose Post Tropical album is nailed on to feature on many an end-of-year list. Yes, it's only January but it's that good! Sitting down with Stuart Clark, James opens up on the album's creation, why he chased his muse to Texas, his surprising passion for heavy metal and his hopes for the future. Elsewhere, we painstakingly uncover this year's ones to watch as our Hot For 2014 extravaganza brings you the very best of homegrown and international talent to check out, including interviews with London-based, Limerick-born 'dream grunge' merchants Sisters and Krautrock/Britpop hybrid The Bohicas.