Greetings readers from HP Towers and though Ireland’s World Cup dream may have sadly died in the Aviva, there is some exciting gig activity in the offing, with one legendary group leading the way…

This week finds Depeche Mode back in Dublin for a hotly anticipated date in 3Arena, during which the band will be airing tracks from their latest hit album Spirit – influenced, as so many records currently are, by the global political upheavals – as well as the obligatory classics like ‘Never Let Me Down Again’ and ‘Enjoy The Silence’ (though not, sadly, Celtic anthem ‘Just Can’t Get Enough, sob).

As an E-zine exclusive, earlier this year we were chatting to Josh Hayward from Hot Press faves The Horrors, who supported Dave Gahan and the boys a few years ago, and here’s what he had to say about the experience…

“The Depeche Mode dates were quite strange – we agreed to do it and we didn’t quite realise how big they were! Then we do it and there’s about 70,000 people there. We turned up at the first one and they couldn’t set up in the stadium, ’cos it wasn’t big enough – they had to set up in a field outside the stadium. And their sound guy was saying to us, ‘You do realise fans of The Mode don’t like support bands?’

“We were actually talking to Jason Spaceman about this – they played with them in the ’90s, and they’d just get bottled and shouted at constantly until they went off. But then we played and people were quite receptive; they clapped and cheered and got into it. I don’t think they had a clue who we were when we walked onstage, but apparently it was quite a rare occurrence! (Laughs)

“Their crew seemed to be a bit confused about it. They were going, ‘You’re good – but people aren’t suppose to like anyone at these shows, apart from The Mode!’ I really enjoyed watching Depeche Mode. They’re great performers; every little detail they’ve got down and it’s so natural for them now.

“They’ve been doing it since they were 19 or something ridiculous, and they just play to these massive audiences and keep them enthralled at all times. It’s incredibly good to watch. (Laughs) And it was weird being on tour with a load of people from Essex! Who’d have thought it, eh?”

Indeed. Below you can check out Olaf Tyaransen’s brilliant interview with Depeche Mode’s Fletch from earlier this year…

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Last Friday saw pop icon Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation drop to the classic mixed reviews. While the record might lack the depth to make it a classic, the singles are state-of-the-art pop masterworks. Again demonstrating Swift’s Madonna-like gift for incorporating underground musical trends into pop anthems, ‘… Ready For It?’ and ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ find Swift venturing into, respectively, industrial pop and gritty dance. ‘Gorgeous’, meanwhile, is an exquisite slice of dark electro.

Elsewhere, in both Reputation’s newspaper-style sleeve and the memorable video for ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – the conclusion of which deconstructs her public persona – Swift shows a knack for arch cultural commentary most contemporary rock groups can only dream of..

And, happily, there’s some good news for her Irish fans…

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One of the most exciting gigs in early 2018 is set to be the February 20 Olympia date by UK grime supremo Wiley. Riding high on the success of his latest album Godfather 1, the MC – often referred to as the godfather of grime – is at the forefront of a genre that has also given us the zeitgeist-defining Stormzy..

Quite simply, it’s been one of the most thrillingly forward-thinking movements of recent years. Prior to his current incarnation as top ten star, Wiley was also a pioneer of eskibeat – another practitioner of which, Zomby, made one of last year’s best albums in Ultra. Released on the Hyperdub label – the spiritual home of dubstep, founded by Kode9 – the album notably featured contributions from underground icons Burial and Darkstar.

In Hot Press’s upcoming 2017 Annual, however, it’s all about grime, as we take a look at the scene’s impact – including the #grime4corbyn movement – in the company of one of its main stars, the excellent J Hus.

Meantime, you can get full details on Wiley’s Dublin show here…

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Read also our superb interview with Stormzy’s manager, Tobe Onwuka, from earlier this year…

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The Hot Press Write Here, Write Now competition offers an ummissable opportunity for both third and second level students to get their foot in the door and experience the world of journalism and media.

We are looking for entrants to write on the theme of social media – in whichever way they choose – in 500 or words less. To paraphrase Mannfred Mann, we wanted to be blinded by the light of your talent.

The winners will get an internship in Hot Press in the spring or summer of 2018, in addition to a superb Canon PowerShot SX620, a €250 cash prize, a Certificate of Achievement from Write Here, Write Now, and other great prizes. And there will be more winners too…

So what are you waiting for! Check out the full details below and get writing…

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Ticketmaster are celebrating 20 years in Ireland, and to mark the occasion, they’ve got some prizes to give away.

Who was your favourite act, which was the best sporting event or theatre show? Ticketmaster wants to know – and it could be worth your while

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Ticketmaster is giving away 20 x €100 Ticketmaster Gift Cards as part of the annual “Ticket of the Year” campaign. All you have to do to enter is tell them your favourite show or event of the last 20 years.

We also have a great interview with Ticketmaster MD Keith English in the current issue of Hot Press, in which he reflects on the company’s extraodinary success story.

To find out more details about the competition, check out the link below…

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Check out brilliant gallery of pics from the Athy lads’ triumphant 3Arena show…

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Check out also our awesome pix from shock-rock icon Alice Cooper’s stunning Olympia show….

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Key dates announced for this year’s Choice Music Prize…
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Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien makes solo album announcement…
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UHip-hop heroes Young Fathers are on the way to the Olympia…
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Cult US indie favourites Yo La Tengo are Dublin-bound…
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Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode

Bad Blood - Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar

You Said – The Horrors

Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode

Didn't I– Darondo

Digital Animal – Honey Claws

Thaw – Zomby

Behind The Wheel– Depeche Mode

Eva– Mmoths

Birds n Bars– Wiley

Like Your Style – J Hus

Bad Boys - Stormzy feat. Ghetts & J Hus

Mirror - Burial, Four Tet and Thom Yorke

Gorgeous – Taylor Swift

Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode



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