Electric Picnic tickets sold out at record speed as headliners announced today

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Russia Rejects Eurovision Compromise

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Gorillaz Are Back!

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Boy George, Gary Lineker, Lily Allen & Nicki Minaj among those reacting to Westminster attack

It's emerged that an Irish national was injured in yesterday's atrocity.

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A Date For Mad Mary's Seána Kerslake stars in the Hot Press Best of Ireland special

Miriam O'Callaghan, Al Porter, Catherine Fulvio, Gavan Henegan & Aidan Gillen also feature in our essential going-out guide!

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REVIEW: The Kinks: Sunny Afternoon at Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

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Plans For David Bowie Memorial Sadly Axed

A big fundraising push by David Bowie fans to erect a sculpture in the shape of the 'ZiggyZag' iconic lightning bolt from the 'Aladdin Sane' album cover near his birthplace in London has sadly failed to raise enough c...

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Reese Witherspoon Discovers Irish Heritage

The Legally Blonde actress was shocked to discover that she is 63% Irish after undertaking a genetic test, she revealed on the popular Conan O'Brien's chat show.

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Stephanie Rainey Unveils New Powerful Music Video About Mental Health

Outstanding Irish newcomer Stephanie Rainey has revealed the brand new video for her latest single ‘100 Like Me’, which deals with themes such as anxiety, bipolar, depression, psychosis and addiction.

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WATCH: Conor J. O'Brien stars in the new episode of This Ain't No Disco

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Rebekka Karijord announces Dublin concert at Unitarian Church

Norwegian artist Rebekka Karijord has announced that she will return to Dublin this May in support of her acclaimed new album Mother Tongue. ...

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The Stunning's Steve Wall describes fatal car accident as a "tragedy beyond belief"

Despite the car crash which claimed the life of the singer’s young niece, The Stunning’s Galway benefit show in aid of five female NUIG lecturers’ ...

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The Winter Passing premiere 'Significance' from upcoming EP

Irish indie-punk quartet The Winter Passing have released the second single from their Double Exposure EP. From their potent combination of punk grit, indie quirks, and ...

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KnockanStockan to host series of gigs across Ireland this year

First show on May 12th KnockanStockan have announced they will host several "KnockanStockan presents" events throughout 2017. The festival ...

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Waterboys fiddler Steve Wickham to release second solo album

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Bob Dylan says he's a fan of Imelda May

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The xx, A Tribe Called Quest & Duran Duran confirmed as Electric Picnic headliners

The first major line-up announcement has just been made! The first major line-up announcement has been made for this year’s Electric Picnic, ...

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Steel Yard Festival London: Line-up announced

This sister festival to the long-standing Creamfields Festival, Steel Yard will take place in Victoria Park London during the Sunday May 28 Bank Holiday Weekend. With festival season ...

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Boy George, Gary Lineker, Lily Allen & Nicki Minaj among those reacting to Westminster attack

It's emerged that an Irish national was injured in yesterday's atrocity. There’s been widespread reaction to and condemnation of yesterday’s ...

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Gorillaz are releasing new music tonight

New music to be released ahead of fourth album Gorillaz will release new music tonight, it has been announced. Damon Albarn's virtual band have been teasing at new material for ...

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A Date For Mad Mary's Seána Kerslake stars in the Hot Press Best of Ireland special

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REVIEW: The Kinks: Sunny Afternoon at Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

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RTÉ overhaul as the broadcaster announces job losses, land sale and restructuring

The broadcaster's director general also confirmed that 200 or more jobs will be lost. RTÉ today announced that almost 9 acres of under-utilised ...

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WATCH: Conor J. O'Brien stars in the new episode of This Ain't No Disco

He's been whisked off to New York to meet composer Nico Muhly. The second online episode of This Ain’t No Disco has landed with Conor J. O’Brien ...

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Mike McCormack's Solar Bones shortlisted for Kerry Group Novel of the Year

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Johnny Marr reunites with The The for Record Store Day

Smiths guitarist reunites with legendary post-punk band. Johnny Marr has reunited with The The to release their first song in fifteen years. The The have been active since 1979, ...

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LISTEN: Chuck Berry's posthumous new single 'Big Boy' from his final album

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and soul singer Nathaniel Rateliff help out on the track, which is taken from Chuck Berry's forthcoming ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Clare Sands shares her new single 'Join Me At The Table'

The Cork-based musician drops the video for the second single from her debut album. Having released her first LP Join Me at the Table back ...

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Full line-up for MusicTown 2017 announced

Now in its third year, MusicTown celebrates the rich music heritage and contemporary artistic lifeblood of Dublin City. Some highlights of MusicTown 2017 include: - The very ...

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TLC's "No Scrubs" songwriters given credits to Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You"

Following allegations that Sheeran plagiarised his hit song "Shape of You" from the TLC classic "No Scrubs," the credits to the song have been revised. ...

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Filmmaker Werner Herzog coming to Dublin for a public interiew

The German director will come as part of the International Literature Festival in Dublin. Born in 1942, Werner Herzog was raised in Germany before ...

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U2 release 'Red Hill Mining Town' for Record Store Day

Primal Scream, The Doors, Sia, The Cure, Iggy Pop & David Holmes are also getting in on the act! U2 join April 22’s Record Store Day fray with a 2017 mix of ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ ...

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The War On Drugs will release new music next month

The band will return with new record 'Thinking of a Place' on Record Store Day. It's been a long wait since The War On Drugs released their masterclass in indie rock with 2014's Lost ...

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P!NK announced at Sziget Festival

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Peter Hook announces Limerick, Dublin & Belfast dates

There will be Joy Division classics aplenty! Peter Hook & The Light play the Joy Division singles compilation, Substance, in its entirety when they play Dolan’s, Limerick (November ...

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Peter Hook announces Limerick, Dublin & Belfast dates

There will be Joy Division classics aplenty! Peter Hook & The Light play the Joy Division singles compilation, Substance, in its entirety when they play Dolan’s, Limerick (November ...

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On The Fringes of Peace: Martin McGuinness Interviewed in 1990

In the early '90s, just as the seeds of the peace process were starting to take root in republican circles, freelance journalist and former IRA member ...

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Maverick Sabre live at The Bowery this April

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From The Archives: Hot Press last spoke to Martin McGuinness when he ran for President in 2011

His entry into the Presidential race came as a bombshell, throwing many political commentators, as well as the Fine Gael party, into a tailspin. ...

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The Big Bang Theory renewed for two more seasons

The hit show will be returning after its 10th season for 2 more years. The Big Bang Theory may be one of the biggest sitcoms of the 21st century. Over a long time, there were question ...

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From The Archives: Hot Press last spoke to Martin McGuinness when he ran for President in 2011

His entry into the Presidential race came as a bombshell, throwing many political commentators, as well as the Fine Gael party, into a tailspin. ...

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Alison Moyet announces new album, upcoming tour

The legendary Alison Moyet will be touring her new album this spring. Alison Moyet fans will be thrilled to hear that the pop star is coming out with new material, a full album titled ...

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BARQ, HAWK, and Harbouring Oceans to set out on their own Big Giant Head tour

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Colin Farrell to star as Oliver North in Iran-Contra drama

It's one of two upcoming projects that re-unites him with the director of The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos. Colin Farrell is to play Lieutenant-Colonel Oliver North in a new Amazon Prime ...

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Political figures react to the death of Martin McGuinness

Politicians from both sides of the political divide in Northern Ireland, as well as international figures from further afield, have offered their condolences for the peace maker, ...

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Elaine Mai releases new video for remix of Liza Flume's "Sheets"

Electro-songstress Elaine Mai has released a new video, for her remix of Liza Flume's "Sheets." The video shows the evolution and heartbreaking ...

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Bloody Sunday, reconciliation, the IRA & heaven/hell were all up for discussion when Hot Press met Martin McGuinness in 2007

Our man Jason O'Toole had to hum 'Whiter Shade Of Pale' before he was let into the Deputy First Minister's office! "I don’t believe there’s a ...

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Boyce Avenue for Olympia Theatre

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Document: A Film About Malojian is available to watch today

Northern Irish band Malojian documented their intensive recording sessions for their new album This Is Nowhere over the course of four ...

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Trip Through Your Words: Bono and the books that became the seeds for The Joshua Tree

Having once memorably sung “Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief”, BONO has never been shy when it comes to acknowledging his artistic ...

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Boyce Avenue announce Olympia Theatre show

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Lewis Watson unveils video for new single 'Deep The Water'

The Oxford-based singer releases single from upcoming midnight Alt-folk singer-songwriter Lewis Watson has unveiled a new single, and accompanying video. The Video ...

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Kasabian announce Olympia Theatre show

Tickets go on sale next Friday at 9am Kasabian announce April show. The British rock band will play Dublin's Olympia Theatre on Saturday, April 22nd. Though known for explosive ...

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Chasing Abbey release new single 'That Good Thing'

Freshly formed in 2016, Tullamore group Chasing Abbey bring a unique pop, dance and hip-hop style to the fore. If you're searching for chilled-out, foot-tapping hip-hop, Tullamore ...

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Beauty & the Beast breaks box office records for family movies

The live-action remake of the fairy-tale grossed about $170 million on its opening weekend. From the time Disney first announced the remake of ...

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Live Review: Cat Power at Vicar Street

Hot Press headed to vicar street for Cat Power's spell-binding performance Chan Marshall’s reputation for eccentricity is hardly undeserved but it is unfortunate that it has ...

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Foy Vance announces his biggest headliner yet in Belfast's Custom House Square

The Bangor singer will also be joined by special uests Amy MacDonald, Ryan McMullan & David C Clements. Taking place by the side of the Lagan River, ...

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Mark Ronson and Air will headline Beatyard Festival 2017

The seaside festival has just released its headliners for its two days in August. English producer Mark Ronson will headline on August 5, with French duo Air closing the Festival on ...

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Lil Yachty screams abuse at fan and the Irish showcase premiere's the country's most promising acts When so many marketing dollars go in to advertising ...

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Garth Brooks To Perform At SXSW 2017

The country superstar has been announced as the special guest artist for the Texas festival. It's been revealed that Garth Brooks will perform on the final night of South By Southwest. ...

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Live Report: SXSW 2017 Day Four –

The Drums, SURVIVE, Priests, Downtown Boys, Thee MPVS, Nef The Pharaoh & Otoboke Beaver Big names such as Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz drew the crowds today, nonetheless, the smaller acts ...

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Live Report - SXSW 2017 Day Three -

At The Drive In, Danny Brown, Denzel Curry, Le Butcheretts & PWR BTTN. Cedric Bixler-Zavala's lifetime ban from performing at Austin's Mohawk venue was temporarily suspended ...

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Jameson Bow St. Sessions take Dublin by Storm!

Brian Deady, All Tvvins and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats ring the capital’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations A packed Academy was the setting for Jameson Bow St. Sessions' ...

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Kilkenny Tradfest kicks off today

This year’s festival includes performances from Paul Brady (2017 headline act), Eleanor McEvoy, Beoga, Ushers Island, Pauline Scanlon and more. Kilkenny Tradfest kicks off ...

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Nathaniel Rateliff wows in Jameson Bow St. Sessions warm-up!

When it comes to the ingredients necessary to ensure that a live concert lives long in the memory, the setting often tops the list. The magnificently ...

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Lineup announced for Sziget Festival

Wiz Khalifa, Rita Ora, Paul Van Dyk, The Vaccines and more will be on the Island of Freedom in Budapest for the festival this year, as well as Kasabian, Major Lazer, and Alt-J. The lineup ...

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Live Report: SXSW 2017 Day Two – Wu Tang, Thee Oh Sees, Kano, Diet Cig, Lizzo & Slaves

New York’s greatest kung-fu collective prove they still ain't nothing to fuck with In the baking Texas sun on East 6th Street, the Scoot Inn hosted ...

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Mark Ronson & Air to headline Beatyard

August's Dun Laoghaire knees-up is starting to look seriously tasty... A DJ-ing Mark Ronson and sexy French boys Air have been unveiled as the Saturday and Sunday night headliners ...

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David Rooney to play the Hot Spot Music Club

The songwriter will be taking his band and his art work to Greystones for a visual art/music show. This weekend on March 18 at 8pm, David Rooney will be launching his new album and exhibiting ...

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George Clinton to do his P-Funk thing in Vicar St.

The legendary American is over in May Things get seriously ass-shaking on May 16 when George Clinton and the Parliament/Funkadelic mothership touchdown in Vicar St., Dublin. A ...

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Hozier and Liam Neeson join celebrities in support of Irish Stand

The event, which will include performances from author Colum McCann and comedian Maeve Higgins will take place tomorrow, St. Patrick's Day, in ...

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James Blunt announces Dublin 3Arena show

Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid both have co-writes on his new album James Blunt has confirmed a November 27 visit to Dublin’s 3Arena in support of his The Afterlove album, ...

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at Jameson Distillery Bow St.

Highlights from last night's warm-up set by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, which kicked off Jameson's St Patrick's Day celebrations in ...

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Adam Clayton to receive MusiCares Addiction Recovery Award

The U2 bassist will be honoured at the MAP Fund benefit concert in NYC on June 26. U2 bassist Adam Clayton will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at MusiCares 13th annual MAP Fund Benefit ...

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Launch of Method and Madness premium whiskey range from Irish Distillers at The Project Arts Centre

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WATCH: The new trailer for Despicable Me 3

A new two-and-a-half minutes long trailer for Despicable Me 3 has been released by Universal Pictures and it shows Gru meeting his twin brother Dru. The first trailer, released ...

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WATCH: The Shins perform 'Name For You' on Stephen Colbert

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Live Report: SXSW 2017 Day One – Girlpool, Pharmakon, Thee MPVs & Boogairns

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Feist returns with new album Pleasure

Canadian indie-pop singer Feist will release her first album in over five years this April. Details about the album leaked and appeared on Wikipedia, which led Feist to take to Twitter ...

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Donald Trump’s Effect On SXSW 2017

As the immigration issue rages across the U.S. even the world’s biggest music showcase isn’t immune. The 31st Annual SXSW festival is taking place in Austin, Texas. Ryan Gosling, ...

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The Matrix is set to get a reboot

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From the Archives: The Hot Press Interview with Bishop Eamonn Casey

In 1986, Liam Mackey had a frank and extensive discussion with Bishop Eamonn Casey about sexuality, the nature of religion, and the role of the Catholic ...

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Depeche Mode on white supremacist Richard Spencer: 'He's a cunt'

The English electronic band aren't beating around the bush... Last month, white supremacist Richard Spencer called Depeche Mode "the official ...

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Grandmaster Flash set for Dublin

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Trump responds to Snoop Dogg video

The new American president responded to Snoop Dogg's new video the only way he knows how- in 140 characters or less. Yesterday Twitter was abuzz regarding the new Snoop Dogg video, ...

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Day-By-Day Breakdown of Forbidden Fruit Announced

Here's the day-to-day breakdown of 2017's Forbidden Fruit, as well as a few additional acts. New acts added to the bill include London rapper Giggs, Chilean music producer, Nicolas ...

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Albert Hammond announces new album and Dublin show

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Irish indie-rock act Susie Blue stands up for equality with new single 'Be A Lady'

Irish rock act Susie Blue have released the brand new single ‘Be A Lady’ ahead of their live shows in London and Dublin this in the coming week. ...

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For a long time, our correspondent has been seeing things when she has an orgasm. When she investigated what was going on, she was in for a surprise… Sometimes when I orgasm it’s ...

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Boosted by the appearance of their track 'I Can See Clearly Now' on The Grand Tour, Hothouse Flowers are in the ascendant again. Hot Press went down to Vicar Street to ...

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Picture This, Brian Deady, Lyra and others named as Irish acts playing at The Great Escape Festival

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo sequel to feature entirely new cast

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Cry Monster Cry return with new single 'Things We Can't Take Back'

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Deirdre O’Kane to Host the IFTA Awards

The Irish Film & Television Academy has announced that award-winning Irish actress and comedienne Deirdre O’Kane will host the 2017 IFTA Film & Drama Awards, taking place at the ...

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Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals appearing at The Academy after Bruno Mars support

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Snoop Dogg pulls gun on a clown Trump in new video

The rapper released a collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD, in which he takes out some of his frustrations with the new American president. Snoop Dogg has released his new video "Lavender" ...

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The Blizzards announce gig at Monroe's this April

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Film Review: Personal Shopper

Kristen Stewart is tremendous in this unconventional ghost story. Suitably for the setting, audiences at the Cannes Film Festival can be quite dramatic. Depending on the mood of ...

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Catherine McGrath releases new single 'Starting From Now'

Country-pop’s newest rising star Catherine McGrath has released her new single ‘Starting From Now’ via Warner Bros. Records. Showcasing a more upbeat side to her music, following ...

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Joey Bada$$ unveils new single 'Land of the Free', announces release of second album

The America hip-hop artist will release his new record, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, on April 7. Led by the track 'Land of the Free', All-Amerikkkan ...

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Extra tickets released for Eddie Vedder

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Zac Brown Band performing at Country 2 Country in Dublin's 3Arena.

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Hot Travel: Luang Prabang, Laos

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Irish LGBT vlogger, Riyadh Khalaf is a coming phenomenon. Here, he challenges the dangerous lies peddled by far-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos ...

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Fashion: Gold Standard

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Fashion: When the Going Gets Ruff

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Legendary Director John Boorman talks morality, living in Ireland, and 50 years in film

Based in Wicklow for nearly 50 years, legendary film director John Boorman is celebrated for classics like Point Blank and Deliverance. In a fascinating ...

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In Between Silence, a unique sound and storytelling project, is coming to Dublin this week

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Watch Kevin Spacey as a gangster boss in new trailer for Baby Driver

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Cillian Murphy Says Peaky Blinders Is One Of the Best

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North side Dubliners debut powerfully. This major label debut from the highly-touted guitar-based four-piece from Cabra comes with impressive credentials. Produced by Rob Kirwan ...

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Every Top 10 single in the Irish Charts belongs to Ed Sheeran

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FolkFest rolls into Killarney this July

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Helmet, Akala, Rubberbandits & more join bill for BARE in the Woods 2017

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Game of Thrones season 7 gets release date and teaser

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'Irish music will never be the same again,' promise Choice Prize winners Rusangano Family

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Panti Bliss: High Heels And Low Places returns to The Abbey Theatre

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Picture This Take Song of the Year

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Gary Lightbody releases cover versions of some of his favourite songs

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