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Bucking the trend of closures of record shops around Ireland, UK independent entertainment retailer Head today announced they will be opening their first Irish store in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. The shop opens tomorrow Saturday 22nd October, offering vinyl, CD, DVD, games, headphones and turntables. Head says it stocks “the latest chart releases along with… Read more »

Posted on October 21st, 2016

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Prince’s passing in April is still palpable yet things are very much moving on. Paisley Park is now open to visitors and to the surprise of many, features his ashes. Meanwhile, news of the first posthumous releases are with us, starting with 40-track Greatest Hits collection Prince 4Ever on November 25 and a remastered deluxe… Read more »

Posted on October 21st, 2016

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Last year’s inaugural Dublin Bowie Festival was a celebration of the great man and the festival closes the same night Bowie passed. This year’s festival will be tinged with much more emotion and take place from Thursday 5th to Tuesday 10th January 2017. An expanded programme of live music, movie & documentary screenings, Q&A’s, debates… Read more »

Posted on October 20th, 2016

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News from Worthy Farm yesterday that Radiohead were planning an announcement of playing Glastonbury has been confirmed today by the organisers and the below bit of communication. That’s Stanley Donwood’s bear logo for the band in front of a skeletal Pyramid Stage. Friday 23 June 2017 @radiohead pic.twitter.com/ZUPImafzsW — Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) October 20, 2016… Read more »

Posted on October 20th, 2016

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Also announced this week: Emigrant Disco Bell X1 @ Olympia Cass McCombs at Whelan’s Super Furry Animals Afterparty Former Throwing Muses’ musician Kristin Hersh is to play a solo Irish tour that goes to Spirit Store, Dundalk on November 1st, to Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin on November 2nd, The Triskel Cork on November 3rd… Read more »

Posted on October 19th, 2016

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Dublin trad/folk band Lynched have had a great few years where they’ve seen their music take them out of Ireland for touring and a big Dublin show in Vicar Street next month. Perhaps it’s the growing sphere in which the band operate, perhaps it’s a personal decision informed by wider-world issues, or perhaps it’s criticism… Read more »

Posted on October 19th, 2016

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Watch a mini-documentary about Knockanstockan –  ‘A Ten Year Story’

The independent festival KnockanStockan is now on a year-long break to return in 2018 (see my How Music Works with organiser Bettine McMahon). Luke Sweetman of Little Beast Films put together a mini-documentary featuring the festival’s key players talking about their time with the festival so far. Sweetman says: “KnockanStockan has been a part of… Read more »

Posted on October 19th, 2016

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With just two weeks to go before Metropolis hits the RDS for the weekend, and with news of Prince and Bowie tributes fresh in our minds, the festival has given more details of their speaker strand. Added to last week’s announcement of Karl Hyde,  olfgang Flür (ex-Kraftwerk), Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) & Matt Thorne, Saul… Read more »

Posted on October 18th, 2016

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The third annual Emigrant Disco returns to Dublin’s Tengu on Friday 23rd December for the first time. Conceived as a gathering of those who had to leave Ireland post-crash as a way of reconnecting and celebrating “like it was 2008.” This year’s lineup is a doozy with live sets from John Daly, Shocko alongside DJ sets… Read more »

Posted on October 18th, 2016

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