Geri Horner gives sneak peek of Spice Girls tour before it kicks off

The group will hit the road on their tour this Friday in Dublin.

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Mind matters: DJs band together for a tribute to The Prodigy's Keith Flint

A tribute night to The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint aims to raise funds for Pieta House, writes Aileen O’Reilly.

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Rapper Tyler, The Creator arrives in London after ban on entering UK lifted

He was banned in 2015 by then home secretary Theresa May for lyrics said to encourage ‘violence and intolerance of homosexuality’.

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Fairport Convention musician: Dave Pegg

When I told my school teacher I was going to be a professional musician, he laughed.

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Lewis Capaldi: I like meeting fans but it’s weird being filmed in public

The singer-songwriter and chart-topper said that he is still stunned by his success so far.

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The Lion, witch and The Waterboys: Mike Scott on his band's next album

As his band release a new album, Mike Scott reveals a passion for CS Lewis books that helped him bond with Bono, writes Richard Purden.

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Damien Rice announced for Cork as Sounds From A Safe Harbour releases first acts for 2019 event

The Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival in Cork has announced the first of its headline acts. Canadian singer Feist, Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, and Bryce and Aaron Dessner from The National will be among those playing an event taking place from September 12 to 15.

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Remembering the Boss in North Cork

Two years ago, Gerry Murphy was living in Abu Dhabi when, tuning into RTÉ radio, he heard the unmistakable strains of tunes painstakingly preserved by his grandfather 80 years previously.

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Music Generation programme expands into five new counties

Each of the counties will receive funding to create access to affordable performance music education for children and young people in their communities.

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Five things for the week ahead

Here are some things to look forward to in the week ahead.

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The Voyage: Johnny Duhan recalls working with Christy Moore

In this excerpt from his memoir The Voyage, Johnny Duhan recalls teasing out a song with a fellow folk singer.

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Britney Spears appears in cleared court to speak on her legal status

The singer and her parents spoke in a rare and secretive joint court appearance in Los Angeles.

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Jafaris: Straight-talking rhymes with reason

AS recently as five years ago, Irish hip hop was regarded as somewhat of a novelty by mainstream music fans.

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More tickets for Backstreet Boys' Dublin concert going on sale today

The Backstreet Boys are bringing their DNA World Tour to Dublin's 3Arena next month and fans who missed out on tickets are in luck.

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David Bowie tracks which ‘didn’t make the cut’ up for sale at auction

The reel-to-reel tape will be sold for the first time.

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Foreign fields: The best music festivals in Europe and beyond

Glastonbury is back and there are a host of other overseas festivals offering impressive line-up, writes Ed Power.

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On song: Peter Corry hits a high note

SINGER Peter Corry does not believe in standing still. Aged 53, and leaning into decades of experience in the music business — a high note is playing the role of Inspector Javert in the record-breaking musical Les Misérables — he now also produces and directs his own shows.

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Daniel O'Donnell inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

Daniel O'Donnell has been inducted into the Irish Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Few standouts on 18-track Vampire Weekend album

Vampire Weekend’s prep-school rock lit up the zeitgeist a decade ago.

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Passenger to donate all album profits to homeless charity Shelter

The singer-songwriter topped the charts with his 2012 release Let Her Go.

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Here's the only place you can get that iconic Garda tracksuit

Limerick rapper 'Mxse', aka Mason Roche, has been garnering headlines recently for his now iconic creation of the 'Garda tracksuit'.

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Lytle steps after major band tragedy for Grandaddy frontman

Grandaddy were revelling in a full EU tour in spring 2017 to coincide with the release of a fifth studio album, Last Place.

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Scene and heard: This week's entertainment news

Des O'Driscoll shares the latest from the entertainment world.

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Soulja Boy sentenced to 240 days in jail for violating probation

Rapper Soulja Boy has been sentenced to 240 days in prison for violating his probation.

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Level 42’s Boon Gould dies aged 64

One of the jazz-funk pop group’s founding members was found dead at his home in Dorset on Tuesday.

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Catherine Grieves: The woman who chooses the music for Killing Eve

Catherine Grieves is at the Music Cork event this week to talk about her work on TV and film soundtracks, writes Ed Power.

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Lyric FM 20 years a-growing: So enriching

Some communications technologies have a conviviality that sets them apart from the great stampede of social media; they are embraceable in a way that makes them a companion rather than a challenge.

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Soundtrack to the madness: Herbert's anti-Brexit project

As Herbert gets ready to bring his grooves to Trabolgan, he tells Don O’Mahony about his anti-Brexit project and happy memories of previous visits to Cork.

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UCC scholar wants to challenge assumptions about choral music

US-born composer James May will have his prize-winning work performed at Cork International Choral Festival, writes

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Music app Spotify hits 100m paid user mark

Arch-rival Apple Music had about 50 million paying subscribers at the end of 2018.

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Meet the Bandon woman who is Vice President at Universal Music

Music Cork is back – and this time the keynote speaker is Cork-born, Universal Vice President Sarah Desmond, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Loyle Carner back with album of soul-baring honesty

There are no hands in the air moments on the second album from British MC Loyle Carner.

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Jessie Buckley sells out Wild Rose Dublin gig in minutes

Rising star Jessie Buckley has sold out her show at Whelans, Dublin within minutes this morning.

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Lewis Capaldi announces extra Irish date and fan helpline

Singer/songwriter Lewis Capaldi has announced an extra date at Dublin's 3Arena next year due to high demand.

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Ticket sales for Woodstock 50th anniversary event put on hold

Organisers said logistical plans were being refined before the tickets are made available.

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Joe Jackson: rolling back the years in Cork

Joe Jackson rolled back the years with a brilliant gig at Cork Opera House, writes Des O'Driscoll.

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Terminally-ill Take That fan to have her dream come true after online appeal

"It’ll be the last time she gets to see them but hopefully it’ll be the most memorable."

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Jedward to release new album this summer

Jedward have announced they will be releasing a new album this summer.

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Paul Linehan on his favourite books, music and the best gig he ever went to

Paul Linehan, from Cork, is the singer and bass player of The Frank & Walters. On Friday, May 10, the band headline the entertainment at the Barry Group Race & Taste Festival which takes place at Cork Racecourse Mallow on May 10 and 11.

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Iman remembers David Bowie on 27th wedding anniversary

The couple married on April 24, 1992 in Switzerland.

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Hozier nominated alongside Arctic Monkeys at Ivor Novello Awards

The awards celebrate songwriting and composition.

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Stories from a seanachaí at Cork World Book Fest

Thomas McCarthy grew up in the culture of bothántaíocht, when people would go from house to house, singing and storytelling.

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Cork radio station dedicated to Rod Stewart launched ahead of Páirc Uí Chaoimh gig

Rod Stewart has recorded jingles for a Cork radio station which has been launched in his honour ahead of his Páirc Uí Chaoimh performance on May 25.

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Terminally ill Take That fan confined to wheelchair pleads with band's management for accessible tickets

A terminally-ill mother of two who has been a life-long Take That fan is pleading with the band’s management to help her see them live in concert at the 3Arena.

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Limited number of extra tickets for Take That 3Arena gigs released

A limited number of tickets for next week's Take That 3Arena shows are on sale from Ticketmaster.

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Review: Beyoncé, Homecoming

Beyoncé may be Queen of Pop. But she’s also mistress of the surprise album drop.

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Michelle Obama calls Beyonce ‘queen’ in video celebrating singer’s Netflix film

The former US first lady commended Homecoming for being both ‘a celebration and a call to action’.

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A question of taste: Katie Kim

Katie Kim, aka Katie Sullivan, is originally from Waterford but is currently living in Dublin. She is one of the acts playing the It Takes A Village festival in Trabolgan, Co Cork (May 10-12), an event that also features Gilles Peterson, The Herbaliser, Don Letts, etc.

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Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards reveals she suffered from severe panic attacks

The pop star said that social media often made her feel ‘trapped and claustrophobic’.

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Walking On Cars revved up and ready to go for second album

Dingle heroes Walking on Cars tell Ed Power how they got past second-album syndrome, and why the band are turning their Cork gig into a sort of homecoming.

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Search begins for Ireland's next top country music star

Music legends Margo and Nathan Carter are searching for Ireland's next country star.

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Bebe Rexha tells fans: I’m bipolar and I’m not ashamed any more

The singer said she did not want her fans to feel sorry for her.

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Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer Prize win

The Pulitzer board said the award was given to the soul star for her indelible contribution to American music and culture.

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Singer Dua Lipa meets young refugees in Lebanon

The London-born star’s parents fled conflict in the Balkans in 1992.

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Skabilly rebel Roddy Byers ready to rock in Tramore

In advance of his trip to Ireland, Roddy ‘Radiation’ Byers looks back on his early days with The Specials, and tells Ellie O’Byrne about the musical subgenre he invented

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Ed Sheeran to play one-off show for London charity

The star will perform at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in July.

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Gavin James: Tapping into our love of a pub sing-song

“Are there any lovebirds in the house? And if there aren’t, what the hell are you doing at a Gavin James gig?”

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Lindsay Woods: Alanis Morrisette gave confidence to so many questioning teenagers

Recently, an online article featured on Jezebel, entitled, ‘Jagged Little Pill is actually very bad???’

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