The Top 5 Acts Hitting Ireland This Summer

by Emily Crowley

As mentioned in Shirley Donlon’s article published previously this week, festivals and concerts are a must-do on your summer bucket list. With such a wide variety of musical genres hitting Ireland’s main stages and biggest venues, I took a look at the top five acts to watch out for this summer. Ideal for those who want to take a trip within Ireland, why not plan a stay around this beautiful isle during one of these five dates?

Foo Fighters (1)

  1. Foo Fighters – Slane Castle, May 30th

This year, Foo Fighters have the honour of being Slane Castle’s only announced headline act this year. The multi-Grammy award winning rock band has returned to Ireland for the first time since performing at Oxegen music festival in 2008. Supporting acts include Kaiser Chiefs and Hozier, making this a concert not to be missed. Tickets are still available, as far as I know, and can be bought on ticketmaster.ie for €79.50.

Ed Sheeran (2)

2. Ed Sheeran – Croke Park, July 24th

With four sell-out nights in Dublin’s Three Arena last October, Ed Sheeran is back, and this time he’s taking to the main stage in Croker to perform what can be predicted as an incredible performance. With a distinctive live music style, Ed performed alone in his October concerts, only being accompanied by his guitar on stage. This summer, he is to be supported by Irish indie rock band Bell X1 and English singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson. Ticket price began at €69.45 – seize them while you can folks!

Florence and the Machine (3)

  1. Florence and the Machine – Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co. Laois, September 4th – 6th

Florence and the Machine were announced as Electric Picnic’s headline act of 2015. When last performing in Ireland, the famous soul and indie rock band played alongside our own Snow Patrol in Phoenix Park in the summer of 2012. With other major names in the industry also listed in the line-up including Blur, Sam Smith, Jessie Ware and MK, as well as the growing popularity of the festival, could this be one of the greatest years Electric Picnic has seen?

Avicii (4)

  1. Avicii – Marlay Park, July 3rd

For house music fanatics much like myself, we know that Ireland has a lacks seriously in major DJs playing in Ireland’s main venues. With only Hardwell performing in the Three Arena (then the O2) in February 2014 and Swedish House Mafia playing in Phoenix Park in 2012, it was literally music to our ears to hear that Avicii would headline a Marlay Park concert this year. Also playing the same day, Rudimental will be making an appearance as support for the “Levels” DJ. A sold-out arena of 38,000 – this shall be a concert that will definitely go down in Marlay Park history. Much like Ed’s concert, if you source tickets, go for them, they will be like gold dust come July.

Example (5)

  1. Example and DJ Wire – Sea Sessions, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, June 19th – 21st

Another year, and another fantastic line-up for Sea Sessions. Example is taking a quick break from fatherhood and will be accompanied by DJ Wire to make a stellar performance on one of the most picturesque music venues in the country. However, Example is not the only act to be followed in this festival, also performing are Maverick Sabre, Klingande, Sigma and The Riptide Movement. So for all you who want the festival experience with a bit more chillaxed vibes, head on up to Bundoran where you definitely will not be disappointed.

The Sea Sessions campsite on beautiful Bundoran Beach
The Sea Sessions campsite on beautiful Bundoran Beach
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Soundtrack to Summer

by Bronwyn O’Neill

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Summer is almost here, so it’s time to get in the summer mood. Here are some great songs, both old and new, to do just that.

Miami 82 – Syn Cole (Kygo Remix)

No summer mix is complete without Kygo, so to start us off here is (in my opinion) the best song to get into that summer feeling.

Where Are U Now – Skrillex& Diplo ft Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber is back and better than ever. With this new song produced by Diplo and Skrillex, it will definitely be a hit this summer.

Cheerleader – OMI (Felix Jaehn Remix)

This song is already all over the radio and it has those chill summer vibes that will make it stand the test of the summer charts.

Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Ray (Cedric Jervais Remix)

Old but gold, we hope you don’t have any sadness this summer. However, this song will probably make a comeback in nightclubs during the summer months. If not, it’s still a great way to get ready for summer.

I Really Like You –  Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly is back with another catchy song that will have us mouthing the words in the car. It may have a different vibe from the rest of the songs on this list but it’ll get me through the summer.

Firestone – Kygo

Kygo makes a second appearance on the list with his first original song. Another song that has already hit the charts, seeming like it’ll bring us into the sunny weather.

Summer – Calvin Harris

It’s called summer, so you might as well use it to concrete the summer feeling in your mind. Anyway, it will definitely bring back summer memories of last year.

Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia

I honestly don’t care how old this song is, it is always going to be an undeniable summer tune. As will this next one.

Wake Me Up – Avicii

This song will always bring back fond summer memories.

Don’t Look Down – Martin Garrixft Usher                

Martin Garrix’s new song will have you up and ready to feel the summer sun. Be prepared to hear this song a lot.

Sun is Shining – Axwell ^ Ingrosso

Two thirds of Swedish House Mafia bring out this amazing summer song. Although it’s of yet unreleased, it does feature in the H&M advertisement.

Stronger – Arty ft Ray Dalton

A song to get you pumped for the summer and all the adventures you’re going to have.

Hold You – Basto

This song has serious summer vibes, even the vocal will bring sun to mind. This will surely get you through the summer.

If it wasn’t for You – Alesso

Cool is everywhere but Alesso’s newest song which he premiered at Ultra seems like a song better suited for summer. I’m sure we’ll hear it a lot in the coming months.

The Only Way is Up – Martin Garrix&Tiesto

This collab was released last week and has all the makings to becoming a summer hit. With Tiesto and Garrix behind it, there is no doubt it’ll be blaring all through the summer.

Forbidden Voices – Martin Garrix (JakobLiedholm Remix)

Forbidden Voices is one of Martin Garrix’s big songs. However this remix will bring it into the summer and give you some serious summer vibes.

Heartbeat– Magnificence(Nicky Romero Edit)

This song will make you long for summer nights and going out. Summer nights out are always unforgettable, so this song is a perfect one to get you in that mood. Or perhaps a summer evening drive with the gang.

Peanut Butter Jelly – Galantis

Galantis’ first single “Runaway” is high on the charts, their third single seems like it will get you into those chill summer vibes.

Better Off Alone– Alice Deejay (Zaxx Remix)

This remix of a classic will get you in the mood for more summer outings.

Have a great summer guys.

Your Summer Bucket List

by Shirley Donlon

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For most of us, the college year has come to an end which means one thing – summer has arrived! After weeks of stressing, studying and cramming I’m sure that everyone is now looking forward to a well deserved break but with so much spare time it can be hard to know what to do first. With the help of this ready-made summer bucket list you can prepare to have an unforgettable summer.

  1. Travel

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Travelling is by far one of the best ways to spend your summer. I mean, how often are we going to have over three months completely free from responsibility? We need to make the most of our summers as students by travelling. Whether you wish to enjoy a relaxing two week break in the sun with a couple of your best friends or go crazy and enjoy a holiday of partying there are many choices of different places to go.
Another amazing option for getting the travelling bug out of your system is to have the experience of a lifetime and go on a three month J1 working trip. This is a great way to experience a different culture, become more independent and also get some work experience on your CV.
If flying isn’t your thing, don’t worry, our own little island has so many hidden treasures and wonderful places to explore during the summer. From a surfing trip on the West coast to a hike up the mountains of Glendalough, Ireland will certainly keep you busy during the summer months.

  1. Summer Barbecue

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A summer barbecue is a great way to catch up with friends who you don’t see as often as you’d like and with the expense of student life it’s safe to say money can be a bit tight after a year of paying for campus accommodation and going on endless nights out to Diceys. Save your money by whipping up some home-made burgers and catching up with friends in the evening instead of going to a restaurant.

  1. Festival

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The summertime is the perfect time to go to a music festival and with so many to choose from you’re sure to find one that will appeal to you. Festivals have become increasingly popular in recent years and some of the world’s best singers, DJ’s and musicians are getting more and more involved each year. All we’ve been seeing for the past couple of weeks is photos of Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Vanessa Hudgens, Cara Delevingne and lots more celebs as they enjoyed the renowned music festival that is Coachella. And while most of us will never be so lucky to make it to Coachella (sigh) it’s okay because Ireland hosts many of the best Summer music festivals around – Longtitude, Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit. Tickets can be pricey and sell out really fast so make sure to grab yours before it is too late!

  1. Exercise Outside

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Okay, I know this isn’t as exciting as the others mentioned above but summer is the perfect opportunity to swap the gym for a nice long run on the beach or through the park. It isn’t often that we get nice weather so exercise outside this summer and make the most of the sunshine! Plus, exercising outside will help you get that summer glow J

  1. Camping

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Whether it’s in the woods, on the beach or in your own back garden, camping is such a fun thing to do in the summer. All you need is a tent, some warm pyjamas, a group of friends and obviously some marshmallows for toasting. Just remember, it is always a good idea to use the toilet BEFORE getting set up for camping – there is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night, in a tent, needing to go to the toilet!

  1. Cocktail Party

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What better way to celebrate the end of exams and the stress of the college year than with a cocktail party? Whether you’re getting ready to go out afterwards or simply having a chill night in with the girls, a cocktail party is the perfect chance to catch up, have fun and relax with friends. Here are two simple recipes for your own home-made cocktails. Enjoy! (Feel free to leave out the alcohol for a yummy non-alcoholic drink.)

Sea Breeze Cocktail
1 Part Vodka
1 Part Grapefruit/Pineapple Juice
3 Parts Cranberry Juice

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1 Part Vodka
1 Part Peach Schnapps
4 Parts Cranberry Juice
Ice

  1. Spice up your look!

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It is always tempting to change up your look during the year but sometimes the fear of it turning out badly and having to go into work or college to showcase your new look can be enough to stop you doing it. The summer is the perfect time to be adventurous and try out that style that you’ve always wanted to. Use the three months to experiment with different looks and have fun with it. Whether you feel like dying your hair a new colour, wearing something you’ve never worn before or doing something you have always wanted to there is no better time to do so than during the summer months. If hair is your thing, follow in the footsteps of Kylie Jenner by adding a pop of colour to the tips of your hair using hair chalk or hair dye. If you’re not feeling that daring, try spicing up your style by buying something you’ve always wanted to wear.

  1. Go on an Adventure

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Ireland has so many great attractions. For those of us who are staying home for the summer this is a great opportunity to explore the great hidden treasures that Ireland has to offer. Go on a group surfing trip in Lahinch, Co.Clare or take a visit to Carlingford Adventure Centre in Co. Louth for a weekend filled with activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, zip-lining and more. If you and your friends are the spontaneous type (and are lucky enough to own a car) go on a road trip and see where it takes you!

  1. Charity Work

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During the summer there are lots of options to get involved in raising some money for a great cause. In Ireland there are many different organisations that encourage students to get involved and volunteer to do some charity work. There is a variety of marathons and races that raise money for charity running through the summer months. Gather a group of friends and take part in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on June 1st and run, walk or jog for a great cause.

  1. Relax

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Finally, if you’re feeling exhausted after a year of doing assignments and exams it is important to relax and enjoy your well deserved break from college. Don’t feel like you have to keep busy every single day. Sometimes all you need is a good rest.

Enjoy your summer!

The Perfect Chill Summer Playlist

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by Emily Crowley

With exams just around the corner, a lot of students can just taste the freedom of the months ahead. Here at The Ink Ladies we try to keep things as calm and collected as possible, and so, we have listed 20 of the essential chill-out tunes you need for summer 2015. Whether you’re relaxing after a long day of study, unwinding once the tedious exams are completed, or if you’re jetting off to the sun because you’re already finished, these are the songs you need on your summer playlist. So sit back, crack open a drink of your choice – or a nice cold 99 cone, and just chillax.

  1. Big City Life (LEEX Remix) – Mattafix
  1. Something New (Robin Schulz Remix) – Axwell /\ Ingrosso
  1. Wicked Games – Parra for Cuva feat. Anna Naklab
  1. Stolen Dance (DIMMI Club Edit) – Milky Chance
  1. Flume (Kulkid Remix) – Bon Iver
  1. When The Beat Drops Out (Don Diablo Remix) – Marlon Roudette
  1. Unendliches Fliegen – Tinush
  1. Treasured Soul – Michael Calfan
  1. New Orleans – Naxxos
  1. No Woman No Cry (Jason Nova Remix) – London DJs
  1. Parov Stelar (LCAW Remix) – The Sun feat. Graham Candy
  1. July Flame (Gamper & Dadoni Remix) – Laura Veirs
  1. Sunday (Klangtherapeuten Remix) – Max Manie
  1. Ella – Sascha Braemer
  1. Coming Over (Filous Remix) – James Hersey
  1. What Is Love (Lost Frequencies Bootleg) Jaymes Young
  1. Sun Goes Down – Robin Schulz feat. Jasmine Thompson
  1. Down Under (David B Edit) – Colin Hay

19. Riptide (Flic Flac Edit) – Vance Joy

  1. What a Day – Lette

Your Ultimate Pre-drinks Playlist

by Emily Crowley

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We all know the struggle to find the bounciest tunes as your friends are coming over before a night out, or the awkward silence in the room after they’ve arrived while you try and search the perfect continuous mix on iTube, or the angry “Who’s God damn phone is that plugged into the speaker?!” when someone is playing a bit too much One Direction and not enough Swedish House Mafia. To ensure this doesn’t occur again I have compiled the Ultimate Pre-Drinking Playlist, to set the mood for the club and to get those rusty dance moves going before you set foot outside the door.

  1. Tiesto & MOTi – Blow Your Mind

A brand new banging tune right from two of the biggest and hottest names in the industry! Released just this January, Tiesto and MOTi will not only kick off your playlist, they will kick off the entire night!

  1. 3LAU & Nom De Strip (feat. Estelle) – The Night

Corona did it, Bastille did it, Ellie Goulding did it – why can’t 3LAU and Nom De Strip? The two teamed up with Estelle back in the latter of 2014 to produce this head bopper. Released back in January, this single has already stormed the internet with over 375,000 views on YouTube alone.

  1. Benny Benassi & Chris Nasty – Aphrodisiac (Original Mix)

Benny Benassi managed to stay quiet the past couple of months, however the Cinema star got together with fellow a DJ, Chris Nasty, and made a pretty awesome track. This future house is sure to get you in the mood to go out, maybe even to Coppers.

  1. Blasterjaxx (feat. Rosette) – No Place Like Home

…Because no pre-drinking playlist is complete without Blasterjaxx.

  1. Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body (Tchami Tribute)

After winning the hearts of all deep house fans with his remix of Janet Jackson’s Go Deep last year, Tchami assures us he is going nowhere for a while.

  1. Vicetone (feat. J. Hart) – Follow Me

Another brand new song from the duo, released just three weeks ago, Vicetone collaborated with upcoming artist J. Hart. This song is sure to get you up and dancing, and will make you angry when you realise how bad you are at shuffling.

  1. Joey Dale – Zodiac

Joey Dale is the dark horse of Revealed Records. With Zodiac released just one month ago, the 21 year-old has taken the world by surprise with his astonishing talent. Definitely one to watch.

  1. Headhunterz – Once Again

Headhunterz also added to the 2015 market with their new single Once Again. Another Revealed artist, the Dutch DJ has come out with some strong songs already including Dragonborn and Doomed, and he’s not done yet.

  1. FTampa & Wao – Troy

Because tune.

  1. Deorro – Yee

We all know that euphoric feeling when you hear the drop of a decent house music tune. If you haven’t had that feeling, listen here at 0:53.

  1. Charli XCX – Break The Rules (Tiesto Remix)

Originally released as the second single from Charli XCX’s third studio album, Tiesto couldn’t help but spruce up the stereotypical pop song – and God are we glad he did.

  1. Calvin Harris & Alesso (feat. Hurts) – Under Control (Oliver Heldens Bootleg)

The Calvin Harris and Alesso track was already a major tune in the genre, however with Oliver Heldens’ magic touch, it’s safe to say we won’t get tired of this song.

  1. Garmiani – Zaza

Get those dancing shoes on folks.

  1. Hardwell (feat. Harrison) – Sally

With the announcement of his latest album United We Are, Hardwell led the album by releasing Sally as a single. Safe to say, this is another house banger by Hardwell. Beware kids: contains strong language.

  1. DVBBS – We Were Young

Great lyrics, cool vibes and an unbelievable drop. What more could you want in a song?

  1. LuvBug (feat. Mark Asari) – Revive [Say Something]

Unlike the other song on this playlist, LuvBug’s latest single Revive has a different element to it. It’s a much slower song but you can’t deny that the bass in this song is incredible.

  1. Fedde Le Grand – Don’t Give Up

Don’t Give Up was the lucky hit to be crowned “The Sound of Ultra” (Ultra Music Festival, Miami) last year – and if that’s not reason enough to have it on the playlist, I don’t know what is.

PS – go watch the video, it’ll make you cry that you weren’t at Ultra Miami in 2014.

  1. Shift K3y – Not Into It

Like Revive, Not into It is another slow-moving song to begin, but don’t forget to crank that volume button and wait for that bassline.

  1. DVBBS vs Jay Hardway – Voodoo

Don’t let the borderline-creepy opening vocals put you off, this song is a definite must have for your pre-drinking playlist.

  1. Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400 (Basshunter Remix)

Yes, you read that correctly. It is Basshunter. This song is a small bit of a throwback in every sense of the word. Let’s face it Basshunter and Zombie Nation are and will always be our guilty pleasure and there’s no denying that this version of Kernkraft 400 is extremely addictive.

Enjoy your pre-drinks!

Always drink responsibly.

Mixtape Memories: 5 songs that were on my very first mixtape

by Rebecca Lumley

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With the rapid technological changes that have taken place in the past few years, it’s easy to forget that just over a decade ago there were no iphones, ipods or even You Tube. The 90’s were a time of clunky aerial telephones, dodgy dial up internet and of course, mixtapes.

In 1999 I was four years old; “Family Guy” was first shown on tv, The Millenium Dome was built in London and I received my first mixtape. The tape in question was a present from my junior infants boyfriend (much romance, I know) and was filled with some of the biggest songs from the decade that still hold a special place in my heart.

The idea of the mixtape, to this day, still holds a certain romanticism. It was work to compile a tape like that as songs had to be recorded from the radio instead of downloaded in mere seconds from the internet. A mixtape was a personal gift, one that showed the person giving it to you knew you enough to pick songs for you. It’s a quaint, cute symbol of a less technologically driven time and the catalyst to romance in every 90s teen movie ever.

With that, here’s the top 5 songs from my very first mixtape that’ll bring memories of your childhood birthdays right back..

5. Mambo No.5- Lou Bega

We’ve all done the trumpet action when dancing to this.

4. Barbie Girl- Aqua

Naturally the lyrics to this mean something a little different now, but when I was four and thought it was about my barbies I adored it.

3. Wannabe- The Spice Girls

To this day I still have no idea what this song means but it’s one of the anthems to my childhood and was certainly one of the songs playing during pass the parcel at my fifth birthday.

2. U Can’t Touch This- MC Hammer

Classic.

1. Reach for the Stars- S Club 7

My absoloute favourite song when I was a child, this has to be number one. I’m still hoping for an S Club 7 revival!