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No umberella ella ellas needed at Rihannas live music events in Ireland

Rihanna’s live music events take place in Dublin on Sunday 2 December and Belfast on Monday 3 December, and as they’re both indoor gigs there’s no need to bring along an umbrella. Mind you the last gig I was at I got soaked with a pint of beer, so standing under someone’s umbrella-ella-ella-ella-ella, eh-oh- oh oh oh, mightn’t be such a bad idea after aaaall.

Book tickets for Rihanna’s gig in Dublin

Book tickets for the live event in Belfast

Umbrella was the theme tune for many a summer festival and extremely catchy! The latest single Shut Up and Drive is equally as catchy and set to be the theme tune for a drive.

I was watching the making of the Shut Up And Drive video with great pleasure on MTV earlier this week.

I really like all of the effort that went into sourcing the classic cars not to mention the young ladies washing them (ahem) of course I was looking at the cars, not the ladies, don’t mistake me for some kind of pervert!

The video is as slick as Rihanna’s new hairdo – have a look for yourself.

Enjoy the gigs!

UB40 fall in love with Ireland with 3 live gigs

UB40 get back to their reggae roots almost 30 years after they first got together to perform 3 live gigs in Ireland in November. Live music performances take place on and at:

Ali Campbell’s warm voice will melt Irish hearts as UB40 belt out old favourites like Red, Red, Wine and I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.

They will also perform newer music from the album Who You fighting For, a return of UB40’s political voice mixed in with meaningful lyrics and beautiful beats.

UB40 are amazingly talented and their unique reggae sound, with influences from Jamaican Ska to Elvis, is what has made their career so successful.

Here’s a live music clip of Kiss and Say Goodbye – from Who You Fighting For with Ali at his soulful best

Facts about UB40

  • They formed in the summer of 1978.
  • UB40 began as mates who knew each other from various colleges and schools across Birmingham.
  • Birmingham is their home town.
  • UB40 stands for Unemployment Benefit Form 40.
  • Before they even picked up an instrument, Ali Campbell and Brian Travers travelled around Birmingham promoting the band, putting up UB40 posters to promote the band!
  • £4,000 in compensation paid out to Ali Campbell after a bar brawl paid for the band’s instruments (even though few knew how to play!).
  • Ali and Robin Campbell’s father is Ian Campbell, a popular folk musician.
  • They made it big when Chrissie Hynde heard them play in a pub in Birmingham and asked them to be her support act.
  • John Peel was so impressed with the group’s first demo tape that he invited them to perform on his Radio One show in 1980.
  • Their injection of life into many old Jamaican hits resulted in many musicians’ and producers’ renewed popularity and income. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • UB40 named their first album Signing Off because they were ‘signing off from the dole’ in other words, getting a job. The album even had a reproduction of the unemployment benefit card on the cover with the words, “Signing Off” stamped on it.
  • In 1985, the group celebrated a hit single with I Got You Babe, recorded with Chrissie Hynde.
  • UB40′s first single, a double coupling of King, a song for Martin Luther King and Food for Thought, a song about third-world poverty, was the first record to reach the UK top ten without the backing of a major record label.
  • The band formed their own record company in 1980 called Dep International.
  • In August 1983, UB40 achieved their first No.1 single in the UK.
    Red Red Wine was released ahead of the album Labour of Love, which went straight to No.1 upon its release in September 1983.
  • The Labour Of Love Album, produced and co-written by saxophonist Brian Travers, was made into a short movie and features most of the music from the album and some members of the band.
  • UB40 were the first British band to tour Russia.
  • (I can’t help) Falling In Love With You was the bands third No.1. It proved to be the second top selling single of 1993.
  • (I can’t help) Falling In Love With You reached No.1 in 17 other countries around the world.
  • (I can’t help) Falling In Love With You was initially featured in the Sharon Stone film Sliver and spent seven weeks at number one in the USA.
  • Promises & Lies entered the UK charts at No.1 and stayed there
    for 7 weeks which was the longest time for any album to have stayed at the
    top in 1993.
  • Swing Low was recorded with the multi-cultural choir United Colours of Sound and became the official anthem for the 2003 English Rugby Team.
  • Promises And Lies was the inspiration for a musical performed by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company in 2006.
  • Sparta Florida Music Group started legal action against heiress Paris Hilton and Warner Chappell Music in June 2007 for plagiarism due to similarities between the song Kingston Town, originally by Lord Creator and Paris’s Stars Are Blind song.

Visit UB40′s official website: http://www.ub40.co.uk/

I am bruised Natasha Bedingfields live gigs in Ireland have been rescheduled

The live musical performances of Natasha Bedingfield in Dublin and Belfast have been rescheduled and she’ll now perform in February due to her commitments in the USA.

I’m bruised, as I was really looking forward to see her play live in Dublin, and Natasha, like you, I bruise easily!

Nevermind, at least it’ll chase away my winter blues seeing her beautiful face in February! Also, as the event is round about Valentines Day, maybe I can give her a card!

Dates are as follows:

If any of your friends are going to the gig, then send them a note from a cute little baby!

See the video of

  • I Wanna Have Your Babies
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    Underworld dust off their slipmats to perform 3 live dance events in Ireland

    On Thursday 4 and Friday 5 October at Tripod you’ll be swigging lager-lager-lager-lager shouting, lager-lager-lager-lager-shouting, lager-lager-lager-shouting to classic tunes from Underworld—boy!

    Best known for Born Slippy of Trainspotting fame, the dance mixmasters bring their DJ talents to Dublin. So if you’re looking for a dance event in Dublin then get yourself along to Tripod to tap your toes to tunes that will permeate your mind faster than a pink microdot.

    Book tickets for Underworld, Thursday 4 October at Tripod in Dublin

    Book tickets for Underworld, Friday 5 October at Tripod in Dublin

    Visit Underworld’s MySpace page and listen to Born Slippy, as well as the brilliant Crocodile, the latest track from their new album Oblivion with Bell. You can also check out the rest of their tour dates if you happen to miss out on the live event in Dublin.

    If you do miss it, or simply want more, then Underworld are also playing Belfast’s Kings Hall on Saturday 6 October.

    Natasha Bedingfield live music events in Ireland

    I wanna have Natasha Bedingfield’s babies!

    Ahem, Natasha Bedingfield is coming to Ireland’s shores with two mind-blowing shows. You can see her in Belfast or Dublin (or both if you’re a really big music fan) in September February.

    Natasha’s Belfast gig
    Students will be very familiar with Mandela Hall as it’s also the students union! What an absolutely terrific setting for a live music gig for Natasha. Many of her fans in Belfast will be thrilled she’s performing live at such an intimate location. She’ll be so close to the audience you’ll feel like her soulmate.

    Read more details about the live music gig in Belfast

    Forget the detail, book tickets now before it’s sold out

    Dublin’s fair city
    If you’ve ever been to a live music gig at Vicar Street in Dublin, you’ll know that Natasha’s voice and set will be heard and seen from every seat in the house. The venue was specially designed to provide maximum viewing and listening pleasure and the sexy diva will certainly provide lots of that.

    Book your tickets for the gig at Vicar Street in Dublin now and look forward to songs that will give you goosebumps. Her voice is “the voice to melt radios”, (as described on the Natasha Bedingfield site) so enjoy the gig in Dublin or Belfast and let Natasha melt your heart.

    Find out more about the live gig in Dublin

    A little known fact to nibble on about Natasha…
    She was part of a Christian rock group with her famous brother Daniel and little sister Nikola (also a rising star) called the The DNA Algorithms! Listen to 2 early tracks here, live!