These Irish Driving Habits Will Shock You

Whether it’s eating a snack, applying make up or listening to your favourite guilty pleasure, we all have our driving own habits, regardless if it is safe or not.

Chill Insurance latest infographic goes into the detail about what exactly Irish drivers are doing behind the wheel.

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Our Favourite Irish Musicians

The winner of the Mercury Music Prize was announced last week (congratulations Benjamin Clementine) and with 3 Irish artists nominated, Roisin Murphy, SOAK and Aphex Twin, we decided to take a look at our favourite Irish musicians over the years.

Ciaran Lavery

One for the near future, Ciaran Lavery is a singer-songwriter from Co Antrim with an alt-folk sound. We can’t get enough of this guy, with stand out tracks “Left for America” and a cover of Lion Ritchie’s “All Night Long” being played by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 and have over 50,000 views on YouTube. We expect big things!

The Corrs

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It would be wrong not to put these sisters in the list! Don’t deny it we’ve all grown up with their hits and it’s made us the people we are today. With a planned 2016 tour in the plans (yes we’ll be getting tickets), we can’t wait to hear the classics “Runaway” “Breathless” and “Radio”.

Hozier

Andrew Hozier-Byrne (Hozier) was possibly the biggest breakthrough of 2014 after his 2013 hit “Take Me To Church” went viral on YouTube (287 million views) and was in the top 2 all over the World!

2015 was a massive year for Hozier, as he performed at the GRAMMYs, the Billboard Music Awards and a smashing set at Glastonbury. It’s only going to get better and better for this guy.

Westlife

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You were either Boyzone or Westlife… and we’re Westlife. We had to put them in this list having sold over 50 million records. Possibly the biggest musicians to come from Ireland (maybe U2 actually) and people are still getting to grips with their break up in 2012.

The band have gone their separate ways since, with Kian winning “I’m A Celebrity”, Brian hosting daytime television, Mark on a solo career, Nicky presenting and Shane still in music.

Girl Band

Dara Kiely, Daniel Fox, Alan Duggan, Adam Faulkner (yes they’re lads with the name “Girl Band”) were founded in 2011 in Dublin and are gaining popularity at the moment in both the UK and US.

We really like their sound and they’ve got shows in Ireland in 2016, playing Kilkenny, Castlebar and their hometown Dublin. Have a listen to the video above and let us know what you think!

 

Our Favourite Music Festivals In Ireland

We should really be looking at Christmas events and what to do this winter, but we can’t help look ahead to next summer already… music festival season!

We’re not short of music festivals in Ireland with more and more popping up every year, so we’ve decided to take a look at our favourites and ones we definitely won’t be missing (already got tickets for some!) If there’s any you think we’ve missed out, let us know.

Electric Picnic (2-4 September 2016)

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This one’s an obvious choice as pretty much everyone has been before or will be going, but it’s on our calendar every year, we can’t miss it! Electric Picnic is at Stradbally Hall in Co. Laois and boasts a mega line up every year, with the likes of Underworld, Jurassic 5, Tame Impala, MK, Julio Bashmore and even The Vengaboys playing last year.

This one is more than just the music though. You can explore a world of art and creation… the Washing Machine Maze was our personal favourite. There’s also the comedy tents, mindfield spoken word area, circus and the theatre of food (oh yes!). We can’t wait to see what they’ve got up their sleeve for 2016.

Forbidden Fruit (3-5 June 2016)

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Forbidden Fruit Festival is always a good one if you’re near Dublin and you like electronic music. It boasts the best DJ’s and electronic live acts each year with Fatboy Slim, Richie Hawtin, Jamie XX and more playing last year.

Situated in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, it’s not very big but that doesn’t matter when theres a line up that good! It’s 18+ and usually day tickets and weekend tickets are available, no camping though so you need to book a hotel for this one!

Longitude Festival (2016 dates tbc)

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Probably the most eclectic of line ups from this list, Longtitude festival is the sister of Latitude in England and we’re glad it has made it’s way over here. Set in Marlay Park, not far from Dublin, this festival has everything and previous line ups have been perfect (in our eyes anyway), with the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Hudson Mohawke, Bombay Bicycle Club, Alt-J and many more over 4 stages this year, we reckon it’ll be even bigger next.

If you’re a foodie like us, you won’t be dissapointed. There are so many gourmet food stalls, including gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian, which beats the usual festival food. We’ll be getting involved as soon as tickets are announced.

Irish DJ’s We Think Are Taking Over

The music scene in Ireland is booming at the moment, with heavyweight Techno nights appearing all over Dublin and Belfast (take a look at our favourite clubs here). The buzz of the scene has got us thinking… which Irish DJ’s are making waves over here and worldwide! Here’s our favourites… let us know what you think.

Bicep (Belfast)

Ever since we heard there 50 minute Boiler Room set back in 2012, we’ve been hooked! Andy Ferguson and Matthew McBriar represent something big for Belfast, a force that has broken on to international recognition. With their party techno anthems and record label “Feel My Bicep” they’re taking over the scene at a rapid rate and we love it!

Their AVA Festival at T13 took things to a whole new level, giving something back to the city with a full day & night event (check it out above), causing a stir online with people eager to know the unreleased tracks they played.

Listen to: “Dahlia”, “Just”, “Lyk Lyk”

Ejeca (Belfast)

Along with Bicep, Ejeca is putting Belfast on the techno map with his heavy electronic beats and oustanding festival sets, with appearances at Creamfields, Bestival and Forbidden Fruit over the summer. We can’t get enough of the guy, and his Facebook page is full of short videos of tracks he’s working on.

It’s safe to say Ejeca has got his hands full as he maintains a worldwide DJ tour schedule, continues to keep us guessing with his musical output and lays the foundation for the next stage of his career with Exploris (his new record label).

Listen to: “You (w/ Bicep)”, “Rosario”, “Horizon”

Or:la (Derry)

Orlagh Dooley (Or:la) originated from Derry and now resides in Liverpool, making waves over there with her sets at Chibuku, Parklife, Waxxx and more.

Her recent Ministry of Sound mix is an absolute winner with us here and we can’t wait to hear more!

Matador (Dublin)

Dublin’s Matador has made his way to the forefront of the Techno scene in a very quick time. With releases on Richie Hawtin’s “Plus 8” and more, his outgoing personality, combined with the vibrant nature of his music has helped him engender a unique party atmosphere at his shows, making him a must see on any line up!

We’re definitely making the trip over to Liverpool to see him play Circus on the 28th November!

Listen to: “D-Clash (remix)”, “Kingswing”

Top 5 Nightclubs in Ireland

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Here at “Living The Irish Life”, we love a good night out, so we’ve decided to break down our favourite spots in Ireland playing host to the biggest DJs in House music. Got any recommendations? Let us know…

1. District 8 – Dublin

The perfect spot for Techno fans… District 8 on Francis Street brings the biggest names to Dublin with the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Loco Dice, Ben Sims & Levon Vincent all set to play this November.

The pop up club/venue takes things back to basics with world class sound systems and stunning visuals.

2. Pygmalion – Dublin

Opened in 2009, Pygmalion (or Pyg) is open 7 days a week playing the best in Soul and Techno music with Nick Curly, Nicky Siano & Eamon Harkin set to play in November.

If that’s not all… it doubles up as a Tapas restaurant!

3. Shine – Belfast

Shine in Belfast is a legendary club which opened up in 1995 by Alan Simms. With a capacity of 3000 it’s massive and is the place to go this Boxing Night with Ben Klock, Icarus and more already set to play.

4. Lush! @ Kelly’s – Portrush

A little different to the others on the list, Lush is the place to go if you like your music a little less heavier! Situated in Portrush since 1996, this nightclub has hosted the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard, MK, Fatboy Slim and many more over the past few months.

Open every Saturday and Wednesday (for their student night), the club has been recent redeveloped and has been voted in DJ Mag’s top 100 clubs on many occasions!

5. The Button Factory – Dublin

The Button Factory is the new name of the refurbished Temple Bar Music Centre. This intimate venue plays host to Live bands and DJs with the likes of Kölsch, Dubfire, Boddika played in recent months. Hot Chip, Joris Voorn & Jamie XX lined up to play in November.