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2018 is shaping up to be another bumper year on the live front in Ireland with some massive announceme­nts this past fortnight.

Leading the charge is Taylor Swift who plays Croke Park shows on June 15 & 16. Tickets for the latter go on sale priced between €74.50 and €144 on Friday December 8.

Monday is rock ‘n’ roll day again at Forbidden Fruit with The War On Drugs, Grizzly Bear, Thundercat, Warpaint, Spoon and Superorgan­ism all Royal Hospital Kilmainham-bound on Monday June 4 with lots more to be added. Day tickets are €64.50 and full weekend ones €162.50.

Saturday and Sunday are likely to be of the hip hop, house and techno persuasion.

Not content with a sell-out Vicar St. run, Bell X1 keep the 20th birthday celebratio­ns going with a June 15 trip to Cork Live At The Marquee.

Three days prior to that a-ha bring their Electric Summer tour to the Marquee with Morten, Pal and Magne all present and correct.

Making its bow on June 23 and 24 in the Dublin RDS is Summer In The City, which has Picture This and The Chainsmoke­rs as its respective headliners. Athy's finest are joined by Clean Bandit, JP Cooper and

Little Hours while Rita Ora is first down for Sunday support duties. Before that, Jimmy Rainsford and Ryan Hennessy are on Cork Marquee duty on June 19 & 18.

Heading out to Rathfarnha­m on July 12 is Grammy Award-winning R’n’B superstar Bruno Mars who’s bringing his 24K Magic World Tour to Marlay Park where tickets are €79.50.

Dublin hotshots The Academic step it up majorly with their biggest headline show to date on July 20 in the Iveagh Gardens where it’s €35 in.

First it was Microdisne­y announcing the National Concert Hall, now it’s Matt Johnson, AKA The The, making a long overdue return to live action on July 9 in Iveagh Gardens.

The maker of such celebrated ‘80s and ‘90s albums as Soul Mining, Infected, Dusk and Mindbomb, tickets go on sale on Thursday December 7 at 9am.

After a fifteen year hiatus, The The made his/their studio return with ‘We Can’t Stop What’s Coming’, a track culled from the documentar­y, The Inertia Variations, about Johnson’s imaginary short-wave radio station.

If it’s a good old-fashioned youth-oriented dance event, AKA rave, you’re after, look no further than Carl Cox’s August 25 zip to Ballinloug­h Castle with a bunch of his record-spinning chums.

 ??  ?? (clockwise) Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars & Grizzly Bear
(clockwise) Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars & Grizzly Bear

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