Competition: NYE Dublin – This is what you should be doing

NYE Dublin Festival 2011 concert

I am mad about New Year (far more than Christmas itself). I buy into the symbolism of it – out with the old and in with the new. So, I love to mark each one differently. This year, now that I’ve returned to city centre living, I’m embracing the New Year in Dublin. NYE Dublin, Dublin’s New Year’s Festival, marks the start of The Gathering Ireland 2013! To celebrate, we’re offering 5 pairs of tickets to the NYE Dublin Countdown Concert, featuring the delicious Imelda May and the brilliant Bell X1. Dublin’s New Year Festival is even bigger this year and now that I’m living in city centre, there will be no better place than Dublin’s city centre streets to celebrate the arrival of 2013. Even Lonely Planet has named Dublin as one of the Top 5 places in the world to spend New Year, so you don’t want to … There’s more

Competition Closed: Jack L and The 27 Club


*** Congratualtions to Laura Carroll *** *** who has won a pair of tickets to tonight’s show *** I‘ve said it many times before and I’m sure I’ll repeat it again and again – Jack L is incredible. He is my favourite Irish singer and I could listen to him forever. In his latest show, The 27 Club, the work of iconic artists such as Janis Joplin, The Doors, Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Echo & The Bunnymen, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana are interpreted. Few musicians set out to become legends, even fewer succeed. Yet by any standard musicians like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain are legendary. Each left behind a lasting musical legacy, with songs that freeze forever a moment in time, speak for a generation, or simply give voice to the grief and grace of the human heart. In so many ways … There’s more

Competition: Win 2 Weekend Passes To The Spirit of Folk Festival 2012

**** Competition closed  **** Yup you read it correctly, you could get your mawlers on 2 fantabulous weekend passes to Ireland’s loveliest Festival, The Spirit of Folk 2012  – And all ye gotta do is leave a comment saying why you want ‘em. Below, in the comment box. Funkiest comment wins. If ye dunno what funkiest means, I hear Lady Gaga is playing somewhere soon. Or you could watch the best of the Glee box set. Or spend your pocket money on some David and Victoria perfume. Back to to it, Frankie says relax, go fort, leave a comment. Win yourself something happy. Be a folker. :)  More info on The Spirit of folk Festival ? website: facebook: spirit of folk festival  Spirit of Folk in iTunes twitter: @spirit_of_folk

Want tickets to Electric Picnic 2012? Get tweet hunting

We’re fans of the Electric Picnic here on culch and this year’s lineup looks excellent with bands like The Cure, Orbital, Elbow and Hot Chip rocking Stradbally from the 31st August to the 2nd of September (full lineup here – PDF). So you want tickets? Well, the Electric Ireland Tweet Hunt is back for 2012 and frankly we’re not surprised as it was a runaway success last year. From Monday 13th (today) to Friday 17th August inclusive, Electric Ireland are giving one lucky person four tickets to EP – that’s five days, five winners and four tickets each. What have you got to do? Simples: 1). Follow @ElectricIreland on Twitter. 2). Tweet the following hashtag: #sharetheenergy which will zoom the live map in on a location. The more tweets, the closer the zoom. 3). Get to the location and keep your eyes peeled for the revealing of the hidden codeword. … There’s more

Competition Closed: The amazing Dionne Warwick in Vicar Street this Thursday night

*** Competition Closed *** *** Winners: Caroline Kelly, Lisa Byrne and Stephen Lynch *** Say A Little Prayer, Walk On By, A House Is Not A Home, Deja Vu, Is This The Way To San Jose, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again…the woman is an absolute legend. I can’t wait to see her. Why don’t you join me? is giving away three pairs of tickets to see Dionne Warwick in Vicar Street tomorrow, Thursday 24th May. The five-time Grammy Award winning music legend is a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. Warwick’s career, which currently celebrates 50 years, has established her as an international music icon. She has earned more than sixty charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records across the world. The show will be a wonderful celebration of the music and life of a pop legend, a musical icon. Tickets for this concert are … There’s more

Competition Closed: Jeff-fah-fah Dunham in the O2 Dublin


  *** Competition Closed – Winners will be notified shortly *** *** Congratulations to Colin, Gary, Dave and Caroline *** I am a huge fan of Jeff Dunham. Yes, like everyone else, I fell in love with that cookie little go-getter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, long before I knew that Jeff Dunham likes to stick his hand up a variety of characters, but he has grown to become one of my all time favourite comedians. I love his Comedy Central specials, I own the DVDs and I even have an Achmed doll. Yeah, I’m that guy. So…I was thrilled to hear he’ll be in the O2 Dublin this Saturday on his Controlled Chaos tour with all of his usual friends Walter, Bubba J, Achmed, Peanut and José the Jalapeño on a Steeeek and a few more besides. I can’t wait. If you fancy joining us on Saturday, I have a … There’s more

Music: The Sweetest Silence by Storyfold

Storyfold have unveiled their latest music video for their brand new single ‘The Sweetest Silence’. Directed by Billy Keane, the video mixes film shot on location at World’s End Studios, Dublin and self-shot videos from the recording of their debut album at Modern World Studios in Tetbury, UK. The Sweetest Silence is the 4th single to be taken from ‘Rocket Science’ but the first to feature pianist Lindsey Hogan on lead vocals. The song was included in music blogger 2UIBestow’s ‘Best 10 Songs of 2011’. He said: From the first few seconds of this track you know this is a special tune. Lindsey’s lead vocals are delightful and work so well with Paddy’s backing vocals. This is a fantastic uplifting song that deserves to be played loud! The band also embarks on a mini Irish tour that includes headlining Whelan’s, Wexford Street this Friday, March 23rd. It will see the … There’s more

Competition Closed: Join us for Spring Break

We’re huge fans of the 80s supergroup Spring Break at Playing the biggest American 80s hits even better than the originals, every single time we’ve been to see them has been an amazing night. Yes, that is me getting into the action (thanks to @cloudsteph for the awesome hair). That’s one of the most fun things about a Spring Break gig. Everyone embraces the cheese and leaves their irony and cynicism at home. Dressed up with big hair, colourful clothes, state trooper sunglasses and as more hair product than John Travolta’s career has ever seen, the loyal crowd loves this band.   And then there’s the music. Spring Break is a seven-piece band that never fails to set the night alight. Their diverse line up of live drums, bass, guitar, two keyboards and five different lead singers provide these multi-instrumentalists the scope to move through all the hits of … There’s more

Competition Closed: Interview and Ticket Competition: Presidents of the United States of America


I chatted with Presidents of the United States of America’s drummer, Jason Finn about the band’s current tour. are also offering you the chance to win tickets to see the band in Vicar Street on St Patrick’s Day night. It’s easy to enter. There’s more

Competition: Meteor Choice Music Prize

Want to win tickets to the Meteor Choice Music Prize live event this Thursday evening in the Olympia? AND a Sony Ericsson Live mobile phone? We have a competition for just that very prize on the current episode of The Format, and since it’s the last day to enter we pulled out the relevant bit of video to help the last few stragglers enter cos we’re just that nice. Watch the wee video below to get the question and email your answer and contact details to It’s closing this evening. Get on it. Thanks a million to the gang at Meteor for the deadly prize. Good luck!

COMPETITION: Just Blaze at The Academy, Saturday 3rd.

Have you got glad rags? Fantastic. Get ‘em ironed, because you’re going out. Red Bull Music Academy is bringing hip-hop dynamo Just Blaze to the Academy (Green Room) this Saturday, 3rd March. Just Blaze has cut his gnashers producing hits for such luminaries as Jay-Z and Eminem, as well as having worked with Busta Rhymes, DMX, Snoop Dogg… yeah, basically everyone who’s anyone and back again. Support come from Krystal Klear and Olan All City, and tickets are priced at €10 and are available through Ticketmaster, unless, of course, you’re a lucky Culch reader. Oh yes. We’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away, should you street-urchinswise people fancy it. To chance your arm, all you have to do is leave a comment, saying “Gimme gimme!” or something to that effect. Just Blaze is in town as part of a Red Bull Music Academy Workshop, a special forum where … There’s more

CLOSED: Competition: Win tickets to see Fred Cooke’s “Tilted” show in Whelan’s

Fred Cooke brings his new show, ‘Tilted’, to Whelans on February 10th. After his sell-out success in 2011 including a run in Edinburgh, Fred returns with a brand new show to tickle your funny bones once again! Rapidly become a unique stand-up delivering a style of comedy that simply cannot be imitated, Fred is also such a generous guy that he has given us a set of tickets to give away to what we can assure is going to be one of the top shows of the year! To be in with a chance to win all you have to do is say ‘yes please!’ in the comments below. Competition closes at 5pm Thursday 9th February and we’ll notify the winner. If you want to better your chances by entertaining the inhabitants of Culch Towers, come up with the best and of course the funniest caption for the photograph below, but it’s not … There’s more

Red Bull Launch Bedroom Jam Competition

Pictured below are band-of-the-hour The Minutes (see what we did there? ) rocking out at last night’s launch of the Red Bull Bedroom Jam at The Workman’s Club. If you think you’d look that good on stage and have the talent to back it up, then read on, this could be your big moment. Bedroom Jam is offering young Irish bands the chance to seriously kick-start their careers by performing at Irish music festivals in 2012, with the ultimate winner bagging a chance to record at the Red Bull Studio next autumn. We’re particularly interested in this competition because it relies heavily on how cool you are on the internet … or how well you can promote yourself at least… and we’re all about the internet self-promotion in Culch Towers. To enter Bedroom Jam, bands need to upload a video of themselves performing to the competition website, between now … There’s more

COMPETITION CLOSED: Well Luke What We Have Here. It’s Invasion Dublin!

Everyone knows that the best convention ever was the one at the end of Galaxy Quest, but as that was kind of a one-off, and also entirely fictional, your best bet for geeky frolics and detailed debates about protocol for computer systems that haven’t been invented yet is to get yourself along to Invasion Dublin. Yup, Ireland’s Star Wars convention returns to Citywest from the 4th to the 6th of May. May the FOURTH be with you, in fact. Ha. Ha-ha. Invasion Dublin promises to be stuffed to Jar-Jar’s gills of the entertaining, the educational, the bizarre and the nostalgic. This year there’s a pleasing and very healthy emphasis on the science in science fiction, with talks and demonstrations on space travel and robotics. Fans will have the opportunity to check out beautifully detailed replicas, including – eek! – the Emperor’s throne room from the Death Star, the Mos Eisley … There’s more

Competition CLOSED: Win a hamper from Keogh’s Farm

***COMPETITION CLOSED. WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED*** Keogh’s – the gang behind this year’s first National Potato Day – have just launched their own brand of artisan handcooked crisps and to celebrate they’ve very kindly given us a hamper of goodies to give away. The crisps, in deliciously Irish flavours Roast Beef and Dungarvan Irish Stout, Dubliner Irish Cheese & Onion and Atlantic Sea Salt & Lewellyns Irish Cider Vinegar, are made on Keogh’s farm in North County Dublin and are available in SuperQuinn, Donnybrook Fair and a range of independent retailers. Keogh’s are also the first to launch the unique ‘Spud Nav’ through which crisp eaters can trace their bag of crisps back to the field it came from, by entering the field name – which is printed on each bag – into the ‘Spud Nav’ page on the Keoghs web site: Each of the flavours come in three options – … There’s more