Childish Gambino

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I’m a big fan of Community, Dan Harmon’s ridiculous community college set show, which is about to debut for a sixth season. One of my favourite characters was Troy (who has since left the show), played by Donald Glover, and I was completely unaware until late last year that he’s a really talented rapper who goes by the stage name Childish Gambino. I’ve been listening to anything I can get my hands on but the 2013 album ‘because the internet’ is far and away some of the best music I’ve heard in years. The track ‘shadows’ is a particular stand out. If you’ve got Spotify, which frankly if you listen to music is a necessity, then you can browse his artist’s page here. Otherwise, watch the video below for Sober.

DropChef

DropChef

I’m pretty rubbish when it comes to cooking. I’ve got a couple of staple dishes that I’d cook up during the week but I wanted to branch out. One of my mates mentioned a service called DropChef and it piqued my interest. You sign up to the service and they’ll deliver ingredients and instructions for 3 meals to you every week. Delivery is included, all of the ingredients are fresh and you can skip weeks and cancel at any time.

I signed up early last month and have been eating much better since, along with sharpening the culinary skills of course. You can have a look at a couple of the dishes below. For me, a service like this is about top notch customer service and the quality of the ingredients. In the case of DropChef, they’ve both been exemplary. I really like their Cook One-Feed One link up with Valid Nutrition too. If you’re cooking for one, plans start from €29.85 and there’s ones for couples and families too.

Spirit of Folk Festival 2014

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Spirit of Folk Festival 2014 took place a couple of weeks ago and I’ve just got around to uploading my photos. It’s a small trad, indie and craft festival that takes place each year in Dunderry, Co. Meath. I’ve been at 3 of the 4 they’ve put on and can honestly say that I’ve had some of the best days of my life there. The crew are fantastic, the music is brilliant and the craic is unreal. Peter has done a full review over on culch so check that out for music and links to the artists etc. A definite for 2015.
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Guinness Amplify

Guinness Amplify

I’m coming to this one quite late in that Guinness Amplify is about to kick off the live events. Irish musicians submitted their applications earlier this year and an expert panel has chosen acts to both perform live around the country and receive studio time, mentoring, workshops etc. The chosen acts will get the opportunity to perform in hundreds of pubs all over Ireland (along with a few surprises!) from Thursday through to Sunday across 5 weekends, kicking off on the 11th September in Leinster and will rotating around the country, focusing on a different region each week over the course of the five weekends.

Those surprise acts include: Hozier, London Grammar, Rudimental, Duke Dumont, Kodaline, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra, Dan Croll, Daithi, Bastille, Disclosure, Walking On Cars and Jess Glynne. Of course the pubs in which they’ll be playing will be kept secret but that’s an amazing lineup in my opinion. I’ve been listening to the artists chosen by the panel this evening on the Amplify web site and the standard is really high. You can log on to the web site to see when and where gigs are taking place. I’ll definitely be attempting to catch a couple of these gigs when they roll into Dublin from the 9th to the 11th of October.