Jun 28, 2015
Kathryn Mason
Comments Off on With a mini heat wave on the horizon, get your Sun Smarts on at Groove

With a mini heat wave on the horizon, get your Sun Smarts on at Groove

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With a mini heat wave on the horizon, get your Sun Smarts on at Groove

 Groove Festival taking place at Killruddery, Co Wicklow is delighted to welcome Purple House Cancer Support who have teamed up with SmartSun UK.

Nikki Hayes from Spin 1038, Conor O’Leary of Purple House Cancer Support and some busy little helpers were at hand to help promote the great work of Purple House and highlight the importance of UV protection for all at the beautiful grounds of Killruddery House, Co Wicklow, home to Groove Festival.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Ireland. Now Purple House Cancer Support has teamed up with SmartSun UK to ensure that you take proactive steps to reduce your risk of developing skin Cancer.

The Purple House crew will be stationed at Groove Festival, Killruddery Co Wicklow, a family friendly festival that takes place on July 4th and 5th, where they will be giving out SmartSun UK wristbands and information on the importance of UV protection.

Conor O’Leary at Purple House Cancer Support said

Purple House Cancer Support is delighted to be associated with SmartSun UK as both organisations are taking the lead in encouraging the public to take proactive steps to reduce their cancer risk. 1 in 3 people will be affected by Cancer in Ireland and as skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, we would encourage everyone to wear a SmartSun UV wristband when out and about this Summer.”

Groove Festival will play host to a list of child friendly activities not to mention a stellar line up including headliners The Darkness and Christy Moore.  This festival is one for all the family to enjoy and with a little help from Purple House and SmartSun UK, we aim to make it as safe and enjoyable for all concerned.

The wristband works by measuring the amount of UV radiation you have been exposed to and will change colour accordingly. The wristbands themselves are waterproof, discreet and reliable and will alert you before you notice any damage to your skin.

Each band is one wear only, and starts out as yellow, changing to beige and pink to alert you when it is time to top up on sun lotion, or when it is time to avoid the sun for the rest of the day.


Smartsun wristbands can be worn by anyone – from babies to grandparents and give you an easy to read indicator for UV exposure, which could help lead to the avoidance of skin cancer but not stop you from enjoying the sun.

For further content information:

www.groovefestival.ie    Tickets still available, online.



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Jun 24, 2015
Kathryn Mason
Comments Off on Groove Festival announce stage times, children’s area and activity zone all taking place on July 4th/5th at Killruddery, Co Wicklow

Groove Festival announce stage times, children’s area and activity zone all taking place on July 4th/5th at Killruddery, Co Wicklow

Groove Festival announce stage times and things to do at this years event on July 4th/5th



The stage times, children’s area and activity zone line up have now been announced for this year’s Groove Festival. In its third year, Groove is on the map as one of the summer’s not to be missed weekends. Taking place at Killruddery House, Co Wicklow on July 4th & 5th 2015, Groove is the perfect family festival. Tickets are on sale from www.groovefestival.ie starting at €49.50 with a special family weekend come + go pass at just €174.50 for two adults and two children 15 and under, all kids under 4 are free!

21.00 to 22.30 THE DARKNESS 19.00 to 19.45 THE CUJO FAMILY
19.15 to 20.15 RIPTIDE MOVEMENT 18.00 to 18.45 CORNER BOY
17.45 to 18.45 DELORENTOS 17.00 to 17.45 MARK GEARY
16.30 to 17.15 SPRING BREAK 16.00 to 16.45 BUNOSCIONN
15.30 to 16.00 LITTLE HOURS 15.00 to 15.45 TOASTED SPECIAL
21.00 to 22.30 CHRISTY MOORE 19.00 to 19.45 THE ESKIES
19.15 to 20.15 KILA 18.00 to 18.45 TUCAN
17.45 to 18.45 WALLIS BIRD 17.00 to 17.45 MAUD IN CAHOOTS
16.30 to 17.15 THE YOUNG FOLK 16.00 to 16.45 THE BIONIC RATS
15.30 to 16.00 WYVERN LINGO 15.00 to 15.45 STOMPTOWN BRASS

Things to do at Groove

There really is something for everyone at Groove Festival.


The Killruddery team curates the children’s area of the Festival. Known for their amazing kids events throughout the year, they have again delivered an exciting schedule for the younger festival goers.


New for 2015, Wonderland Productions are bringing their highly successful workshops for children to the Kids Area at Groove Festival. Each workshop will run for 45 minutes and will include a mix of storytelling, games, improv and movement, led by members of Wonderland Theatre Company.


Also new for this year, professional dance teacher Niamh Condron brings her amazing kaleidoscope of dance and yoga to Groove where children can explore their creative side and and self expression. Niamh has performed and taught all over the word and has made Ireland her home again


Author David McNiven and illustrator Margaret Anne Suggs, will read from their book “Me Nan Found a Leprechaun” and will also do some interactive drawing with kids. Age group around 6-9 and of course parents and grandparents! A great opportunity to take some time out from the festival and chill out to one of Ireland’s finest children’s writers.

For everyone!


Due to its huge popularity over the last two years, the largest mobile climbing wall in Europe is back at Groove! Standing at over 9 meters high the wall will challenge even the most experienced climbers!


We are excited that this year again we will be putting a load of water zorbs on the lakes in Killruddery – tumble your way through the festival in this exciting adventure activity. It was one of the most popular activities in 2014.


Enjoy all the challenges of archery but none of the dangers with our new Safe Archery activity – bows, arrows and targets… Safe Archery is the latest craze to hit these shores.


Thanks to Festival partners Maxol, we have another new exciting activity this year for adults and kids – it’s the Maxol Extreme Driving Simulator. Ever wondered what it’d be like to drive cross country or on a full racing track? Here’s your chance!


  •   Adult Day Ticket: €49.50 (+booking fee)
  •   Adult Weekend Come and Go Pass: €69.50 (+booking fee)
  •   Minor (4yrs to 15yrs) Day Ticket: €14.50 (+booking fee)
  •   Minor (4yrs to 15yrs) Weekend Come and Go Pass: €20 (+booking fee)
  •   Under 4yrs: FREE (no ticket required)
  •   Family Day Ticket (2 adults / 2 kids): €120 (+booking fee)
  •  Family Weekend Come and Go Pass (2 adults / 2 kids): €165 (+booking fee)


Tickets are on sale from www.groovefestival.ie and tickets.ie outlets including Supervalus in Bray, Greystones, Dun Laoghaire, Killiney and Blackrock.

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Jun 22, 2015
Kathryn Mason
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I’m Your Vinyl have a fan in Ryan Tubridy!

Jun 15, 2015
Kathryn Mason
Comments Off on Announcing – Russell Watson’s “Up Close & Personal tour” comes to Cork and Wexford, November 2015

Announcing – Russell Watson’s “Up Close & Personal tour” comes to Cork and Wexford, November 2015

An Intimate Evening With Russell Watson.


His “Up Close & Personal Tour” comes to Ireland for two very special shows.

“He sings like Pavarotti, and entertains the audience like Sinatra” – NY Times.

Spend an intimate evening up close and personal with Russell Watson at the Cork Opera House, Friday November 27th and the National Opera House Wexford on Saturday November 28th 2015; tickets for both shows are on sale now.

Russell Watson never imagined he would one day be one of the world’s most prominent tenors, selling in excess of seven million albums worldwide. To date there have been nine studio albums, each one winning more critical acclaim than the one before. His first offering ‘The Voice’, held simultaneous number 1 slots in the US and the UK, a world first! It spent a record breaking 52 weeks at number 1 in the UK!

Russell is officially the UK’s best-selling classical artist ever and has won four Classical BRITS. He has performed for some of the world’s greatest figures including, HM The Queen, the late Pope John Paul II who requested a private audience with Russell at The Vatican, former US President Bill Clinton, The Emperor of Japan, European Prime Ministers, Middle Eastern Sultans and the King of Malaysia. The list is endless. Russell’s collaborations include Pavarotti, Lionel Richie, Michael Bolton, Cliff Richard, Lulu, Sarah Brightman, Meatloaf, Mel B, Alexandra Burke, Ashanti Cleopatra to name but a few.

A patron for many charities, Russell has raised millions of pounds for The Prince’s Trust, The Katy Holmes Trust and The Kirsty Club, along with performing to raise awareness and funds for the likes of Soccer Aid 2010, remembrance for the 4th Mechanized Brigade at York Minster (2010), the “Legends Match” at Celtic Park for Oxfam (2011) and the Bob Champion Cancer Trust in 2012.

Russell has always been a strong supporter of unsigned local artists and choirs, especially after being a judge on the BBC prime time show ‘Last Choir Standing’. The series saw around 60 amateur choirs competing each week to be the ‘Last Choir Standing’.  Russell enjoyed being part of the show immensely and as a result, expressed his wishes to have a local choir accompany him on his 2015 Up Close & Personal. More details on how choirs can apply to join Russell on stage will be announced shortly.

“I love being accompanied by choirs and the energy and excitement they bring. I am really looking forward to this tour and feel that is the perfect addition to the evening.” ~ Russell

Overcoming two life-threatening brain tumours, Russell is still very much the godfather of classical crossover. Book now to experience this unique opportunity to hear ‘The Voice’ as you have never heard him before.

For tickets please contact:

Cork: http://www.corkoperahouse.ie/

Wexford: http://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/



For more details, please contact:

Kathryn Mason, Kathryn Mason | PR & Marketing

May 25, 2015
Kathryn Mason
Comments Off on Used to Be My Girl, the new single from New York’s Rachael Sage

Used to Be My Girl, the new single from New York’s Rachael Sage

Rachael Sage

New Single

‘Used To Be My Girl’


Rachael Sage, the New York based multi-instrumentalist will release her new single ‘Used To Be My Girl’ on 5th June 2015.

Taken from her critically acclaimed latest album ‘Blue Roses’, the track further showcases Rachael’s incredible songwriting skills and her ability to capture life experiences with such insight.

“I wrote this song many years ago, and it sat on the shelf, so to speak. I thought it was “minor,” in a way, because it was a light ditty, a few chords, and sort of simple for me musically. Last summer I played it in a rehearsal for my band in the UK just noodling around and they were like, “Whoa, that’s a really important song, you need to record that!” and I was kind of taken aback. The fact is, living in NYC for most of my life, I’ve been in a bit of a bubble. I write about my life, about the lives of my friends, about what I observe on TV or in movies or read in books and it’s all equally viable subject matter to me if I find it interesting. And this song, well, it was in fact about something real and I knew someone who thought about having a sex change though never actually did…but I wrote the song imaginatively, as though they had, ultimately, transitioned. 

I have always been horrified by the trials I’ve seen so many trans people face in our society, across the board. I have always felt instinctively that love is love, people are people, the soul has no gender. I have no delusions that my little pop song can do much more than hopefully, get someone to sing along to a love song about a trans-person like it’s no big deal”.

This will be the second single taken from ‘Blue Roses’, the first being the sublime cover of the classic Neil Young track ‘Helpless’ that Rachael performed with the legendary Judy Collins. Described as ‘a beautiful example of how two tremendous voices can blend in perfect harmony and further proof that Sage is easily the match for any master, either past or present’ by US Blurt magazine.

Rachael has just been confirmed as the special guest opening for Judy Collins on her forthcoming UK tour.




For more details, please contact:

Kathryn Mason, Kathryn Mason | PR & Marketing


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