See Ya, January

Flux wasn’t around in January to keep you up to speed on the fun stuff going on in Dublin and lurking around the internet, but never fear, here’s a quick catch up.

Dublin has a new map. No, the streets haven’t changed but Pivot Dublin have put together a designer map, recommending over 200 “interesting and independent places for you to experience and enjoy in Dublin.” With an emphasis on places where the best of Irish design is to be found, recommended by designers who live and work in Dublin, it’s a pretty cool concept. Pick one up if you spot them around.

Let’s talk musical adaptations. This January saw the much-anticipated arrival of Les Miserables to big screen. Musicals coming to cinemas are often the only chance us yodelling folk have of exposing the rest of the world to one of our favourite things. Sound of Music reference, anyone? No? Sung live on set, impressive close up work, it has set the bar high for any future musical adaptations.

Festival line-ups are slowly but surely emerging to drag us out of those January blues and remind us that summer fun is yet to come. LIFE Festival at Belvedere House, now in its seventh year, has just released the first batch of acts to play at their three-day shindig from 24-26th of May. It’s an impressive line-up, spanning techno, dance, house, reggae to name a few genres. Highlights include Groove Armada, Mmoths, Seth Troxler and Frank B. Oxegen is also set to bring muddy revelry back to Punchestown this August bank holiday weekend, and perhaps it’s not such a pity that it will clash with Castlepalooza and Indiependence. Plenty of music to go around and might divide the crowd nicely.

Justin Timberlake, king of slick R&B is back. “Suit and Tie” ft. Jay-Z is JT’s first new material in a long time and definitely worth the wait. It’s fresh and creates a lot of hype for his new album The 20/20 Experience, due later this year. This is one comeback I am happy to endorse, welcome back JT.

Girls has finally, FINALLY made its return for Season 2 and Season 3 is already in the works. Lena Dunham is slowly but surely taking over our lives, rumours she’s taking the reins of another HBO show have been confirmed. The network has optioned All Dressed Up And Everywhere To Go, the memoir of legendary personal shopper Betty Halbreich, and Lena will adapt it for TV with Jenni Konner, her executive producer on Girls. Also, someday I will be as popular as her on Instagram…soon.

In other news Harry Styles turned 19, the Golden Globes happened, more awards ceremonies are yet to come, Obama was inaugurated (take two). Now for the dreary, love drenched, Valentine’s Day containing, February. Taylor Swift will surely have her Harry Styles break up album ready for release by then – joy.

Claire Healy

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