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Finding it difficult to get gigs? Maybe its time to take to the streets. The Riptide Movement tells how busking can be the next step in bringing your music to a wider audience.

Riptide MovementIf you walk down Grafton Street on a Saturday afternoon chances are you will have heard The Riptide Movement performing. Usually surrounded by a wide circle of onlookers, the band brought their music to the streets having seen an opportunity to build up a loyal fanbase and have continued ever since. Busking offers an invaluable point of contact with the public and while they might of had some trouble with the Gardai and shops owners initially "it was easily ironed out as they got to know us". It’s about “knowing how to do it in a way you’re not offending people”…

Love music with a fondness for good hygiene? The Camden Crawl is coming to Dublin and offers the best of both worlds. A music festival you can rock out to without getting your ‘dubes’ dirty!

Camden Crawl DublinThe first ever Dublin Camden Crawl takes place this May 11-12 in over 15 venues across the city. Following in the footsteps of the London Camden Crawl which has been running since 1995, it promises to showcase 100 “cutting edge live acts” from home and abroad. The London Camden Crawl has proved itself as a launch pad for many artists since its inception among them Snow Patrol and Amy Winehouse.

Self dubbed as the first major ‘festival’ of the Summer, the two day event will take place one week after the London event and is the first time the show has been taken…

They are a rare breed of musician and come under a lot of flack for their chosen instrument. But is it so richly deserved by those who would find themselves playing electronica without them?

DrummerRemember those infamous scenes from Spinal Tap where, one by one, each of the band’s drummers die in mysterious accidents? One unfortunate 'sticksman' even implodes live on stage. A misunderstood creature maybe, but no musician comes in for more stick (sorry!) in popular culture than the drummer. And there’s a very good reason for this. The drummer is the guy who chose to learn drums because he can’t sing, wasn’t clever enough to learn lead guitar and couldn’t count the number of strings on the bass. So is it really any surprise that…