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Acts shortlisted for the fifth annual Choice Music Prize

Eight out of the 10 acts shortlisted for the fifth annual Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2009 will perform at the live event in Vicar Street in March.

Due to prior touring commitments across the Atlantic, it has been announced that both Bell X1 and Dublin soul singer Laura Izibor will be unable to attend this year's show.

The show is co-founded and co-ordinated by renowned music critic Jim Carroll and music manager Dave Reid. This year's event will take place on March 3.

Today FM's Alison Curtis will once again host this year's live show and the event will also be broadcast live by Paul McLoone on Today FM. Tickets, priced €27, are on sale now.

The Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2009 shortlist is: And So I Watch You From Afar -- And So I Watch You From Afar; Bell X1 -- Blue Lights On The Runway; Codes -- Trees Dream In Algebra; Adrian Crowley -- Season Of The Sparks; Dark Room Notes -- We Love You Dark Matter; The Duckworth Lewis Method -- The Duckworth Lewis Method; Julie Feeney -- Pages; Valerie Francis -- Slow Dynamo; Laura Izibor -- Let The Truth Be Told; The Swell Season -- Strict Joy.

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The programme's presenters, Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery, who are a couple off screen as well, were on hand to meet and greet their guests as they trooped into the invite-only bash. Attendees got a sneak preview of the first show, which takes in the European hotspots of Cyprus, Croatia and Costa del Sol.

Among those enjoying the night were How Low Can You Go presenter Michael Hayes and girlfriend Ailbhe, alongside stylist Sonja Mohlich, PR gurus Sinead Ryan and Joanne Byrne, as well as TV3's director of programming, Ben Frow.

wwwTHE photographs of Nadia Forde and Hazel O'Sullivan posing in nothing more than skimpy bikinis and tribal body paint were fairly hard to forget this week. But they weren't just posing for the pics purely for gratuitous purposes, you know. They joined forces to announce details of a new nightclub in Stillorgan, which is expected to be packed to the rafters this weekend.

Situated on the Blakes Corner site and called Tribe NC, it is described as a state-of-the-art venue which has two nightclubs.

Entry is €10 on the door and the organisers have promised that plenty of drinks promotions will run over the coming weeks for recession-hit clubbers.

  • Spin 1038's Breakfast Show "Fully Charged" have kick started their Campaign to get Jedward on the Main stage at this years Oxegen festival. Presenters Ryan and Tracy are fronting the campaign and want to get Oxegen organisers involved and on board! Thousands of texts have been received by the Dublin Radio station in under 24 hours since the campaign kicked off. The station have been asking listeners to text the phrase 'Jedward for Oxegen' to 085 711 1038