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Phantom's monthly live music night returns to The Academy

- Phantom's monthly live music and indie club night, First Friday, returns to The Academy on August 6.

Live music will be provided by The Cast Of Cheers, Talulah Does the Hula, The Capitals and Milk, followed by the best indie and alternative sounds with Pure Morning DJs Richie McCormack and Charlotte Flood until late.

Doors open at 8pm and admission is free before 10pm (admission after 10pm is €5).

- The Mountains to Sea Dun Laoghaire Book Festival takes place between September 7 and 12.

The line-up includes Kate Atkinson, DBC Pierre, Joseph O'Connor, Jennifer Johnston, David McWilliams, former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, Waterstone's founder Tim Waterstone and the Australian novelist Alex Miller. There will be no fewer than four Booker Prize-winners.

Full details of the programme will be available from August 4, when the festival brochure will be revealed.

- The third annual Ultimate Girls Day Out exhibition will be back in the RDS next month with three days of pampering, fashion, beauty and lifestyle features.

Starting on August 27, the weekend-long event offers women the chance to browse through scores of designer boutiques, get loads of free treatments and avail of great beauty tips from international experts.

Tickets priced €20 per person plus booking fees are now available from www.ticketmaster.ie.

- Smithwick's have announced details of its new brewery tours and exhibition at St Francis Abbey Brewery, Kilkenny. Launched to commemorate 300 years of brewing in Kilkenny, the new 300 Years Of Smithwick's tour takes visitors on a walking tour of the country's oldest operating brewery.

Admission is €10 and all visitors must be over 18.

To learn more go to www.smithwicks.ie.

- Model Michele McGrath has pressed play on her solo music career.

The Bucks Townhouse hostess has been jetting over to the UK more and more recently to begin writing and recording music.

She is really excited with how things are progressing and hopes to emulate the success of her former pop group, Industry.

The group had several number one hits here before calling it quits last May.


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