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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mikey Graham recharges his batteries in Spain

- Boyzone star Mikey Graham has flown to Spain with his family to recharge his batteries after his gruelling stint in Dancing On Ice.

The Dubliner won a legion of fans after making it midway through the reality TV3 show, which regularly pulls in millions of viewers.

His luck finally came to an end nearly two weeks ago when he was booted off the programme, although the singer admitted he was "relieved" that the physically challenging stint was over.

He received another setback earlier this month after coming second in this year's Eurosong competition, narrowly losing out to former Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh.

But now he has jetted off to sunnier climes with his wife Karen and their family to recuperate from the stress and strain of previous weeks.

He and his bandmates were over the moon when their new album Brother claimed the number one spot in the charts this week. Their success coincided with what would have been Stephen Gately's birthday on March 17.

A clearly delighted Mikey said: "Thank you all so much for buying the Boyzone album. Straight to number one, you guys are the best, we are so proud of you all."

- A meaty new production of Macbeth will come to the Abbey Theatre shortly. This time, Jimmy Fay has stepped into the role of director to lend his own twist to Shakespeare's thriller, starring leading Irish actors Aidan Kelly and Eileen Walsh in the two main parts.

The latest play continues the venue's commitment to taking on the works of Shakespeare and previously featured Romeo And Juliet, Julius Caesar and The Comedy Of Errors. Previewing from March 30, it will officially open on April 7.

- Drum roll, please. The moment that music fans have been eagerly awaiting is nearly upon us.

The sizzling line-up to this year's Electric Picnic festival will be unveiled at an invite-only bash in the Chocolate Bar on Harcourt Street next week. Tongues have been wagging for months about the big-name stars taking to the stage at Stradbally from September 3-5, but organisers have been keeping tight-lipped on the issue.

Now, all will be revealed at the bash on March 24, with more names expected to be added to the bill. Last year's festival saw an eclectic mix of artists including Basement Jaxx, Orbital, Brian Wilson and the Klaxons.

- The acclaimed author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne, will be sharing all his best tips on making it to the top of the literary pile.

The renowned writer, whose best-selling tome has been made into a movie, will be at the Irish Writers Centre on Parnell Street tomorrow. He is to host an information day all about publishing and will be joined by literary agent Jonathan Williams, publicist Cormac Kinsella and editors Ciara Considine and Eoin Purcella. Tickets are €50 and registration is from 10am.

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