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Raunchy Rihanna ready for a VIP bash at Lillie's

RIHANNA is living it up in Dublin this weekend and is planning on getting better acquainted with the city ahead of her sell-out gig.

No expense will be spared at trendy Lillie's Bordello tomorrow night, as the city hotspot gears up for the arrival of the superstar.

With her dancers hosting a VIP workshop at a top studio tomorrow, the singer and her 100-strong crew are expected to party the night away, before taking to the O2's stage on Monday.

An insider told the Herald that the 23-year-old will arrive for a lavish bash at the Grafton Street venue, which is staying open to the public so fans can catch a glimpse of the Grammy winner.

"We're hosting a night for her and we're expecting the whole entourage to turn up, including Rihanna herself.

"She is leaving Belfast tomorrow morning ahead of her gig at the O2 on Monday," the source said.

Four of the Umbrella singer's dancers will give up to 120 fans an exclusive masterclass tomorrow evening at the Liffey Dance Studios, before the singer and her pals kick off their two-night stay in Dublin in style.

This is RiRi's third visit to Ireland -- the artist performed here last year and lived it up at Bono's lavish Dublin hotel The Clarence. Her first visit to Dublin was with former boyfriend Chris Brown. The couple split shortly afterwards after the rapper assaulted her.

But Rihanna has long put this behind her and is concentrating on giving her Dublin audience a good show.

With caterers said to be called in and bottles of champagne chilling, preparations at Lillie's for the guest and pals are in full swing.

"The VIP members area will be closed off, but everywhere else will be open to the public," a source added.

Illusionist Keith Barry and singer Brian Kennedy are a couple of the celebs planning on stopping by to give RiRi an Irish welcome.

The songstress has caused a media frenzy since arriving on Irish shores earlier this week.

The Bajan beauty made headlines after she was booted off Bangor farmer Alan Graham's land for posing topless in his corn field while filming a video for her new single.

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