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The Insider: 25/01/2010

CALLING all music fans. Some of the biggest names in the industry will step out next week to take part in a special musical extravaganza to raise funds for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

The Haiti Aid-Dublin 2010 Fundraising Music Marathon will take place in Whelan's and the Village on February 3.

Details of the stellar line-up will be released later this week, with all funds raised going directly to the Irish Red Cross for the victims of the Haiti earthquake disaster.



  • QUEEN guitarist Brian May is set to jet into town this week as a special guest at the final night of smash hit tribute musical We Will Rock You.

The legendary musician will be on hand to mark the closing night of the musical's year-long tour at the show in Dublin's O2 on Sunday.

Since kicking off last year, the company has performed throughout the UK and Ireland, rocking the likes of Manchester, Sunderland, Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh before reaching Dublin.

The veteran guitarist is even expected to give fans a special treat by getting on stage to join the cast and band for a couple of those legendary tunes.

Members of the cast include actor and musician Jonathan Wilkes, former Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy and X Factor star Brenda Edwards.



  • A host of soon-to-be newlyweds will be beating a path to the doors of the RDS at the weekend for the Bride Of The Year Show.

The event, now in its 21st year, is the original and longest established bridal fair and will take place on Saturday and Sunday, from 11.30am until 5.30pm.

Admission is €12, payable on the door, or available online at www.tickets.ie.

Everything from dresses to cakes to finding that perfect venue for your very special day will be featured over the course of the two-day event, with expert celebrity advice on hand from stylist Brendan Courtney.



  • RENOWNED fashion designer Jennifer Rothwell officially launched her autumn/winter 2010 collection at the RDS at Showcase Ireland at the weekend.

Jennifer's unique collection comprises of beautiful multi-coloured printed silks, matt jerseys and belted accessories, while her silhouettes are inspired by the Fifties and Seventies era, with a modern twist intertwined.

All the designs featured in the collection are 100pc Irish, with all production and materials sourced from right here on our own shores.



  • HE'S the man responsible for bringing the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Bob Dylan, Queen, Robbie Williams and, most recently, Oasis to our doorsteps.

And now Henry Mountcharles is set to be acknowledged for his outstanding contribution to the Irish music industry over the past 30 years.

The concert promoter will be honoured with the industry award at the 2010 Meteor Ireland music awards on February 19 when the annual event takes place at the RDS.

Henry is responsible for initiating some of the country's first outdoor concerts, all taking place in his front garden at Slane Castle, in Co Meath.