Win tickets and a special hotel package to David Gray @ The O2

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Meet and greet David Gray backstage at the O2 this December!

David Gray is playing The O2 on the Saturday 19th December with Regina Spektor as support. Tickets are €39.50 including booking fee on sale now but the Irish Independent are giving one lucky winner the chance to meet David backstage at the O2 on the night along with tickets to the gig. Not only that, but you also get an overnight stay in the luxurious Croke Park Hotel which now offers a special O2 package consisting of an overnight stay with room service breakfast, a complimentary drink in the sideline bar, transfer to the O2 and 2pm late checkout (priced at a very reasonable €109.50 for 2 people sharing – bookable here)

To win this package, just find the answer to this question in today’s Day and Night, then turn to page 17 for details on how to enter:

Who is on Nightwatch this week?

5 runner-up winners will win a copy of David Gray’s new album Draw the Line.

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Follow a musician Friday

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Anyone who uses Twitter on a regular basis will have seen the #followfriday hashtag, in which people recommend other people worth following. In the spirit of things, here are Day and Night’s current favourite tweeting musicians and artists.

Who: Marina & the Diamonds (@marinasdiamonds)
Why?: As well as being a talented and gorgeous individual, burgeoning pop star Marina is also a genuinely nice person. It’s interesting to watch such a person become a pop star, which trust us, despite her tweet below, she will be by summer 2010.
Sample Tweet: “Can’t wait to be deemed the failure of 2010 ya’ll! Off to Hollywood to become an uber hot socialite now! Byyyyye!”

Who: Adebisi Shank (@adebisishank)
Why?: Humorous tweets from the Dublin frenetic rock trio taking in occasional reports from tours in Japan.
Sample Tweet: “Anyone get the Mr Tayto book? Was he really molested by the Monster Munch Cyclops?”
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Warp 20 NYC, Eastenders SFX, What Cats really think..

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Warp 20 NYC documentary
A 30 minute film shot at the Warp Records 20 NYC party featuring interviews and performances from Jamie Lidell, Born Ruffians, !!!, Hudson Mohawke, Pivot, Chris Clark, The Hundred in the Hands, Flying Lotus and Battles.

What Cats Are Really Thinking
If your cats could converse with you, they’d probably be as annoyed as everyone else who gets talked to in a cutesy high-pitched squeal.

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Band of Blogs: Beyonce’s sister goes indie, Hot Chip, Jape remix

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Solange Knowles covers Dirty Projectors
Beyonce’s younger sister gifts us her own version of Brooklyn band Dirty Projectors’ Stillness in the Move (itself one of the best songs of the year), done in an R&B style.

New Hot Chip – Take it in
After revealing that the followup to Made in the Dark is to be called One Life Stand and will be released in February, they debuted this taster track from the album. Watch out for a Dublin date shortly too.

The Sandwitches
As featured on the influential Gorilla Vs. Bear music blog, The Sandwitches are a San Fran three-piece which hark back to the good ole naive times when rock and roll was new, fresh and upbeat.
http://www.myspace.com/thesandwitches

Jape remixes Patrick Kelleher
Debuted on Nialler9.com last week, Richie Egan’s mix of Wonder is the first taste of the forthcoming remix album of Kelleher’s debut. The album is due in the New Year on Osaka Records and will feature remixes from Irish artists like Legion of Two, David Kitt, Hunter-Gatherer, Cat Scars, Skinny Wolves, Katie Kim and Hulk.
http://short.ie/japepk

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Sites of the Week: Apostrophe & Autocomplete Me

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Apostrophe Me
An easy to understand and excellently-made chart explaining all the dos and don’ts of correct apostrophe use. A useful tool for all grammar nazis (not nazi’s).
http://apostrophe.me/

If It’s Hip, It’s Here
The latest art, design, style and fashion items from all over the globe appear on this blog.
http://ifitshipitshere.blogspot.com/

Autocomplete me
Screengrabs of Google searches in which the search giant suggested things that were inappropriate or a bit WTF? Somehow I don’t think I was searching for “Is there anyway I can get this popular guy to get me pregnant?” when I started typing “Is there…”.
http://autocompleteme.com/

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Win tickets to Imelda May in the O2

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Day and Night are giving away five pairs of tickets to Imelda May live at the O2 on Tuesday 22nd December. The question to enter the competition is exclusively featured here but you have to go to the magazine to find the answer.
This week’s question is:

What live act is reviewed on page 10?

Once you you find the answer in today’s Day and Night (with Ash on the cover), turn to page 15 and find the details to enter by text or phone. Do not answer here as your answer will be invalid! Good luck.

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