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Acoustic troubadour Kenny Dread to release new track ‘Marvel’ on June 28th

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Kenny Dread broke into the Irish radio landscape last year thanks to esteemed Radio 1 DJ John Creedon championing his wistful beach-bum memoir “Sexy Ranger” from the album “We Will Be Lovers”.

Now another track from that album gets its release: “Marvel” – which is an uplifting anthem powered by chiming 12-string guitars, CSNY style harmony vocals, a pumping beat, and electronic wobbles perfect for the festival season.

“Marvel” is a song all about the magic of loving your friends as they actually are, and loving yourself in the process. 

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Kenny Dread studied composition with Steven Stucky at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music before stage-diving into the 1980’s Washington D.C. punk-rock scene. He recorded gogo anthem D.C. Groove with Static Disruptors in 1982 and toured the East Coast with gogo punks Outrage until 1987.

The Static D’s and Outrage brought the funk to new-wave clubs like CBGB and Danceteria and had the skinheads skanking at hardcore hall shows.  Kenny Dread got his stage name touring and recording with the legendary Rastafari punk shaman H.R., lead singer of Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Bad Brains. During the 80’s Kenny also produced records for D.C. punk groups, performed with nyabinghi reggae godfather Ras Michael, and recorded demos with English punk goddess Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex.

The early 90’s found Kenny in the South of France performing with American expatriate rock band The Immigrants, and collaborating with members of that group to create his first solo foray, the dreamy folk-rock Walkin’ Down Your Street. A slow motion move to the West of Ireland inspired a more acoustic mode: The rootsy singer-songwriter album Powderhorn was released in 1997 with contributions from Asian-American guitar wizard Levi Chen and Windham Hill harpist Lisa Lynne, as well as a licensed adaption of poetry by Canadian author Michael Ondaatje. Kirtan yoga chanting became a major focus from the turn of the century: Kenny Dread co-founded and produced Chicago chant ensemble Devi 2000, and performed with kirtan dignitaries Dave Stringer and Bhagavan Das.

Chicago’s indie-rock and Americana scene inspired 2008’s Malastrana which featured guest performances by members of Wilco, Swell Season, and Califone. Years of residency led to full Irish citizenship in 2012, around the time Kenny guested as lead guitarist with Irish roots rockers The Calvinists. Kenny Dread dusted of Red With Wine an outtake from Malastrana for a rushed release in response to the war on music that was the Paris Bataclan tragedy. He recently produced the debut album of West Cork singer-songwriter Miranda McCarthy.

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Introducing : Eric Patrick Nolan – Celtic & Irish Music at its best!

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Having spent the last decade expanding his vocal repertoire, Eric has turned his attention to focusing all of his energy on his debut album of Celtic and Irish songs titled “Listen to the River” which resonates with his ambitions to become one of the leading voices coming out of Ireland in recent times.

The Radio EP from “Listen to the River” is set to showcase his music to Irish radio and features songs ‘She‘, a beautiful rendition of The Cranberries ‘Dreaming My Dream’ and well beloved irish ballad ‘Spanish Lady’.

A native of Cork, Ireland, Eric has demonstrated a passion and natural ability for music and singing since a young age. His love of all genres of music led Eric to being successful in winning many competitions displaying his vocal versatility.

From winning Scor for Celtic/folk singing to being awarded the Gold Medal From the Royal Irish academy Of Music for highest marks achieved for classical and Musical theatre singing. In his teens Eric played many leading roles for the Fermoy Choral Society and Cork Opera House receiving praise from the local Cork press who described him as a “Remarkable singer and entertainer”.

Eric was fortunate to have received a full Scholarship to The Guildford School of Acting and Graduated in 2010 with BA honours. Upon Graduating Eric secured a mandate as lead vocalist on the world famous Queen Mary 2 and laterally, Aida cruises, where he fulfilled one of his other passions, that of world travel. When Eric was not travelling the world as lead vocalist, he spent several Christmas seasons at the biggest Christmas show in Europe “Thursford Christmas Spectacular” in the UK.

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Kris James announces new single ‘I’ll Be Here’ Out May 24th

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After achieving international success as former lead singer of the boyband The Scheme, Liverpool born singer/songwriter Kris James successfully launched his solo career in the summer of 2018.

His critically acclaimed debut single “Eyes Open” which debuted on the cover of Music Week magazine, peaked at number 25 in the official iTunes chart where it held position for 4 weeks. The track also received great success in Europe and Latin America and had spot plays
on National Radio. The highly anticipate follow on single “Anymore” was released in the Autumn of 2018 and entered the official iTunes at number 1 in the genre of electronic on the day of release.

As well as a singer/songwriter, Kris is a respected fashionista, frequently in the media spotlight, Kris is often spotted on the front row at London Fashion Week year after year and has penned fashion diaries for several publications.

Kris’s new and highly-anticipated single “I’ll Be Here” will be officially released on May 24th 2019. The new heartfelt track is taken from Kris’ debut album which is set to be released this Winter.

The unfeigned track is produced by Tom Fuller, who is best known for his work with Amy Winehouse & Robbie Williams. The lyrics in his new single acts as a personal emotional connection to the listener. Kris Describes the track as “A Journey through the different emotions and feelings of life”

He also comments “After suffering from depression and mental health in the past and worrying about what people may think, I decided to write the track. We need to talk more openly about how we feel and let anyone going through it know we are here for them”

Alongside the single ‘I’ll Be Here’, Kris’s track has overwhelming floor filler remixes by the likes of WideBoyz (Example and Lorde) and Pink Panda (Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora). The success of ‘Kris James’ tracks continues to illustrate how he is the looming trailblazer in the music industry and the new single will clearly demonstrate this to all his listeners around the world.

To accompany the song, Kris James took to screen to shoot a cinematic music video to accompany the track which will bring viewers close to Kris and bring the track to life.

‘I’ll Be Here’ can be pre-ordered on Spotify & iTunes from the 10th May 2019 and will be available on all major outlets on the 24th May 2019.

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The Burma Announce New Single + Nationwide Tour Dates

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The Burma are an Indie rock n’ roll band influenced by the American Indie scene of the early 2000’s and British guitar bands of the 80s and 90s. The Burma’s jangly guitars and bouncy basslines make for refreshingly melodic songs. The line-up consists of long-time friends from Cobh Tony O’Donovan and Peter Piggott along with Doolin, Co. Clare drummer Cian Doherty whom they met in Cork in 2012.

The Burma released their debut EP ‘Her Eyes On Horizons’ in June 2017. The EP featured the singles ‘Love Fades’ and ‘Sucker For Stars, both of which were met with great acclaim with Hot Press stating “The pop-rockers ‘are as suited to the dancefloor as the dive bar, as bouncy basslines underpin earwig melodies and shimmering guitar lines”. Recent releases like Love Fades suggest that they’re “ready to graduate to the big time.” 

The Burma’s last single ‘Quicksand’ was released in October 2018 and gained extensive national airplay. It was also made Song of The Day. “This is a classic three minute pop song full of verve and melody”. “The Burma are a band on the up and you really should start checking them out so you can tell your pals, you knew them before they became huge.”

The Burma have supported acts such as The Academic, The Strypes, Delorentos, Brian Deady, The Blizzards & Ryan Sheridan.

In 2019 The Burma will play some of their biggest shows to date including the likes of The Liverpool Feis, Vantastival, the Doolin Folk Festival and many more on the Irish and British festival circuit. Expect to see some exciting new releases from The Burma this year too!

What the critics have to say:

“Anyone in fear that the conveyor-belt of winning guitar bands might be slowing down would be well advised to check out The Burma before writing any epitaphs.” – Hot Press

“A new Cork band with a great sound. It won’t be long before they are headlining gigs themselves.”

“It’s sun-kissed, California-driving music – yet it’s relevant, and it’s fresh.” – Golden Plec

“Jangly guitar pop at its finest.” – Dan Hegarty, RTE 2FM

Upcoming Gigs
June 1st – Vantastival, Drogheda
June 15th – Doolin Folk Fest
July 6th – Feis Liverpool

Social Media Links

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Check Out This New Summer Anthem ‘Anything for You’

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‘Anything For You’ –  newest summer anthem from VAVO ft. Zhiko is Out Now!

Calvin Scully, aka ZHIKO, is a Dublin (Ireland) based self taught musician starting from the early age of 12 he had a natural ear for music. As a self taught pianist/keyboardist and Music Producer, Calvin started hitting the airwaves at the age of 15 with his release of ‘Torn apart’ a dance track that was picked up and playlisted on Dublin’s 98fm and Rte 2FM. Calvin has also had song placements on many tv shows in Ireland, Uk, Portugal and Australia. 

Out of the spotlight, after many years of Studying and perfecting his Production skills, Calvin has written hundreds of tracks for artists on major and independent labels around the globe.

In 2018 Calvin combined talents with New York based French Producer Antoine Cara of Ultra Records and together created the duo ‘Dakotah’  they have released numerous pop dance tracks in 2019.

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Now known as ZHIKO, Calvin has many upcoming tracks set for release in 2019 including his comeback release ‘’Anything for you” which is a collaboration with New York based super duo VAVO. The release is set to be release on 26th April 2019, world premiering on Sirius XM on the 25th April.

VAVO, a Billboard charting Dance/Pop duo VAVO seamlessly blends the talents of Vancouver native Jesse Fischer and London born Alden Martin. They have over 50 charting positions on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify, VAVO seeks to raise the bar. Their last single “Right Now” has already reached the top 10 in the BPM Top 20 Countdown and has been supported by key tastemakers in the dance music community.

At their current pace, expect to see VAVO rise up as one of the hottest dance acts in 2019.

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KNOCKANSTOCKAN festival announces full and final line up!

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Ireland’s Premier Independent Music & Arts festival 19th – 21st of July 2019 – FINAL LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT!!


There will be music, acts and experiences that you won’t get anywhere else.

Why? Because KnockanStockan is more than just a festival:

It is the best place to go to find New Music

The setting: a breath-taking site overlooking the Blessington Lakes.

KnockanStockan returns for the Summer of 2019, with heavy emphasis on their ethos which is to support and… “Love New Music”. Today we give you the full final and our most impressive yet line-up announcement setting the bar higher than it’s ever been. A true representation of the high calibre of music in Ireland, an exceptionally eclectic line-up, a great mix of homegrown talent and artists of critical acclaim fitting for all musical tastes.

Happyalone | Jealous Of The Birds | Mango X MathMan | Ye Vagabonds | Emma Langford | JyellowL | Joshua Burnside | ZASKA | Bicurious | Emmet Kirwan | Hugh Cooney | Robocobra Quartet | Lunch Money (UK) | Just Mustard | Eve Belle | Kitt Philippa | TOUCAN | The Eskies | Tebi Rex | DJ Tahira (Brazil) | Dead Label | Bats | No Spill Blood | Chancer | The Wood Burning Savages | Junior Brother | PowPig | The Pale | BAILER | Silverbacks | THUMPER | Wastefellow | Solkatt | WOB! | Luka Palm | Galway Street Club | Rachael Boyd | Vernon Jane | Cherym | BOUTS | Zapho | Kean Kavanagh | TPM | KNEECAP | Shookrah | Farah Elle | The Scratch | Tribal Dance | Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies | Jinx Lennon | Hot Cops | Arvo Party | Brién | Five To Two | Leila Jane | Dowry | Slouch | Words That Burn | zhOra | Paddy Dennehy | My Uncle Stoat | Lemoncello | Elizabeth Moen | Niamh Regan  | Acid Granny | Craic Boi Mental feat Whip Girl | Soft Boy DJs | Good Name Djs | Myles Manley | Shakalak | Jailbirds  | I Am The Main Character | Captain Hotknives | Chief Keegan | 0phelia | Stevie Darragh  | Trainman Blues | Rowan | Halli | Hatchlings | GavinDaVinci | Hazey Haze | SENU | Synk | Bannered Mare | October Fires | Le Pizza Galaxie | Moley O Súilleabháin | Natalya O’Flaherty | Ailie. | Nealo | Mankyy & Clerk 5 | Cooks But We’re Chefs | GRAMOPHONE DISCMAN – TRAD RAVE | Culture Vultures | A Different Animal | Amy Montgomery | SHITHäTT | Naive Ted  | Mutefish | Trad Abuse | Calvin James | The Bonk | Ragairí | Do You Speak Bell? | Markas Carcas & The Trail Gang | Honey  | Kynsy | Wild Atlantic Wake | Sarah Jessica Fletcher & Tiffany Breakfast | Candlelit Tales | Andi | Traashboo | Jawbone | Mockie Ah’s Drag Extravaganza | Pyre Productions | The Groovin’ Grannies | Eclectic Ballroom | Strange Boy | Citrus | Hooplah dee da | Acrobatics Shenanigans | Suadela Bellydance | Laura Rossi | Fingerz | Munky | Stevie G & Hot Sauce Dance Crew | The Walkeleles | Dj Chef | Hipshaker | Dj Negligee | Guilty Boy Association | The Jobseekerz | Sacred Skin | Anna Mieke | Joe Byrne

A diverse musical line-up will be accompanied by additional treats for festival fans this year, featuring new collaborations, several international artists, spectacular new stage designs, new areas to explore, an array of art installations and endless performance art in many glorious forms. Each new addition to the festival will be a tasteful continuation to the KnockanStockan we know and love with additional features both complementing and elevating the festival’s remarkable reputation.


If you definitely want to come to KnockanStockan but can’t afford the full price of a ticket just now then the instalment plan is for you.

For a limited time you can pay a €52 deposit to reserve a ticket. Then simply pay the balance in 2 handy instalments before 12 noon on Thursday 18th July and your ticket will be sent out to you.

Carlsberg Unfiltered

Carlsberg Unfiltered, the headline sponsor of KnockanStockan 2019 is back again, bigger and better this year, with a Danish inspired takeover. Carlsberg Unfiltered is inspired by Danish values of simplicity and connection with nature, and its name reflects how the lager is made. The brewers have removed the filtration process, which leaves more natural flavours and body in the lager and produces a premium, great tasting, cloudy pilsner with subtle floral and hop notes.

Carlsberg Unfiltered Stage

KnockanStockan are excited to have Carlsberg return this year to collaborate on an exciting venue space with a Danish twist. The Unfiltered stage is making a comeback where guests can sit and watch performance art, intimate collaborations, interviews, comedy by day and dance to some of Ireland’s finest DJ collectives play on a stage in the centre of the festivities.

The Carlsberg Danish Quarter

Sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere the Danish Way.  The main bar, the Danish Quarter hosted by Carlsberg, will overlook the main stage so you can enjoy a few pints whilst soaking in the festival atmosphere. Skål!

A much loved family friendly event, KnockanStockan is Ireland’s Premiere Small Festival which has earned the festival many awards throughout the years such as Best Line Up, Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival and Best Social Responsibility Award. The official Launch night will take place at Dublin’s newest Music Venues, Lost lane at 6.30pm on April 18th.

Not long after going on sale, Early Bird tickets to KS2019 have already sold out, a sure sign of excitement for the festival’s return:

Early Bird Tickets – SOLD OUT    

3 Day Festival Ticket (FRI-SUN CAMPING) €155

2 Day Festival Ticket (SAT & SUN CAMPING) €135

 1 Day Festival (SUN DAY TICKET) Ticket €65


Campervan Tickets €50

Bus Tickets €20 Dublin Return

Boutique Tents available here


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Cork Singer Songwriter Ruth Brosnan To Release New Single “Good Enough”

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Ruth Brosnan is a singer, songwriter and musician from Cork, Ireland. She completed her BA in Popular Music at CIT Cork School of Music where she graduated with First Class Honors in May 2018. Upon the completion of her studies she went over to LA on a graduate visa to learn more about the music business. While she was there, she entered ‘The Great American Song Contest’ and was recently chosen as a finalist with her debut single ‘Good Enough’ which is to launch April 26th. Ruth writes songs of the pop/rock genre and has a unique quirky style & personality which shines through in her own songs and performances. Her influences include Kesha, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Sigrid.

Ruth wrote this song to help and inspire people.

‘We all go through tough times where we feel down and feel like we’re not good enough whether it be at work or at school/college or at home. We care so much about what other people think of us and as humans we crave acceptance. This causes huge anxiety leading to negative feelings and sometimes depression across the world and across all age groups. Social media has magnified this problem for people and we need to find a coping mechanism. I believe that self-love is the core of it all. I knows sometimes that can be very difficult to master but sometimes we set such high standards for ourselves and with my song I just want to help people to believe they are good enough because we all are good enough and that’s a starting point’.

A subject that is so close to the bone for Ruth, she wrote this song through her own life experiences.

“I lost my mother when I was fourteen and several close friends to suicide. Mental health and wellness are really important and I want to increase awareness. I think my song and video have a very important message and I think if younger people particularly had this song/video on their phone to listen to and to watch it might encourage them to think before they act. It could be a resource for people as sometimes we don’t talk but we look and listen”.

Ruth is launching her single at this time when there is a huge build-up of pressure among students both in schools and college’s. Darkness into Light events are also due to be held during the month of May and she hopes the song & music video will help people to pause and spread awareness.

Her debut single is set to launch the 26th of April 2019. The song will be available on various different platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer and Apple Music . You can watch the video on

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Rising Singer Songwriter JAMES OR announces New Single

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It’s been an exciting eighteen months for James. Inclusions on the Hotpress ‘Ones to Watch’ listings and Live at the Marquee line-up showcased a songwriter and performer who is always striving to go one better.

A tireless live performance married with thoughtful and relatable songwriting also brought performing opportunities with the likes of The Coronas, Damien Dempsey and Ham Sandwich.

  • A unique and exciting Irish indie voice – Shane Dunne (INDIEPENDENCE, Music Cork)
  • James OR is the refreshing new artist the industry is craving. Clever lyrics and catchy tunes, youll be singing along in no time – Barbara Nic Dhonnacha (freelance journalist, broadcaster)
  • James stands on a pedestal all his own instantly memorable, sing-alongable anthems and delicately woven stories, somehow all at the same time – Emma Langford (Best Emerging Artist – RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards)

‘An Attempt at Momentum’ is out Friday, April 26th. 

Upcoming gigs

Friday, May 3rd: Coughlans Live, Cork

August Bank Holiday weekend: INDIEPENDENCE Music & Arts Festival

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The Pale announce details of new album ‘MERCIFUL HOUR’

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Album Artwork by Artist Fergal Coghlan

The Pale return with their strongest album to date. Spearheaded by the Double A ‘Loser Friends’ and ‘Such Dumb Luck’ their eagerly anticipated 13th studio album ‘Merciful Hour’ is due for a release on the 24th of May 2019. Pre-orders available from April 10th.   

‘Merciful Hour’ was produced by sonic maestro Keith Farrell (Duckworth Lewis Method, Cathy Davey, Pugwash).  Over eleven tracks the album builds on the classic Pale sound expanding it musically and lyrically. The eleven tracks shift constantly between styles and themes but never once lose direction. Sure to surprise fans and newcomers ‘Merciful Hour’ is the band’s boldest statement to date.

The Pale started life in Dublin’s Northside in the early 90’s but drew their influences from far beyond. For some they are best remembered for their hits ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Dogs with no tails’. But that is only the tip of the iceberg for a band that has steered clear of the beaten track, releasing a string of albums that effortlessly skip between styles and genres, all the while retaining a strong lyrical focus.

Flirtations with chart success, forays into alternative circuses, tours way off the beaten path in Russia, Japan, Eastern Europe and beyond are all par for the course for a band that have refused to be categorised or trade off past glories.

The Pale’s live reputation is hard earned, with sets jumping between laced up indie, reggae, Eastern European folk, all presented with a wry lyrical twist and frenetic energy. Never to be pigeonholed, a Pale gig will see them play dozens of songs drawing from a range of genres. Mandolins and bouzoukis duel with synths and drums, all propelled by their inimitable stage presence and striking musical prowess.

The band are available for interview, performances, and anything else you might be having yourself.

The Pale are: 

Matthew Devereux – Vocals
Shane Wearen –Vocals, Mandolin, Bouzouki
Gavin O’Brien – Bass
Aidan O’Grady – Drums, Percussion.

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Upcoming Tour Dates:

11th May          Westport, Acoustic Festival

12th July:          Mike the Pies, Listowel, Co, Kerry

20th July           Knockanstockan, Festival, Co, Wicklow

16th August      The Spirit Store, Dundalk

7th September    Lost Lane, Dublin

More to be announced shortly…




Pale Blue Moon release Debut single ‘Supernatural’

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Pale Blue Moon

Debut single ‘Supernatural’ #2 in the Irish Charts + Official video has reached over 100k views on You Tube and continues to climb!

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 Pale Blue Moon swing on a stylistic-ledge, balancing comfortably between old-school acts such as The Cult and The Cure, bringing an updated feel to nostalgia… All this points positively in the direction the band are heading, as we await the single and album release we can relish in the dark madness that is the mini-epic video.

Pale Blue Moon are set to release their debut album “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out”, following a year of working with American producer Brian Sperber (Staind, Alter Bridge, Myles Kennedy, Moby, Feeder, Madonna). Currently based in Drogheda, County Louth, each member of the group has had success previously with other groups and singer Shane Kelly, approached each of them with the idea of forming a new partnership, which soon morphed into Pale Blue Moon.

Previously they toured with Shane Macgowan and the Popes, touring extensively across Ireland, the UK, Scandinavia and the USA. After taking time out to write and record the new Pale Blue Moon album, the group are now preparing for the album release and to begin touring across Ireland.

While mixing the album a near-catastrophe occurred as Frontman Shane Kelly unbelievably suffered a stroke, which left him hospitalised for four months. Otherwise healthy, this was a huge blow and shock to Shane and the band as they were set to release and promote their debut album.

However, Shane was determined to continue and while hospitalised and going through rehab, Shane continued to finish mixing the album from his hospital bed, via Skype with their producer in New York. Incredibly, Shane made a full recovery. It was only after long deliberations that Shane agreed to include his experience of having a stroke in the band Press Release, after he concluded that sharing his experience may help others in similar life-changing situations and give them hope.

‘Supernatural’ is now available worldwide.

Pale Blue Moon are: Shane Kelly – Vocals, & guitar, Griff (Brian Griffin) – Drums and Mick Brady – Bass

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