Rapper Kendrick Lamar  knows how to handle his PR machine. Photograph: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images

On Lamar’s new album, the big-name collaborators never outshine the smartest artist working in music today

Six-year-old Cindy Wang and friends at the launch  of Cruinniú Na Cásca 2017,  which will take place on Easter Monday in Dublin City Centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

From St Stephen’s Green to Custom House Quay, there’s something for everyone in Dublin and around the country

Workspace for rockstars? Part of Brickhouse, Iconic’s latest office space, on Baggot Street, Dublin

Opinion: a student competition run by a commercial office provider is proving a typical example of how the business world too ofte(...)

A still from May by Lewis Kenny and Tony Callaly

Get those tissues ready and call your mother after watching May by Lewis Kenny and Tony Callaly

Loosysmokes perform at the launch on the Electric Picnic at  Urban Plant Life on Cork Street, Dublin 8 on March 23rd, 2017.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Comments come after Electric Picnic sells out in less than five minutes, ahead of lineup announcement

 Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft of The xx are due to headline this year’s Electric Picnic festival. Photograph:  Jakubaszek/Redferns

The first tranche of acts is announced hours after the festival sells out

The Electric Picnic has sold out tickets, hours before it was due to announce its lineup for 2017. Photograph: Niall Bouzon/Inpho/Red Bull

The music festival is due to announce its line-up at noon today

Soprano Ailish Tynan will perform the work of Schubert at the Kilkenny Arts Festival

A focus on Schubert and Stephen Rea performing the work of Oscar Wilde are the main highlights, though the festival features few(...)

David Kitt of New Jackson, who has soundtracked Wednesday, a short film about Dublin

Al Kennington and Albert Hooi’s slick short is a series of portraits of people who live and work in the city

 Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner: “Just because we have the internet, there is no God? That’s not how it really works. At the end of the day it’s not like were not going to die.” Photograph: Roger Kisby/Getty Images Portrait

Suicidal Tendencies, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamarr, Flying Lotus: Thundercat is a bass man with a stunning CV. But he's more than j(...)

Cillian Crosson, Aisling Crosson, Chloe Commins and Siobhan McGuire at Body and Soul in 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Metronomy, Vitalic, Lambchop, Sleaford Mods and Optimo20 line up for summer solstice festival takes Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmea(...)

The roads in the nature reserve are  suitable only for 4x4 vehicles (off-roading is illegal without snow).

Track down geothermal springs, active volcanoes and waterfalls in a supersized jeep

A detail from The Taking of Christ by  Caravaggio, which is on  indefinite loan to the National Gallery of Ireland from the Jesuit Community. Photograph: National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery’s heavyweight exhibition collects 40 masterpieces by Caravaggio and those he influenced

The London MC burns with potential, with a live performance that’s equal parts charm and fire

The cast and production team of ‘Pals: The Irish at Gallipoli’ collecting their award at last year’s   event. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards has one public vote category. And now is your last chance to have your say

Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson in Dublin Oldschool

The writer’s latest short film, developed from a stage show, follows one girl’s journey through young motherhood

‘Look into my eyes. Watch the show. Tell your friends.’

The show returns to our TV screens and season five was its best yet. Here’s how the last episode left things

 Ella Daly, Nicholas Grene and Anna Walsh on stage at the Abbey Theatre, ahead of the announcement of the shortlists for the 2016 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Photograph: Alan Betson

The award is part of this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The shortlists will be announced on Saturday

Choice nominees Rusangano Family: could this be the year when they show the prize that hip hop is boss? Photograph: Eric Luke

Lineup features Rusangano Family, All Tvvins and James Vincent McMorrow in a shortlist dominated by indie rock

Gang warfare: the Dancing with the Stars contestants

What time is it on, how does the format work, who is likely to win and who will go full Black Swan?

Anohni: delivered the most “heartbreaking protest album in years”.

Culture review 2016: Time travel seemed to be the dominant plot line, and you couldn't move without bumping into Roger Casement

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at the National Gallery of Ireland, where he launched Creative Ireland, a major cross-governmental initiative and legacy project of Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, with Minister for the Arts  Heather Humphreys and Minister  for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Creative professionals are cautiously optimistic but wary of a branding exercise

As we head into the closing weekend of the Ticket Awards 2016, here are your favourites so far – and how they squared up against o(...)

Imelda May at Other Voices. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Title sponsors and a larger cultural offering mean that this is the year when the Dingle event stops being a small music-industry (...)

From left, Prof Chris Morash of TCD, Lynn Scarff, Science Gallery Dublin director, and Senator Lynn Ruane  in an installation by Elaine Hoey called  The Weight of Water at the Science Gallery programme launch. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Next year’s exhibitions will look at artificial intelligence, and explore different ways our society could collapse

Vermiculation by sculptor Jason Ellis, who will discuss his exhibition ‘Old Anatomy’ at a lunchtime talk at Dublin’s Oliver Sears gallery on Friday

This weekend, 36 Dublin galleries open their doors with events, openings, talks and tours - and nearly everything is free

Leonard Cohen: “It’s au revoir ...  I’m running late, they’ll close the bar / I used to play one mean guitar”

Much like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen’s final album is filled with images and lyrics that show the end was in sight

Radiohead: sold out Dublin concert

Band play 3Arena days before headlining at Glastonbury festival

Björk portrait, taken at the the RBMA Montreal this week. Photograph: Santiago Felipe/Red Bull Content Pool

The Red Bull Music Academy touched down in Montreal this year and among the innovators putting the musicians through their paces w(...)

Justin Bieber performs at the 2016 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas in May this year. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of his 3Arena double date

This early in the snow year it’s easy to fool yourself into thinking you’re more adventurous than you are.

When the slopes are pristine and the lifts are freshly polished Val Thorens is sublime

Lady Gaga performs on the Dive Bar tour this month to promote her new album Joanne. Photograph  Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Joanne, the new album by one of pop’s reigning queens, has a head full of big ideas fighting with a heart full of simpler charms (...)

Whatever you’re having yourself:  Some retro advertising featuring at the  the Little Museum of Dublin exhibition

Little Museum of Dublin’s latest show reveals "a pre-internet Ireland, another world where men had unfeasibly thick heads of hair (...)

Ruth Fitzmaurice at Ladies’ Cove in Greystones, Co Wicklow

Fitzmaurice got the book deal after a series of articles in The Irish Times

A new tool makes playlists of festival line-ups, and makes a few bold claims

Plan to leave for your journey to Electric Picnic. Rosa Walsh (3) and Cillian Bowe (4) from Errill, Co Laois arrive in style last year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Stradbally festival has a new traffic plan, based on what type of ticket you have. Here’s everything you need to know to make (...)

Stradbally fields forever: an aerial view of the Electric Picnic. Photograph: Sky Tec Ireland

There's more to the picnic than the main stage

 James Murphy from  LCD Soundsystem would like to cordially invite you to the Electric Picnic main stage at just after midnight on Saturday. Photograph: Estela Silva/EPA

Here’s the first stage times for the Main, Rankin’s Wood, Other Voices and Body and Soul stages. We'll have more for you tomorrow

 Aerial Footage of last year’s Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Inpho/Red Bull/Niall Bouzon

With one week to go, here’s a sneak preview of the Stradbally site so you can pick out your camping spot

David Bowie’s final album Blackstar has been nominated for this year’s Mercury Music Prize. Photograph: Larry Busacca/WireImage

Twelve acts are up for this year’s prize, which picks the best album by a UK or Irish act

Outside view of the Château de St Pierre de Serjac, in Puissalicon, France, run by Karl and Anita Hanlon

A short distance from Beziers, the Château St Pierre de Serjac offers great opulence and beauty

Stranger Things: a TV show that took shape in your childhood

The Off Topic podcast discusses media built on nostalgia, and the strange case of Marina Joyce

A bird’s eye view of Electric Picnic 2015 in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Niall Bouzon/Inpho/Red Bull

The music and arts festival will also feature a closing parade through the Stradbally site on its Sunday night

The department will also look again at how to promote further investment in the cultural sector from businesses. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister Heather Humphreys to hold annual consultation day with arts community members

Kate Maher, Emma Keeley-Kawesha, Kenya Dempsey and Kevin Byrne at the Longitude Festival in Marlay Park, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Armenian chef’s hip-hop perfect tee-up for Kendrick Lamar after Chvrches disappoint

After BuzzFeed featured shots from Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show in 2013, a member of her team asked that ‘unflattering photos’ be removed. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

A recent trend among stars is to restrict press photographers at concerts to control every aspect their image

Kendrick Lamar performs at the Orange Stage, Roskilde Festival. He’ll be showing Longitude who is boss on Friday evening.  Photograph: Simon Laessoee/Scanpix Denmark/Reuters

Longitude takes over Marlay Park this weekend. Here’s all the details

A jogger passes a street vendor outside Croke Park, where Beyoncé is playing. Press photographers were not permitted to work at the concert. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Politics takes a back seat as spectacle rules the world during Beyoncé’s only Irish date on the Formation tour

Beyoncé onstage during the Formation World Tour at the Rose Bowl in May in  Pasadena, California. Photograph:  Kevin Mazur/WireImage

What time is Beyoncé on at Croke Park? What tunes will she play? Is it sold out? Here’s what you need to know

I’ll take it: Daenerys makes her move in the season finale of Game of Thrones

A longer, final episode in season six puts the pieces in place for the last days of the Seven Kingdoms. Here’s what we learned

 Rory O’Neill (Ms Panti Bliss) being interviewed at the launch of “KnowNow”, a national free rapid HIV testing programme. His bar  is offering free HIV tests to patrons. Photograph: Eric Luke

Off Topic: Has the attack in Orlando shattered the sense of nigthclubs as a safe place for the LGBT community? And how much homop(...)

Hip-hop of the very first order: Ho99o9, Midnight Circus, Friday, 9.45pm

Away from the obvious favourites, here’s our selection of insider tips for the weekend

Martin Hayes,  Stephen Rea and  performers from Loosysmokes, Elaine McCague and Deirdre Griffin, at the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016 programme launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Stephen Rea, Loudon Wainwright III and Christian Blackshaw are among the highlights

Action Bronson: peerless rapping chops paired with emotion

The Barcelona festival is an excellent primer for what’s coming to Ireland this summer and beyond. Here’s what we caught and where(...)

The  Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin. Conor Gallagher says that trials can often  become a “revictimisation for a lot of people and they find it absolutely horrendous”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Off Topic podcast: Sarah Maria Griffin, Roe McDermott and Conor Gallagher discuss what the Stanford case tells us about everyday s(...)

Thom Yorke on stage at Primavera Sound 2016 during their two-hour Friday night set. Photograph: EPA/Marta Perez

Radiohead deliver a masterclass in crowd control, before Kiasmos unload both electro barrels

LCD Soundsystem lead singer James Murphy performing on stage during the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Marta Perez/EPA

The three-day Barcelona festival also raises the bar with strong sets from Kamasi Washington and Floating Points

New York queer hip-hop artist Zebra Katz at the Halla Scoile. Photograph: Doreen Kilfeather

The Aran island culture festival blends its seamless mix of art and talks, food and music with the idyllic landscape

 Bruce Springsteen performs on stage during The River Tour at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain this week. Photo:  EPA/JP Gandul

From chance encounters in speedos and chats about Stillorgan bowling to playing support to the E Street Band, some of the Boss’s (...)

RCSI president Declan Magee (right) , takes a close look at the sculpture “Random Access Memory V” by Remco de Fouw (centre) winner of the 2016 RCSI Art Award, with RHA president Mick O’Dea, at the presentation in the Royal Hibernian Academy. Photograph: Eric Luke

Remco de Fouw wins €5,000 and €10,000 commission for ‘Random Access Memory V’

Award winning artist Katie Paterson: Previous projects include mapping all the Universe’s dead stars, compiling a slide archive of the history of darkness across the ages and sending a re-cast meteorite back into space. (Photo by David M Benett/Getty Images)

An intriguing literary project by visual artist Katie Paterson called Future Library is putting novelists’ work in storage for a c(...)

Game Of Thrones: Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. Photograph:  HBO Enterprises

In this compelling and superlative drama, the audience watches a ghastly truth emerge

The artist Hugh O’Donoghue  in front of an epic new painting The Wasteland (8ft x 24ft), which features in a major new exhibition of work commissioned by the Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Colin Crisford

Suede, a new work inspired by Eileen Gray and US model Cameron Russell are also on the July arts festival bill

Simon Fujiwara’s  The Humanizer, which is at the Irish Museum of Modern Art until August 28th.  Photograph: Ruth Medjber/Ruthless Imagery

We discuss Simon Fujiwara’s Imma installation The Humanizer, here about perhaps the biggest game-to-film adaptation to date, and d(...)

Heather Humphreys at the Dáil in April.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Move comes after changes to the department viewed as a demotion by the sector

Inisheer is one of several islands hosting cultural happenings this summer. Photograph: Chris Hill

The Drop Everything cultural biennial will soon take over Inisheer with art, music, and a specially built sauna

Nicky Byrne signs for Ireland with Sunlight during the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Patrick Freyne argues we have only ourselves to blame for Nicky Byrne’s early bath in Stockholm

 Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht: Heather Humphreys  with President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny after receiving her seal of office. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins

More than 5,000 sign online petition protesting new ministerial brief

Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans from Yacht

This week’s faking of an act of revenge porn by the Portland band ranks as one of the most ill-conceived music PR stunts ever

 Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs at the Barclays Center in New York, the US. File photograph: Chad Batka/The New York Times

The Oxford band’s first album in five years is out now. Here’s our initial impressions

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Varys (Conleth Hill) go on a wander round Braavos

Opener failed to live up to hype but was busy laying foundations for season to come

Struck blind: Will Arya (Maisie Williams)  still be able to read that death list? Photograph: HBO

The wildly popular fantasy series returns on Monday. Here’s the story so far

Laurence Mackin after completing his Swim for a Mile challenge: ‘Fitness is all well and good (and my word will you feel good after that mile is done). But it’s technique more than anything that will have you flying over that finish line in fine time. Photograph: Courtesy of Swim Ireland

They took on the challenge and they swam for a mile. Find out how two of The Irish Times team got on . . .

A design by Tado studio, inspired by London

Retain creative control and don’t be afraid of the dark: these were among the nuggets of wisdom at the annual design conference

‘You build up a visual language that people can use’: The  design fonts and features that accompany David Bowie's final album Blackstar

“We talked about black stars as a force that drives you out and drags you back in” - Designer Jonathan Barnbrook on the mysteries(...)

Jack Garratt: part of the new breed of musicians willing to go it alone live, with technology as their bandmate

Even big name acts are replacing musicians with technology and players with samples and software. Where is there left for live mus(...)

Coach Peter Conway  reckons once you find your perfect pace, you can swim all day. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s almost race day for our ‘Swim for a Mile’ challengers . . . and they are feeling a little nervous, but ready

Lisa Dwan on stage at the NCH. Photograph: Frances Marshall

The NCH’s centenary celebrations continue with a night of high calibre one-off performances

A screengrab of the video demonstrating Microsoft’s holoportation technology. The girl and toys in the centre are holographic projections

Microsoft’s has released details of its new Holoportation tech which aims to capture the 3D home music market

Soft-Kin  by Richard Gorman, which has been shortlisted for the inaugural RCSI Art Award. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Five artworks selected from 186th Annual Exhibition for new award

Orna Mulcahy: talks too much to avoid swimming too much. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Pretend there’s an eye in each hip and it wants look up’. I do. It works . . . a bit’

Missing home? Not feeling your Irishness? Here come Luke Kelly, Christy Moore and The Blades to the rescue

Singer Grimes aka Claire Boucher performing in Germany last month. Photograph: Stefan Hoederath/Redferns

The Canadian singer’s set crackled with energy and invention, until technical faults brought the show down

The winners at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015 in The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The event also featured video tributes to Waking the Feminists and the year in theatre

Returning champions: James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem

This year’s line-up reveals a strong mix of old-school and new

Interskalatic members Tim Higgins, Shane Clear, Kevin Foran, Alison Reynolds and Mason McMinnville at the Electric Picnic launch in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Other acts include LCD Soundsystem, New Order and The Chemical Brothers

Musician James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem performs at   Coachella in 2010. He’s coming back to Stradbally and this time he’s bringing the band with him. Photograph: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Lana Del Rey, New Order, Haim, Jack Garratt and Super Furry Animals also make the September bill

Preparations continue in the red carpet arrivals area for the 88th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Here are the Oscar basics: when is it on; where can I see it; and what are our Irish odds

Anything but Sky News: big screens in public spaces are the perfect opportunity to promote cultural offerings

We need to replace rolling Sky News in public places with magical, unexpected moments

Irish Times swimmer Laurence Mackin is (slowly) getting closer to the one-mile goal.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘The trick is to note the lack of air without getting into a blind panic’

Aspiring authors with a book burning a hole in their desk drawer might want to take note of this latest literary event

Yannis Philippakis of Foals at the  3Arena in  Dublin. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

The Oxford band’s latest development sees them turning into heavyweight musical contenders

 Lynn Ruane, president of Trinity College Students’ Union. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lynn Ruane joins the show to discuss Trinity’s consent workshops, and we look at RTÉ’s hunt for a new boss

RHA president Mick O’Dea, Prof Cathal Kelly, chief executive/registrar RCSI, Kevin O’Sullivan, editor of The Irish Times and Declan Magee, president of the RCSI announcing details of the new award. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Prize funded by Royal College of Surgeons, Royal Hibernian Academy and ‘Irish Times’

Massive Attack have released Ritual Spirit, ahead of two further planned releases of new music this year

The Bristol trip hop kings have played to their musical strengths and released a stunning EP in Ritual Spirit, with fans at the Ol(...)

Gaz Coombes at Other Voices in December 2015. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

The live music series recorded in deepest Dingle returns to RTE on Saturday

Anne Clarke on the set of Once the Musical in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Landmark founder recognised for her outstanding contribution to the industry

 Irish Times swimmer Laurence Mackin’s tip: Head down and look down your front at your swimming togs. This will immediately streamline your body and you will instantly feel the movement easier in the water. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Trying to teach a 35-year-old (stroppy) dog a new trick is never going to be easy

From left, Caitríona O’Reilly, Medbh McGuckian, John F Deane, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Four women and one man will vie for this year’s €2,000 best Irish collection prize

The Gloaming (Iarla Ó Lionáird, Martin Hayes, Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and Dennis Cahill) were last year’s winners of the Choice Music Prize

Girl Band, Villagers and Róisín Murphy among the shortlist for the Irish album of the year prize

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