Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys: “The arts must benefit as the economy continues to improve.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has announced €2 million in extra funds for the Arts Council next year, to finance (...)

Better than the Baftas, greater than the Grammys, and more lobbied than the Oscars – welcome to the Ticket Awards 2014. Take your seats please, we’(...)

Floating Points: ‘I open Spotify just to make sure my new stuff isn’t on there’

There are moments in music when you hear a sliver of something that sounds like it has come from the future. It’s a sound or an approach that has t(...)

Tokyo skyline during the Red Bull Music Academy 2014 event

Each year, the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) invites two groups of 30 musicians – producers, singers, DJs and players – to come together in a new c(...)

Jah Shaka performing in Spiegeltent Antwerp in  2010. Photograph: Anviss/Flickr  Photograph: Anviss/Flickr

When Jah Shaka speaks it’s hard not to take him seriously. There’s the gentle levity of his Jamaican patois, and his bottomless brown eyes, like th(...)

Working in the arts and journalism is the perfect collision of culinary connections (it also allows you to write sentences as awful and contrived as t(...)

Greg Wilson (left) at a previous RBMA event

ASHLEY BEEDLE What track have you heard recently, and thought, I wish I’d written that? Gregory Porter, 1960 What?. And is there a trac(...)

The Centre of the UniverseBewley’s Cafe Theatre***“My name is John and I want you to join a cult.” John Doran makes no bones about his intent and what(...)

Down and Out in Paris and London by George OrwellBewley’s Cafe Theatre***Phelim Drew’s adaptation and one-man performance of Orwell’s book sets itsel(...)

Bono and  U2 perform during an Apple event yesterday, during which the company announced it  was giving the band’s new album free to iTunes users. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Songs of Innocence***U2’s new album is soaked in the memories of the band’s adolescence. Lyrics are full of references to the Dublin bombings, old fri(...)