Electric Picnic 2014: see you up the front. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Anyone working in middle management will probably be wondering today why most of their staff are suddenly so excited about Excel. No, they haven’t dis(...)

A construction worker putting together the stages for this weekend’s Electric  Picnic 2014 in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Rankin’s Wood Stage Saturday 11.10pm-12.30pm: Le Galaxie 10pm-11pm: Omar Souleyman 8pm-9.30pm: Annie Mac 6.45pm-730pm: Walking (...)

Cathy Davey performing on the media day for Electric Picnic 2014.Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie 2:00

Stradbally Hall is grooming its grounds, putting up tents and setting up stages for this weekend’s Electric Picnic music and arts festival. Promoters(...)

SBTRKT on stage at the Electric Picnic.  Photograph: Dave Meehan 2:00

St Vincent played a blinder with David Byrne last year, but that’s no guarantee of top-dog billing just 12 months later. SBTRKT have been handed headl(...)

The Electric Picnic is starting to take shape.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh 2:00

All the week, The Irish Times will be exclusively revealing the stage times for this weekend’s Electric Picnic. So here’s who’ll be bossing the Main S(...)

 Martina Topley-Bird performs with Massive Attacks. Photograph:  EPA/Jean-Christophe Bott

First Aid KitThis Swedish folk duo are almost unlikely stars, but there is something effortlessly charming about their simple guitar and keys combo an(...)

Haim perform on the Main Stage at Longitude Fesitval at Marley Park. Photograph: Allen Kiely.

Tvvins The amount of quality bands emerging from Ireland in recent years is relentless, but this latest overlap is something very special indeed. The (...)

George Ezra was among the highlights at the first day of the Longitude Festival in Marlay Park, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Review: Longitude day one Swedish pop act Elliphant have the unenviable task of an earlyish doors set at Longitude’s Heineken tent. Singer Ellinor Ol(...)

Alistair Spalding: ‘I hardly ever go to America to see work; we take work there but there isn’t a flourishing of dance.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Talk to Alistair Spalding about dance, and one of the first things he’ll light upon is hip hop. “All the terminology in ballet and the movement and vo(...)

Heather Humphreys (right) has been named as Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht during her first term in the Dáil. Photograph: Merrion Street/Government Information Service.

The Cabinet reshuffle has seen a relative unknown parachuted into the Arts portfolio. Heather Humphreys has been named as Minister for the Arts, Herit(...)