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(...)

Review: Advocacy

AdvocacyProject Arts Centre****Shaun Dunne’s latest work is set in the world of mental health and negotiates the challenging world of care workers an(...)

Harp: A River Cantata Samuel Beckett Bridge****Olwen Fouéré’s voice rolls off the Samuel Beckett Bridge, as dry and warm as leaves on stone. Not for t(...)

James Murphy. Photograph: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

The huge crowd in the electric arena probably speaks more to the paucity of options on Friday night then the unmissability of a James Murphy DJ set(...)

Steven Terebecki of White Denim: gifted. Photograph: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

More groove than a lathe-makers convention. More feel than Stringer Bell. Probably the most technically gifted group you’ll see all weekend at Elec(...)

 Balmy riffs: Hayden Thorpe of Wild Beasts: Photograph: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Set your beards to stroke for this mid-afternoon set from indie darlings Wild Beasts. The stage is stripped back with just the four-piece and their(...)

We Cut Corners: music in a hurry

It’s more than a little surprising to discover that this is We Cut Corners’s first time on an Electric Picnic stage. This year’s bookers are reward(...)

Stradbally Sahara: Foals on the main stage at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Foals are getting very good at this stadium stuff. It’s no harm when you have a light show that would give the Pet Shop Boys a run for their money. W(...)

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 (...)