Parquet Courts’ bassist Sean Yeaton starts with some stage-work. “Do something over here,” he says to the audience on his left. “Now do so(...)

If you ignore the relentless noise, fluorescent lights and sporadic screaming, a sleepy mood has fallen upon Stradbally. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times 2:14

By Saturday afternoon at Electric Picnic, people of all ages are lying about in the sun. If you ignore the relentless noise, fluorescent lights and sp(...)

Introduced by some excellent human beatboxers and a man in a pirate costume, the Redneck Manifesto play their first gig in six months on a landlock(...)


I am totally out of my depth. I had no idea how important time-travelling Dutch musical electricians 2Unlimited were to the Irish people until I fo(...)

Mother and daughter Louise Conville and Jacqui Costigan, from Carlow at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan 2:16

Fifty thousand people arrive at Stradbally in a Wacky Races traffic jam of campers, buses and jalopies. They’re here to commune with nature via massiv(...)


The Late Late Show returns for its 54th season tonight. If each episode were to start with a “previously on the Late Late Show” segment it would be(...)

The free spirit Ha ha ha! Look at me dancing barefoot. I have flowers in my hair. I have paint on my face. I am blowing bubbles. I am doing a li(...)

Marc Maron: ‘The reason the podcast is popular is the emotional risks that are being taken.’ Photograph: Gary Miller/Getty Images

In June, American comedian Marc Maron interviewed the president of the United States in his garage. Maron did not see this coming. Six years ago, w(...)

Alan Maguire at the Ghost Estate Farmlea Manor Ferrybank, Waterford.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Alan Maguire and Carol Anne Kennedy live, with two dogs, on a small housing estate just outside Waterford city. The estate, just over the Co Kilkenny(...)

Peak anger: protesting against water charges, Mrs Brown style, in 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

March 6th, 2011, marks the point when Diarmuid O’Flynn, after months of emailing politicians about the injustice of bailing out bondholders, finally g(...)