Cher Lloyd: ‘At the end of the day, The X Factor gave me a massive platform. I took it, and I used it’

Presumably, the title Sorry I’m Late isn’t a reference to your questionable punctuality. It’s quite a stressful thing, picking an album title (...)

DAN CROLL It’s time for Dan Croll’s fantasy festival. Where would you hold it? Somewhere with the natural landscape for it, maybe the Minack Th(...)

It ‘was the era of lip-syncing, and it was obvious that here was a girl who had no interest in faking anything’ – John Boyne recalling his first sight of Sinéad O’Connor

At last November’s Irish Book Awards, sometime between the starter and the main course, I glanced across the room and my eyes landed on the most be(...)

How Thicke can you get? Reports that someone in Ireland bought a copy by mistake remain unconfirmed

‘When you’re not busy objectifying women, making light of rape and justifying sexual violence, how do you like to relax?” This was a question p(...)

‘I think my work often tends to be a reaction to the last project I did’

Upside Down Mountain is the first ‘solo’ album bearing your own name since 2008…I know it probably seems like splitting hairs to most people, but I co(...)

 Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire: ‘Hip-hop is representative of the male in America right now: an eternal adolescent, kind of superficial, playful, irresponsible, talented being who has lost his way a little’

Are you ready to get high again? Shabazz Palaces are back in the building and their engines are humming. The Seattle duo scorched a path to hip-hop’s (...)

Ben Howard: ‘I got bored, went to the pub a lot, started playing music in the local bars’

Life is good for Ben Howard. There he was, last week, in Portugal, sucking on a peach, looking forward to headlining tonight’s shenanigans at Longi(...)

Gabba gabba hey! Tommy Ramone, the last surviving member of US band the Ramones, has died after bile duct cancer treatment. Photograph: EPA

Tommy Ramone, last original member of seminal punk band the Ramones, has died at his home in Queens, New York. He was 62 and had been in hospice care (...)

The Hot Sprockets: One of the founding fathers of Knockanstockan

If there was a competition for the prettiest festival site in Ireland, Knockanstockan would take some beating. Sat snug in a field on the edge of t(...)

Up, up and away: 5 Seconds of Summer

Hello pop fans! It’s Pop Corner here, reporting from the shadier side of the beach. Yes, that’s us, wearing a large sunhat, and holding a fruity dr(...)