At the Witnness Festival in Fairyhouse racecourse, Co Meath in 2000, ‘festival virgins spent their time sampling every delight possible’

Our Summers Past series mines the Irish Times archive to find interesting articles from previous summers. In 2000, the oddly spelled Witnness music(...)

Micachu & the Shapes: ‘We weren’t trying to force things out of ourselves. It just came out. Flowed out of us’

Describing Micachu & The Shapes is never an easy task. Their music seems to follow quite different patterns from other bands, with home-made in(...)

Jess Glynne

We’ve been here before. Young Jewish woman from north London; belting voice; distinctive hair. Sound familiar? The comparisons between Muswell Hill(...)

NWA

The gangsta rap revival is in full swing. The release later this month of the film Straight Outta Compton, about the life and times of NWA, will sh(...)

Ringo Starr points a gun at Allen Klein. Photograph: ABKCO Archive

There have always been rock and pop managers who hogged the limelight as much as their charges: Col Parker, Peter Grant, Albert Grossman, Malcolm M(...)

The largest touring party Suzie Shorten has looked after was the 50 people for three months on the Arcade Fire European tour. Photograph: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

‘What happens on tour stays on tour.” Often espoused but rarely true in the case of travelling musicians. The tropes of life on the road are firmly(...)

Andrew Moore and Peter and David Brewis: for Drifters the trio fell into the same improvisational methods they practised when they first began playing together more than 15 years ago

When David and Peter Brewis were commissioned to compose a new score for a 1929 silent documentary about a crew of herring fisherman venturing into(...)

Ed Sheeran performing during his concert at Croke Park on Friday night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The ‘No Selfie Stick’ warning from Croke Park officials in advance of the Ed Sheeran concert in the GAA Headquarters certainly didn’t put a stop to se(...)

Marc Almond: ‘Journalists would ask about my sexuality, so I’d give some Bowie-esque answer about ambiguity’

There was a time when Thursday night Top of the Pops was a shared ritual. Living in a TV land that consisted of a handful of channels was a factor,(...)

Straight up: Kendrick Lamar

Prass - Natalie Prass Timeless rock, pop, soul, gospel and country with bittersweet and evocative swing(...)