Blossoms, with singer Tom Ogden front and centre: “We’ve always been into pop music and catchy songs, and that’s what we do now”

‘I was playing pool with Pete Doherty at the weekend, after supporting The Libertines. That’s kind of mad,” says Tom Ogden, lead singer of Stockport (...)

Founder and producer of the Other Voices live music series, Philip King. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Government does not give the Arts the respect it deserves, despite the huge success of Irish artists, writers and performers in recent years, acco(...)

Colum Eastwood with his daughter Rosa and wife Rachel after he won the SDLP leadership contest. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood has a five-months-old baby called Rosa. His wife’s name is Rachael Parkes. Given that he now leads Northern Ireland’s SDLP, a party bor(...)

Even make-up artist Carmindy, who quite literally wrote the book on the five-minute face, can’t manage it

There is never enough time in the morning. Putting on make-up at 7am is not something many of us relish, even though it’s a confidence-boosting rit(...)

There’s no getting away from a certain infamous UK soul singer on this San Diego native’s debut album. That Andra Day owes a very obvious debt to A(...)

Honor takes one look at our tent-slash-tipi and I know exactly what’s going through her mind. It’s the exact same thing that’s going through mine. (...)

Attractive myth: slinky starlets wear T-shirts portraying Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain or Jim Morrison. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

The only way to make any kind of real art, apparently, is to suffer for it. This is how a real artist lives, or so I’ve been taught. The artist as a b(...)

Palme d’Or contender: Cate Blanchett in Carol, directed by Todd Haynes

Such is the nature of the news cycle that some editions of the Cannes film festival come to be identified with satellite scandals only obliquely relat(...)

Cate Blanchett in Carol, Todd Hynes’s  adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel about a lesbian romance

This correspondent has developed a theory that recent Cannes Film Festivals are a little like Star Trek films. Over the current decade, the even-numbe(...)

Amy Winehouse, who died from alcohol poisoning nearly four years ago in London at the age of 27. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

A new documentary on the life of late British singer Amy Winehouse shows the six-time Grammy Award winner in her younger days discussing her misgiving(...)