Bono on stage in Croke Park at the opening of the band’s Vertigo tour concert series in 2005. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

By this time tomorrow, we’ll know who will be playing Croke Park next summer. The announcement due on Friday morning from promoters MCD about next yea(...)

File photograph of the crowd at the AC/DC concert at Punchestown in 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The first open-air concert of summer 2015 is earmarked for Slane Castle, Co Meath next May. MCD and Lord Henry Mountcharles are understood to b(...)

Tractors on main street: rural Ireland - to know it is to love it.

Those of you who left the big smoke and went to the Ploughing Championships will know that things change when you leave Ireland’s big cities, particul(...)

Kodakid

Whatever you do, don’t confuse Kodakid with Kodaline; the only similarity the two bands share is a penchant for glossy, high-end production. You wo(...)

Two major media events took place last Saturday. Kanye West married Kim Kardashian in Florence, and Real Madrid beat Atlético Madrid in the Champio(...)

François Hollande: despite the messy entrails of his private life smudging the Élysée mirrors, his popularity has risen. The French never need to be reminded that amour is ageless. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

I’ve been married for seven years, cohabited with the same bloke for a decade or so beforehand, and prior to that commuted back and forward between Lo(...)

Singer Madonna performs at the Staples Center in LA in October 2012 as part of her MDNA world tour. Madonna is the highest-paid musician in 2013 with estimated earnings of $125 million, easily surpassing singer Lady Gaga and veteran rockers Bon Jovi, Forbes magazine said. File Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

The “Material Girl” still has it. And her accountant has the figures to prove it. Madonna easily surpassed singer Lady Gaga and veteran rockers Bon Jo(...)

 Bon Jovi on stage at  Slane Castle in Co Meath. Photograph: Arthur Carron/Collins

What is more depressing - the hollow sound of an international, commercially successful rock band going through their paces or 50,000 people laying b(...)

Robbie Williams playing Slane in 1999

Like buses, you wait all year for a big music show and then three come along at once. The stadium arena tour circuit begins tonight when Robbie Willia(...)

Here we go – again. The fields and parks are calling, the PA hire companies are loading their wares onto trucks and promoters are crossing their fi(...)