One Direction hold their three awards for Artist of the Year, Favorite Band Duo or Group - Pop/Rock and Favorite Album - Pop/Rock at the 2014 American Music Awards in LA. Photograph: EPA/Paul Buck 2:25

The boy bands were clear winners in the top award categories at the 2014 American Music Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday. One Direction led the c(...)

Jah Shaka performing in Spiegeltent Antwerp in  2010. Photograph: Anviss/Flickr  Photograph: Anviss/Flickr

When Jah Shaka speaks it’s hard not to take him seriously. There’s the gentle levity of his Jamaican patois, and his bottomless brown eyes, like th(...)

The presidential suite at Dublin’s Marker Hotel

Presidential Suite, The Marker Hotel, Dublin At 129sq m it’s about the size of a typical family home, spread across two bedrooms, with an entra(...)

Songwriter Gerry Goffin poses at the BMI’s 60th annual Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills, California on  May 15th, 2012. Photograph: Fred Prouser/Reuters

Gerry Goffin, the prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote hits such as Will You Love Me T(...)

Dolly Parton is one of the artists due to play in  the 10th annual Cork Live at the Marquee concerts, which continue until July 22nd.  Photograph: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

The 10th annual Cork Live at the Marquee concerts, which got underway last night, continue to grow in strength, with ticket sales often outperformi(...)

Rory O’Neill, aka Panti Bliss, leads choir practice at Panti Bar on Dublin’s Capel Street. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Heading home from boarding school, the Christmas of 1984, I took the bus instead of my usual train. I remember I had the back row to myself, and th(...)

Legendary drummer Billy Cobham & Spectrum 40 in action at the Everyman for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph: Patrick Hogan/Provision

The co-founder of seminal disco band Chic, Nile Rodgers, has paid tribute to fans in Cork for being among the first in Europe to champion the group in(...)

Barry Gibb’s set list  included old favourites such as Night Fever and Stayin’ Alive. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

“We’re gonna reel back the years,” announced Barry Gibb at the O2, and he wasn’t joking. Last night’s show at the O2 took the fans back to their disco(...)

Pandora Panti Bliss

Rehearsal spaces aren’t very fabulous. Upstairs in a building on Marlborough Place in Dublin, next door to Barney’s Amusements and a glance away from (...)

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at the start of  their European tour at the O2 last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Music promoter Peter Aiken has revealed that he plans to release a classic Live in the Marquee album next year to mark the 10th anniversary of the con(...)