Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★   Margaret (Deirdre O’Kane), a stoic mother of three, certainly doesn’t have it easy. In fact her life is such (...)

Garth Brooks in Croke Park in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

US country singer Garth Brooks has confirmed he will not be coming to Ireland next week to see a play about the debacle surrounding the cancellation o(...)

At this year’s Wexford Festival Opera, weekend performances of Delius’s Koanga, Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff and Hérold’s Le Pré aux clercs (above) are already sold out

Remember last year’s Garth Brooks Croke Park fiasco? Some 240,000 tickets were sold in 90 minutes, and an extra 160,000 later added, for shows that(...)

Jim Aiken: “You keep hearing that you have to have big productions, and someone like Ed Sheeran comes along and sells 160,000 tickets – and it’s just him and a guitar”. Photograph: Jesse Dittmar/ The New York Times

The family business was always going to be Peter Aiken’s calling. He tried accountancy, but the trade kept beckoning him back. The business of putting(...)

Last year, Marlay Park hosted five one-day concerts plus the three-day Longitude festival, which lead to a huge number of complaints to local public representatives and the local council from residents. Photograph: Frank Miller

The residents are revolting and you can probably understand why. If you owned a gaff within a roar of a big field or park used for outdoor shows ev(...)

Garth Brooks in Croke Park, where he was due to play five concerts last year.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Proposals issued by the Government this week will not prevent a fiasco like last year’s cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park recurr(...)

Garth Brooks in Croke Park Dublin last year where he announced details of the first two concerts for July 2014  at that venue. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Event promoters must hold meetings with local authorities before they advertise or start selling tickets, according to regulations announced by the (...)

The Government has announced a series of new requirement for event promoters in a bid to prevent a reoccurance of the Garth Brooks scenairo when tickets were sold before planning was secured.

Event promoters will be required to hold consultation with local authorities and interested parties before advertising a concert, the Government has a(...)

Don McLean in Dublin recently. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Don McLean (69) grew up in New Rochelle, New York state, and began performing on the folk circuit as a teenager in the 1960s. He gained considerabl(...)

Oliver Callan used the term “white trash” several times in a song for his  RTÉ television sketch show ‘Callan’s Kicks’.

Confirmation, if it was needed, that the phrase “white trash” can be used on Irish television, at least in a satirical context, can be found in the Br(...)