A scene from Dublin’s  Countdown Concert at College Green last New Year’s Eve. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There mightn’t be any fireworks, but plenty of other dazzling events are due to light up Dublin this New Year’s in place of pyrotechnics. Tuesday, Dec(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? The Schaubühne’s Hamlet, at Dublin Theatre Festival, grabbed its audience by the throat and r(...)

James Vincent McMorrow. Photograph: Ben Houdijk

In the Irish music industry, 2014 will be remembered as a golden year. Now I know you’ve heard that before, but this year has been exceptional. Whi(...)

Jennifer Evans: “I operate at an extremely slow pace because I’m trying to understand what I am writing about”

The musical moments that matter are the ones where a connection is made. Jennifer Evans is recalling some of her musical connections down the years(...)

HWHC Alumni Le Galaxie. 
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THE RETAILER Chris Keena, HMV We ask bands to come to us with a plan: they should have a release date, and we will make a strategy around that(...)

Bookies have tipped Kate Tempest’s Everybody Down album to win this year’s Mercury Prize. Photograph: PA

Seven debut albums and three jazz albums make it onto the annual Mercury Music Prize shortlist which was announced in London today. The Mercury prize (...)

Cathy Davey performing on the media day for Electric Picnic 2014.Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie 2:00

Stradbally Hall is grooming its grounds, putting up tents and setting up stages for this weekend’s Electric Picnic music and arts festival. Promoters(...)

It’s less than a month to go to the announcement of this year’s Mercury Music Prize shortlist, and Ladbrokes are first out of the traps with odds as t(...)

Fans enjoy another hot day at Longitude festival at Marlay Park in Dublin at the weekend. Photograph: Allen Kiely

At Sunday night at Longitude, Massive Attack showed that even at a festival for youngsters, you don’t need to be spring chickens to show how it’s don(...)

A Hawker Hunter jet does a practice run over Bray ahead of tomorrow’s Bray Air Display 2014
What’s on this weekend

Military Guard Ceremony A ceremonial military guard is to parade in Dublin today as part of an initiative to remember members of the Defence Forces wh(...)