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(...)

Between now and September, a weekend will not pass without a festival or big music show of some stripe or other to tempt you with its wares. The bi(...)

Traditional musician Donal Lunny playing at the launch of MusicTown in The Mansion House last night. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Rock band Bell X1, folk singer Lisa O’Neill, traditional legend Donal Lunny and classical pianist Fionnuala Moynihan were among the performers (...)

Kodaline at the Electric Picnic Festival last year.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Meteor Choice Music Prize event will take place this evening in Vicar Street, with televised highlights for the first time in the competiti(...)

James Vincent McMorrow: his soaring, soulful voice and hunger for new ideas will put him ahead of the game. Photograph: Emma J Doyle via The New York Times

James Vincent McMorrow National Concert Hall, Dublin ***** This is about as close to home as a James Vincent McMorrow gig gets. The Nation(...)

Shiny Darkly

It’s remarkable to observe Eurosonic’s rise and rise in recent years. This writer first visited Groningen in 2005 for its annual showcase of the best (...)