Head in hands stuff as Palin re-emerges to “stump for Trump”. Photograph: AP Photo

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Lanterns on the Lake: from left, Bob Allan, Paul Gregory, Ol Ketteringham and Hazel Wilde

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Blistering feminist energy: Reykjavíkurdætur. Photograph:  Sigurður Ástgeirsson

Having attended Reykjavik’s brilliant city music festival Iceland Airwaves three years ago, I was interested this year to see how the festival has (...)

Dara Kilkenny of the British and Irish Modern Music Institute in Dublin: “It’s important to be creative and an artist, but you also need to eat and have a roof over your head.” Photograph: Ruth Medjber

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Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor performs during the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on July 4th. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Sinéad O’Connor has cancelled all concert commitments this summer due to exhaustion. In a statement on Tuesday night, her management said she had bee(...)

Installation at ‘Relativity’, an exhibition by Australian artist Patricia Piccinini at the Festival Gallery. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

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Grab a coffee from the Jungle Beach Break Cafe on Salthill Prom, above, and go in search of Patricia Piccinini’s majestic Skywhale hot air balloon

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Josh Tillman: “This whole intellectual dream that I’ve been living in, I’m ready to wake up and address this new reality”

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