Crowds throng the main stage at Electric Picnic 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

For every long-running summer event, such as Indiependence, Life or Castlepalooza, you have the ill-fated Killarney Festival of Music & Food, w(...)

The Willis Clan from Nashville, Tennessee, performing in a previous year’s Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan. Photograph: Alan Betson

With “cuts” being the most uttered word in the arts sector, festivals have continued to look to private funders to make their events happen. But sp(...)

Icelandic musician Silla

‘Art has a value and a power in wild places,” says artist Luke Franklin of 4 Bothies, during one of the talks at this year’s Drop Everything on Ini(...)

Trekkie brekkie

Regular visitors to this corner of internet real estate will know that it wasn’t a complimentary heads-up I extended to the Ballymaloe crew last we(...)

Drop Everything: ‘On an island, first and foremost, respect the local community. This is their home, not yours’

Phillip McMahonThisispopbaby What should you do when your key prop doesn’t look as it should? When there’s no time to replace it, improvise. Often, ad(...)