Hozier performing at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on Thursday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

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Ed Sheeran: four nights in a row at Dublin's O2 in October

One season ends and another begins. As the outdoor shows run out of road, it’s time to return to the indoor halls, clubs and arenas. Many would arg(...)

The Beach Boys with Al Jardine (second from left) and Brian Wilson (centre) in November 1964. Thetwo will play together in Cork next month. Photograph: Getty Images

Fans of legendary group The Beach Boys are in for a treat next month with the news that original founding member, Al Jardine is to join his old bandma(...)

Dolly Parton is one of the artists due to play in  the 10th annual Cork Live at the Marquee concerts, which continue until July 22nd.  Photograph: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

The 10th annual Cork Live at the Marquee concerts, which got underway last night, continue to grow in strength, with ticket sales often outperformi(...)

This Is Spinal Tap: the US Library of Congress has finally smelled the glove

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Garth Brooks in Croke Park, Dublin. Some 70,000 of the 400, 000 tickets sold for the Garth Brooks concerts in Dublin this summer have been bought by people outside of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Some 70,000 of the 400, 000 tickets sold for the Garth Brooks concerts in Dublin this summer have been bought by people outside of Ireland, pro(...)

Patty Griffin: ‘I don’t have a naturally strong voice. I have to work like an athlete to keep it’

‘I wrote a lot of it before he died. I was kind of bracing myself for that because you know it was going to be big. I was connected to him pretty s(...)

Dance energy at the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally Co Laois. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The last hurrah of the summer, a 10th birthday party, an established hooley, a sold-out crowd, a cerebral weekend, a chance to go wild. Electric Pi(...)