Guitar stars: Gabriela Quintero and Rodrigo Sanchez. Photograph: Rick Kern/Getty Images

Montreux is a town famed for its music. Apart from the jazz festival, Deep Purple wrote Smoke on the Water there after seeing the casino catch fire(...)

The Sunset Marquis hotel in west Hollywood where long-time U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan was found dead after suffering a suspected heart attack. Photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

U2 have paid tribute on stage to their late manager Dennis Sheehan who died suddenly on Wednesday. The death of Mr Sheehan (68) shocked the band who (...)

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

By any musical measure, 2014 has been a brilliant year for Hozier – and he capped it off with a full-throated display of power at Dublin’s Olympia The(...)

Ryan Adams: No Cure for the blues

HOZIER Do I Wanna Know? (Live at the BBC) ** Last week’s Ticket cover star Andrew Hozier-Byrne could not be enjoying a hotter streak right (...)

There is a breach in the natural order when you realise Andrew Hozier-Byrne is just 24-years-old. To have such an understanding of the vital pulse (...)

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

If you’re good you’ll get these immediately: what is the link between Metallica’s 1991 Black Album, (...)

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(...)