A Rolling Stones concert in Havana, Cuba in March. They are set to join five other classic acts at the Desert Trip festival in October. Photograph: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

Six of the world’s biggest rock and roll bands will share the stage for the first time at a new festival from the organisers of Coachella, it has been(...)

Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig: “You have an endless amount of time for your first record, because nobody’s expecting anything”

So you think you know what a perfect opening line is? Try this one: “I had a dream where you were standing there with a gun up to my head / You were (...)

Tommy Tiernan, who was perfectly paired with Kevin Barry. Photograph: Nuala Grogan

With a line-up that includes interviews with an array of acclaimed authors, and workshops on publishing and the craft of the short story, there is (...)

Lyricist: “It’s lovely to collaborate with him . . . but I’m aware that he asks me because he hates writing lyrics,” Polly Samson says of her husband, David Gilmour. Photograph: Sarah Lee

The family history of the author Polly Samson is a novel in itself, a generation-spanning epic that makes Wild Swans seem like a bedtime story. In the(...)

Jack Bruce: composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist has died of liver disease, aged 71. Photograph: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

Jack Bruce, who became famous in the 1960s as the bassist and lead vocalist for the hugely successful rock group Cream, and whose adventurous approac(...)

It’s human nature to change your mind, but when that mind belongs to a musician, such changes can be viewed as whimsical, petulant, capricious or phar(...)

Eddie Vedder: letter man. (Photo: Getty Images)

Eddie Vedder, Rihanna, Neil Young and Roger Waters have all have had something to say of late about the living hell that is the Israel/Hamas conflict.(...)

Jim Brown: “If you look at the banking market [in the Republic], it’s very clear that there’s the two pillar banks and there’s us. What we’re looking to do is to become a more compelling choice in the market.” Photograph: David Sleator

Jim Brown is a glass half full type of chap, which is just as well when you’re the chief executive of Ulster Bank. He admits to having “(...)

Israeli soldiers arrest two Palestinian boys during clashes after Palestinians reportedly tried to reach Al tour area for a snowball fight near the Jewish settlement of Brakha, near Nablus, West Bank, last week. Seven Palestinians were reportedly arrested and five wounded. Phorograph: EPA/Alaa Badarneh
US academics back Israel boycott
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  • December 17, 2013, 20:20

A prestigious US academic body has joined a growing movement to boycott Israel in protest at its treatment of Palestinians, in a move both welcomed an(...)

Ireland make their way out to face Samoa last weekend at the Aviva Stadium.

The Aviva Stadium faces its most demanding challenge over the coming days.Croke Park did it this month in 2009, providing the canvas for Thierry Henry(...)