Kendrick Lamar at  Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The rapper will headline this year’s Longitude festival in Marlay Park, Dublin. File photograph: Simon Laessoee/Scanpix Denmark/Reuters

Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer and The National are among the first acts announced for this year’s Longitude festival. The festival will return to Marla(...)

David Bowie albums in the window of Sister Ray Records in Soho, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

For an artist as wide-ranging as David Bowie, it’s not so much a question of who he has influenced, it’s rather who he hasn’t. Direct lines include th(...)

The Gloaming (Iarla Ó Lionáird, Martin Hayes, Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and Dennis Cahill) were last year’s winners of the Choice Music Prize

Girl Band, Villagers and Róisín Murphy are among the main contenders for this year’s Choice Music Prize, which has just announced its shortlist. Th(...)

Panti Bliss. The Queen of Ireland. Rory O'Neill. Directed by Conor Horgan

A colleague recently complained about the dilution of Irish art. Work, he reckons, is being workshopped to death; collaborations are sluicing away th(...)

Roisin Murphy,  from Arklow,  is on the shortlist for the 2015 Mercury Prize.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish artists Roisin Murphy and Soak are on the shortlist for the 2015 Mercury Prize, while Limerick-born electronic producer Aphex Twin also makes th(...)

Damon Albarn and the  Blur who have been confirmed as headliners for this year’s Electric Picnic

Blur have been confirmed as one of the headline acts for this year's Electric Picnic. The former Britpop stalwarts have just released their fir(...)

PJ Harvey, Kamikaze The guitars are disgustingly good. Missy Elliot, Get Ur Freak On Missy thrived in a gross section of mainstream hip h(...)

The Electric Picnic festival capacity could be increased to 47,000, its promoter has said.

The Electric Picnic festival capacity could be increased to 47,000, its promoter has said. Promoter Melvin Benn of Festival Republic said he is lookin(...)

The writer Julian Barnes once described the Man Booker Prize as “posh bingo”. It has become a cyclical phrase regurgitated every year when the obli(...)

Peaches is on a bad phone line from Berlin. Peaches is annoyed about the bad phoneline. Peaches keeps asking me to repeat my (lengthy) questions. I am(...)