On day three of Electric Picnic a middle-aged man with a trilby, patchwork waistcoat and bushy beard is telling his friend how he’s bearing up. “It(...)

Well-prepared festival-goers arrive with a pre-erected tent at the Electric Picnic music festival at Stradbally Hall in Co Laois today. Photograph: Reuters

A sell-out crowd of 40,000 people are heading for Stradbally this afternoon for the Electric Picnic. This is the 10th year of a festival whose (...)

Thirty years in the biz and Sinéad O’Connor is looking at the bigger picture: “I don’t write autobiographical songs any more, I write character son(...)

The boss: Sinéad O’Connor. Photograph: Donal Moloney

It’s a baking hot summer day, and off Pearse Street in Dublin, in a building above a bookmaker’s, Sinéad O’Connor is leaning out of a window, smoking.(...)

The high priest of Co Mayo

Heading whesht to Mayo for the Westport Festival of Music and Food, I was a bit apprehensive. Not only had we been spoiled by the bash in Ballinlough,(...)

Sophie Ellis Bextor wows fan at Westport Festival at the weekend. Photograph: Tony Kinlan

Pirate queen Grace O’Malley would “most certainly approve” of the shenanigans in the grounds of historic Westport House over the weekend. That is acco(...)

‘I love Patsy Cline (above) and Sinéad O’Connor, Anna Netrebko and Eleanor Shanley and all the other voices that have caught my heart at the turn of a stairs over the years.’ Photograph: AP Photo/TBS

While my father was in the dining room, talking about God, my mother was always in the kitchen, talking to someone else. She didn’t sing but sh(...)

John Grant: he combines the “emotional turbulence of a 14-year-old’s diary entries with the gnarled wisdom of a Nick Cave or a Leonard Cohen”
Review: John Grant

John Grant Olympia Theatre, Dublin ***** On a cold night, there was warmth aplenty in a packed Olympia as the crowd joined in on John Gr(...)

Sinead O’Connor wrote a lengthy post on her website after meeting film director Jim Sheridan at the Irish premiere of the film Stalker last Wednesday. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Stories highlighting a blog post from Sinead O’Connor about Jim Sheridan have been removed from several websites including RTÉ, Broadsheet (...)

You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs (as the song goes), but in fact the opposite – the anti-love song – is desperatel(...)