This year has been one of the best years ever for Irish music, and the calibre of the acts in The Ticket Awards reflect that. God knows how many album(...)

This is the second nomination for Villagers. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Dublin band Villagers have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize – the Booker Prize of the music world. It’s a second nomination for the band but(...)

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The fashion accessories of choice last weekend at Longitude were booze-smuggling binoculars and Keds. Vampire Weekend captured that mix of hip and (...)

Villagers: A world-class act with a superb festival set

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What’s in a name? Well, if you’re Alias Empire, quite a lot, actually. Much of the Dublin trio’s history is tied up in their previous moniker, (...)