The Electric Picnic crowd at the Main Stage on Friday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish times

On Saturday morning at Electric Picnic most people feel a little foggy. I stop at a big white tent and watch a woman leading some chirpy lunatics in a(...)

Ian Bailey launching his book of poetry in the Hot Press tent at Electric Picnic Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish times

The strangest event at this year’s Electric Picnic so far was the launch at the Hot Press Chat Room of a book of poetry, The West Cork Way, by Ian Bai(...)

Jerly Vivas from Venezuela. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The bicycles go by in twos and threes; there’s a music festival for 55,000 people in a field in Stradbally this weekend. Everyone’s circling the area(...)

“I should have called it Roy Keane House”: Eamon Dunphy at home. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“That was a cakewalk for Liverpool last night,” says the photographer. “It was, but they’re still dodgy at the back,” says Eamon Dunphy. “And Klopp’(...)

This year’s contestants on the new Channel 4 series of the ‘Great British Bake Off’: Back row: Steven, Tom, Liam, Sophie, Peter, James, Chris. Front row: Julia, Kate, Stacey, Flo, Yan. Photograph: Channel 4

“What’s wrong with Mel and Sue?” I wonder as that very duo careen into view, riding a striped hot air balloon (the manner, to be fair, in which I alwa(...)

‘Let it be clear: no millennial will ever pry this generation’s cold, disappointed hands off youth culture.’ Last year’s Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

And so the summer comes to an end and we, like tribesfolk of yore, must gather in a field for the Electric Picnic. Yes, though it sounds like a trap d(...)

Chad Johnson enters the Big Brother House for the 'Celebrity Big Brother' launch at Elstree Studios on August 1st, 2017 in Borehamwood. Photograph: John Phillips/Getty Images

On Utopia: In Search of the Dream (Tuesday, BBC4) a child draws a picture of her specially devised utopian society. It is, she explains, “a town on a (...)

Deerpark Estate in Castleknock Village: the area is traditionally seen as a middle-class and well-to-do area. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Dublin West electoral constituency stretches from and includes the Phoenix Park and runs to the Liffey at the south and to the border of Meath on (...)

The cosmically nihilistic sci-fi comedy Rick and Morty is back (weekly on Netflix) and Netflix is also producing a fantasy series from Matt Groening, (...)

A selection of the world’s best hunks and hunkettes were placed on an island where they took instructions from an anonymous producer and were encouraged to fall in love and play mind games and hopefully have sex in front of ‘the general public’.

“Grandfather, what did you do during the ‘Dark Years’ (2017 to today inclusive)?” asks a wild-eyed child. Grandfather pauses from whittling an iPhone(...)