“My wife would kill me if I said how much the ring  cost me, but it was a fair whack”

Me & My Money: Alan Keville, owner of Alan Keville for Hair salons

Alan Keville: “I try not to impulse buy.”

‘I feel I have learned from my bad investments over the years’

Hozier: things are ramping up for the tall fella

Also: The Academic, Blades, Glen Hansard, Síomha, Ash, Fontaines DC and I Draw Slow

Craig and Charlie Reid aka The Proclaimers. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod

Rock & pop gigs of the week: Frank & Walters, Damien Dempsey, Villagers, Lily Allen

Lily Allen. Photograph: Bella Howard

Warts’n’all pop with acerbic lyrics and steady progression down the years? Yes please

Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks in 1978. Photograph: Chris Gabrin/Redferns Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks in 1978. Photograph: Chris Gabrin/Redferns

Singer crafted some of the defining songs of the punk era

The best of three albums, it's a collection of classic pop-cum-hard-rock anthems

Pat Divilly: “I wouldn’t have the patience or interest in keeping an eye on shares or stocks.”

Pat Divilly, Galway-based author and high-performance coach

The singer-songwriter's unusual twist on the Christmas duets album features Sinéad O’Connor, Kate Tempest and John Grant

Andrea Gilligan: “I’m a hard worker so if I want something I’ll have to work hard to get it.”

Me and My Money: Andrea Gilligan, presenter, Newstalk

Stephen James Smith

Rock & pop gigs of the week

Communications Clinic MD Eoghan Tomás McDermott: “I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything online other than books.”

Eoghan Tomás McDermott, managing director of the Communications Clinic

Bell X1 leave the stage in Dublin. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

The Irish photographer on capturing some of the world’s best bands

The best gigs this week

The Wood Burning Savages

Mumford and Sons, Nelly, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Viel, Mattiel and Vance Joy come to town

Liam Guerin: “The nearest I’ve come to gambling is playing the Irish lotto, which I do every week.” Photograph: Kieran Harnett

Liam Guerin, head of concierge services for Lansdowne Place

U2 performing at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

What songs will they play, stage times, security and more for the four Dublin concerts

Tom Monaghan: “I believe customer loyalty and relationships have been the secret of our success.”

‘I prefer to invest in things I can see – horses, land or cashmere stock’

U2’s  eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour comes to Belfast this weekend. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Catch Metropolis, Cork Jazz Festival, Sligo Live, Westival, Robert Plant & Van Morrison, Johnny Marr, Chemical Brothers and Phosph(...)

Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange is on the main stage at Metropolis Festival on Sunday at the RDS, Dublin.  Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Villagers, Róisín Murphy, Booka Brass, Blood Orange, Friendly Fires, Young Fathers and Gwenno among the acts at this high-end even(...)

Metropolis: a one-stop-shop winter music festival

Tickets, line-ups, stage times, transport and more for Villagers, Róisín Murphy, Booka Brass, Blood Orange, Friendly Fires, Young (...)

Other Voices producer Tina O’Reilly: I like to be able to pop into a nearby shop and physically get what I need

Me & My Money: Tina O’Reilly, producer of Other Voices

Iceland Airwaves: Georg Holm of Sigur Ros at the festival in 2012. Photograph: Matthew Eisman/WireImage/Getty

In the run-up to Iceland Airwaves festival, musicians talk about their artistic process

Robert Plant (left) holds hands raised high with guitarist Jimmy Page during a Led Zeppelin reunion performance at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 14th, 1988. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty

From Jimmy Page to Joy Division, rock'n'roll writing can be a mixed bag

Finn Ní Fhaoláin, chef and author of ‘Finn’s World’.

Me & My Money: Finn Ní Fhaoláin

Dawn Landes

Also: Dawn Landes, Delorentos, We Cut Corners, Editors, Jon Hopkins, Okkervil River

Andrew Healy: ‘My brother tried to get me into the cryptocurrency  market and, had I listened, I would have done well. Photograph: City Headshots, Dublin

Me & My Money: Andrew Healy, Chief Operating Officer, Videodoc

Kylie Minogue brings her new country-pop sound to the 3Arena in Dublin on Sunday and the SSE Arena, Belfast on Monday

Plus: Lisa Hannigan, They Might Be Giants, Saint Sister, Emmy the Great and . . . Coolio!

Fiona Heaney, designer/owner of Fee G fashion house, feeg.ie

‘I sold my Anglo-Irish shares to to my Mum. Then they went sky high, but we know how that ended’

George A Romero’s influential horror classic Night of the Living Dead gets a special 50th-anniversary screening with live music at the NCH on Thursday October 4th

Also: HWCH, James Lavelle, Tom Baxter, Ólafur Arnalds, Grace Petrie and Le Galaxie

Tony Corrigan: “We bought our house about a week before the recession, so it’s only getting back to what we paid around about now.”

My most extravagant purchase was paying a couple of grand for tickets to the Kate Bush concerts

Piano & a Microphone is an essential, if occasionally vexing eavesdropping experience

Contracting Plus chairman Michael Dineen: “I have always been a cash man, but I am beginning to like contactless.”

Me and My Money: Contracting Plus founder Michael Dineen

Jason Derulo is at the 3Arena in Dublin on Wednesday – whatcha say?

Peaches Christ Superstar at the Abbey will subvert the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical

Natasha Rocca Devine. “I love to visit the Sporting Emporium in Dublin. I am intrigued by people who know about poker and love seeing them in the zone. I am an observational gambler!”

Natasha Rocca Devine, owner of The Interiors NRD, theinteriorsnrd.com

Titus Andronicus

Dionne Warwick pays a visit, while a queer communist group puts the ‘party’ in ‘political party’

Jonathan Pearson: “I prefer to spend money on things I like doing, rather than saving for a rainy day.”

Me and My Money: Jonathan Pearson, founder of Islander Music and the Quiet Lights Festival

St Vincent: imperious in orange PVC, Annie Clark manipulates a selection of primary-colour guitars with demonic zest. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Also on Sunday: Garbage, Jessie Ware and Fontaines DC, reviewed

Fontaines DC: there is more here than the ghosts of Joy Division and The Fall. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The band deploy a potent Dublin state of mind that few of their contemporaries have

Jessie Ware: she admits early on that she has a cold and “a croak”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The singer manages to rouse a lethargic audience, but her gig still feels like a filler

Electric Picnic: the festival will be bigger in 2019, according to Melvin Benn of Festival Republic, who was reading The Irish Times’ daily Ticket festival newsletter. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Main Stage arena to be enlarged after success of pop acts, says Festival Republic

Most riotous gig: the Dublin hip-hop duo Versatile on stage on Friday. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Most riotous gig, most welcome encore, worst performance, best chat, tastiest food

Massive Attack on the main stage on Saturday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Also on Saturday: Dua Lipa, Mavis Staples, Wolf Alice, Sigrid and Whenyoung, reviewed

Wolf Alice: Ellie Rowsell, the band’s lead singer, is the linchpin that holds it all together. Photograph: Dave Meehan

As soon as Ellie Rowsell’s band start to play the Electric Arena fills almost to capacity

Electric Picnic: for all its uncomplicated nature, Sigrid’s music is immensely special. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The 21-year-old takes control of not one but two festival stages. That’s some achievement

Electric Picnic 2018: the Dublin hip hop duo Versatile at the Electric Arena. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

The Dublin duo Versatile could show Kendrick Lamar a thing or two

Kendrick Lamar: naturally shy, he doesn’t bask in attention so much as soak it up and internalise it – a black hole around which the huge, clattering grooves bend and warp. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Also on Friday: Chvrches, Paddy Hanna, Ash and The Murder Capital, reviewed

Hozier plays three “intimate live rehearsals” at the Olympia in Dublin on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Lots to see at Electric Picnic, plus Passenger, Peking Duk, Ugly Kid Joe and Iceage

Ash: Tim Wheeler and the rest of the band still play music that packs a fine punch. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Older hits, such as Girl from Mars, fuse easily with the veteran band’s newer tunes

The Murder Capital’s James McGovern: commitment oozes from every pore, riff, drum roll and voice. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Dublin five-piece create shudders of noise that Joy Division fans will recognise

Ólafur Arnalds: “Ultimately, I have to fight for my right to do what I want to do”

Icelandic pianist used customised software to create new album `re:member'

Ernest Cantillon: “I’ve pulled the plug on things that weren’t working and I feel that’s important.”

‘I’ve had a few good winners and lots of smaller losers’

Rotten rollers: John Lydon and Public Image Ltd celebrate 40 years at Dublin’s Vicar St on Sunday

Public Image Ltd, Thunderpussy, Five Grand Stereo, Shannon & the Clams, Other Voices

Fiann Ó Nualláin: “I am not in any line of business that benefited from the Celtic Tiger era or took a hit during the recession.”

‘I tick along: it’s always about being judicious and paying the bills first’

 Britney Spears is in Dublin’s 3Arena on Monday. We’re beyond excited. Photograph: Eric Luke

Britney Spears brings her Las Vegas show to Dublin; Brian Wilson brings the beach vibes

“I bought my first house when I was in my twenties, and that was a good investment.” Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Donal O’Donoghue, managing director of Sanderson Recruitment Ireland

The Waterboys will be in full gallop at Leopardstown Racecourse on Thursday

Waterboys, Ash, Aslan, Joan As Police Woman and the guy out of Barenaked Ladies

Pillow Queens: a band recently described as “gimmick free”.

Pillow Queens, Fontaines D.C. among acts to take the stage at Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick

Ane Brun: Live at Berwaldhallen, Balloon Ranger Recordings

Ciara King: “Maybe I should shop around but, if I’m being honest, I don’t have the patience.”

‘I view a person’s heart and character as more important than their bank account’

Berlin vocalist Theo Bleckmann.

Jazz at Kilkenny Arts Festival

George Ezra will be playing his current  hit Shotgun in Belfast on Friday August 10th. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA

George Ezra, Saul Williams, Maria Doyle Kennedy and RuPaul’s Drag Race queens

Beatyard is also hipper than most festivals – and we mean that in a good way

Line-up, stage times, tickets, transport and more for this year's festival in in Dún Laoghaire

Chaka Khan who plays All Together Now festival 2018

Line-up, stage times, tickets, transport, camping information and more

Hugh Wallace: “I always haggle over prices. You have to be able to justify what you’re buying.”

Hugh Wallace, architect and judge on RTÉ’s ‘Home of the Year’

Delorentos, headlining at Indiependence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two established festivals for the August bank holiday weekend – and a promising newbie

Kate Nash, who plays Indiependence festival 2018

Roseanne Cash, Caribou, Indiependence, Castlepalooza among the highlights

 Grace Jones: wonderfully confrontational. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The Summer Series at Trinity College Dublin features concerts by Grace Jones, Bryan Ferry, Gavin James, Rag ’n’ Bone Man and Il Di(...)

David Quinn: “All I want is enough cash to be able to support my kids, enjoy hobbies and holidays, and have a happy retirement.”

David Quinn, managing director, Investwise, investwise.ie

Summer Series at Trinity College features Grace Jones and Bryan Ferry whiule Flaming Lips and Madness pitch up in Galway’s Big Top

Spectrum Wellness MD Stephen Costello: “Having the financial freedom to support me and my loved ones is important.”

Me & My Money: Stephen Costello, managing director, Spectrum Wellness

As the headline act, there’s no doubt that Solange Knowles (recently named 2018 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year) will grab all of the attention at Longitude.

Solange, Action Bronson, Anna Burch, The Academic are among this week’s highlights

  Paul Simon on stage at the 3 Arena in Dublin: he plays at the RDS next Friday. Photograph:   Eric Luke

US singer’s concert next Friday may be the last time he plays in Ireland

Chloë Agnew: ‘I prefer supporting local businesses. I also like being able to physically see something or hold it before I part with my money’

Irish singer and actor, on setting up a new life in Los Angeles

Paul Simon: has encapsulated all that is good about artistic honesty

Paul Simon bids farewell, Michael Bublé in Croker, Bruno Mars and Longitude

Irish album picks: Wyvern Lingo, along with Glen Hansard, Delorentos, Rejjie Snow and Kojaque.

Tony Clayton Lea picks some of the best music released by Irish artists this year

Hayley Kiyoko

From an ambient legend to punk newbies, discover the music that deserves a second listen

‘Generally, I like to see, touch and smell something before I buy it. There are undoubtedly pitfalls associated with online shopping.’

Me and my Money: Niall Morris, tenor singer

New York 1967: (left to right) Jeff Barry, Bert Berns, Van Morrison, Carmine Denoia (with cigar) and Janet Planet. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Cautionary tales and fascinating insights into the lives of musicians and industry titans

Jack Johnson has gained a reputation for his relaxed, easy-to-remember beach party tunes

Kiefer Sutherland, Alanis Morissette and the Mother Pride Block Party among this week’s highlights

‘I don’t think we thought we’d be touring the US on our first album’

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