Body&Soul 2015, Ballinlough Castle, Co West Meath

A one of a kind festival with a heart of gold (and green)

Gladys Knight

Indoors and out - Gladys Knight, Pink, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Toto and George Ezra

A vibe for Philo: Philomena Lynott with one of her late son’s guitars in 2015. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Phil Lynott’s mother was an indefatigable champion of the Thin Lizzy frontman

Fashion designer Niamh O’Neill in her Belfast home. Photograph: Stephen Davison

Me & My Money: Niamh O’Neill, fashion designer

And metal for all: James Hetfield of Metallica. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty

Tickets, how to get there, stage times, set lists and more

New book looks at Irish psych-folk group Dr Strangely Strange. Photograph:  Jay Myrdal

A round up of new books looking at history of music from different angles

Madness: doing their own end-of-pier show in Dún Laoghaire on Saturday

Also: Primal Scream, Forbidden Fruit, Michael Bublé, Snow Patrol, The Cure, Metallica

A site to behold: Forbidden Fruit. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Full line-up, stage times, ticket information, how to get there, weather forecast and more

The UK singer-songwriter takes a sidestep into 1960s-flavoured pop and psychedelia

Meshell Ndegeocello: ‘Fame and glory come and go, and that whole notion of being a star seems to me to be dying out. It’s becoming more about finding your niche, be that niche large or small’

The US neo-soul singer’s new album pays homage to artists who inspired her, including Prince and TLC, but she still doesn’t shy aw(...)

Artisan weaver Jess Kavanagh:  ‘I have been trying to make better choices in my spending, and shopping online allows me to not impulse buy.’ Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Me & My Money: Jess Kavanagh, artisan weaver, olann.ie

Brady and Katzman is an experiment that, depending on the group dynamic on the night, will slip or soar

Festival season is in full-swing with Vantastival, Life festival and AVA Festival

From June 1st to 5th, Paul Brady (right) will be sharing the stage with Los Angeles musician and songwriter Theo Katzman.

Irish songwriter and LA producers team up for a series of Souls in Sync tour dates

Ronan Kealy’s style can sort the believers from the bemused

Simon Alliss: ‘I think a good shopping experience reflects the community and should be an enjoyable and immersive experience.’

Me and My Money: Simon Alliss, European Tour’s championship director for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Rod Stewart likely knows by now most of the crowd will want to only hear the hits. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Stewart’s classics combined with energetic recent releases can still draw in the crowds

Third album from The Frames’ man fuses traditional sources and contemporary music with ease

Vivienne Nyhan: ‘I find if I have cash, I tend to lose it’

Me & My Money: Vivienne Nyhan, international development director, Best Western Hotels & Resorts 

Gods of Rap Tour: Wu Tang Clang

Are there tickets available, what time does it start, what will they play, stage times and more

Moby performs  at Slane in 2000, the year after his wildly successful album Play was released. Photograph: Frank Miller

Moby’s engaging account of his post-fame struggles reads like a holiday pick-me-up

Pure Shores: this new club night has many things going for it – free admission, cool venue, 11pm start, and two of the most experienced DJs in Ireland Louise Bruton and Michael Pope

Olly Murs plays the 3arena, Mike Pyro comes to Galway and club night Pure Shores hits Wigwam

Musician duo take field trips to all points of the compass to find new direction

Conor Dillon: I enjoy a bit of a haggle where appropriate

Me & My Money: Conor Dillon, Tynan Dillon Chartered Accountants

The collective led by Brian Brannigan adopt a trad/folk style to tell tales of ordinary life

And then there were three... Mark Owen and Howard Donald and Gary Barlow of Take That

Are there tickets available, what will they play, what time are Take That on stage, will Robbie Williams show up?

The Crows play The Soundhouse in Dublin on Saturday,  April 27th

Queer Rave returns, RuthAnne plays Dublin and Cork, Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival celebrates 20 years

On his 10th album in 20 years, Ritter further hones his deft songwriting skills

Patrick Hyland: “Horse racing is in the blood, but If you want to hear about my big wins you will be waiting a while”

Me & My Money: Patrick Hyland, tenor in The Puccini Scandal

Henge: ‘A band of beings from the far corners of the galaxy, converging in Manchester, Planet Earth, to bring a kind of music new to your world!’

Kean Kavanagh, Thumper, Paul Noonan and Henge take to the stage

Mercury Prize-nominated hip-hop storyteller spills out plain, often emotional truths

All Tvvins: now with fewer tricks and effects

The dynamic duo’s second album marks a crucial advance. Catch them before they tour

Jade Bird

The singer on unhappy families and music as a path to processing domestic upheavals

Keaton Henson

This week’s events also include a party on a boat and a chance to mosh on Good Friday

Anyone hoping for a rehashed 2019 version of Falling Slowly will be profoundly disappointed

Maud Black: “I like to get value for money, but from running a small business, I appreciate you have to pay for quality.”

Me & My Money: Maud Black, co-owner Black’s of Kinsale

MusicTown 2019 (clockwise from top left): The Deadly World of Opera, Damien Dempsey, ‘My Father’s Kind’ and Stomptown Brass.

Events across Dublin city from feature Blindboy and play ‘My Father’s Kind’

The Awfully Big Adventure isn’t the book you’ll want for a straight run through of the Michael Jackson story. Photograph: Alexander Natruskin/Reuters

Review: Paul Morley mixes sharp critiques of Jackson’s music with frustrating detours

The Specials

The Specials are rocking recently released album Encore; Hansard gets experimental

A House: their album I Am the Greatest is to receive the second NCH/Imro Trailblazer Award

Dave Couse and Fergal Bunbury to play the 1991 album I Am the Greatest live at NCH

Buntús Rince (“basic rhythms” as Gaeilge) is an exploration of Irish jazz, fusion and folk from 1969 to 19​81

Kieran Cuddihy: “ I often ask myself if everything went belly up tomorrow, how would we get by? I don’t think I ever wondered about that during the boom”

Me & My Money: Kieran Cuddihy, co-presenter on Newstalk Breakfast

Cry Monster Cry play The Unitarian Church in  Dublin on April 5th

Julia Jacklin plays Whelan’s, Woweembeem Weekender in Bello Bar, Paul Tiernan in Cork

A move to Australia has opened Tyrrell up to rule-breaking exploration

Picture This play  five nights in Dublin’s 3Arena, Dublin from March 27th to March 31st.

Are there tickets for sale, what time does it start, what songs will they play and more for the band's five gigs in Dublin

Make-a-Wish ambassador Mary Byrne: “I invest my money on holidays abroad with family and friends – making memories!”

‘I’m not materialistic or into buying flash things, but I do like my home comforts’

Picture This has a five-night run at 3Arena, Dublin

Sharon Van Etten, Maverick Sabre, Keuning, The Internet and more

Returning from self-imposed exile, this is a welcome return to the fray

Flo McSweeney: ‘I had always sensed I was sometimes treated like a flibberty-gibberty, girly-girl pop singer, someone of not much substance.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The death of her mother led Flo McSweeney back to music with new determination

Hard rock guitarist Bernie Tormé performing on stage at the 2013 Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales. Photograph: Kevin Nixon/Metal Hammer Magazine/Future Publishing/Getty Images

‘Bernie was a gentle soul with a heart of gold – tributes paid to Dublin musician

Drake: expect pyrotechnics. Photograph: Harmony Gerber/Getty Images

Assassination Vacation Tour comes to Dublin: Are there tickets for sale, setlist, security and more ...

Paul Kelly: “I take out some cash every week and work my way through it”

Me & My Money: Paul Kelly, managing director of Trusted Advisors Group

Drake is in Dublin’s 3Arena for just three nights – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – but he’ll make your whole week. Photograph: Harmony Gerber/Getty Images

Drake, Anderson.Paak, Dodi, UB40, Gabrielle and Dr John Cooper Clarke are in town

Lewis shapes relationship trouble and her mother’s death into something durable

Jo Davey: “At the end of the day, money is necessary but a good family life filled with travel and experiences is what’s most important to me”

Me & My Money: Jo Davey, managing director of Absolute Nutrition

Nicki Minaj is in Dublin’s 3Arena on Friday 15th. Don’t expect Cardi B or Miley Cyrus to show up. Photograph: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Nicki Minaj was due to play  Dublin’s 3Arena tonight. Photograph: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Viv Albertine, Nick Harper, Bastille, Kelsey Lu and a 90s nu-metal/pop-punk double bill

Charlie Sheil: ‘I bought a drum cover that was signed by all of U2. The cost was $2,000. Madness, but it felt great at the time.’

Me and My Money: Charlie Sheil, general manager, The Marker Hotel, Dublin

XTC: What Do You Call That Noise? by Mark Fisher looks at how XTC  didn’t really hit the mark until punk and post-punk allowed misfit music acts through. Photograph: Virginia Turbett/Redferns

Insights into Happy Mondays, Joy Division, Bowie, Johnny Duhan, XTC and Radiohead

Kamasi Washington. Photograph: Mike Park

If New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas aren’t on your radar yet, here’s a chance to fix it

Unfiltered songs hit required nerve with finesse, vanity, irony and conceit

Steely Dan: recorded some of the most impeccably produced albums of the 1970s. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

What will they play, how to get tickets, what time does it start and more for Steely Dan's Dublin concert on Thursday

Vicky Brown: ‘I’ve a really difficult relationship with gambling. I find it pretty disgraceful the way betting companies are able to advertise on sporting channels at all hours of the day.’

Me & My Money: Vicky Brown, CEO of Cool Planet Experience

Talk Talk singer Mark Hollis in London in 1990. Photograph: Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images

Hollis co-founded the influential band which had hit singles including ‘It’s My Life’

Kojaque. Photograph: George Voronov

Plus: Lisa O’Neill brings her Cavan folk to Whelan’s and Gusgus make rare Irish trip

Dublin Comic Con chief executive Karl Walsh: “I know myself how tight margins can be, so I don’t go after a discount unless I think the price is unfair.”

‘I spend cash too easily, forget where, and even lose it sometimes’

X-File factor: David Duchovny is in Dublin’s Academy on Wednesday. No shouting for Californication or Mulder & Scully, now

Also: Neneh Cherry, Jungle, Chvrches, Microdisney, Electric Eel Shock and Lux Alma

Microdisney: “The shows exceeded our expectations, which were high enough to begin with,” says Cathal Coughlan, second from left

The songwriter on the end of the group, his solo work and Cork’s ‘human architecture’

Andrew Hozier-Byrne makes a welcome return with a very nearly five-star collection of songs

Nuala Woulfe: “I don’t believe we have learned enough lessons as to why we had a recession in the first place.”

Nuala Woulfe – owner/director Nu Aesthetics Clinic and Serenity Day Spa

Post Malone

Plus: Example, She Drew the Gun, Micah P Hinson, Empire Circus among others

Perfect Property MD Laura Pollard: “I fell into the trap of wanting a “nicer” car and ended up buying a BMW.”

Laura Pollard, managing director of Perfect Property

Finbar Wright: “At various times in my life I have survived on very little money.”

Me and My Money: Irish Tenors singer Finbar Wright

British band Bastille are at the Olympia on Sunday to preview songs from their forthcoming album, Doom Days

Plus: Ozzy Osbourne, Public Service Broadcasting, Rosie Carney and Kakkmaddafakka

Paddy McAloon: “I have Ménière’s disease, and I’ve had problems for over 12 years, but in October 2017 it all descended on me again.” Photograph: Tom Sheehan

Paddy McAloon on his unsensous name, intelligent songs and being a ‘health disaster’

Arwen Foley: I’m ambitious and now that I’ve joined AA’s digital team, the plan is to keep growing

Me & My Money: Arwen Foley of AA Roadwatch

Death Cab For Cutie are at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on Thursday

Death Cab For Cutie, Rudimental, Ronnie Spector, Years & Years, Boyzone, The Delines

Ian Britton: "Spending is always something I consider and try to be clever about"

Me & My Money: Ian Britton, managing director of Pax Financial Planning

The Raincoats can be seen on screen at Black Box, Belfast on Saturday

Women in rock doc features The Raincoats, The Chefs, the Au Pairs and The Slits

Dublin band Thumper “have spent the past few years honing the kind of granite-hard rock that requires earplugs”.

Keep an ear out for Thumper, Cherym, David Keenan, Roisin Carney and Lemoncello

Geraldine King, CEO, National Recruitment Federation

Me and My Money: Geraldine King, CEO of National Recruitment Federation

Mike Garson: “I love the music, I hate the music business!”

Mike Garson, one of David Bowie’s key collaborators, recalls the highs, lows, fights and laughs

Dublin Bowie Festival

Something for everyone from Bowie to Talking Heads and District 8

Miriam Aida

With such a wealth of events, you should take your protein pills and put your helmet on

There’s no doubt that Matthew Sweet is one of rock music’s most unfortunately misplaced songwriters

SaraBeth is aiming to sooth those New Year hangovers with accomplished and smooth contemporary country music

New Year’s Eve gigs around the country, plus gigs from Little Green Cars, Engine Alley, Le Boom

Rory Gallagher  performing at the Rainbow Theatre, London in 1972. Photograph: Debi Doss/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Chapter and verse on The Beatles, Rory Gallagher, Wilco, Roger Daltrey, Peter Grant, John Cooper Clarke and Northern Irish band An(...)

Damien Dempsey does two nights in Vicar St on Saturday and Sunday

Rock and pop highlights for the week include Talos, Rofi James and Mango + Mathman

“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

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