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

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’

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

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

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

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(...)

“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

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