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“The Farthest” by Emer Reynolds: “I was obsessed with space as a child. I spent part of my childhood growing up on a farm in Tipperary with really dark skies overhead. I could see the Milky Way.”

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At this stage, it’s safe to say that Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott’s reunion has been a success. The former Beautiful South colleagues rejoined forces(...)

Lil Yachty deals in sounds rather than stanzas. While they won’t be giving the Atlanta teenage trap star any prizes for the lyrical flights of fancy o(...)

I couldn’t keep my sticky, six-year-old fingers off it. I think I loved Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from the moment I became aware of it. The(...)

Being “cool” has never stopped Jamiroquai in the past, and Jay Kay and co are damned if it’ll stop them now. Seven years after their last release come(...)

Aslan: (from left) Rodney O’Brien, Alan Downey, Christy Dignam, Joe Jewell and Billy McGuinness. “Slade were from a place in Wolverhampton like Finglas, they were just ordinary blokes.  I never considered the fact that you could come from a place like Finglas and become a singer.”

It began for Christy Dignam at the kitchen table at home in Finglas when he was a kid. His father would make dinner on Sundays and sing his heart out (...)

Café en Seine on Dawson Street: one of the Mercantile Entertainment Group’s many well-known establishments in Dublin, along with the Mercantile Bar and Hotel, The George and Whelan’s on Wexford Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A claim that the former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank, David Drumm, was last year proposed for the job of finance director of one of Dublin’s la(...)

It’s been 35 years since James Hetfield responded to Lars Ulrich’s newspaper ad in search of “other metal musicians to jam with”; it’s been eight sinc(...)

Emeli Sandé has been through the emotional mill since her 2012 debut. With a marriage – and subsequent divorce, just a year later – under her belt ar(...)