Electric Picnic

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And baby came too: Mini festival goer at last year’s Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

I’ve always thought children at music festivals represent the worst of every possible world: a three-day whingefest for the children; an expensive, mu(...)

 “Nobody knows what dying is like. Everybody is terrified, nobody is talking about it, everybody thinks they know what it’s like, and everybody thinks it is awful.”

“How people die lives on in the memory of those who live on.” – Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement. Do you know what dying (...)

Green Party local candidates Patrick Costello and Hazel Chu with their daughter Alex at the local and European elections and divorce referendum counts at the RDS, Dublin, in May 2019. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

“I went to several schools – I started off in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown because my parents were working so much they needed me to board and then I later (...)

Abandoned tents and rubbish litter a campsite after last year’s  Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Electric Picnic promoter Melvin Benn has said he is “appalled” by the number of festival-goers who leave their tents behind. Each year the main camps(...)

Chef Danni Barry with Ronan Sweeney of Balloo Inns in the gastro-pub group’s new restaurant, Overwood, in Killinchy

Chef Danni Barry, formerly of Clenaghan’s in Craigavon and Eipic in Belfast, where she earned a Michelin star, joined the gastro-pub group, Balloo Inn(...)

 Festival-goers walking to  All Together Now  at Curraghmore, Co Waterford.  There were hours of traffic delay  getting to the venue. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

Before the music began at Waterford’s All Together Now over the August Bank Holiday weekend, complaints about traffic delays filtered through social m(...)

Sunday brunch time saw a special live recording of The Blindboy Podcast  at All Together Now. Photograph: Aerial.ie

Back and bigger than before, Waterford’s All Together Now made its return for a second year, with most concert-goers losing up to half a day to traffi(...)

Shirley Manson of Garbage on stage at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. Photograph:  Kieran Frost/Redferns

It’s almost 25 years since Garbage released their debut album, called Garbage, the cover of which still sums the band up: a rawly spray-painted black (...)

UK singer and songwriter Freya Ridings

The “Titian-maned Goddess of acoustic pop” – as one UK magazine extravagantly dubbed her – is having none of the pomp and circumstance that is current(...)

The Stradbally Woodland Railway in Co Laois  celebrates 50 years  at this year’s 55th annual National Steam Rally in Stradbally. Photograph: Kieran Marshall

I first laid eyes on the Stradbally Woodland Railway in the mid-1990s. At two and a half years old, my parents brought me to the annual national steam(...)

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