Body & Soul

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Between now and September, a weekend will not pass without a festival or big music show of some stripe or other to tempt you with its wares. The bi(...)

Shiny Darkly

It’s remarkable to observe Eurosonic’s rise and rise in recent years. This writer first visited Groningen in 2005 for its annual showcase of the best (...)

Bloomsday, June 16th

January Out to Lunch 2-26 From Eamon Dunphy to Edna O’Brien, this Belfast festival has an eclectic line-up of music, spoken word and comed(...)

The Ticket Awards: Music

See winners list below 2013, the year of the monkey. That’s the immediate takeaway as we run our eyes over the votes cast in our end-of-year po(...)

They’re laughing now, but if they miss the early-bird tickets, they’ll be sick as parrots

It’s getting to that stage in Silly Season when the prospect of going to a shop to do something as simple as buying a packet of Meanies and a bottle o(...)

Revellers at Electric Picnic 2013 in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

If you awoke Celine Dion violently in the middle of the night while wearing a balaclava, making threatening demands that she leave the country with yo(...)

John Grant at Airwaves: does full dramatic justice to his talents as a songwriter and performer. Photograph: Thyrza Ging

For those given to flying to music festivals, Airwaves is fast becoming an essential destination. It’s easy to see why. On the main festival front, 11(...)

Playing with food: Neil Watkins in 'Dinner and a Show'

Neil Watkins doesn’t want to act. After scoring a massive hit both in Ireland and Australia with The Year of Magical Wanking, an autobiographical show(...)

Le Galaxie: “We’re there to bring joy, and burst your heart a little”
Space cowboys

It is the early hours of Monday morning in the Body & Soul area of the Electric Picnic festival, earlier this month, and a young man who has just (...)

Soul survivors

Some small talk over the first of last Friday’s cans in Stradbally led to the usual enquiry about arrival times. “Just after eight this morning,” was (...)

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