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Summber vibe: Electric Picnic, in Co Laois in September. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

With more than 30 music festivals across Ireland between April and the end of September, there’s one for almost every age, county and g(...)

Mark Levins: a key player in the Irish music scene

Mark Levins, who died on Christmas Day, was a key player in the Irish music scene, not only as a well-respected guitarist, but also as a technical wiz(...)

A group therapy session in the Electric Picnic campsite. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It’s big. Really big. Maybe world class in scope and scale. I didn’t expect Electric Picnic to be so broad given it was ostensibly Ireland’s second-bi(...)

Beyoncé’s Lemonade may have dominated 2016’s discourse, but you’d be hard pressed to find a 2017 release with such an impact. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

With six months of the year gone, there are plenty of best-albums-of-the-year-so-far lists around to gauge the current lie of the land. Looking throug(...)

Festival essentials: these’ll get you through the weekend

We hear plenty about festival line-ups and festival fashion but there’s one area that doesn’t get the attention that it deserves: festival bowels. It(...)

The sun sets over Worthy Farm in Somerset as music fans start to arrive for the Glastonbury Festival. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Can a Glastonbury away from Worthy Farm truly be Glastonbury? We may find out in 2019 after founder Michael Eavis this week revealed his team is plan(...)

Teen hero: Conor Oberst embodied the youthful self-centredness I already possessed in bucketloads.

My teenage bedroom is a source of both pride and shame. When I go back to that small, square room I am left face-to-face with the evidence of some emb(...)

By now you’re probably thoroughly sick and tired of the Electric Picnic. It seems as if every single angle has been covered, every possible line of e(...)

Sarah Kelly carries  trophies into Punchestown for the annual racing festival. Photograph: Michael Chester

Up to 110,000 racegoers are expected to converge on Punchestown this week for the annual festival meeting.The total of €2.5 million in prize money in(...)

Graham Coxon, Alex James, Damon Albarn and Dave Rowntree at the Golden Phoenix restaurant, in Chinatown, London, after announcing their new album. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Blur have announced that they will release their first album together in 16 years next month. The band made the surprise announcement on their Faceboo(...)

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