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Blur recreate the famous Beatles pose on the balcony at EMI, Manchester Square, London, in 1995. Photograph: Chris Taylor

Dave Brolan arrives barely late but full of apologies; he was getting food, taking a break from setting up Blur 21: The Exhibition at the Irish Museum(...)

New days: The Saturdays  on stage at Oxegen 2011. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Everything changes, and this maxim applies even to the most famous Irish musical bacchanalia of modern times. But this year’s Oxegen festival, whic(...)

Knockanstockan,  Blessington Lakes, Co Wicklow

My aim last year was to hit three festivals every week for 12 months, but I overshot my target a little. It coudn’t be helped: there are just so ma(...)

We will fly them on the beaches . . .

Do you know what the German for rose is? It’s rose. Not half as interesting a Friday Fact as talkie-walkie being the French translation of “walkie-tal(...)

Here we go – again. The fields and parks are calling, the PA hire companies are loading their wares onto trucks and promoters are crossing their fi(...)

There’s a breed of surfer out there who steers clear of branded T-shirts, doesn’t have a special pair of sunglasses just for the top of their h(...)

State of The National: Bryan and Scott Devendorf, Matt Berninger, and Bryce and Aaron Dessner

It’s a beautiful spring morning in Brooklyn, and The National’s guitarist Aaron Dessner is unlocking the studio in the garden of his house. Onc(...)

Great outdoors: Kraftwerk, who will perform at Longitude in Marlay Park this summer. Photograph: Peter Boettcher

A packed market for music festivals in Ireland this summer tees up some intriguing battles for audiences as festivals target specific audiences(...)

French DJ David Guetta is headlining this year’s Oxegen festival. Photograph: Getty

Dance music dominates this year’s Oxegen line-up which returns to Punchestown, Co Kildare this August Bank Holiday weekend. French DJ Da(...)

Oxegen festival goers enjoy a mud bath by the main stage before Lady Gaga performed at  Punchestown in 2009. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Electric Picnic festival will go ahead this year, it has been announced this evening. The announcement will come as a relief to fans of the(...)

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