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Chvrches are at their most interesting when they probe various personal and political turmoils underneath their sugary synth melodies

When Chvrches (pronounced “churches”) emerged in 2013, I initially thought they were yet another pretentious hipster band with a daft name. This was e(...)

Ed Sheeran is back in town for a grand total of nine gigs across the country. Above: The opening night of his Australian tour at Optus Stadium in Perth. Photograph:  Matt Jelonek/WireImage

This is it. We’re in the final stretch of Ed Sheeran mania in Ireland as his mini Irish tour comes to a close in Phoenix Park, after two weeks of gigs(...)

A Rolling Stones mural on the side of JJ Smyth’s pub, a music venue on Dublin’s Aungier Street

It’s only rock and roll, so why pay too much for it? UK supergroup the Rolling Stones may be intent on not fading away as they get ready for their Cr(...)

Mick Jagger was a surprise guest at the third day of the test cricket match between Ireland and Pakistan at Malahide on Sunday. Photograph: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

The Rolling Stones arrived into Dublin on Sunday evening in timely fashion for their concert on Thursday at Croke Park. Barely had their private jet (...)

Business leaders in Cork hope that a series of Ed Sheeran concerts at the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh this weekend will provide a multi-million euro boost to the local economy. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters.

Business leaders in Cork hope that a series of Ed Sheeran concerts at the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh this weekend will provide a multi-million euro (...)

Shazam for tickets: Paul Simon, who plays the RDS Arena in July, seem performing at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival. Photograph: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

Shazam’s advertising sales house in Ireland has teamed up with Radio Nova for a gig ticket competition that the rock music station says will encourage(...)

Sally Foran and David Kitt

What subject do you wish you had studied more in school? Sally: I’d like to have taken another language. I did my Leaving Cert on tape, I smashed my (...)

Croke Park area residents protesting earlier plans to hold additional concerts in the venue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

About 150 residents from the Croke Park area met in Dublin on Monday night to discuss whether a fourth concert should be allowed at the stadium this y(...)

“S-Town” podcast creator Brian Reed, who will appear at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as part of the Dublin Podcast Festival. Photograph: Andrea Morales

The great thing about podcasts is that if you want to remove the bile from your audio diet and Irish talk radio isn’t helping, then it’s not as if you(...)

Ed Sheeran has added extra concert dates for Dublin and Cork after the 300,000 tickets for his first seven Irish gigs sold out in less than 24 hours. Tickets for May 6th at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and May 19th at Phoenix Park will go on sale this Saturday at 9am. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA

It is almost a year before Ed Sheeran comes back to Ireland to play to 300,000 (and still counting) people in Cork, Galway and Dublin and already we a(...)

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