Steve Wall  of  The Stunning  said the whole music industry should be out on the street marching. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Stunning singer Steve Wall has described the restrictions imposed on outdoor gigs in the Republic as “ridiculous”. The band is due to play Pearse(...)

Mark O’Reilly, of the Portumna-based band Hot Fuss: ‘It’s been tough since day one. We’ve been 500 days out of work.’

Musicians and entertainers who have spent 500 days locked out of work because of Covid-19 restrictions have been advised to expect a safe and controll(...)

 Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys at Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The number of people receiving the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) has fallen by 42,000 over the last week. The Department of Social Protection s(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said she had spoken to musicians and members of the entertainment industry directly and “they have explained that this would make life easier for them when it comes to one-off gigs”. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Musicians and performers are among self-employed workers set to benefit from an increase in earnings they will allowed to make before their pandemic u(...)

MEAI has already warned that things are so bad for some in the industry that they are having to sell off their instruments.

A group representing some of Ireland’s best known musicians has posted a video online calling for the Government to restore the pandemic unemployment (...)

Niamh Kavanagh  at a dress rehearsal for the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway, in May 2010. File photograph: Bob Strong/Reuters

In the parallel universe that used to be our former lives, Electric Picnic would have been taking place last weekend. The absence of live music is a(...)