Pillow Queens: a band recently described as “gimmick free”.

Diversity is a wonderful thing, as the multifaceted Irish music scene can prove. It wasn’t always so, of course. And we are also only too aware that m(...)

Craw is a new arts and performance festival launching this month in Berlin. Photograph:  Turlach O Broin

Karl Marx Strasse in Berlin’s Neukölln district is usually abuzz with Turks and tattooed hipsters, but not on this sultry Sunday afternoon. The real (...)

Candice Gordon, co-founder of Berlin’s Craw festival. Photograph: Maren Michaelis

There is so much about Ireland that I love but I get an overwhelming suffocating feeling there, like there’s no room to move, experiment, create. I fo(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel . “It’s a good sign that Merkel, scarcely a week into her fourth term, will welcome Varadkar with full military honours for a working lunch.” Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Last Friday, as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tilted at imaginary windmills in Washington, Berlin rocked its way into St Patrick’s Day. In the legendary Berg(...)