Robbie Williams performs on stage at The BRIT Awards 2017 at The O2 Arena on February 22, 2017. Photograph:  Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

“Ireland! Am I still your son?” For the last 20 years as a solo act, Robbie Williams’ love affair with Ireland has been no secret, and for 50,000 peo(...)

Cutting loose of a Thursday: En Vogue. Photograph:  Xabiso Mkhabela/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It’s a clash of the titans at En Vogue’s sold out show in Vicar Street. On stage, we have Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and Rhona Bennett, the cool and po(...)

A candle in front of a painting of  David Bowie in Brixton, London, after his death was announced. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

In the wake of David Bowie’s death, the impulse to treat Blackstar like a puzzle to be solved was understandable yet seemed to defeat the point of his(...)

Fight Like Apes in the early days

I remember the first time I saw Fight Like Apes, even if the timeline is a little fuzzy. A trawl of defunct music message boards and cached blogs lead(...)

Stills from some of the 52 Portraits dances

There’s nothing nice about Monday’s inbox: a bulging headache of weekend emails and last week’s procrastination. Not so for subscribers to 52 Portrait(...)

Shura grew up in Manchester as a self-confessed guitar-toting “weird” teenager who was fluent in Russian

‘It taught me that I was capable of surviving. I went there on my own, and you realise how afraid you might be of doing something. Actually going the(...)

Crazy like that: Beyoncé’s latest album Lemonade is a powerful statement that shocks with its impassioned fury and barbed references to marital strife. Photograph: Getty

Five years ago Beyoncé dropped the mic at the MTV Awards, exposing her protruding stomach and unveiling her pregnancy with daughter Blue Ivy to the wo(...)

Some locals advised that during peak months the narrow streets can feel a bit claustrophobic and hectic. Those planning with young children might prefer to travel either side of this time frame

There are various types of holidays out there. Adventures into the unknown involving dirt roads and strange cuisine; sorties to discover wonders of na(...)

Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson in 1977. Photograph: by Ron Galella/WireImage

In 1977, Rita Coolidge was 33 and one of the most in-demand rock vocalists in LA. The legendary Delta Lady of the song had won two Grammys for perfor(...)

Sr Julie Buckley, chaplain in Temple Street hospital, Dublin: ‘Seeing parents broken after the death of a child is the worst part of the job. Their world has ended and they have to try to pick themselves up and build a new life.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

I started off nursing and did my training in the Richmond Hospital, in Dublin, returning to Cork, where I’m from, to do midwifery. I worked as a staf(...)