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Bananarama will be performing  at Beatyard. Otherwise it’s an all-male line-up of festival headliners at   Forbidden Fruit, Longitude, Body & Soul, Sea Sessions, Indiependence and Castlepalooza. Clearly there is something wrong. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Last week, a mild storm reflecting a major issue broke out online. The electronic music festival Higher Vision was called out for its lack of female a(...)

Patrick O’Laoghaire: “I have this curiosity about singers who sound really young and totally naive and innocent, and they also sound like they’re 100. I like that ‘somewhere in-between’ place.” Photograph: Alex Gonzales

Making music, explains Patrick O’Laoghaire, is a lot like hurling. “I know that’s a mad thing to say,” he says, “but playing music and playing hurli(...)

The main stage at Castlepalooza 2016. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

I Have a Tribe I Have a Tribe are the perfect tonic for weary heads so on Sunday afternoon, when the sun shows up just as Patrick O’Laoghaire and his(...)

Jurassic 5 take to the main stage at Castlepalooza. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

As the revamped yet soggy Castlepalooza Music and Arts Festival comes to a close, there are very few complaints to be made about the festival that’s a(...)

Jurassic 5 at Castlepalooza 2016: enough good vibes to leave everyone feeling warm and fuzzy . Photograph:   Ruth Medjber

Overhead, the Albatross Overhead, the Albatross are one of Dublin’s hardest working bands and their debut album, Learning to Growl, has been heaped i(...)

For the last ten years, the festival set in the grounds of Charleville Castle took place during the August Bank Holiday but this year, with a bigger crowd capacity and added stages, it’s an entirely new beast.

When it comes to festivals and bad weather, there are two options; go big or go home. As the rain plundered down all week across the midlands, everyon(...)

Channy Casselle of Poliça performs for Flood Fest at Cedar Street Courtyard at the  2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival  in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Brian Feinzimer/Getty Images

Channy Leaneagh never dreamed of fronting a band of any kind, so it still feels pretty strange each time she takes to the stage. “I’ve always sort of(...)

Castlepalooza music and arts festival takes place until Sunday on the grounds of Charleville Castle in Tullamore, Co Offaly

Beatyard takes place today and tomorrow at Dún Laoghaire harbour from 2pm. A day ticket costs €59 or €95 for the weekend. Described as a seaside ce(...)

Crowds throng the main stage at Electric Picnic 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

For every long-running summer event, such as Indiependence, Life or Castlepalooza, you have the ill-fated Killarney Festival of Music & Food, w(...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

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