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They’re laughing now, but if they miss the early-bird tickets, they’ll be sick as parrots

It’s getting to that stage in Silly Season when the prospect of going to a shop to do something as simple as buying a packet of Meanies and a bottle o(...)

Revellers at Electric Picnic 2013 in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

If you awoke Celine Dion violently in the middle of the night while wearing a balaclava, making threatening demands that she leave the country with yo(...)

Telly bingo

‘C’MERE man, is there any chance you’d brush my teeth for me?” croaked a cracked and jagged voice from a tent after I stumbled over its guy rope. “(...)

Crowd  at Example performance, main stage Oxegen festival 2013. Photograph: Patrick O’Leary

The Oxegen music festival in Punchestown firmly planted itself in the dance music calendar over the weekend, for 2013 at least. In a bold move that sa(...)

There’s a long, proud tradition of bands getting it together in the country. The rural idyll, the pastoral setting and the general isolation are thoug(...)

Knockanstockan,  Blessington Lakes, Co Wicklow

My aim last year was to hit three festivals every week for 12 months, but I overshot my target a little. It coudn’t be helped: there are just so ma(...)

How long have you been playing music?I took drum lessons all the way through secondary school; no one would have thought of me as a singer in school. (...)

Solange Knowles performing in east London last weekend. The singer is one of the main-stage acts at next month’s Body & Soul festival, which Vodafone has added to its sponsorship list. Photograph: Yui Mok / PA Wire

Vodafone is investing €4 million in festival sponsorships over the next 18 months as it adds this weekend’s Forbidden Fruit in Dublin, the Body & (...)

Klare England certainly put the “family friendly” nature of the Body and Soul festival to the test last year. She arrived over from South Glou(...)

Here we go – again. The fields and parks are calling, the PA hire companies are loading their wares onto trucks and promoters are crossing their fi(...)

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