Adele: Pre-performance nerves.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The adrenaline that courses through a performer’s body before they take to the stage in front of thousands of expectant fans would be enough to(...)

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Robbie Williams playing Slane in 1999

Like buses, you wait all year for a big music show and then three come along at once. The stadium arena tour circuit begins tonight when Robbie Willia(...)

You win: Patrick Freyne cedes victory to Dawn O’Porter

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Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, who play Dublin's O2 on Saturday, June 8th

Another year, another traipse around the larger venues to see performers who could, if they wished, travel around for free on public transport inst(...)

Art or kitsch?: Jeff Koons’s Hanging Heart in magenta and gold. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

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