Summber vibe: Electric Picnic, in Co Laois in September. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

With more than 30 music festivals across Ireland between April and the end of September, there’s one for almost every age, county and g(...)

Karin Dreijer as Fever Ray: creator of visually popping, expressive live shows

Don’t try to encapsulate Karin Dreijer by using tired old metrics. The breadth of her vision is such that it requires the most powerful of scopes to b(...)

Electric Picnic: Facebook statuses will request lifts, free tickets or spare tents. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

When snow is forecast for April it’s hard to see beyond the grey horizon, but Joe Goddard’s new album, Electric Lines, lifted me from the gloom and tr(...)

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(...)

Bishop Eamonn Casey at the papal youth Mass in Galway in 1979. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Along with his mitre, Bishop Eamonn Casey wore many other hats during his career. He was said to have been perturbed when appointed a young bishop of (...)

Bosco meets Erik Sprague aka The Lizardman in Dublin’s Smithfield for the 2016 Laya City Spectacular. This year’s event takes place from July 7th-9th (Dublin), 15th-16th (Cork). Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

JANUARY Out to Lunch January 6th-29th Take a trip to Belfast for a mind-expanding programme that includes music from James Vincent McMorrow, a live(...)

Batteries for  Christmas toys – you forgot them didn’t you?
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WHAT’S HOT Turkey sweats Bring it on The man brooch Embrace The Mooch The big to do list Don’t wait until January, make your 2017 to do list no(...)

Sean Bryan, founder of Cut & Sew, says he is certain his brand and team are “on a par with anything they have in London and LA. I’ve been there and I know.”

With impeccable cool, and an irredeemable street style, Sean Bryan’s Cut & Sew is bucking trends and setting new ones and, inter alia, giving entr(...)

Democratic U.S. vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine debating Republican U.S. vice presidential nominee Governor Mike Pence. Kaine invoked the historical discrimination towards the Irish in the U.S. to attack Trump policies on immigration. REUTERS/Rick Wilking TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The US Vice Presidential debate on Monday night featured two men of Irish heritage. Dipping into the Passion Play version of the persecution of the I(...)

The fact that festivals have entered the mainstream and taken such a hold over our summer discourse and media coverage is down to their transgressive past. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

A bizarre rumour doing the rounds suggests that a music fan actually travelled to an Irish music festival, presented his/her ticket, spent an enjoyabl(...)

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