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 Sting and Andy Summers performing with The Police at Croke Park in 2007, one of the gigs safety officer and event controller Sophie Ridley was responsible for. Photograph: Eric Luke

With so many gigs, festivals and shows happening on a regular basis, it’s easy to forget the amount of work that goes into putting on a well-run event(...)

Conor Wilson: Promoting music and putting on spaces for dancing and entertainment is something he’s always done. Photograph: Babs Daly

Earlier this year, Conor Wilson packed up his metropolitan Dublin life as commercial manager with Gay Community News (GCN) and co-founder of the gay c(...)

Angela Dorgan, head of First Music Contact and organiser of the annual Hard Working Class Heroes festival. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Angela Dorgan has been called the fairy godmother of Irish music on more than one occasion. As the head of First Music Contact for more than 20 years,(...)

Inside De Barra’s, the folk club in Clonakilty.  Photograph: debarra.ie

As the keeper of the flame at De Barra’s, the folk club in Clonakilty, west Cork, that is known for its associations with artists such as Noel Redding(...)

‘140 musicians from 80 bands  drifting in and out of seven rooms to play, alongside the audience in an old radio and recording centre’

When I last spoke to Mary Hickson about Sounds From A Safe Harbour, the first edition of the festival hadn’t yet taken place and Hickson was in her la(...)

Some of the acts that will grace  Body & Soul’s Bandstage stage include Síomha, Penrose and WOB!

While it’s the big acts such as the xx, A Tribe Called Quest, Chaka Khan and Duran Duran that will dominate the headlines from Electric Picnic this we(...)

All bands on deck: The Salty Dog stage at Electric Picnic

Of all the attractions that have helped Electric Picnic become Ireland’s biggest festival over the past decade, the Salty Dog is among the most unique(...)

Space Dimension Controller aka Jack Hamill: “I loved Escape from New York and other John Carpenter films when I was a kid”

As Space Dimension Controller, Jack Hamill has cultivated a style of electronic music that is indebted to synth-led cinema scores, the electro-funk ra(...)

The National Memorial is a place of contemplation and remembrance. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Hundreds of people turned out for the annual commemoration for members of the Defence Forces who died in the service of the State. Chief of staff of (...)

Band manager Joe Clarke: ‘There are bands on there who have five million streams who can’t sell 100 tickets in real life’. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

The success of a music manager for an act is built on relationships, strategy and working hard to get the best for your artist, says Joe Clarke, who m(...)

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