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    Chas Hodges’ family say he didn’t die from cancer and wanted to inspire others


    The family of late musician Chas Hodges have emphasised that the star had recovered from cancer and he would have wanted to give hope to patients still suffering with the...

    The family of late musician Chas Hodges have emphasised that the star had recovered from cancer and he would have wanted to give hope to patients still suffering with the disease.

    Gary Numan’s tour bus involved in fatal crash


    A tour bus carrying British singer Gary Numan has struck and killed a 91-year-old man in the US, police...

    A tour bus carrying British singer Gary Numan has struck and killed a 91-year-old man in the US, police said.

    BTS make historic speech at United Nations


    K-pop superstars BTS urged fans to “love themselves” during a historic speech at the United...

    K-pop superstars BTS urged fans to “love themselves” during a historic speech at the United Nations.

    Wolf Alice set to return to UK albums chart after winning Mercury Prize


    Mercury Prize winners Wolf Alice are set to return to the top 40 in the UK albums chart after claiming the prestigious music award last...

    Mercury Prize winners Wolf Alice are set to return to the top 40 in the UK albums chart after claiming the prestigious music award last week.

    Confirmed: Metallica to play at Slane 2019


    Slane Castle will be rocked to its foundations next summer as Metallica are set to play the legendary Co Meath...

    Slane Castle will be rocked to its foundations next summer as Metallica are set to play the legendary Co Meath venue.

    Musical mum and daughter always in tune


    Renowned pianist Veronica McSwiney has always been a role model for her youngest daughter, violinist Aisling O'Dea, and they have a very close personal bond that allows for a bit of teasing. "Aisling always says that she was my mistake, because I had my...

    Renowned pianist Veronica McSwiney has always been a role model for her youngest daughter, violinist Aisling O'Dea, and they have a very close personal bond that allows for a bit of teasing. "Aisling always says that she was my mistake, because I had my boy and girl and then she came along five years later," Veronica laughs.
    The Blades still cut it after all these years

    The Blades still cut it after all these years


    It was, for a brief moment in time, the sound of the inner city. A soundtrack to our post-punk youth in Dublin. It came courtesy of tracks like 1980's Ghost Of A Chance ('Long weekend/ When boredom takes a grip/ I'm in Dublin/ She's on a working trip/...

    It was, for a brief moment in time, the sound of the inner city. A soundtrack to our post-punk youth in Dublin. It came courtesy of tracks like 1980's Ghost Of A Chance ('Long weekend/ When boredom takes a grip/ I'm in Dublin/ She's on a working trip/ Cause she sent me postcards') and 1982's Downmarket ('In an unfamiliar bed/ In an unfamiliar room/ There's a throbbing in my head/ I've succeeded I presume') from three young fellas from Ringsend.
    Time to say happy birthday, Mr Bocelli...

    Time to say happy birthday, Mr Bocelli...


    The birthday candles are out today for Andrea Bocelli. The Italian, who shot to prominence as a crossover artist, performing popular music in the classical style, is turning...

    The birthday candles are out today for Andrea Bocelli. The Italian, who shot to prominence as a crossover artist, performing popular music in the classical style, is turning 60.

    Exiles: the Irish artists seeking refuge on other shores


    'I love the fact he said that he can't afford to live in Dublin and he's moving," Nina Hynes says. "When I lived in Ireland, it was shameful to say you couldn't afford something, that as an artist you weren't making enough money. It was seen as a measure...

    'I love the fact he said that he can't afford to live in Dublin and he's moving," Nina Hynes says. "When I lived in Ireland, it was shameful to say you couldn't afford something, that as an artist you weren't making enough money. It was seen as a measure of your value."

    Sir Lenny Henry among stars paying tribute to ‘legend’ Chas Hodges


    Chas and Dave star Chas Hodges has been described as a “legend” and a “lovely, lovely gentleman” as stars paid tribute to the singer following his death aged...

    Chas and Dave star Chas Hodges has been described as a “legend” and a “lovely, lovely gentleman” as stars paid tribute to the singer following his death aged 74.

    Richard Ashcroft urges people to ‘turn off The X Factor immediately’


    Singer-songwriter Richard Ashcroft has made an impassioned plea for young musicians to turn off The X Factor, telling them to work on their own talents...

    Singer-songwriter Richard Ashcroft has made an impassioned plea for young musicians to turn off The X Factor, telling them to work on their own talents instead.

    Rihanna adds Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to CV


    With eight Grammys, two Brit awards and nine UK number ones, a fashion business and a charitable foundation, Rihanna now has another facet to her glittering CV – Ambassador Extraordinary and...

    With eight Grammys, two Brit awards and nine UK number ones, a fashion business and a charitable foundation, Rihanna now has another facet to her glittering CV – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

    Paul Weller fails to topple Eminem from top of album chart


    Eminem has scored a third week at number one with his album Kamikaze, fending off competition from music veteran Paul...

    Eminem has scored a third week at number one with his album Kamikaze, fending off competition from music veteran Paul Weller.

    'I'm knocking the poshness out of it' - meet the 'Dangerous Harpist' Ursula Burns


    "I'm your f***ing harpist, I know it does not rock," sings Ursula Burns' in one of her comic songs set to the melodious pluckings of her harp. The Belfast artist has been playing the instrument for a quarter of a century, but not like you've ever heard...

    "I'm your f***ing harpist, I know it does not rock," sings Ursula Burns' in one of her comic songs set to the melodious pluckings of her harp. The Belfast artist has been playing the instrument for a quarter of a century, but not like you've ever heard it played before.

    Rod Stewart announces Páirc Uí Chaoimh date


    Rod Stewart is hitting the road in support of his 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses, and he has one Irish date at Pairc Ui...

    Rod Stewart is hitting the road in support of his 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses, and he has one Irish date at Pairc Ui Caoimh.

    Who are Mercury Music Prize winners Wolf Alice?


    Alternative rock band Wolf Alice have won the 2018 Mercury Prize for their album Visions Of A...

    Alternative rock band Wolf Alice have won the 2018 Mercury Prize for their album Visions Of A Life.
    Heavy metal 'mosh pits' ape ancient tribes' rites

    Heavy metal 'mosh pits' ape ancient tribes' rites


    Heavy metal fans have evolved to communicate with each other like remote tribes in Papua New Guinea, a study by anthropologists has...

    Heavy metal fans have evolved to communicate with each other like remote tribes in Papua New Guinea, a study by anthropologists has found.

    I’ve been robbed: Lily Allen reacts to Mercury Prize defeat


    Lily Allen tweeted to say she had been “robbed” after missing out on the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize to rock band Wolf...

    Lily Allen tweeted to say she had been “robbed” after missing out on the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize to rock band Wolf Alice.

    Nick Cannon fires back at Kanye West


    Nick Cannon has fired back at Kanye West and warned the rapper not to tell him what to...

    Nick Cannon has fired back at Kanye West and warned the rapper not to tell him what to say.

    Wolf Alice win Mercury Prize for Visions Of A Life


    Rock band Wolf Alice have won the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize for their album Visions Of A...

    Rock band Wolf Alice have won the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize for their album Visions Of A Life.

    Suge Knight admits manslaughter over fatal confrontation


    Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter after he ran over two men, killing one, nearly four years...

    Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter after he ran over two men, killing one, nearly four years ago.

    Carrie Underwood: From American Idol to country music giant


    Carrie Underwood was catapulted to fame as the winner of American Idol and went on to become the biggest selling artist from the...

    Carrie Underwood was catapulted to fame as the winner of American Idol and went on to become the biggest selling artist from the show.

    Noel Gallagher: I don’t need vindication for leaving Oasis


    Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has said his 2018 Mercury Prize nomination as a solo artist has not vindicated his decision to leave the...

    Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has said his 2018 Mercury Prize nomination as a solo artist has not vindicated his decision to leave the band.

    Mercury hopeful Nadine Shah: We need more political music


    Mercury Prize favourite Nadine Shah has said she she is glad her political album Holiday Destination has been shortlisted as she believes not enough artists are making music that reflect current...

    Mercury Prize favourite Nadine Shah has said she she is glad her political album Holiday Destination has been shortlisted as she believes not enough artists are making music that reflect current times.

    Ed Sheeran to headline festival dubbed Europe’s answer to Glastonbury


    Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will headline Hungary’s Sziget festival next year, an event which has been described as Europe’s answer to...

    Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will headline Hungary’s Sziget festival next year, an event which has been described as Europe’s answer to Glastonbury.

    Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen and Noel Gallagher in hunt for 2018 Mercury Prize


    Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are among the artists hoping to win the prestigious Mercury Prize, which will be awarded on...

    Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are among the artists hoping to win the prestigious Mercury Prize, which will be awarded on Thursday.

    Bono says pope ‘aghast’ about church sex abuse


    U2 frontman Bono has described Pope Francis as being “aghast” about sex abuse in the Catholic...

    U2 frontman Bono has described Pope Francis as being “aghast” about sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

    Sir Cliff Richard on the bill for BBC Radio 2’s 2018 In Concert series


    Sir Cliff Richard, Ed Sheeran and Paul Weller are among the stars taking part in this year’s Radio 2 In Concert series, it has been...

    Sir Cliff Richard, Ed Sheeran and Paul Weller are among the stars taking part in this year’s Radio 2 In Concert series, it has been announced.

    Royal Opera House ‘transformed’ following three-year renovation project


    London’s Royal Opera House has been transformed to include a new cafe, shops and restaurant following the completion of a three-year building...

    London’s Royal Opera House has been transformed to include a new cafe, shops and restaurant following the completion of a three-year building project.

    BBC opens public song submissions for Eurovision 2019


    The search for the UK’s entry for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Israel has begun with an official panel now ready to consider songs submitted by the...

    The search for the UK’s entry for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Israel has begun with an official panel now ready to consider songs submitted by the public.

    Adele shares emotional tribute to Lauryn Hill and her favourite album


    Adele has revealed how important Lauryn Hill has been as a musical influence and praised her solo album as “an honest representation of love and...

    Adele has revealed how important Lauryn Hill has been as a musical influence and praised her solo album as “an honest representation of love and life”.

    Harry Styles poses with farm animals for Gucci fashion shoot


    One Direction singer Harry Styles has been photographed cradling farm animals for a new campaign for fashion house...

    One Direction singer Harry Styles has been photographed cradling farm animals for a new campaign for fashion house Gucci.
    Hozier announces five Irish dates this December

    Hozier announces five Irish dates this December


    Irish singer Hozier has announced five concert dates around the country for this...

    Irish singer Hozier has announced five concert dates around the country for this December.
    Fate, still up against Ian McCulloch's will

    Fate, still up against Ian McCulloch's will


    Courtney Love lived in Liverpool in the early 1980s where she worshipped a local deity; from whom she claimed to have stolen most of her stage...

    Courtney Love lived in Liverpool in the early 1980s where she worshipped a local deity; from whom she claimed to have stolen most of her stage moves.
    'I promised myself if anything like the Nazis happened in my lifetime I'd do something' - meet the Irish DJ making a difference in Syria

    'I promised myself if anything like the Nazis happened in my lifetime I'd do something' - meet the Irish DJ making a difference in Syria


    An Irish DJ is harnessing his contacts within the music industry to host a rolling series of gigs and events to raise funds for medical and emergency response services in war-torn...

    An Irish DJ is harnessing his contacts within the music industry to host a rolling series of gigs and events to raise funds for medical and emergency response services in war-torn Syria.

    Trip to Tipp returns and its legend will be recalled by a generation


    Confession time. Although I was born and reared in Thurles, my first-hand knowledge of Féile is limited as I missed several of the festivals. I tended to be voluntarily deported down in the Gaeltacht in the Dingle Peninsula every August in the early...

    Confession time. Although I was born and reared in Thurles, my first-hand knowledge of Féile is limited as I missed several of the festivals. I tended to be voluntarily deported down in the Gaeltacht in the Dingle Peninsula every August in the early 90s.

    Féile Classical - Brewing up a perfect storm of homegrown hits


    Billed as Féile Classical, the 'Trip to Tipp' returns to Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary, on Friday September 21 and Saturday September 22. The two-day event, however, is in a completely different league from its heyday of...

    Billed as Féile Classical, the 'Trip to Tipp' returns to Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary, on Friday September 21 and Saturday September 22. The two-day event, however, is in a completely different league from its heyday of 1990-1994.

    It's been emotional: Féile comes full circle for Jerry Fish


    When An Emotional Fish first blasted on stage at Semple Stadium in 1990 with their indie anthem Celebrate, the alt rock band did indeed have reason to revel. Having signed a major deal with Atlantic Records' legendary founder Ahmet Ertugen, they had just...

    When An Emotional Fish first blasted on stage at Semple Stadium in 1990 with their indie anthem Celebrate, the alt rock band did indeed have reason to revel. Having signed a major deal with Atlantic Records' legendary founder Ahmet Ertugen, they had just completed a world tour and had arrived home to a heroes' welcome at the first ever Féile, in Thurles, Tipperary.
    Tom Dunne’s Féile odyssey

    Tom Dunne’s Féile odyssey


    History will record that I played the first Féile - Semple Stadium, 1990 - in green shorts and with a hairstyle that would have been more at home in a Birmingham Six biopic than on a rock stage. If we wanted a quick snapshot of how naïve the times were...

    History will record that I played the first Féile - Semple Stadium, 1990 - in green shorts and with a hairstyle that would have been more at home in a Birmingham Six biopic than on a rock stage. If we wanted a quick snapshot of how naïve the times were then that's it right there. Louis Walsh later asked me if we'd had stylists. "Louis," I replied, "we didn't even have mirrors."

    Musical backstory from the city they used to call Breslau


    It was in Wrocław in Poland on Tuesday night that the Republic of Ireland football team found its feet again. Wrocław used to be Breslau under the Habsburgs and the Prussian monarchy, then the Weimar Republic, and finally the Third...

    It was in Wrocław in Poland on Tuesday night that the Republic of Ireland football team found its feet again. Wrocław used to be Breslau under the Habsburgs and the Prussian monarchy, then the Weimar Republic, and finally the Third Reich.
    The original Trip to Tipp: 1990 was the year of the first Féile - when the Irish summer would be altered forever

    The original Trip to Tipp: 1990 was the year of the first Féile - when the Irish summer would be altered forever


    It is a year that continues to be seen as one of the most significant in recent Irish history. Mary Robinson was elected our first female president and Jack Charlton's Boys in Green went all the way to a World Cup quarter final in...

    It is a year that continues to be seen as one of the most significant in recent Irish history. Mary Robinson was elected our first female president and Jack Charlton's Boys in Green went all the way to a World Cup quarter final in Italy.

    Rock 'n' roll 'n' strings


    Pop/rock and classical might seem like polar opposites, but amped-up guitars and refined, detailed arrangements can often produce superb...

    Pop/rock and classical might seem like polar opposites, but amped-up guitars and refined, detailed arrangements can often produce superb results.

    New sounds, second comings and a host of hot gigs


    With Suede making a comeback, Kylie touring a fresh sound and slew of new albums, there’s plenty to look forward to this...

    With Suede making a comeback, Kylie touring a fresh sound and slew of new albums, there’s plenty to look forward to this autumn

    Ed Sheeran speaks out against cuts to music education in state schools


    Ed Sheeran has spoken out against cuts to music education in state schools, saying he benefited from the tuition he received as a...

    Ed Sheeran has spoken out against cuts to music education in state schools, saying he benefited from the tuition he received as a student.

    Cerys Matthews denies saying she’d ban publicly educated acts on 6 Music show


    BBC radio presenter Cerys Matthews has denied she suggested banning the music of public school educated artists and bands from her 6 Music show because they are overly...

    BBC radio presenter Cerys Matthews has denied she suggested banning the music of public school educated artists and bands from her 6 Music show because they are overly privileged.

    Primal Scream headline festival celebrating ‘amazing’ V&A Dundee


    Scots rockers Primal Scream have hailed the “amazing” V&A Dundee as they headlined a festival to celebrate the opening of the new...

    Scots rockers Primal Scream have hailed the “amazing” V&A Dundee as they headlined a festival to celebrate the opening of the new museum.

    Calvin Harris and Sam Smith hold off Kanye West to stay number one


    Calvin Harris and Sam Smith have held off competition from Kanye West to stay number one on the UK singles charts with their song...

    Calvin Harris and Sam Smith have held off competition from Kanye West to stay number one on the UK singles charts with their song Promises.

    Aladdin to make way for Mary Poppins musical in West End


    The long-running Aladdin stage show will be replaced by a new production of Mary Poppins in the West...

    The long-running Aladdin stage show will be replaced by a new production of Mary Poppins in the West End.

    Dua Lipa ‘proud’ of ‘brave’ fans at Shanghai show


    Dua Lipa has said she is “proud” of her fans after some were forcibly removed from her concert in...

    Dua Lipa has said she is “proud” of her fans after some were forcibly removed from her concert in China.

    Former JLS star Oritse Williams charged with rape


    Former JLS star Oritse Williams has been charged with rape over an incident at a hotel in Wolverhampton in...

    Former JLS star Oritse Williams has been charged with rape over an incident at a hotel in Wolverhampton in 2016.