Category: Festivals
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The second edition of Sounds From A Safe Harbour (SFASH) returns to Cork city next week, Thursday to Sunday, September 14-17, with a stellar lineup including three humongous shows at the Opera House: Lisa Hannigan, the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra and Aaron Dessner on Thursday, Bon Iver on Friday, and the National on Saturday. Needless to […]


All pictures by Brid O’Donovan (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram) Emmet Condon, organiser of Another Love Story, which took place last weekend at Killyon Manor, Co Meath, was telling me recently that the done thing with a ‘successful’ festival is to expand things, to grow bigger the following year. But ALS isn’t like other festivals. […]

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The fourth edition of Another Love Story, a festival presented by Homebeat and Happenings, takes place in Co Meath this weekend. Tickets (there were only 600 or so) are long gone. It’s supposed to be a very special thing, with a bill featuring mostly Irish acts such as Katie Kim, Tomorrows, Ailbhe Reddy and Ellll, […]


It’s a big weekend in Cork as Culture Night tonight combines with Sounds From A Safe Harbour for a stellar lineup. There are too many highlights on both programmes, but for our latest The Point of Everything show we managed to pick out a few things that should make for a great weekend. Everything on […]


There was loads on in pretty much every venue in Cork city over the weekend as the jazz festival took over. The likes of Ginger Baker in the Everyman and Lee Fields and Sharon Jones in the Opera House were always going to wow, while the Sextant is turning into the place to go for […]

The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival takes place for the 10th year this weekend in the west Cork town. There’s something for everyone who is into music from Thursday to Sunday, from trad to ukuleles to Idiot Songs. I already profiled some of the acts playing the festival when the lineup was released a few months […]


After a sold-out event in 2013, Samahain Festival moves to Loughcrew Gardens, Co Meath, with a doozy of a lineup, which is to be expected when the promoters are Archetype, Hidden Agenda, Bodytonic and Bedlam. The big names so far are Jon Hopkins (his final Irish show promoting his album Immunity), John Talabot (warning: most […]


It’s interesting after Jim Carroll’s blog post on Monday commending Body & Soul for another excellent festival that one of the comments instantly lamented what the future holds for Body & Soul. The comment reads: “This festival is slowly but surely being ruined by scumbags completely out of their heads. The Oxegen crowd have ruined […]


Anybody heading to Body & Soul in Ballinlough Castle, Westmeath, this weekend will know the big acts they want to see. John Grant, Jon Hopkins, Tom Vek and Shabazz Palaces are on my not-to-be-missed list. But there is so much more going on around the vast site, from bath houses to the disco tree to […]


Ray Wingnut recently interviewed Martin Mackie, who is helping to put on the Fire Escape festival in Rathmines, Dublin, on June 27 and 28. Firstly, you can expect a stellar cast of Irish bands over the weekend, including the North Sea, Mossy Nolan, Idiot Songs, Fiction Peaks, Otherkin, Crowhammer, Percolator, Elastic Sleep (pictures above), and […]