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Nightclubs are not coming back to Irish society this year, according to Irish government’s Living With COVID-19 plan

Look, it won’t be a surprise to anyone following the guidelines around events at the…

The Irish government is exploring alcohol-free music events to take place – a look at the numbers

Last night, news emerged that the Irish government is considering allowing alcohol-free music events to…

FKA Twigs, SWAI & Why Sex Work Laws In Ireland Need To Change

The Irish sex work law is currently under review. We talk to Sex Workers Alliance Ireland to learn more about what needs to change.

Songs From An Empty Room raises €400,000+ for Irish live music professionals, but organisers call for amendments to PUP & Wage Subsidy Scheme

The Songs From An Empty Room live broadcast on RTÉ last Saturday raised €400,000 for…

Reducing the €350 Covid Pandemic Unemployment Payment will decimate the arts & entertainment industry; sign the petition

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) was brought in by Fine Gael in March to provide…

Why we need to keep shouting about the Irish live music industry post-Songs From An Empty Room event

The UK announces fund to save venues from insolvency, will the Irish government do the same?

30 of the best albums from 2020 so far

If last year felt like a strange year for music at the half way point,…

10 of our favourite Irish albums from 2020 so far

At the half point in the year, it’s a good time to reflect the longform…

Music programmer Rob Farhat pens piece on structural racism in Irish arts and what can be done about it

The co-founder of Ensemble Records and current live music programmer based in London, Rob Farhat…

A new report shows most Irish radio stations’ top 20 Irish airplay features less than 10% women artists, or worse

A new report released today based on data from Radiomonitor, which charts the airplay of…

Ireland to allow gatherings up to 50 people indoors & 200 people outdoors from June 29th; 100 people indoors & 500 people outdoors from July 20th

With the Coronavirus restrictions suddenly being rapidly accelerated with the various stages being amalgamated –…

Here’s what the programme for government says about plans for Irish night-life

With the passing months since the election and the outcome dulled by a worldwide pandemic,…

Gatherings of up to 5000 people may be allowed from September says Taoiseach; €25 million arts support package announced

In April, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar banned mass gatherings of up to 5,000 people until…

Labels, awards and acts change racially insensitive names after Black Lives Matter protests

Lady Antebellum, The Grammys, Whities and One Little Indian among those who have changed insensitive names.

All sales from these Irish Bandcamp releases are going to MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland) today

Bandcamp are once again waiving all their fees so that artists can keep 100% of…

Announcing the winner of the Youth Music Video Competition 2020

First Cut‘s Youth Music Video Competition is an annual project in partnership with Feel Good…

Meet: The X Collective – A new project from Zapho & Oíche Events featuring 70 Irish artists including Tolu Makay, Shookrah, Gemma Bradley, Shy Mascot & many more

The X Collective is a brand new Irish arts project which will connect an impressive…

Here’s what gigs will possibly look like after lockdown according to US Ticketmaster restrictions

With restrictions starting to lift around the world post first wave of COVID-19, our thoughts…

Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider has died

Florian Schneider, one of the founding members of the seminal and groundbreaking electronic music German…

The return of live music – why don’t we bring back dinner & a show?

Luke Sharkey examines how a new update on an old idea might offer a responsible path back toward live music in Ireland.