Opinion

10,000 people went to a gig in Belfast last night while the Irish government continue to fail us

Last night, 10,000 people attended a gig in Falls Park, Belfast as part of Féile…

The Irish live event industry needs a roadmap NOW not at the end of August

Today, the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media Catherine Martin T.D. made…

Pilot gigs are a step towards normal events NOT a glimpse of the fenced-in future

On Saturday, for the first time in 15 months, 3500 people attended a day long…

Dublin cultural space Jigsaw has closed – the city needs spaces like it

The pandemic’s effects on our city’s landscape is currently hard to ascertain when everything is…

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?

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…

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.

FACTS report shows Irish electronic music festivals are addressing gender balance

Ireland included in global launch of electronic music festival research on Sunday March 8th.

Billie Eilish & how we quiz teenage girls

Billie Eilish doesn’t know the band Van Halen. During her recent interview on the Jimmy…

Why I wrote a book on Ghostface Killah

A recent song reminds author Dean Van Nguyen why he literally wrote the book about the Wu-Tang Clan rapper.

Irish music criticism must be above sucker punches and blind loyalty

A recent piece in the Sunday Times has raised eyebrows and passions, here’s what we can take away from it.