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Festival fever

Festival fever

From Rossini to bluegrass, and from old favourites such as Electric Picnic to a celebration of chips, there’s a festival for every age, taste and commitment this summer. Words: Lily Killeen

Albums

Albums

Album reviews by Johnnie Craig and John Walshe

Bands on the fun

Bands on the fun

Four of Ireland’s top indie musicians give their take on what’s good, bad and ugly about the contemporary rock festival scene.

Festival favourites

Festival favourites

Four top Irish novelists reveal their literary shindigs of choice

Taste the summer

Taste the summer

Gillian Nelis selects the cream of the summer’s foodie festivals to tickle your tastebuds

‘Last songs’  for O’Sullivan

‘Last songs’ for O’Sullivan

Surprisingly, Cara O’Sullivan has never sung Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs at the NCH during an illustrious career, but that will be put right when the soprano guests there with the Hibernian Orchestra on June 10.

Choir on song for Bach’s ‘mighty’ Mass

Choir on song for Bach’s ‘mighty’ Mass

JS Bach’s mighty Mass in B Minor was not performed in its entirety in his lifetime. He assembled it from pieces composed over 20 years, but on July 28, 1750, less than a year after its completion, he died after an eye operation.

Premier piano contest gets first female winner

Premier piano contest gets first female winner

‘The young French girl will be there or thereabouts,” was the word from the RDS during the gruelling, week-long, preliminary judging sessions for the tenth Dublin International Piano Competition in the National Concert Hall.

Earthquake thriller is a feast of faults

Earthquake thriller is a feast of faults

He’s battled steroidal wrestlers, mythological beasts, invading aliens, sticky transmissions and the enduring legacy of his former professional alias, so the next logical step for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is to take on Mother Nature.

Carousel is a fun ride

Carousel is a fun ride

Musical: Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin June 10-13. Rating: ****. Previewed by Lily Killeen

The Gigli Concert. Gate Theatre, Dublin

The Gigli Concert. Gate Theatre, Dublin

Murphy’s study of crisis retains all its old relevance

DON’T  MISS  .  .  .

DON’T MISS . . .

Muzzling the British bulldog

Muzzling the British bulldog

reviewed this week. Churchill: When Britain Said No, BBC Two. 1945: The Savage Peace, BBC Two. 1864, BBC Four. Vogue Does Straight As, RTE Two.

Erraught slays ’em in the States

Erraught slays ’em in the States

Albums

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