Why the 1990s were the last golden age of culture

With Sensation at the Royal Academy in 1997, which opened amid official talk of “Cool Britannia”, the movement peaked – and today, within the art world, it is often derided as splashy and dumb. Yet, the YBAs made contemporary art less elitist, and generated an energy that other artists benefited from too, such as the … Read more

Ed Sheeran goes metal – but still has the world as his choir

Opening his stadium tour at Croke Park in Dublin, Ed Sheeran seemed to have borrowed his production from local heroes U2. The huge construction had a remarkably similar design to the Irish rock band’s 360° tour (from 2009-11), with a circular stage beneath a cylindrical LED screen surrounded by a set of giant spiky pylons. … Read more

Adele reportedly ‘drafts in’ Take That’s creative director to save Vegas show

Adele has reportedly split with the creative team behind her delayed Las Vegas residency and brought in Take That’s creative guru in a bid to kick-start the troubled venture, according to a source close to the production. The postponed run of concerts, which was meant to start in January and end last weekend, is said … Read more

Con Cluskey, singer with the Bachelors, the first Irish band to have a UK No 1 single – obituary

At first the new release stalled, only taking off after the Bachelors sang it on the television pop show Ready, Steady, Go! and it roared up the UK chart, along with their next release I Believe which, with an orchestra and backing singers, held the No 2 spot for two weeks and earned them a … Read more