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Stuart Clark

Sipping champagne with Bruce in Paris; stowing away to Stranraer with Strummer and rocking to the Manics in Cuba with Castro. Hot Press’ Assistant Editor has lead an action- packed life since joining the Trinity Street massive. The deputy editor of Hot Press and a regular contributor on Irish television and radio, Stuart Clark arrived in Ireland during the great pirate wars. Having gained experience with Radio Caroline and The Voice Of Peace, he went legit with Radio Limerick 95FM and from there moved into print with Hot Press. You can catch him charming the nation every week on Matt Cooper’s The Last Word on Today FM. A man with an insatiable love of music, he’s been chosen to serve as an expert on the Music Panel for the Arthur Guinness Projects.

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Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight

2018-06-19 15:46:00

Serious mileage will be clocked up as team Hot Press celebrates June 22-July 1's Indie Beer Week - a hoppy-go-lucky celebration of all that's great about Irish brewing!

Interview: Steve Van Zandt talks New Jersey legends, Sopranos prequels, and sweet soul music

2018-06-18 14:08:00

As he gets ready to roll into Dublin with 14 of his Disciples, Steve Van Zandt talks New Jersey legends, Sopranos prequels, abortion rights, how to combat the US’ school shooting epidemic, and sweet soul music with the equally devoted Stuart Clark.

Food: From the Archives: Hot Press met Anthony Bourdain in Dublin back in 2001

2018-06-08 15:02:00

Darina Allen, eat your heart out. New York chef ANTHONY BOURDAIN has done it all, from chopping out lines to chopping off fingertips, along the way dealing with the Mafia, Madonna, a dead man in a freezer and the palpitating heart of a cobra. STUART CLARK hears about cooking as rock'n'roll. CATHAL DAWSON serves up the pictures

Interview: The Killers: On the Vegas shooting, their new album, and returning to Dublin

2018-06-06 15:16:00

They’ve had to confront tragedy and heartbreak, but with another number one album and a triumphant world tour that’s on its way to Dublin, life is pretty sweet right now for The Killers. Tom Petty, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Trump, Vegas’ indefatigable spirit, going into the closet with Elton John, and magic band moments are all on the agenda as RONNIE VANNUCCI talks to STUART CLARK

Reports: How To End Ireland's Drug Deaths Epidemic

2018-06-06 12:20:00

In 2001, Portugal decriminalised the possession of drugs for personal use. Since then, yearly overdose deaths have fallen from 300 to 23; problematic drug use has halved; and HIV infection rates have similarly plummeted. STUART CLARK travelled to Lisbon to see where it’s all gone right. Plus, we look forward to the first of the Hot Press, Ana Liffey Drug Project and LSE Drug Policy Town Hall meetings.

Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight

2018-06-05 11:51:00

Beer-braised Irish ribs, Polish pierogi, Jamaican patties and Quebec's answer to curried chips are all on this fortnight's menu.

Interview: Snow Patrol Are Back! The Full Hot Press Interview with Gary Lightbody

2018-05-23 10:45:00

It’s taken seven hard years to make, but Wildness is the Snow Patrol record that GARY LIGHTBODY is most proud of. In a searingly honest interview, he talks to STUART CLARK about the personal demons he’s had to exorcise in order to get his musical mojo back, and why every Irish man has to vote “Yes!” on May 25.

Food: Food Champion: Judith Boyle of Boyle's Pub and Two Sisters Brewing, Co. Kildare

2018-05-18 15:37:00

In Hot Press’ special Best of Ireland 2018 magazine, we celebrated the Irish Food Revolution – and spoke to some of Ireland's leading Food Champions about the part they have played in making Ireland one of the hottest food destinations in the world.

Food: Food Champion: Freelance Chef and Consultant Anthony O'Toole

2018-05-18 15:32:00

In Hot Press’ special Best of Ireland 2018 magazine, we celebrated the Irish Food Revolution – and spoke to some of Ireland's leading Food Champions about the part they have played in making Ireland one of the hottest food destinations in the world.

Food: Food Champion: Ruth Healy of Urru, Cork

2018-05-18 15:19:00

In Hot Press’ special Best of Ireland 2018 magazine, we celebrated the Irish Food Revolution – and spoke to some of Ireland's leading Food Champions about the part they have played in making Ireland one of the hottest food destinations in the world.

Food: Food Champion: Kevin Aherne of Sage Restaurant, Midleton, Co. Cork

2018-05-18 15:14:00

In Hot Press’ special Best of Ireland 2018 magazine, we celebrated the Irish Food Revolution – and spoke to some of Ireland's leading Food Champions about the part they have played in making Ireland one of the hottest food destinations in the world.

Food: Food Champion: Olivia Duff of the Headfort Arms, Kells, Co. Meath

2018-05-18 14:39:00

In Hot Press’ special Best of Ireland 2018 magazine, we celebrated the Irish Food Revolution – and spoke to some of Ireland's leading Food Champions about the part they have played in making Ireland one of the hottest food destinations in the world.

Frontlines: Louise Kenny: On separating medical facts from religious dogma, and what needs to be done to secure a 'Yes'

2018-05-18 10:14:00

PROFESSOR LOUISE KENNY, an obstetrician who’s witnessed first-hand the fatal consequences of the 8th Amendment, has emerged as one of the Repeal campaign’s most persuasive voices. She talks to STUART CLARK about dirty tricks, religious dogma dressed up as expert medical opinion, and what needs to be done to secure a ‘Yes’ vote on May 25.

Report: Epic Encounters with Rolling Stones 'New Kid' Ronnie Wood

2018-05-17 10:49:00

As they get ready to rock Croker to within an inch of its life, STUART CLARK recalls some epic encounters with Rolling Stones new boy - it’s relative! - RONNIE WOOD whose storytelling is as enthralling as his guitar-playing.

Food: The Food Revolution in Ireland has Begun!

2018-05-16 15:52:00

The past few years has seen a massive explosion in Irish artisan food and drink. In some cases what’s ending up on our plates and in our glasses is brand new, in others it’s a revival of centuries’ old traditions. Taken from our Best Of Ireland 2018 issue, we talk to some of the key figures in the Irish food revolution, examine the role its played in our tourism success stories - and ask “what’s next?”

Interview: Ed Sheeran: The Making of a Superstar

2018-05-09 11:17:00

Currently in the midst of playing to 1/12th of the Irish population, STUART CLARK gets the inside word on ED SHEERAN from some of his closest musical allies, recalls his own time hanging out with the stadium-filling superstar, and hears about his very first visit to Dublin home from home, Whelan’s.

Reports: Hot Press speaks to Nika McGuigan of Can't Cope, Won't Cope

2018-05-01 12:17:00

Danielle and Aisling are still crazy, living downtown and dancing a lot in the new series of Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope. Nika McGuigan talks to Stuart Clark about the real life friendship at the heart of the show, rubbing shoulders with acting royalty and Repealing The 8th.

News: Yer Looking Well Vinyl! Everything you need to know about Record Store Day

2018-04-20 16:13:00

STUART CLARK looks forward to the vinyl lovers’ Christmas with some help from Otherkin and Run The Jewels, plus the pick of this year’s Record Store Day goodies and a guide to the wondrous independents stocking them.

Interview: Andrew WK: a hyperactive workaholic

2018-04-20 15:35:00

When not acting as a servant of the Party Gods, ANDREW WK can be found inspiring a generation of young Americans who are increasingly standing up to Trump. Stuart Clark gets a lesson in rock ‘n’ roll philosophy.

Interview: A songwriting special with Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol

2018-04-10 14:50:00

When not filling stadiums with Snow Patrol, Johnny McDaid can be found writing songs with a genre-defying array of other artists including Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles and Biffy Clyro. In Dublin to receive an IMRO Outstanding Achievement Award, he talks craft, graft, influences, tattoos and famous friends.

Main Event: Spin when you're winning - World Record Day in Dublin

2018-04-10 14:21:00

Stuart Clark looks forward to the vinyl lovers’ Christmas with some help from Otherkin and Run The Jewels,

Food: Hot flavours: all the fun of the fair

2018-04-10 11:23:00

Whilst the passing of company founder Pearse Lyons – see The Phantom for more – cast a shadow over proceedings, this year’s Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair in the Convention Centre was the most exciting yet.

Reports: A Feast For the Senses

2018-03-13 13:03:00

Resident Hot Press foodie Stuart Clark samples the exotic sights and tastes of the Asia Market and its sister Duck Hong Kong BBQ deli.

Interview: Tearing Down The Walls: Nicola Coughlan of Derry Girls

2018-03-06 12:20:00

Whether strutting her stuff in a Union Jack t-shirt to Whigfield or coming out as Our Lady Immaculate College’s “wee lesbian”, Derry Girls’ Clare Devlin has proven to be a hero for our – and their – times. Nicola Coughlan talks to Stuart Clark about bagging her dream role, the series’ other magical moments and rubbing shoulders with Oscar nominees.

News: Flares and flag-waving in the Jodi Stand: Bohemian’s Daniel Lambert

2018-03-05 14:07:00

A move towards community activism has coincided with an upsurge in Bohemian FC ticket sales. The club’s Daniel Lambert talks direct provision, prison visits and John Delaney with Stuart Clark.

Interview: Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand - "I'm a C*nt Myself!"

2018-03-05 13:40:00

Many people had written Franz Ferdinand off, but their new album is the bonus baby that even they didn’t necessarily expect to have. Alex Kapranos talks career revivals, Bowie, U2, Trump and musical cuntdom with Stuart Clark.

Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight

2018-02-20 15:13:00

Beer, Vietnamese rolls and Chinese dumplings are all on the menu as we look forward to the Year of the Dog.

Food: Gastrogays: On self-indulgence and their unique approach to eating

2018-02-13 14:45:00

Healthy living is out and self-indulgence in as Patrick and Russell, AKA the GastroGays, tell Stuart Clark about their very different approach to TV chef-dom.

Reports: Ode To Dolores: The Full Hot Press Cover Story on Dolores O'Riordan

2018-02-07 11:51:00

The news that Dolores O'Riordan has died in London triggered an avalanche of tributes from fans, friends and fellow musicians who spoke of both her extraordinary talent and charisma. Hot Press was there in 1990 when she joined The Cranberry Saw Us, and hooked up with Dolores regularly afterwards as the band went from fresh-faced indie hopefuls to stadium headliners whose songs have seeped deep into the rock ‘n’ roll consciousness. STUART CLARK recalls the highs, lows and renaissance of a remarkable career...

Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight

2018-02-06 12:07:00

The diet’s out the window as STUART CLARK gets stuck into the best of what 2018 has to offer food and drink-wise.

News: Hot Press' exclusive interview with Ireland rugby sensation Bundee Aki

2018-02-02 17:11:00

Following a starring role in the Autumn Internationals, Ireland new boy BUNDEE AKI is set to take the Six Nations by storm. In an exclusive interview, he talks to STUART CLARK about his remarkable journey from Auckland to the Aviva, big hits, beating England, Siberian odysseys, Pro12 glory and going into tackles with his eyes shut!

Interview: Dublin Racing Festival Special: Grand National-winning jockey David Mullins talks to Hot Press

2018-01-31 12:38:00

Racing properties don’t come any hotter than DAVID MULLINS, the latest member of Ireland’s most famous racing dynasty who won the Aintree Grand National at the first time of asking. He talks giant fences, broken collar-bones, raving in Ibiza, drugs and Ant & Dec with STUART CLARK.

Frontlines: Why 2018 will be a huge year for drug policy in Ireland

2018-01-31 10:45:00

Decriminalisation and the legalisation of medical marijuana are top of the agenda, reports Stuart Clark.

Interview: FROM THE ARCHIVES: Dolores O'Riordan spoke candidly to Hot Press about fame, love and motherhood in 1999

2018-01-15 17:53:00

Trailing a new album and a new contentment, Dolores O'Riordan told Stuart Clark about how she got rid of her hang-ups and learned to love being a pop star.

News: Thin Lizzy producer Chris Tsangarides has died

2018-01-08 10:22:00

The famed rock producer passed away, aged 61, on Saturday, January 6.

News: HAPPY 60th SHANE: 'Fairytale Of New York' gets its own TV show tonight on RTÉ One

2017-12-21 13:54:00

The Story of a Christmas Classic goes out at 9.35pm.

Interview: The Hot Press Christmas Roundtable: With Kodaline, Wyvern Lingo, Eoghan McDermott, Barq, Strypes and more

2017-12-18 12:07:00

An even bigger table than usual was needed this year as eight of Irish music’s brightest, plus our man Stuart Clark, gathered for the annual Hot Press Christmas Summit. From Harvey Weinstein and pulling crackers with Grace Jones to private U2 gigs and Repealing The 8th, 2017 was dissected with surgical precision…

Interview: COVER STORY: Our remarkable state of the rock 'n' roll world interview with Noel Gallagher

2017-12-15 12:10:00

Making a late bid for Album of the Year, Who Built The Moon? finds NOEL GALLAGHER swapping rock ‘n’ roll orthodoxy for something altogether more interesting. Damon Albarn, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Brexit, Liam and his co-conspirator, David Holmes, feature as he tells STUART CLARK where it all went right.

Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight

2017-11-23 11:22:00

Frisky Garlic Goat, chocolate chip bangers, African sauces and Hop Press' very own Xmas beer are on this fortnight's menu. WORDS: Stuart Clark

Report: Liam Gallagher's Greatest Hits: We relive the best Hot Press encounters with the man of the moment

2017-11-23 11:16:00

In the first of a series that celebrates the impending arrival of Covered In Glory: The Hot Press Covers Book, we recall past encounters with LIAM GALLAGHER – all of them highly entertaining – in which Pete Doherty, Bloc Party, Jay Z and, natch, Noel all felt the rough edge of his tongue. Reeling in the years: Stuart Clark.

Interview: Liam Gallagher's finest Hot Press interviews are revisited in the new issue

2017-11-09 11:13:00

In the first of a series that celebrates the impending arrival of Covered In Glory: The Hot Press Covers Book, we recall past encounters with Liam Gallagher - all of them highly entertaining.

News: Remembering Leonard Cohen: Suzanne Vega gained a unique insight into the man behind the myth

2017-11-07 13:41:00

"Leonard was intensely aware of other people's feelings," she told Stuart Clark.

News: Remembering Leonard Cohen: Sharon Robinson was his trusted lieutenant for over 30 years

2017-11-07 13:37:00

One year on from his death, we look back on Leonard Cohen's life and the Hot Press interviews with those who knew him best.

News: Remembering Leonard Cohen: Promoter John Reynolds on those legendary Lissadell gigs

2017-11-07 13:35:00

One year on from his death, we look back on Leonard Cohen's life and the Hot Press interviews with those who knew him best.

News: Remembering Leonard Cohen: Judy Collins recalls her lifelong friendship with the singer

2017-11-07 13:33:00

One year on from his death, we look back on Leonard Cohen's life and the Hot Press interviews with those who knew him best.

News: Remembering Leonard Cohen: The Webb Sisters on "our friend and teacher"

2017-11-07 13:29:00

One year on from his death, we look back on Leonard Cohen's life and the Hot Press interviews with those who knew him best.

Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight

2017-11-07 11:47:00

Savour Kilkenny, rock 'n' roll choccies & San Fran street food are on this fortnight's menu. Eating his words: STUART CLARK.

Album: Album Review: The Flag Listeners, And Other Short Stories

2017-11-03 13:43:00

Songwriting masterclass from Limerick's finest.

News: Rebel with a cause: Hot Press' first interview with James McClean

2017-10-11 10:02:00

Following his Cardiff heroics, the West Brom man is without doubt the Irish footballer of the moment. Stuart Clark found out what makes him tick a few years ago...

Sport Interview: Happy 29th birthday to Seamus Coleman!

2017-10-11 09:47:00

We rewind to our first interview with the Ireland and Everton talisman...

Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight

2017-10-10 10:33:00

Roz Purcell, Chocolate Chip & Honeycomb bangers, nutty beer & the Savour Kilkenny food festival are all on this fortnight’s menu. Words: Stuart Clark

Film Interview: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor: On Maze, the IRA, and landing Hollywood blockbuster roles

2017-10-06 17:34:00

Despite landing him in hot political water, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor couldn’t be prouder of his starring role in IRA prison breakout film, Maze. Love/Hate, the superstar-studded Avengers: Infinity War and Ellen Page are also up for discussion as he meets Stuart Clark

News: Cranberries man Noel Hogan releases new Mono Band EP

2017-09-27 15:39:00

You can bag yourself a copy of Numan's Voice now!

News: The Hot Press Interview: Neil Lennon talks Celtic, Hibs, sectarianism and rock'n'roll

2017-09-26 11:48:00

NEIL LENNON is well-qualified to be a part of TV3’s Champions League team having masterminded Celtic’s legendary win against Barca. Heady Parkhead nights, Oasis, Irvine Welsh, Brendan Rodgers, sectarianism and his current manager’s gig at Hibernian are all on the agenda as he talks footie ‘n’ rock ‘n’roll with STUART CLARK.

News: Noel Gallagher keeps the brotherly feud going!

2017-09-23 14:03:00

Liam is "now tolerated simply as a potential organ donor for his more talented sibling"...

News: Happy Birthday to The Boss!

2017-09-23 12:06:00

As Bruce turns 68, we recall a close encounter of the Springsteen kind in Paris...

News: Noel Gallagher announces Who Built The Moon? album release + Irish shows

2017-09-25 08:01:00

He also takes aim at Liam in his biog!

News: Mic Christopher album gets vinyl release on what would have been his 48th birthday

2017-09-21 16:38:00

Read Hot Press' tribute to the legendary Bronx-born, Dublin-residing singer...

News: Neil Lennon talks Oasis, Celtic, Anthony Stokes, Irvine Welsh & Stiff Little Fingers in the new Hot Press!

2017-09-14 14:39:00

Brace yourself for the mother of all rock 'n' footie interviews!

News: Neil Lennon...

2017-09-13 17:38:00

Interview: The Script talk Stormzy, Lemmy, Trump and their newly released album Freedom Child

2017-09-13 11:17:00

“Good is the enemy of great,” says DANNY O’DONOGHUE as he explains how The Script have rebooted themselves with their new album, Freedom Child. Also on the agenda as he shares a sticky bun with STUART CLARK are David Bowie, Lemmy, Stormzy, Donald Trump and HRM, The Queen.

Interview: Hot Press meets the man behind hilarious Irish superhero spoof, The Middle Finger

2017-09-11 10:16:00

SÉAMUS HANLY tells STUART CLARK how he begged, borrowed and possibly stole to make his superhero movie spoof, The Middle Finger, which has been picked up by low-budget gods, Troma Entertainment.

Film Interview: A Glove Supreme: Interview with The Drummer and the Keeper director Nick Kelly

2017-09-08 17:42:00

The debut feature from Fat Lady Sings man Nick Kelly is a by turns funny and dark exploration of mental illness- and the science of penalty-saving!

News: Brilliant first night at the Irish Craft Beer Festival!

2017-09-08 11:40:00

For obvious reasons, we didn't get to all 40-plus of the stands but here are a few recommended tipples to get you started, plus details of Friday's Hop Press Talks!

Frontlines: 24-Hour Breitbarty People? What the far-right listen to

2017-09-07 10:14:00

Having been told where to stick their Depeche Mode records by Dave Gahan, the alt-right has concocted its own fashwave movement, as well as enjoying some old-school white power punk and Confederate flag-waving country.

Drugs: Ana Liffey Drug Project report 'highly productive' weekend at Electric Picnic

2017-09-06 12:48:00

Festival organiser, Melvin Benn, has spoken to Hot Press about the possibility of drug testing at the event.

Drink: The Irish Craft Beer Festival starts on Thursday in the RDS

2017-09-06 11:16:00

STUART CLARK previews the Atlantic-straddling array of breweries heading to Dublin 4 this weekend!

Interview: COUNTDOWN TO ELECTRIC PICNIC: John Connors on Cardboard Gangsters and diversity in Irish film

2017-08-30 10:38:00

The Chatroom-bound John Connors talks Mayweather/McGregor, spudhead Irish families and the urgent need for more diversity in Irish film with Stuart Clark.

Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight

2017-08-29 10:25:00

Gin & Tonic sausages, North African lamb, Tibetan treats, Kíla and a lager loving Czech football team are all on this fortnight’s menu.

Interview: COUNTDOWN TO ELECTRIC PICNIC: We meet The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon

2017-08-25 10:49:00

It’s all Bonaparte of the job (ouch!) as Neil Hannon talks to Stuart Clark about Glen Campbell, Bowie, pork life and The Divine Comedy’s Napoleonic conquests.

Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight

2017-08-15 16:01:00

Rock ‘n’ roll picnics, iguana curry, Cork pop-ups and David Quinn’s deep displeasure are all on this fortnight’s menu.

Interview: The National's Bryce Dessner talks about the Irish artists on their new album and bringing Bon Iver to Cork

2017-08-09 12:36:00

Not content with bringing the rest of The National with him, Bryce Desssner has Lisa Hannigan and Justin Vernon lined-up for this year’s Sounds From A Safe Harbour extravaganza in Cork.

Frontlines: Hot Press talks to Bethany Black, star of new trans-themed film Tuesday Night

2017-08-08 10:41:00

The Lancashire actress also talks about her parallel career as a stand-up, appearing in Doctor Who and why Donald J. Trump is Arsehole-In-Chief.

Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight - Never Mind The Nutribollocks

2017-08-01 16:54:00

Craft beer, Hong Kong chicken, Nepalese curries & dietary myth debunking are all on this fortnight’s menu.

Interview: Sanctuary director Len Collin talks disability perceptions and tackling the taboo

2017-07-28 14:07:00

A brilliant new Irish film, Sanctuary, highlights the rights of people with intellectual disabilities to enjoy full sexual relationships. Director Len Collin talks to Stuart Clark about breaking the taboo, and his flatulent claim to EastEnders fame!

Interview: Valkyrien star Sven Nordin talks about the latest crime drama coming from Norway

2017-07-25 15:57:00

A secret hospital in an old bomb shelter is the setting for Valkyrien, a dystopian nightmare of a thriller starring SVEN NORDIN who also talks to STUART CLARK about starring alongside John Lydon and Steve Van Zandt.

Food: Hot Press Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight - Up All Night To Get Bucky

2017-07-18 15:54:00

Curious brews, Stiff Little Fingers & Malay street food are all on this fortnight’s menu.

Interview: The U2 Covers - No. 32: 'Love Bombing With U2'

2017-07-18 12:36:00

Stuart Clark spoke to Bono back in 2004, when the singer was on fighting form following the release of How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.

Interview: Hot Press meets the director behind gripping Irish crime drama Cardboard Gangsters

2017-07-14 14:49:00

Few films have managed to grip, gouge and garrote the Irish imagination like Cardboard Gangsters, which confirms John Connors as one of our best actors. Writer and director Mark O’Connor talks to Stuart Clark about art imitating life – and vice versa! – in Darndale.

Interview: Longitude Special: Stormzy Profile and an Interview with his Manager, Tobe Onwuka

2017-07-14 11:19:00

Kanye, Elton John, Robert Plant, Wiley and Jeremy Corbyn feature as Stormzy's friend and manager, Tobe Onwuka, reveals the inside story of how the Longitude headliner has become THE FIRST grime superstar.

News: Hot Press talks to the star of the new Dutch mob drama Black Widow

2017-07-13 17:53:00

Our new favourite mob drama is Black Widow, a Dutch show starring Monic Hendrickx who gives yer’ Pacinos and De Niros a serious run for their money.

Interview: Steve Van Zandt talks about his journey with Bruce & the E Street Band and going solo once again

2017-06-20 15:44:00

STEVE VAN ZANDT was busy helping Bruce record Darkness On The Edge Of Town when the first Hot Press came out. He recalls it's not always easy gestation, wishes us happy birthday and looks forward to his upcoming visit to Dublin with his Disciples Of Soul. Interview: STUART CLARK

Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight

2017-06-20 13:46:00

Stuart Clark brings you a 40th birthday feast of gin, beer, muffins, Hawaiian fish salad & spit-roasted hog.

Interview: Bowie Remembered: Angie Bowie reflects on the career of the rock legend for our 40th Anniversary

2017-06-19 11:43:00

David Bowie has been an enduring presence throughout Hot Press’ 40 years on Planet Rock. We talk to his ex-wife, Angie, about the making of a legend and the documentary paying tribute to one of his closest musical allies, Mick Ronson.

Food: Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beer Holder

2017-05-24 15:31:00

Stuart Clark apologises to his arteries and discovers the joys of bacon donuts and beer!

Interview: We meet the woman behind IFTA-nominated drama Tomato Red

2017-05-23 10:42:00

Several stars are born and pigs allowed to run amok in Tomato Red, Juanita Wilson’s IFTA-nominated journey into the dark, rust bucket heart of America.

Interview: Shine on you crazy diamond! The full Hot Press Interview with Kasabian's Tom Meighan

2017-05-22 17:33:00

Never mind watching your Ps and Qs, Kasabian’s TOM MEIGHAN is a rock star of the old school who treats Stuart Clark to a 1000mph discourse on Serge, Bowie, Macca, Noel, Mani, The Ramones, mental health and lots, lots more!

Interview: Manic In The Streets: Manic Street Preachers look back on 30 years in the business

2017-05-08 16:06:00

Having survived everything that’s been thrown at them, the Manic Street Preachers are having the time of their rock n’ roll lives. Their new documentary, upcoming album, Séamus Coleman, Richey Edwards and headlining at Indiependence are all on the menu as Nicky Wire talks to Stuart Clark...

Interview: There's A Chiller On The Loose: Actress Niamh Algar talks all things horror

2017-05-02 17:38:00

An Irish film of immense scariness, Without Name showcases the abundant talents of NIAMH ALGAR who talks horror, historical epics and Scarlett Johansson with STUART CLARK.

Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight

2017-04-25 14:58:00

An international food festival is heading to Limerick, plus culinary adventures of the Dylan McGrath kind!

News: Remembering 'Fab' Vinny Hanley

2017-04-17 10:20:00

As Tipp FM prepares to pay Easter Monday tribute to one of the Premier County's favourite sons, we recall his ZZ Top-playing MT-USA glory days...

Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight

2017-04-11 10:45:00

A new law allowing Irish breweries to sell beer in their own taprooms moved another step closer this month. Stuart Clark reports.

Food: Hot Flavours: Our Tastes and Tipples of the Fortnight

2017-02-28 12:24:00

Musically inclined beer festivals, designer whiskey, sweet beet hummus & the GastroGays are all on this fortnight’s menu.

Interview: From Despair To Where? - Keith Donald Recounts A Life in Music

2017-02-28 11:41:00

A celebrated sax-player who’s worked with Christy Moore, Van Morrison and Rory Gallagher, Keith Donald's extraordinary one-man show recalls not just his musical exploits, but also his encounters with alcoholism, paramilitaries and the Irish Special Branch.

Interview: The Best Years of Our Lives: Director Daniel Gordon talks about his new George Best documentary

2017-02-24 14:06:00

For many, George Best is the finest player to have ever pulled on a red or green jersey. Almost as devastating as his right-foot, though, were the demons that derailed his career. Both facets of his life are explored by Daniel Gordon in his All By Himself documentary.

Sport Interview: Smells Like Green Spirit - The Full Robbie Henshaw Interview

2017-02-10 12:27:00

No longer “the new Brian O’Driscoll”, ROBBIE HENSHAW is among the first names on the team-sheets for Leinster and Ireland – and also hopes to star for the Lions when they go to New Zealand this summer. The All Blacks, winning the Six Nations, music and dog-sitting are all on the agenda when Stuart Clark joins him on his and Jordi Murphy’s sofa.

Frontlines: Killer Designer Drugs Have Arrived in Ireland: State of the Nation Report

2017-02-10 11:25:00

Stuart Clark looks at the new heroin-mimicking opiate linked to a recent Cork death, and separately, hears why fears about medically supervised injecting rooms being introduced here are unfounded.

Book Interview: Meet the new King of Nordic Noir, Stefan Ahnhem

2017-02-08 12:54:00

He may look harmless, but former Wallander screenwriter STEFAN AHNHEM is as bloodthirsty as crime novelists get. The Scandi bestseller talks cockroaches, national stereotypes and Depeche

Sport Interview: Six Nations: Robbie Henshaw on Ireland's chances this year

2017-02-03 15:15:00

Ahead of Ireland's first Six Nations international with Scotland tomorrow, we chatted to Robbie Henshaw about the nation's prospects for the competition.

Interview: Margo Price talks country music, Snoop Dogg and jail time

2017-01-20 10:34:00

Country’s next big thing is a Snoop-loving, Trump-hating former jailbird, whose burgeoning fan club includes Jack White. Stuart Clark meets the remarkable Margo Price.

News: Our Man In Havana - When Manic Street Preachers performed for Fidel Castro

2017-01-19 10:23:00

Stuart Clark hopped a plane to Havana in February 2001 to see the Manic Street Preachers perform in front of Fidel Castro. Along with Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield, he recalls what was going down at the time in Cuba.

News: Stephen Kenny talks Dundalk success and the view from the dugout

2017-01-18 10:30:00

Not content with making it three league titles in a row, Dundalk embarked on a history-making European campaign, which resulted in Ireland call-ups for two of their players. Manager Stephen Kenny talks team tactics and coruscating indie rock anthems with Stuart Clark.

News: Moment of Ruth - The Rise and Rise of Ruth Negga

2017-01-18 10:19:00

Having captivated America with her co-starring role in Loving, Limerick actress Ruth Negga is among the bookies' favourite to win a Best Actress Oscar in February. Stuart Clark charts her dramatic rise.

Interview: An Interview With New Order's Peter Hook

2016-12-19 17:50:00

From Glaswegian riots to internecine court battles, New Order's is one of the great rock'n'roll stories. Stuart Clark meet the man who spares no blushes telling it....

Drugs: Drug Report: Altered States of America

2016-11-24 11:15:00

It wasn’t just the execrable Donald Trump that tens of millions of Americans voted for, with marijuana referenda passed on both coasts.

News: President Michael D. Higgins pays tribute to Leonard Cohen

2016-11-11 08:56:00

The pair previously met in Dublin

Drugs: Marijuana joins Trump as Tuesday night's big winner in the US

2016-11-10 12:07:00

Massachusetts, Nevada, Maine and California have all said "yes" to its recreational use.

Interview: All The Small Things: An Interview with Harry Shearer

2016-11-03 12:38:00

Dublin-bound with his singer wife Judith Owen, Harry Shearer talks This Is Spinal Tap, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live and warmongering US presidential candidates with Stuart Clark who resists the temptation to stick a cucumber down his Y-fronts.

Interview: Together in Electro Dreams: An Interview with Wolfgang Flür

2016-11-01 11:03:00

Part of the classic Kraftwerk line-up that wowed Bowie and kickstarted hip hop, the RDS-bound Wolfgang Flür is still making wonderfully innovative music.

Reports: The Battle for the Heart and Soul of Texas

2016-10-31 17:33:00

Normally a Republican stronghold, Texas has become one of the fiercest Presidential battlegrounds, with Donald Trump's lead over Hillary Clinton rapidly dwindling. Alt-right talk show hosts, errant libertarians and Satan himself star in an election story worthy of the great Hunter S. himself.

News: New Alabama 3 album, Blues, out today

2016-10-28 07:38:00

Brian Jones, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie & Lemmy are paid tribute to on the lead single

Entertainment News: Inside the Box: Hate Expectations

2016-10-27 16:17:00

Our man on the sofa, Stuart Clark, looks forward to Netflix’s new Ugly Betty-style comedy

Report: Darkness on the Edge of Town

2016-10-27 16:01:00

Bruce Springsteen has spent his whole life battling with depression.

News: Pussy Riot, Nada Surf, Pete Burns, Flaming Lips & John Prine star in Free Music Friday

2016-10-26 17:51:00

Heroes In Hiding, Marc O'Reilly, Drive-By Truckers & Run The Jewels supply the back-up!

Report: Definitely Mayo: Hot Press recalls its close encounters with Oasis

2016-10-24 17:20:00

They may be the Kings Of Britpop, but Oasis’ roots lie firmly in Ireland. As the band’s Supersonic documentary hits the big-screen, Stuart Clark, relives the magical moments Hot Press has had with the Gallaghers.

News: Two Door Cinema Club, The Last Shadow Puppets & Alan Partridge star in Free Music Friday

2016-10-21 12:04:00

Quality tuneage is also provided by Auxiliary Phoenix, Action Bronson & Flaming Lips

News: Ruth Negga appears on the Hollywood Reporter cover

2016-10-20 10:37:00

Vogue are also tipping the Dubliner to become a Prada muse.

News: LISTEN: Alan Partridge blasts Noel Edmonds in his new book, Nomad

2016-10-19 10:37:00

The North Norfolk Digital star is sparing no blushes as he puts his beloved Britain to rights.

News: LISTEN: Alan Partridge blasts Noel Edmonds in his new book, Nomad

2016-10-19 10:37:00

The North Norfolk Digital star is sparing no blushes as he puts his beloved Britain to rights.

News: The Stones, Dylan, Neil Young, We Cut Corners & Macca star in Free Music Friday (On A Monday!)

2016-10-17 11:53:00

We've also side-orders of Hayley Bonar, Gucci Mane, Jack White & The Radio Dept.

News: The Stones, Dylan, Neil Young, We Cut Corners & Macca star in Free Music Friday (On A Monday!)

2016-10-17 11:53:00

We've also side-orders of Hayley Bonar, Gucci Mane, Jack White & The Radio Dept.

News: Calling all promoters; Steve Van Zandt wants to play Dublin!

2016-10-13 15:21:00

Bruce's right-hand man is getting his Disciples of Soul back together

News: WATCH: New Cronin single + upcoming Irish and UK dates

2016-10-11 11:31:00

Waterboy Steve Wickham & Shane MacGowan both guest on the parent album

News: The best things Noel and Liam Gallagher have said to Hot Press!

2016-10-11 10:56:00

As we get ready to unleash our Definitely Mayo (ouch!) retrospective, here are the chaps giving us exceedingly good quote...

News: WATCH: Carly Simon okays 'You're So Vain' to be used as anti-Trump attack ad

2016-10-10 12:50:00

Saturday Night Live are also giving the American Mr. Pussy a hard time

News: Donal Lunny, John Spillane & Frankie Gavin among the folk royalty playing Magistorium

2016-10-10 11:46:00

A new Dublin venue, on the site of the old McGonagles in Sth. Anne Street, will put a strong emphasis on Irish music

News: Billy Connolly announces Irish double

2016-10-10 11:26:00

Belfast & Dublin are both in for visits next February.

News: Drake announces Dublin 3Arena show

2016-10-10 10:07:00

The superstar rapper is over next February.

News: Kevin Barry, Lisa McInerney, John Kelly & Sinéad Gleeson to feature in Winter Papers

2016-10-08 16:58:00

The seasonal annual will be hitting shelves before Christmas.

News: Sharon Horgan wins big at the IFTA TV Awards

2016-10-08 14:12:00

Pat Kenny was the Lifetime Achievement recipient at last night's gala affair in Dublin.

News: Radio Ulster, Sean Moncrieff, RedFM and Radio Kerry among the big PPI Award winners

2016-10-08 13:16:00

The four Hall of Fame inductees include Dave Fanning

News: Coldplay sell-out Croker; what other big acts could be on the way to Ireland?

2016-10-07 17:26:00

AC/DC, Snow Patrol, Metallica, Leonard Cohen & U2 are some of the names being bandied around...

News: New rock 'n' rum joint opens in Rathmines

2016-10-07 12:48:00

Jerry Fish is among the first acts to climb aboard The Bowery

News: Bruce Springsteen, Bon Iver, Lisa Hannigan, NOFX & Bruno Mars star in Free Music Friday

2016-10-07 11:45:00

L7, The Ruts DC, James Vincent McMorrow & Neil Hannon are among the supporting cast!

News: Grainne Seoige launches diamond business in New York

2016-10-07 11:33:00

The RTÉ star was in the Big Apple for International Bridal Fashion Week.

News: WATCH: Walking On Cars debut their 'Don't Mind Me' video

2016-10-06 17:29:00

U2 fans might recognise the location!

News: LISTEN: Bell X1 premiere 'Fake Memory'

2016-10-06 17:17:00

There's also an album, pop-up shop & free gig to look forward to next week!

News: U2 mock Donald Trump at San Francisco gig

2016-10-06 15:52:00

U2 passed on a message to the Republican candidate from the Irish people...

News: WATCH: First trailer for the L7 documentary

2016-10-06 12:18:00

Shirley Manson & Krist Novoselic are among those paying tribute to the riot grrrls

News: WATCH: Grimes debuts four new videos

2016-10-06 11:58:00

They were recorded guerrilla-style on tour.

News: LISTEN: Lady Gaga premieres 'Million Reasons'

2016-10-06 11:39:00

We've also got footage of her Dive Bar tour stop-off in Nashville.

News: Graham Lineman & Sharon Horgan commissioned to write Motherland series

2016-10-06 11:12:00

Which is excellent news for the two million who tuned into the pilot!

News: Primal Scream announce Limerick gig

2016-10-05 15:09:00

They're gracing the Big Top in November.

News: Planxty compile new retrospective

2016-10-05 10:25:00

Between The Jigs And Reels includes a treasure trove of rarities.

News: Hot Press favourite Heron & Grey bags its first Michelin star

2016-10-04 12:30:00

The intimate Blackrock restaurant was one of the Best Newcomers in our Best Of Dublin special

News: WATCH: Family Guy spoofs Jay-Z and Solange elevator incident

2016-10-04 11:27:00

Needless to say, Peter is in the thick of the action!

News: WATCH: Outcasts documentary to receive Dublin IFI screening on Wednesday

2016-10-04 10:59:00

It's a fascinating insight into Belfast's legendary '70s punk scene

News: Liam explains how Noel was "at home eating tofu & having a face peel" as the Oasis doc premiered in London

2016-10-03 09:31:00

He joined Bonehead for a riotous post-screening Supersonic Q+A.

News: Pixies, Kings Of Leon, Conor Oberst & The Weeknd star in Free Music Friday

2016-09-30 12:05:00

There's also quality fare from White Lies, New Valley Wolves & Auxiliary Phoenix.

News: LISTEN: White Lies preview their new album

2016-09-30 11:16:00

The double-whammy taster has us all psyched up for new album, Friends!

News: Elbow confirm Dublin shows

2016-09-30 11:01:00

They'll be showcasing their new album in the Olympia in February.

News: Heroes In Hiding to play the Late Late Show tonight

2016-09-30 09:46:00

Ryan is also being joined by Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña and Jason McAteer

News: WATCH: Robbie Williams releases new video

2016-09-30 09:43:00

'Party Like A Russian' finds him back with a Putin-esque bang!

News: LISTEN: New song from the Kings Of Leon

2016-09-30 08:05:00

'Around The World' finds the band firing on all southern boogie cylinders.

News: Mike McCormack & Eimear McBride among Goldsmiths Prize nominees

2016-09-29 14:16:00

Come November one of them could be ten grand better off!

News: Kate Bush to release live album

2016-09-29 13:59:00

It features the pick of her 2014 Hammersmith Apollo performances

News: WATCH: The Weeknd premieres his 'Starboy' video

2016-09-29 11:28:00

The track is breaking records all over the world!

News: LISTEN: Pixies stream their Head Carrier album

2016-09-29 11:00:00

Strap yourself in for a full-blooded rock 'n' roll ride!

News: Spotify plotting SoundCloud takeover

2016-09-29 10:32:00

Reports suggest that a €405 million deal is in the offing

Interview: Ideal Holmes Exhibition – Hot Press meets David Holmes

2016-09-26 11:31:00

Dublin-bound for a very special Hennessy Lost Fridays gig, superstar DJ and producer DAVID HOLMES talks about working with Noel Gallagher; the music and people that have inspired his Late Night Tales mix, and swapping Hollywood for Belfast.

Film: Film Review: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years

2016-09-21 12:26:00

Entertaining if flawed documentary on the Fab Four

Interview: The Audacity of Cope: An Interview with Stefanie Preissner

2016-09-20 11:27:00

A new wave of female-driven drama is hitting Irish screens, big and small. Stuart Clark meets Stefanie Preissner, the writer of RTÉ dramedy Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope and one of its stars, Seána Kerslake, who’s also wowing audiences in A Date For Mad Mary.

Reports: Have We Got Brews For You: Irish Craft Beer Festival

2016-09-19 10:38:00

Padraig O Griallais is the fifth generation of his family to make poitín - and the first to do it legally! Using an 1800s recipe that has been passed down from father to son,the former Connemara school teacher has set up micro-distilling shop at the back of the Oslo, which used to house the Galway Bay brewery. Despite weighing in at a hefty 44% ABV, there’s a real complexity of flavour with the bogbean botanicals giving Micil both gin and vodka-like characteristics. A big hit at last weekend’s Irish Craft Beer festival, it’s great in cocktails with several sussed Dublin mixologists using it instead of whiskey in their sours. We’re partial to it neat on the rocks, and with a generous dash of cloudy lemonade if we’re trying to pace ourselves. Expect to pay around €36.99 for a 50cl bottle in the likes of the Celtic Whiskey Store on Dublin 2’s Dawson Street.

Interview: Manc Holiday Weekend

2016-09-14 12:37:00

New Order's killer new album was on the on the agenda for Electric Picnic as Stuart Clark talks to Gillian Gilbert.

News: Lisa Hannigan announces Christmas tour

2016-09-09 12:11:00

All four corners of Ireland are being visited!

News: The Irish Craft Beer Festival gets off to a flyer in the RDS!

2016-09-09 11:34:00

It's a marathon rather than a sprint, but Team Hop Press managed to get around an impressive number of stands

News: Lisa McInerney's The Glorious Heresies to be turned into a TV series

2016-09-08 11:47:00

Julian Farino of Entourage fame is directing

News: Stephen Morris announces Joy Division/New Order memoir

2016-09-08 11:16:00

Anything Barney and Hooky can do...

News: The Skids announce Belfast & Dublin shows

2016-09-08 10:39:00

The Dunfermline punk legends are celebrating their 40th birthday here next May

News: The Irish Craft Beer Festival starts at 5pm on Thursday September 8

2016-09-07 16:18:00

Team Hop Press are hosting a series of free panel discussions; here's the line-up!

News: Electric Picnic confirm 2017 dates, capacity & ticket discount scheme

2016-09-07 15:36:00

Tickets go on sale at 9am this Friday

News: Ash release Live On Mars: London Astoria 1997 album

2016-09-07 10:39:00

There's a seriously tasty red limited-edition vinyl version!

News: LISTEN: Andy Rourke and Dolores O'Riordan interview each other

2016-09-06 18:27:00

The Smith and the Cranberry are discussing their new D.A.R.K. project

News: WATCH: New windings video

2016-09-06 11:20:00

'You're Dead' has us pumped up for their Be Honest And Fear Not album...

News: Cathy Davey announces Irish tour

2016-09-06 11:11:00

She's running round the country in October & November

News: Áine Cahill announces Christchurch Cathedral gig

2016-09-06 10:52:00

Following her Electric Picnic stormer, the Cavan singer is playing her biggest Dublin headliner yet

News: Nas, ABC, Rusangano Family & the Super Furries all shine as Electric Picnic gets underway

2016-09-03 15:36:00

Day One at Stradbally was an absolute belter!

News: Martin Fry kicks off the Hot Press Chatroom at Electric Picnic

2016-09-02 16:25:00

The ABC legend was in sparkling form!

News: New Order talk Iggy, Brandon, Tony Wilson & tanks in the new Hot Press

2016-09-01 17:31:00

Gillian Gilbert says the band are in top form ahead of their Electric Picnic headliner

News: PICNIC IS HERE: Tributes to be paid to David Bowie

2016-09-01 16:48:00

The Trinity Orchestra lead the way with their Saturday set of classics

News: PICNIC IS HERE: Waterford Whispers, Nick Kelly & ABC among Friday's MindField highlights

2016-09-01 16:07:00

Booka Brass Band, Sean Moncrieff & New Valley Wolves are also on the HP radar!

News: PICNIC IS HERE: Noel Gallagher, LCD Soundsystem & The 1975 star in Festival Music Friday

2016-09-01 14:47:00

Margaret Glaspy, Lana Del Rey and Nathaniel Rateliff are also on the Stradbally menu

News: PICNIC IS HERE: Stuart Clark picks out his Friday Stradbally highlights

2016-09-01 13:56:00

ABC, Nas, Whilk & Misky and the Super Furries are all on his 'must-see' list!

Interview: Home James

2016-08-31 16:52:00

When Gavin James appeared on the cover of Hot Press last November, the 23-year-old singer- songwriter hadjust dropped his debut album, Bitter Pill, and was coming to the tail end of what, by any standards, had been a truly remarkable year.

Interview: Ralph Rolle Opens up About Drumming, Food, and Afrika Bambaataa

2016-08-30 15:23:00

The term ‘disco biscuits’ takes on a whole new meaning as Nile Rodgers’ drumming pal Ralph Rolle graces the Theatre of Food. Interview Stuart Clark

News: Conor Oberst pays solo visit to Dublin

2016-08-30 10:31:00

Ahead of his Bord Gais Energy Theatre show comes the October release of Rumination

Interview: Rolling in the Deep: Lisa Hannigan preps us for her new album At Swim

2016-08-25 13:03:00

Helped by Aaron Dessner to overcome her chronic writer's block, Lisa Hannigan has conjured up a career-defining new album, At Swim, worth every second of the five-year wait. David Bowie, Paul Simon, Seamus Heaney, Brendan Gleeson, repealing the 8th, and those lovely boys from The National are all on the agenda as she meets Stuart Clark.

Interview: Here Comes the Summer: New Order talk Electric Picnic, brewing beer and Music Complete

2016-08-23 12:28:00

Barney and his New Order bandmates arrive at the Picnic fully festival-fit.

Interview: Jarre Trek Beyond: Jean Michel Jarre talks David Bowie, hanging out with Mick Jagger and the Bataclan attacks

2016-08-16 14:52:00

With an arsenal of gazillion-selling hits and everyone from Damon Albarn and Peaches to Jeff Mills and Edward Snowden on speed-dial, Jean Michel Jarre is electronica royalty personified. His star-studded new record, decadent NYC nights out, the French terror attacks and his upcoming Dublin show are all discussed as he exchanges bon mots with Stuart Clark

Food: I'm Your Vinyl Front Man Is Up To Something Fishy

2016-08-02 12:22:00

Ken McHugh of I'm Your Vinyl has gone nautical with his new ranged of fresh fish pate.

Food: Chic's Ralph Rolle Doubles as Cookie Mistro

2016-07-14 17:28:00

Chic man Ralph Rolle wants to bring his artisan cookie company to Dublin.

Interview: Roisin Murphy Takes No Prisoners in This Tell-All Hot Press Interview

2016-07-14 16:39:00

Róisín Murphy packs a serious punch on her new album, which confirms her as the undisputed Queen of Electropop. Maggie T, Brexit, posh frocks, Damascus moments, archenemies and red light districts all feature in her pre-Longitude natter with Stuart Clark.

Drugs: Global Drug Survey: What Does it Tell Us About Ireland's Substance Abuse?

2016-07-14 12:14:00

Who’s taking what, how often and for how much in Ireland....

Interview: The National Reveal Their Grá For Dublin's Fair City

2016-07-13 17:38:00

Dublin is a home away from home for Matt Berninger & Co. whose whiskey-sodden chats with U2, REM and The Boss have helped make them the band they are today, they tell Stuart Clark.

Interview: MLA Gerry Carroll speaks to Stuart Clark about marriage equality, Brexit and water charges

2016-06-17 15:02:00

Northern politicians are renowned for their dourness but Gerry Carroll is laughing his socks off as I recount how his fellow People Before Profit MLA, Eamonn McCann, dad danced his way through Bruce in Croker last night.

Drugs: Aodhán Ó Ríordáin discusses Heroin Think Tank with Hot Press

2016-06-16 11:57:00

Previously Minister for Drugs, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin put supervised injecting rooms on the political agenda. Now he meets with four of Irelands experts and Hot Press to discuss Ireland's growing heroin problem and how to solve it.

News: James McClean speaks to Hot Press ahead of Sweden clash

2016-06-13 10:30:00

Ahead of tonight's game, Stuart Clark talks to Ireland star James McClean about the team's recent form, our chances of making it beyond the group stages and why nobody in the camp is trembling in their boots about Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

News: England, Is There Any Point In Dreaming?

2016-06-10 12:29:00

England exile in Ireland Stuart Clark is pessimistic about his country's Euro charges.

Food: Stuart Clark serves up his top foodie tips of the fortnight

2016-06-08 13:53:00

Sherbet dab cocktails, rock ‘n’ roll fajitas and Neapolitan pizzas are all on this fortnight’s menu.

Interview: Read our exclusive interview with Steve Van Zandt

2016-06-08 12:15:00

They’re in the form of their lives, says Bruce’s trusted lieutenant STEVE VAN ZANDT. ‘60s legends, box-sets, the bathroom law, Donald Trump and rocking radio shows are also on the agenda when he talks to STUART CLARK.

Drugs: The truth behind Dublin's gay chemsex scene

2016-06-08 11:10:00

Previously regarded as a UK phenomenon, parties at which gay men take GHB and crystal meth and indulge in high-risk sex are now a regular occurrence in Dublin.

Live: Bruce Springsteen live at Croke Park Friday review

2016-05-28 09:37:00

The Boss was in sensational form last night as he trod the hallowed turf for the first time. Bearing witness were Stuart Clark and snapper Kathrin Baumbach...

Travel: Stuart Clark shares his Hot Travel tips of the fortnight

2016-05-25 15:22:00

From London to Tirana, Stuart Clark gives the lowdown on the restaurants, hotels and underground bunkers you should check out.

Drink: Tipple of the Fortnight: YellowBelly

2016-05-23 14:46:00

YellowBelly beer is our tipple of the fortnight.

Interview: From The Archives: Graham Norton On Same Sex Marriage

2016-05-20 11:03:00

One year on from our historic and momentous 'Yes' vote on Ireland's same-sex marriage referendum, we dig through the archives to bring you an interview from 2014, with one of Ireland's most talented and outspoken stars Graham Norton

Food: The Main Course: The Squids Are All Right

2016-05-19 11:49:00

Indian street food, Spanish calamari and finger lickin' nail polish are all on this fortnight's menu.

Interview: From The Archives: Ode To Joy

2016-05-18 12:24:00

On the 36th anniversary of Ian Curtis' death, we've dug up an interview with the legendary Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook, who discusses his book, music and Joy Division's frontman

Interview: Caped Crusaders

2016-04-14 11:28:00

As sharp of tune as they are dress, Lucius include Ellen, Roger Waters and The National in their burgeoning fan club. We meet pop’s hottest properties who are Longitude-bound in July.

News: Netflix's Marseille: All's Mayor in Love & War

2016-05-04 16:27:00

Our man on the sofa Stuart Clark looks forward to Gérard Depardieu and Dustin Hoffman hitting the smallscreen.

Interview: It's All Foreign To Him: Walter Presents...

2016-05-04 12:38:00

Meet Walter Iuzzolino, the man who's bringing killer international TV to our screens.

News: Once Upon a Time in America: MT-USA series producer Bill Hughes remembers the life of 'Fab' Vincent Hanley

2016-03-14 12:24:00

For three glorious '80s years, 'Fab' Vincent Hanley ruled the airwaves with the groundbreaking MT-USA. Series producer Bill Hughes recalls his wonderful life and tragic AIDS-related death

News: Champagne Super Nova - the Pirate Radio days

2016-03-14 11:38:00

A hardened lawbreaker himself, Stuart Clark recalls the glory days of Radio Nova and the other Irish pirates who waived the rules during the '80s.

News: Hot Flavours: For those about to Rioja...

2016-03-09 15:05:00

Indian eathouses, doggy diners & Spanish wine are all on this fortnight's menu

Reports: Have We Got Brews For You: The Hop Press Craft Beer Round-Up

2016-02-24 13:06:00

Brews were sampled, notes compared and lots of lovely pictures taken at the latest gathering of the beery clans. Stuart Clark reports on the Alltech three-dayer and the latest industry developments.

News: People Get Ready - Richard Boyd Barrett: People Before Profit are Fighting for Change

2016-02-23 11:26:00

With the very real chance of them doubling their Dáil representation, the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit could determine who gets to govern Ireland for the next five years. The latter’s Richard Boyd Barrett tells Stuart Clark that they’re ready to go into coalition – but strictly on their own terms.

Interview: Manager of the Year: Michael O'Neill

2016-02-03 12:20:00

It was a massive 2015 for MICHAEL O'NEILL whose un-fancied Northern Ireland produced some stunning performances to top their Euro 2016 qualifying group.

News: Frontline: The Drug Problem on the Dáil's Doorstep

2016-02-02 13:55:00

Dublin's syringe-strewn streets underline the urgent need for the introduction of medically supervised injecting rooms.

Frontlines: On the Syrian refugee crisis frontline

2016-02-02 10:42:00

Many assumptions have been made about the Syrian people fleeing the civil war in their country, but rarely do we get to hear from the refugees themselves. HOT PRESS travelled with Concern to the Lebanon to find out what's really going on.

Commentary: David Bowie: A Celebration

2016-02-01 14:10:00

A dominant artistic force for five decades, David Bowie meant so many different things to so many different people. As the rock ‘n’ roll world struggles to come to terms with his death, we talk to the Irishman who served as his musical director, Gerry Leonard, and recall the Hot Press interviews with everyone from Morrissey and Nile Rodgers to Chris Hadfield and Brandon Flowers, in which his talents were celebrated.

News: Amy Winehouse's friend and first manager opens up

2016-01-08 13:14:00

Channel 4 tonight screen the box-office smash Amy, which includes Nick Shymansky among its key contributors. He talks about her meteoric rise, the reasons for her decline and his wanting Amy to go to rehab but her dad, Mitch, saying “no”.

Interview: Gavin James Interview

2015-12-09 10:10:00

Nobody has had a more action-packed 2015 than Gavin James, who talks to Stuart Clark about gigging with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Kodaline; hitching a ride on One Direction's jet; following in U2 and Frank Sinatra's footsteps and generally having the time of his life!

Interview: Hot Press Xmas Summit

2015-12-04 10:37:00

Crackers were pulled and faux-antler horns donned as six of Ireland's greatest rock 'n' roll minds, plus Stuart Clark, cast a steely eye over the musical year that was 2015.

Interview: Kevin Barry Interview

2015-12-01 17:34:00

His new novel finds Kevin Barry re-writing Irish and popular culture history by transporting John Lennon to the wild Irish west of the '70s. U2, Irvine Welsh, Roddy Doyle, hippy communes and The Beatles, natch, are all on the menu when he meets Stuart Clark

Frontlines: Hot Press arrives in Lebanon on its Syrian refugee fact finding mission

2015-11-24 21:42:00

Our man Stuart Clark is heading to the border tomorrow...

News: Hot Press cover stars U2 storm Dublin's 3Arena!

2015-11-24 01:01:00

It was a very special sort of homecoming...

Interview: Tracy Clifford Interview

2015-11-20 10:34:00

Having her soul mined by Tom Cruise, pissing James May off, rowing with Louis Walsh and sitting on Bono's lap in the 3Arena are all on the agenda as 2fm newbie Tracy Clifford meets Hot Press

Interview: Adele: How She Became the Biggest Vocalist in the World

2015-11-18 10:41:00

With Adele set to blow the competition out of the water again, we trip through the back-pages of Hot Press to tell her remarkable story.

Interview: Metropolis: Mark Ronson Interview

2015-11-06 10:05:00

Having scored the most successful song of the millennium so far, Mark Ronson is back on the dj trail and heading to the RDS. He talks hip hop, Amy, famous friends and good behaviour with Stuart Clark.

Interview: METROPOLIS: Nile Rodgers Interview

2015-11-05 10:27:00

The much-vaunted u2 collaboration has yet to happen, but Nile Rodgers has spent quality studio time recently with Gaga, Elton and Janelle Monae. The Chic leader tells Stuart Clark why life has never been sweeter.

Interview: Kathleen Lynch Interview

2015-10-15 11:00:00

The Minister for Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch, believes that Ireland’s suicide problem cannot be solved by government alone. The economic collapse, rural isolation, online bullying and Joan Burton’s role in the short-term death certificate row are all up for discussion when she meets Stuart Clark

Interview: Mental Health Special: Niall Breslin opens up

2015-10-08 10:09:00

It hasn’t been the easiest of relationships, but everywhere Niall Breslin has gone these past 20 years so has Jeffrey. Mental wellness, Twitter hate mobs, mangled ankles and bestselling memoirs are all on the agenda as the better-known of the pair meets Stuart Clark.

Interview: George Hook Interview - By Hook Or By Crook

2015-09-30 09:53:00

He is, depending on your viewpoint, either fearlessly outspoken or a past his sell-by date reactionary. As Ireland continue their bid for World Cup glory, George Hook talks rugby, radio, politics, Denis O’Brien and Irish Times slaggings.

Interview: Tove Lo Interview

2015-09-11 10:24:00

Raised on Hole and Nirvana, Swedish sensation Tove Lo makes pop with a decidedly punk attitude - and doesn't care who she upsets in the process.

Interview: Bob Geldof Interview

2015-09-02 12:00:00

Never one to mince his words, Bob Geldof gives Charlie Haughey, the church, The Clash and Sid Vicious both barrels as he recalls how The Boomtown Rats overcame the punk-era odds to become one of the biggest Irish bands of all-time.

News: Revisiting Florence + The Machine's first Electric Picnic gig

2015-09-01 09:50:00

Stuart Clark looks forward to Florence + The Machine's friday night headliner, and recalls Ms. Welche's first Picnic visit

Frontlines: Injection Rooms On The Horizon

2015-08-24 11:58:00

With drugs strategy minister Aodhan O Riordain pressing for their introduction, safe injection rooms could soon be a reality in Ireland. Stuart Clark meets Ana Liffey director Tony Duffin, who's seen first-hand how they can save both lives and money.

Interview: Ed Sheeran: The Full Croke Park Press Conference

2015-08-13 16:34:00

Stuart Clark got up close - and really quite personal! - With Ed Sheeran ahead of his two Croke Park sellouts. With Jamie Lawson riding shotgun with him, he was in super-talkative mood...

Reports: Global Drug Survey: Pilling In The Name Of

2015-07-21 16:25:00

They used to be euphemistically known as 'mother's little helpers', now prescription drugs like valium are synonymous with heroin use. Benzos expert Dr. Paul Quigley tells Stuart Clark why so many Irish people are popping pills.

Interview: Global Drug Survey: Dying To Be Thinner

2015-07-17 11:47:00

An illegal weight-loss drug has claimed its first Irish victim. What is DNP and why are an increasing number of people here taking it? National Student Drug Survey coordinator Tim Bingham has some of the answers.

Interview: Interview with Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

2015-06-25 10:24:00

“I am an advocate for a discussion around the decriminalisation of drugs.” So says the Irish Minister with Responsibility for Drug Strategy, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin in what is a landmark interview about how best to tackle our use and abuse of narcotics and stimulants.

Interview: Interview with Game Of Thrones' Conleth Hill

2015-06-17 10:30:00

Conleth Hill talks about swapping his Game Of Thrones robes for a sheepskin jacket – which probably cost a packet! – in Northern Ireland World Cup footie film, Shooting For Sócrates.

Interview: Beck Interview

2015-06-10 13:10:00

After recovering from a career-threatening injury, Beck is enjoying one of the most successful spells of his career with a 2015 Best Album Grammy and rave reviews all-round for his live shows. Stuart Clark meets one of the true rock ‘n’ roll originals.

Interview: Kodaline Interview

2015-06-08 10:45:00

Shooting videos with Courteney Cox, getting pressies from U2 and facing up to grizzly bears in the Rockies... They've had a great time running round the States, but now KODALINE are looking forward to coming home.

Interview: Jeffrey Deaver Interview

2015-06-05 15:44:00

No one racks up a body count – or spills the claret – quite like Jeffrey Deaver, the slice ‘em and dice ‘em American writer who talks stalkers, Dylan, 1916 and Bond with Stuart Clark.

Interview: Fatboy Slim Interview

2015-05-29 10:26:00

Ahead if his eagerly-awaited Forbidden Fruit headliner, Fatboy Slim talk U2, Van, EDM, Irish football fans, musical heroes and alternate uses for 'The Rockafeller Skank'!

Interview: Richie Hawtin Interview

2015-05-28 11:13:00

Fat Boy Slim and Matador on why fellow FF-er Richie Hawtin is techno god.

Interview: Kristoffer Nyholm Interview

2015-05-21 11:39:00

Having helped The Killing become a global phenomenon, Kristoffer Nyholm is scaring the wits out of Sky viewers with The Enfield Haunting. He talks ghosts, Nordic Noir and US remakes with Stuart Clark

Interview: That's Just How I Grohl

2015-05-13 16:08:00

As the FOO FIGHTERS prepare to storm Slane, their mainman talks about Kurt, meeting the President, the mythical powers of punk rock and nearly moving to Belfast as a kid.

Interview: Everything's Gone Greene

2015-05-08 16:07:00

Originally starting her radio love affair as a teenager, JENNY GREENE has enjoyed a wildly successful year as Nicky Byrne’s 2fm on-air partner. 2014 also saw her publicly come-out and, prior to RTÉ’s ban on staff discussing it, advocating a Same-Sex Marriage Referendum “Yes” vote.

Frontlines: Not Ince-Ing His Words

2015-05-06 10:34:00

The decline of the Premier League, the lack of black managers and Roy Keane are all on the agenda as Man U and Liverpool legend PAUL INCE is tackled by STUART CLARK

Frontlines: Much To Do About Puffing

2015-04-29 16:48:00

A new party is campaigning for legal weed in the North, and mightily annoying Peter Robinson, among others, in the process. Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol’s Barry Brown tells Stuart Clark why he’s taking Sinn Féin on in West Tyrone

Interview: Tim Wheeler talks Slane past and present

2015-04-22 12:24:00

They supported U2 there a decade ago, and are getting a second bite of the Slane cherry courtesy of the Foos. Tim Wheeler tells us why Lord Henry’s gaff is so special.

Interview: Hozier: The Secret of His Success

2015-04-14 12:52:00

As he moves from one career high to another, Stuart Clark talks to the people who were pivotal to Hozier's meteoric rise to the top – and will be proudly looking on when he headlines the opening night of Longitude.

News: Fleece Lightning: Catching Up with Hoodie Allen

2015-03-26 13:13:00

One great pun deserves another as we meet Ed Sheeran’s NYC partner in rhyme Hoodie Allen who plays the Dublin Academy on March 29

News: LIVE: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in 3Arena + full cover story interview

2015-03-05 11:08:00

Stuart Clark reports on the gig and the fact that half of U2 were in attendance! PLUS: Kathrin Baumbach's photo gallery.

Interview: Back In The High Life: Noel Gallagher's rollicking Hot Press interview

2015-03-04 16:29:00

Stunning new solo album? Check. Acerbic Liam put-downs? Check. Expletive-ridden stories about his superstar pals? Check. Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts and prepare for take-off, it’s the Noel Gallagher interview!

Interview: Once You Pop You Can't Stop: Mark Ronson Meets Hot Press

2015-02-19 17:03:00

He's a serial hit-maker who has Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers and Macca on speed-dial. The art of songwriting, departed friends and cocaine sheeny high-hats are all on the agenda as Stuart Clark meets 'Uptown Funk' man Mark Ronson.

News: Robbie Henshaw talks Six Nations and the World Cup

2015-02-16 16:10:00

One of Ireland’s brightest rugby prospects, Robbie Henshaw has already packed a lot into his 21 years. Christy Moore, GAA, outsize South Africans, the Six Nations and our World Cup prospects are all on the menu as he meets Stuart Clark.

Interview: Frontlines: Dare To Dream

2014-12-05 11:18:00

Game Of Thrones star Liam Cunningham is encouraging Irish people to swap their regular 9 to 5 for something more exciting.

Reports: Frontlines: Back In The High Life Again

2014-12-04 11:20:00

From the prevalence – or otherwise – of new forms of cannabis to our relationship with alcohol, the Hot Press-assisted Global Drug Survey will lift the lid on Ireland’s substance use and abuse.

Interview: Hot Press meets Willie Nile

2014-11-27 10:59:00

He’s pals with Bono and Bruce, had great times with Lou and Joey, and has just released one of the albums of the year. Stuart Clark meets a true American original, Willie Nile.

Interview: The Gospel According To John - We meet John Lydon

2014-11-11 11:11:00

Scores are settled, myths busted and records seriously straightened in John Lydon' new Anger Is An Energy autobiography.

Interview: The Kearney Code - Dave Kearney Interview

2014-10-28 14:52:00

Along with his brother Rob, Dave Kearney played every minute of Ireland’s Six Nations-winning campaign before suffering a horrific injury. French knock-ons, big hits, nearly beating the All Blacks, social media, beer, donkeys, Leinster’s misfiring season and the World Cup are all up for discussion as he meets Stuart Clark.

Interview: Charge Of The Light Brigade - Delorentos Interview

2014-10-15 11:06:00

Their previous DIY approach has won them both a diehard following and the Choice Music Prize. Now, with their fourth album, DELORENTOS have allied themselves to a major label and are going for the commercial as well as the critical jugular. Hipsters, Dublin, Michael D., Chris Martin and big life and death issues are on the agenda as they meet Stuart Clark.

Interview: Rhyme & Reason - Lethal Dialect Interview

2014-10-14 11:35:00

With his buddy JackKnifeJ in the production seat, Lethal Dialect has just released an album that takes Irish Irish hip hop to a new level. But the moment is tinged with sadness, because 1988 also acts as a memorial to guitarist Liam Pritchard, who took his own life earlier this year.

Interview: A Walking Miracle - Robert Heffernan Interview

2014-10-14 11:06:00

Cork walker Robert Heffernan has scaled the sporting heights, winning a World Championship and participating in four Olympics. It hasn’t been an easy ascent though, with bouts of depression, financial worries and feelings of being cut adrift by Athletics Ireland making a tough job even harder.

Book Review: Lee Shall Overcome - Lee Child Interview

2014-10-10 12:01:00

Lee Child is the former television executive who has sold 70 million novels, and counts Tom Cruise and Bill Clinton as fans. Not bad for a Coventry lad whose early career highlights included watching The Sex Pistols rip it up on regional UK TV.

Travel: There's No Other Bay - Jon Richards Interview

2014-09-26 16:58:00

New Galway Bay FM Programme Director Jon Richards talks to Stuart Clark about his lifelong love affair with radio– and why his hometown is rocking!

Interview: Enjoy The Silence - The Script Interview

2014-09-17 10:24:00

They've conquered the globe and, with their new album, No Sound Without Silence, seem on the brink of U2-scale hugeness. But, through it all, The Script have worked hard to stay grounded and remember their roots.

Interview: New Wav - Richard Dowling Interview

2014-09-03 11:06:00

Their state-of-the-art Limerick studio has made Wav Mastering the go-to place for dozens of top Irish and international acts. Owner Richard Dowling talks to Stuart Clark about the new facility, and his remarkable career making everyone from Villagers and Foo Fighters to Jape and his beloved Suede sound their best.

Interview: Reeling In The Beers - Caroline Hennessy Interview

2014-09-02 10:48:00

Caroline Hennessy, the co-author of a new guide to craft brewing here, tells us why Ireland has become a world class beer nation.

Interview: Human Touch - Sinead O'Connor Interview

2014-09-02 10:31:00

Move over Bruce, there’s a new Boss in town! Having made a NUMBER ONE record that’s as playful as it is deeply personal, an upbeat Sinead O’Connor discusses music, marriage, Miley, Boy George, Lou Reed, Massive Attack and latex fetishwear.

Frontlines: Frontlines: Robin Williams and Our Attitude Towards Depression

2014-08-27 16:43:00

The suicide of comedian Robin Williams has brought new focus on the issue of depression in society – and reminded us why the subject must be treated with all due care

Interview: A Piece Of His Mind - Morrissey Interview

2014-08-20 10:08:00

In a world exclusive interview, MORRISSEY talks about the personal and global politics fuelling his World Peace Is None Of Your Business album; explains why the end is nigh for the Royal Family (and possibly Jamie Oliver); also treats us to his thoughts on Messrs. Blair, Assad and Behan and reflects fully for the first time on his health problems.

Interview: Ireland in the Streams

2014-08-01 11:25:00

Sony Music’s Annette Donnelly on the restructuring of the charts here to include streams, the new subscription services coming to Ireland and artists getting their just rewards.

News: LIVE: The National in the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

2014-07-19 15:35:00

There’s a point in every National gig these days when you think, “How the fuck did this happen?”

Interview: Viv Albertine Interview - VIV AND LET DIE

2014-07-18 15:35:00

As a member of all-girl band the slits, viv albertine joined the likes of the clash and the pistols in waging punk war. Those heady days are recalled in her new book, which also lifts the lid on her remarkable life outside of rock ’n’ roll.


2014-07-11 13:50:00


Interview: World Cup Special: The Full Brazilian

2014-06-16 11:03:00

There’s a week to go before Brazil and Croatia kick the World Cup off, but already there’s a samba feel out at RTÉ.

Interview: Didn't he do WELLER?

2014-06-12 14:05:00

Dodgy World Cup predictions aside, Paul Weller has barely put a foot wrong in a career spanning five decades. The strypes, giving up booze, domestic bliss, famous friends and the political classes are all up for discussion as he goes dutch with stuart clark.

Frontlines: Front Lines: Nothing but the Same Old Story

2014-05-27 14:53:00

Having published the Irish findings from the Global Drugs Survey, Hot Press was keen to discuss the results with The man in charge of drugs policy, Junior Health Minister Alex White. Instead what we got was a prepared statement that failed miserably to answer crucial questions...

Frontlines: Front Lines: Multiculture Club

2014-05-27 14:22:00

The upcoming local elections feature a veritable rainbow coalition of candidates, but not all of them have received the céad míle fáilte they deserve. stuart clark, craig fitzpatrick & danny james meet council hopefuls from nigeria, poland, turkey and estonia.

Reports: The truth about drugs in Ireland

2014-04-30 10:10:00

Conducted for the first time this year in Ireland, The 2014 Global Drug Survey reveals not only who's taking what and how, but also suggests that the government may be out of sync with the gardai when it comes to blanket prohibition. Stuart Clark crunches the GDS numbers.

Reports: My drugs heaven 'n' hell

2014-04-29 10:39:00

For every rocker who ends up in rehab, there's another who has thoroughly enjoyed their chemical adventures. Noel Gallagher, Lemmy, Joe Strummer, Steven Tyler, Amy Winehouse and Layne Staley are among those who've told their by turns humorous and cautionary tales down through the years to Stuart Clark.

Frontlines: Frontlines: The audacity of dope

2014-04-24 11:31:00

President Obama has ensured that marijuana has become an election issue in the states. Hot Press returns to Colorado where the legal weed industry is potentially providing a blueprint for the rest of the country.

Frontlines: Frontlines: Higher Education

2014-04-17 14:34:00

Founding member of Students For Sensible Drug Policy Graham de Barra tells Olaf Tyaransen why current drug education is failing.

Caught In The Net: Caught in the Net: Clap your hands say onyeabor

2014-04-08 16:27:00

Cult Nigerian electro funk artist William Onyeabor is the subject of an excellent new documentary

Frontlines: Frontlines: TX marks the spot

2014-04-04 11:09:00

Stuart Clark meets Cathal Funge, the man entrusted with waking alternative Dublin upon Phantom successor TXFM


2014-03-31 10:56:00

He's the ex-League of Ireland star who's having a dream season with Wigan and Ireland. James McClean opens up to Hot Press about Twitter controversies, his formative experiences playing GAA for Derry and why he was glad to turn his back on Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland

Interview: No Hot Ashes: Interview with Eamon Nancarrow and Steve Strange

2014-03-28 16:13:00

Having been one of the biggest bands in Belfast at the height of the troubles, metallers No Hot Ashes are returning to the scene of the crime. Van Morrison, Vivian Campbell, Chad Smith and the mighty Motörhead are all on the agenda as Eamon Nancarrow and Steve Strange talk us through a rock ‘n’ roll life most remarkable.

Frontlines: Frontlines: The Destruction of a country

2014-03-18 12:28:00

Venezuela's descent into chaos has accelerated in recent months, sending many of the country's educated middle-class fleeing abroad. With Ireland now home to a sizable Venezuelan community, one ex-pat outlines the full horror of life in the post-Chavez regime.

Caught In The Net: Caught in the net: Garageland

2014-03-13 13:39:00

Cambodia's secret rock n roll history is the subject of a superb new documentary

Interview: The Hot Press Cover Story: Graham Norton

2014-03-05 13:55:00

With the pantigate controversy going global, the world is starting to pay attention to Ireland's attitudes towards gay rights, in particular, RTE's decision to pay off the conservative crusaders who have bridled at being labeled 'homophobic' has been widely criticised. Watching the furore from afar, Graham Norton - perhaps Ireland's best-known gay man - shares the widespread disgust at the broadcaster's refusal to stand and fight. Speaking exclusively to Hot Press he gives his support to Panti - and labels the country's right-wing rump 'rats trapped in the corner of barn'.

Caught In The Net: Caught in the Net: And You'll Know us by The Trail of Bread

2014-03-05 13:14:00

A new documentary tells the story of Slint, the greatest band you've probably never heard.

Caught In The Net: Caught in the Net: Ruski Business

2014-02-18 10:43:00

A Soviet-loving singer has ruffled Baltic feathers with his misappropriating of Bruce Springsteen.

Interview: Boxing Clever: Hot Press Interview with Katie Taylor

2014-01-31 12:36:00

Having decided against turning pro, 2014 finds Katie Taylor firmly on the road to Rio with European and World titles to defend. Roy Keane, Jim McGuinness, Homophobia, football, Kodaline and dealing with the media are also on the agenda as Ireland's most celebrated sportswoman meets Stuart Clark.

Frontlines: Legal weed is a roaring success

2014-01-30 11:43:00

Colorado's experience since legalising recreational pot-smoking has been a wholly positive one. How long before the rest of the USA - and in turn, Europe - finally sees sense and follows suit?

Reports: Caught in the net: News bullet in

2014-01-29 16:43:00

A new documentary lays bare Chicago's gun & gang culture

Interview: Hot Press XMas Summit 2013: Pressing Matters part 2

2013-12-17 11:33:00

Christmas means but one thing, the return of the legendary Hot Press Summit featuring a veritable Santa’s sack of Ireland’s top talent. Plus Stuart Clark who makes the eight ponder Morrissey, Miley, Lou, Pussy Riot, Paul McGuinness & U2, the Stones, Peter Buck, the Arctic Monkeys and lots, lots more!

Interview: Hot Press XMas Summit 2013: Pressing Matters part 1

2013-12-16 15:04:00

Christmas means but one thing, the return of the legendary Hot Press Summit featuring a veritable Santa’s sack of Ireland’s top talent. Plus Stuart Clark who makes the eight ponder Morrissey, Miley, Lou, Pussy Riot, Paul McGuinness & U2, the Stones, Peter Buck, the Arctic Monkeys and lots, lots more!

Frontlines: Drugs Survey in full Swing

2013-12-12 15:03:00

There’s still time to participate in the 2014 Global Drugs Survey, which will deliver a real understanding of what people are consuming – and why...

Interview: Read: Bruce Springsteen's open letter

2013-12-12 14:42:00

It's official – a new Bruce Springsteen album is on the way! Well,'new-ish'. Slated for January, High Hopes will see the New Jersey warhorse blending covers, unrecorded faves and sublime odds 'n' sods from across his career.


2013-12-12 14:42:00

Interview: Hot Press meets Johnny Vegas

2013-12-04 10:50:00

When Stuart Clark went to interview Johnny Vegas, he didn’t know he was also going to meet Michael Pennington. Johnny Depp, Shane MacGowan, Frankie Boyle, Chris O‘Dowd, his Irish wife and turbulent seminary days are all on the agenda, as our man gets to unravel comedy’s most intriguing split personality.

Interview: Hot Press Meets Boy George

2013-12-03 11:06:00

He’s topped the charts, spent time in the clinker and ran the gamut of tabloid drug infamy. Somehow Boy George is still here and about to drop a cracking new solo album. He talks about his unlikely love affair with inner city Dublin (he has family there), the exquisite heartache of overnight success and how he’s survived a lifetime of fast-lane turmoil.

Frontlines: The Cannabis Debate: When will common Sense prevail?

2013-12-03 11:03:00

The first thing that strikes you walking into the Dáil is, “Jesus, look at the state of the carpets!”

Frontlines: The Cannabis Debate: Ireland and Drugs- The Facts at last

2013-12-02 12:07:00

After decades of misinformation and hysteria, the cold, hard truth about our relationship with mood-altering substances, illicit and otherwise, will at last be made public, thanks to Hot Press in partnership with the Global Drugs Survey

Live: The National live at The O2

2013-11-29 14:39:00

It’s the proverbial double-edged sword. You want bands you love to do well, but then they make the step up to a ginormodome like the O2 and you wish you could rewind to a time when, if you were in the mood for going down the front and high-fiving the lead singer, you could.

Reports: The Manic Street Preachers: the Filth & the Maturity

2013-11-25 13:47:00

Who’d have thought the Manic Street Preachers would make it their goal to grow old gracefully? Still, it only takes a passing mention of Margaret Thatcher to bring out the young agit-propper in lyricist Nicky Wire.

Frontlines: A View to a Kil'

2013-11-15 13:16:00

As international soccer’s oddest managerial couple is unveiled, Ireland legend Kevin Kilbane holds forth on the curious marriage of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane.

News: Martin O'Neill press conference: report

2013-11-15 11:57:00

The new Irish boss talks ahead of tonight's clash with Latvia. Plus, check out our photo gallery...

Frontlines: Tech That And Party

2013-11-12 11:40:00

In town for the Dublin Web Summit, SoundCloud co-founder Eric Wahlforss talks to Stuart Clark about his company’s extraodinary story, which saw it rise from modest beginnings to become the biggest music sharing platform in the world.

Interview: Creation Once Again

2013-11-06 14:28:00

No, Alan McGee hasn't revived his legendary record label creation, without which there would be no Oasis, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus And Mary Chain etc. However, he's done the next best thing and started a new record company. He talks exclusively about falling out of (and back in) love with music, the madness of Britpop and what Moz may have suspected about Jimmy Savile.

Frontlines: Off With Their Heads!

2013-11-01 11:17:00

Hot Press’ review of The Queen Is Dead gets a mention in Morrissey’s Autobiography. Stuart Clark examines why 27 years after the fact he’s still a bit miffed with us! Well, sort of...

Interview: The Meaney of Life

2013-10-30 11:38:00


Frontlines: Irish Doctors Support Cannabis Bill

2013-10-29 13:15:00

Two prominent addiction specialists believe it’s time to face medical facts and legalise cannabis here.

Frontlines: Animation Once Again

2013-10-21 12:03:00

rish screens are about to be assaulted by a homegrown adult animation, which takes some expertly aimed potshots at the media. Stuart Clark meets Newsbag cartoonist-in-chief Maurice Joyce

Interview: Steven's Day

2013-10-21 11:48:00

Springsteen’s right-hand man, Steve Van Zandt, recalls his early adventures in rock and his latest forays in acting, via the Netflix show Lillyhammer.

Reports: Caught In The Net - The Unforgettable Fire

2013-10-15 11:23:00

Check out the online footage of Arcade Fire’s new music – and tell us their album isn’t going to be the biggest thing ever!

Interview: Cinematic For The People

2013-09-24 16:28:37

A greatest-hits retrospective raised fears that it might be curtains for Manic Street Preachers. But now they’re back with a thoughtful new album and a just-announced Arthur’s Day gig. They talk about leaving their angry young men days behind and – what a coincidence – booking an Australian tour just as the Lions were passing through.

Live: Electric Picnic Friday

2013-09-13 00:00:00

If I were to rock up to work in a leopard-skin print shirt I’d have the piss unmercifully ripped out of me, but all Miles Kane gets is admiring glances.


2013-09-13 00:00:00

If I were to rock up to work in a leopard-skin print shirt I’d have the piss unmercifully ripped out of me, but all Miles Kane gets is admiring glances.

Interview: Hunting Wry And Low

2013-09-10 00:00:00

The Electric Picnic-bound Reginald D. Hunter blends intellectual comedy with yucks that punch straight for the gut. He talks about having a gun pulled on him by a crack-toking chum, the early influence of Irish comedy and his controversial deployment of the ‘n’ word.

News: Electric Picnic: Day 1 Review

2013-08-31 00:00:00

Our man Stuart Clark gives us the low-down on Day 1 at Stradbally..

Interview: Hot Press Meets Franz Ferdinand

2013-08-27 00:00:00

They’ve been away a while but now Franz Ferdinand are exploding back into action, with perhaps their leanest, meanest record yet. Frontman Alex Kapranos talks about early success, playing to thousands of stoned Americans and explains why he thinks Twitter trolls should be named and shamed...

Interview: Hot Press meets Fatboy Slim

2013-08-27 00:00:00

EDM be damned – Norman Cook is looking forward to treating Stradbally to a good old-fashioned acid house rave. Dr. Who, Calvin Harris, the Olympics, and fellow Picnic-ers David Byrne and Giorgio Moroder are all on the agenda as he meets fellow half-centurion...

Live: Blur Review

2013-08-19 00:00:00

Given the festival-packed weekend that beckons and it being a decade since the release of their last album, Think Tank, Blur’s ability to lure 20,000 people to Kilmainham is pretty damn impressive....

Frontlines: Hot Press meets John Barnes and Jason McAteer

2013-08-16 00:00:00

John Barnes and Jason McAteer preview a massive season for both club and country...

Reports: School of Bawd Knocks

2013-08-16 00:00:00

Caught In The Net had been feeling a bit adult cartoon-ed out until it copped an eyeful of High School USA, the late night FOX Channel show about “regular kids doing regular things.”

Report: All The Bruce That's Fit To Print

2013-08-13 00:00:00

It’s a tale of three cities as our Springsteen diarist Stuart Clark bookends Bruce’s triumphant Irish tour and renews acquaintances with his E Street Band lieutenant Steve Van Zandt, who explains why they’re in the form of their rock ‘n’ roll lives...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Brett Anderson

2013-08-08 00:00:00

With their cracking comeback album currently blazing a trail, Suede frontman Brett Anderson talks about aging with dignity, hanging out with David Bowie and why, in his 40s, he's enjoying the rock 'n' roll life more than ever...

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: The Running Men

2013-08-01 00:00:00

A fascinating look at the people behind some of your favourite television was a sensation at Comic-Con. And it’s made by three Irish chaps!

Interview: Hot Press Meets Jim McGuinness

2013-07-30 00:00:00

He’s transformed Gaelic football with his unique approach to player management and tactics. And he’s brought Donegal out of the doldrums, leading them to their first All Ireland title in 20 years. Super-manager Jim McGuinness talks about getting the most from his squad, professionalism in the GAA – and how he owes it all to his lucky whistle...

Reports: Born to Run And Run And Run

2013-07-24 00:00:00

As Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band get ready to invade Ireland again, Brandon Flowers, Clem Burke, Damien Dempsey, Donal Lunny, Noah & The Whale, The Handsome Family and Delorentos declare their love for The Boss...

News: Longitude: Sunday: The Verdict

2013-07-22 00:00:00

Our own Stuart Clark was at Marlay Park to watch Longitude 2013's grand finale. Check out the photo gallery here...

Reports: Charlie Says

2013-07-19 00:00:00

A new music documentary will have you blubbing into your hanky...

News: Bruce Springsteen: the Limerick review

2013-07-17 00:00:00

Stuart Clark reports back from The Boss' first Irish summer show. Check out our photo gallery here...

Interview: Bruce Springsteen: Hot Press Meets Jake Clemons

2013-07-15 00:00:00

They were some of the biggest boots to fill in rock. But Jake Clemons, nephew of legendary Springsteen sax-player Clarence Clemons, proved more than up to the task after his uncle tragically passed away. He talks about stepping into the breach, life inside the Bruce camp and his close friendship with Frames man Glen Hansard...

Reports: Caught In The Net: Dutch Gold

2013-07-08 00:00:00

The online archives of an obscure Netherlands TV show are spilling over with pop curios from down the decades...

Interview: Food for Thought

2013-07-03 00:00:00

As the G8 leaders wave goodbye to Ireland, new Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley talks about the west’s pledge to end absolute poverty by 2030; gives Bono, Bill Clinton, Sean Penn and Wyclef Jean marks out of ‘10’ for their charitable work; addresses the thorny issue of chugging and recalls the horror of dealing with the aftermath on the Rwandan genocide...

Reports: Nuke Kids On The Block

2013-06-21 00:00:00

A new documentary reveals just how close to atomic annihilation the world came on JFK’s watch...

Interview: Hot Press meets John Lydon

2013-06-14 00:00:00

As PiL prepare to play Body & Soul, John Lydon advises Stuart Clark on how to deal with right-wing loonies, derides Björk for her ‘Free Tibet’ stance, denies being a sexist pig, and generally gives exceedingly good quote...

Interview: Hot Press meets Nile Rodgers

2013-06-07 00:00:00

He’s worked with Bowie and Madonna and helped invent hip-hop. For his latest adventure Chic’s Nile Rodgers has hooked up with Daft Punk for the defining smash of the summer, Get Lucky. He talks about this most unlikely of comebacks, his brushes with ill-health and what he learned from a pre-fame Madge.

Reports: Craft Work!

2013-06-07 00:00:00

The Hot Press guide to the best ciders, beers, bars, offies & breweries...

Reports: Carry On Camping

2013-06-07 00:00:00

Ever wonder what Star Trek might resemble if it was re-purposed as a Glee-style high school fandango? Some North Carolina YouTubers have the answer

Live: Lana Del Rey live at Vicar St.

2013-05-28 00:00:00

Tonight's audience is putty in Del Rey's impeccably manicured hands...

Reports: Caught In The Net: Here’s Johnny

2013-05-24 00:00:00

Forget The Great Gatsby, the cinematic event of the year is the unleashing of the Basically Johnny Moped documentary...

Reports: Caught in the net: Punks For The Memories

2013-05-10 00:00:00

The energy of punk’s first wave is beautifully captured in a series of snaps now available for your online delectation...

Reports: Hot Press Special Report: Cambodia

2013-05-02 00:00:00

It was the scene of one of the greatest campaigns of mass murder in recent decades. In the late ‘70s, Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge sent millions to an early grave across Cambodia. The country is well on the road to recovery but the scars of Pot’s reign of terror remain, as Stuart Clark found in this boots-on-the-ground special report...

Reports: Caught In The Net: The Pyongyang’s All Here

2013-04-29 00:00:00

A new documentary lays bare the truth about North Korea – and it’s even more bizarre than you might have expected...

Live: Public Enemy, live at The Button Factory

2013-04-25 00:00:00

A tired ‘n’ emotional punter by the name of Craig is left with a great story to tell the grandkids when he jumps up on stage and instead of being forcibly ejected from the venue is allowed to co-sing – well, co-slur – ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’. DJ Lord’s ‘Come As You Are’ scratch-up, Khari Wynn’s metal riffing and Davey DMX’s funky bass-slapping also contribute to a night of unabashed old-skool panto fun...

Interview: Hot Press meets Richard Dormer

2013-04-23 00:00:00

He’s the star of the fantastic Punk-era NI drama Good Vibrations and is about to have a break-out role in fleshpot swords and sorcery drama Game of Thrones. Richard Dormer reflects on an extraordinary year of success and discusses the world premiere he’s bringing to the Abbey...

Frontlines: Korea Opportunities

2013-04-12 00:00:00

As international tensions mount over the Pyongyang regime’s flexing of its military muscle, Hot Press discusses the situation with Concern’s Overseas Director of Aid...

Reports: Caught In The Net: Wooden It Be Good

2013-04-12 00:00:00

The mighty Woodkid leads this fortnight’s parade of online weird’n’wonderful-ness...

Interview: Hot Press meets Bressie

2013-04-09 00:00:00

As judge in the Voice of Ireland, Bressie is one of the country’s best known faces. But he is also an ambitious musician with his sets still set on international stardom. On the release of his second album Rage And Romance he talks about the price of Über-celebrity, his fight against panic attacks, what Jamelia and Kethryn Thomas are like on a night out – and why for the foreseeable future he’s embracing celibacy...

Interview: Hot Press meets David Holmes

2013-04-04 00:00:00

He’s worked with everyone from Steven Soderbergh to U2. But David Holmes’ latest project – a biopic of Belfast rock legend Terri Hooley – is one of his most personal yet. He talks about the making of Good Vibrations, and his work on the forthcoming Primal Scream album...

Reports: Born To Be Mad

2013-04-02 00:00:00

Stuart Clark takes an extended look at the Russian punk landscape...

Interview: Hot Press meets U2's Adam Clayton

2013-03-25 00:00:00

In a rare interview, U2’s Adam Clayton discuses why battling his own demons has inspired him to help young people with mental health issues – and talks about the upcoming U2 album...

News: Stuart Clark on Cambodia Part 3

2013-03-20 00:00:00

Now back shivering in Ireland, Stuart Clark reflects on the emotional highs and lows of his Concern field-trip to Cambodia – and treats us to some local tuneage!

Reports: Stuart Clark reports from Cambodia: Part 2

2013-03-17 00:00:00

Over in South-East Asia with Concern, Stuart Clark continues with his reports from Cambodia.

Reports: Sing When You're Blinging

2013-03-15 00:00:00

With Searching For Sugarman deservedly picking up an Oscar – David Holmes who helped rediscover Rodriguez is interviewed in our next edition – the film industry’s appetite for music documentaries is insatiable at the moment...

Reports: How Do You Like Them Apples

2013-03-15 00:00:00

Stuart Clark runs the rule over the burgeoning artisan cider scene in Ireland – and also samples one of our favourite breweries’ new seasonal beer...

News: Stuart Clark reports from Cambodia

2013-03-14 00:00:00

He's there with Concern to see how their projects are progressing...

Interview: About A Bowie

2013-03-12 00:00:00

It had been years since anyone had heard from David Bowie, the rock icon who seemed happier to fade away rather than burn out. But suddenly, in January, came a new single with his first album in a decade to follow. Stuart Clark reflects on the Thin White Duke’s remarkable career, and then talks to his right-hand man, Dubliner GERRY LEONARD, about 2013’s most-anticipated return.

Interview: Beautiful Life

2013-03-11 00:00:00

She gave up a high-flying job in advertising to become a novelist. Now Helen Seymour is the toast of the literary community, her book Beautiful Noise lovingly evoking the pirate radio scene of ‘80s Dublin. She talks about turning her back on a life of corporate bling and the encouragement she received from pals Ali Hewson and Bono...

Reports: Are You Loathsome Tonight?

2013-03-01 00:00:00

Here’s something to give you nightmares – an Elvis impersonator in full clown make-up!

Live: Jake Bugg, live at The Academy

2013-02-28 00:00:00

The talent is still raw, but tonight Jake Bugg lives up to the hype and then some.

Interview: Hot Press meets Joey Pantoliano

2013-02-28 00:00:00

He’s best known for his stunning turn as Ralphie in The Sopranos. But off-screen Joey Pantoliano has waged a long battle against depression and eating disorders. He pulls up a stool to reminisce about the greatest TV show of all time and his struggle to make peace with himself.

Reports: Hair Raising entertainment

2013-02-19 00:00:00

He’s one of the most infamous figures in popular music – and not just because of his mushroom cloud hair. Now Al Pacino is slipping into the platform boots of producer Phil Spector, for an HBO biopic centred on his murder trial.

Interview: When Hot Press met... Reg Presley of The Troggs

2013-02-05 00:00:00

As we mourn the loss of The Troggs frontman, we look back two decades and find him in conversation with Stuart Clark before the band's Irish shows...

Interview: Angel Delight

2013-02-05 00:00:00

She’s yet to release her debut album, but US rapper Angel Haze is already causing a massive stir online with her heartwrenchingly honest lyrics. Here, she talks hip hop, cults and er, fashion

Net: Tune landing

2013-02-01 00:00:00

The internet may have ravaged the corporate music business but it’s giving something back in the shape of some fab new online documentaries

Interview: Some People Have All The Muck

2012-12-18 00:00:00

She blew us away with her Electric Picnic slot over the summer. At the end of a very busy 2012 avant-gardist Grimes talks about supporting EDM kingpin Skrillex, bringing buff dancers on tour – and why she’s not ashamed to have Bieber fever.

Interview: A New Kind Of Presidency

2012-12-18 00:00:00

It’s been a tumultuous year in Irish politics and President Michael D. Higgins’ decision to address the Savita Halappanavar tragedy drew flak from some politicians. In a rare interview he answers the critics, outlines his vision for the presidency and reveals his admiration for Mario Rosenstock’s ‘Michael D’ character and crime show Love/Hate...

Interview: AA

2012-12-18 00:00:00

Album: Led Zeppelin/ AC/DC: Celebration Day/ Live at River Plate

2012-12-18 00:00:00

Rock gods do nothing to tarnish their legends

Interview: Hot Press Summit 2013

2012-12-19 00:00:00

Forget your brussels sprouts and stuffing sandwiches – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the festive chinwag that is the Hot Press Summit. The great and good of the year in music 2012 gather to discuss the Savita Halappanavar tragedy, Chris Brown’s attempted rehabilitation and the pros and cons of poppy-wearing. words: Stuart Clark: photos Graham KeoghForget your brussels sprouts and stuffing sandwiches – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the festive chinwag that is the Hot Press Summit. The great and good of the year in music 2012 gather to discuss the Savita Halappanavar tragedy, Chris Brown’s attempted rehabilitation and the pros and cons of poppy-wearing. words:

Interview: Spotify’s Irish Launch: Artists Respond

2013-01-10 00:00:00

The Swedish streaming service is a boon for consumers but artists are yet to be convinced.

Interview: Never Mind The Bullocks

2012-12-21 00:00:00

Already a top five act at home, Delorentos have spent 2012 becoming big in Spain. When we heard they were playing in a bullring there with Wilco, we had to go and check it out!

Interview: A Buggs life

2012-12-05 00:00:00

He may have Noel Gallagher and Jimmy Page as fans, but chart-topper Jake Bugg is far from your run-of-the-mill indie rocker. The teenage sensation talks about his diverse influences, his upbringing on a sketchy Nottingham sink estate and how music saved him from life on the dole. words Stuart Clark

Live: Jack White

2012-11-28 00:00:00

Reports: Paradise Garage

2012-11-16 00:00:00

David Chase and Steve Van Zandt have made some beautiful music – and a film – together

Interview: Shortt Story

2012-11-16 00:00:00

The star of Killinaskully and one half of D’Unbelievables, Pat Shortt is the doyen of Irish comedy. But beneath the bumbling exterior is a clever and ambitious performer. In a revealing interview he talks about his friend Gerry Ryan, the painful end to his partnership with Jon Kenny and the downside of being world famous in Ireland. words Stuart Clark portrait Graham Keogh

Frontlines: Ode To Joy

2012-11-13 00:00:00

Legendary Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook has penned a page-turning new tome. Stuart Clark catches up with him...

News: Jack White live in the O2

2012-11-01 00:00:00

Our man Stuart Clark watched the Detroit star shake Dublin this Halloween...

Reports: Don't worry be hoppy

2012-10-24 00:00:00

Without in any way having to compromise on quality, this was the year when craft ales, lagers, stouts, porters, and – well, whatever you’re having yourself! – hit the mainstream and proved that we truly are a nation of beer lovers.

Reports: Gillen In The Name Of

2012-10-19 00:00:00

First Other Voices and now Sigur Rós videos! Aidan Gillen underlines his rock ‘n’ roll credentials by starring in the ten-minute promo accompanying the Icelandic outfit’s ‘Ekki Múkk’. The Game Of Thrones man plays an anorak-wearing Roy Cropper-type whose “magical journey through an English field” leads to encounters with a fox and a talking snail.

Interview: From A Whisper To A Scream

2012-10-17 00:00:00

Recording on a Californian mountain top with Jacknife Lee has paid handsome dividends for Two Door Cinema club, with the resulting album, Beacon, storming its way to number one. LA, Azealia Banks, Lady Gaga, Snow Patrol, the Olympics and dressing-room trashing are all on the agenda as Nordy Ireland’s latest chart conquerors shoot the breeze with Stuart Clark.

Live: Elbow at Electric Picnic

2012-09-10 00:00:00

Making the world seem a shinier, happier place...!

Live: Electric Picnic review: Sunday

2012-09-10 00:00:00

With Lianne La Havas, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Cashier No. 9...

Frontlines: Shortall’s Departure Welcomed By Drug Expert

2012-10-05 00:00:00

While the Roisin Shortall debate focuses on her relationship with Ministry For Health boss James Reilly, her handling of the National Drug Strategy has been criticised by Dublin-based addiction specialist Dr. Garrett McGovern. Also up for discussion when he meets Stuart Clark are the recent deaths of two young men in Kinsale.

Reports: The Hole Truth

2012-10-05 00:00:00

You thought Courtney Love was the most, um, idiosyncratic member of Hole? A new online movie should set you right...

Interview: Green Manifesto

2012-10-02 00:00:00

There’s never a dull moment where Ireland are concerned. After a brave Euros qualification campaign came the humiliation of the finals themselves. Then the recent last gasp win over mighty Kazakhstan. As the World Cup qualifier campaign gathers pace, three of the lynch-pins of the squad discuss Trapp’s reputation for managerial stubborness, his controversial selection of players from the lower echelons of British soccer and tell us what’s on their iPhone playlists

Live: Leonard Cohen

2012-09-28 00:00:00

Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Dublin

Interview: 3 Shall Overcome

2012-09-13 00:00:00

They’ve tasted global success, headlined the Aviva and won tens of thousands of new fans thanks to singer Danny O’Donoghue’s gig judging the UK edition of The Voice. But they’ve never stopped taking risks and on their latest album, called simply #3, The Script open up as never before about heartache and loss. Taking time out from trashing their hotel suite, they discuss fame, personal upheavals and the night stood them up for Bill Clinton.

News: Leonard Cohen live @ Kilmainham

2012-09-12 00:00:00

Stuart Clark reports live on Laughing Len's latest Irish visit...

Interview: Close Encounters Of The Bruce Kind

2012-09-04 00:00:00

A fan his whole life, Glen Hansard has recently got to know Bruce Springsteen off stage as well as on. Talking exclusively to Stuart Clark, he explains what makes The Boss & The E Street Band so special.

Interview: Close Encounters Of The Bruce Kind

2012-09-04 00:00:00

A fan his whole life, Glen Hansard has recently got to know Bruce Springsteen off stage as well as on. Talking exclusively to Stuart Clark, he explains what makes The Boss & The E Street Band so special.

Interview: Jersey Roar

2012-08-29 00:00:00

Springsteen fever was in the air as Bruce and the E-Street Band touched down for a two-night stand at Dublin’s RDS. Having hooked up with the man himself on the launch of his latest album, Stuart Clark was on hand to check out both live shows and shoot the breeze with Brucie right-hand man – and respected actor and musician in his own right – Steve Van Zandt. He brings us a frontline report.

News: Caught In The Net

2012-08-28 00:00:00

There’s more to the Icelandic music scene than pale esoteric types channelling Lothlórien, as a new online documentary shows.

Interview: Feel Good Smith Of The Summer

2012-08-28 00:00:00

35 years after first jamming together in a suburban garage, The Cure are playing some of the biggest shows of their lives as part of a festival tour that brings them to the Electric Picnic. Drugs, keep-fit regimes, MASTODON collaborations, Irish sojourns, football, David Bowie and Tommy Cooper are all on the agenda as Robert Smith has a late night pow wow with Stuart Clark.

Interview: Plan B: The Irish Connection

2012-08-23 00:00:00

When he’s not playing guitar with Plan B, the Wexford-bred, London-domiciled Adam Jordan is one-half of the New Machine writing and production duo whose rapidly expanding C.V. includes Devin, Hope, Chlo33, InMe, Steve Shabytah and his Model County homey – it’s not often you get to write that! – Maverick Sabre.

Interview: Manors Maketh The Man

2012-08-23 00:00:00

He's already made the transition from underground hip hopper to blue-eyed soul boy du jour. Now Plan B has written and directe Ill Manors, a damning indictment of cameron's broken Britain, and is also about to star alongside Ray Winstone in a reboot of classic 70's cop caper The Sweeney ("Get dressed, you're nicked!") A wellied-up Stuart Clark meets him and his crew in a north Yorkshire forest.

Live: Red Hot Chili Peppers & Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

2012-08-01 00:00:00

“They’re my songs, so I’ll fucking sing ‘em if I want to!”

Live: The Stone Roses

2012-07-31 00:00:00

“More important than Picasso,” said Damien Hirst. “Music’s Kevin Keegan,” opined Nicky Wire: there was a lot of hyperbole spouted in the run-up to the Roses’ first Irish show since the infamous Ian Brown cat-strangling incident at Féile 95 – a gig I walked out of halfway through for fear of permanently souring our relationship.

Interview: John The Revelator

2012-07-06 00:00:00

As PiL return with their best album since Metal Box, a typically forthright John Lydon treats Stuart Clark to his thoughts on David Beckham, the Pistols, The Clash, Ari Up, butter, PTA meetings & a whole lot more besides!

Report: Mancs For The Memories

2012-07-06 00:00:00

John Squire and Mani discuss the Roses’ past Irish escapades, while superfans Liam and Noel Gallagher tell us how the band changed their lives.

News: Caught In The Net: Rhyme On His Side

2012-06-29 00:00:00

He’s knocked the acting on the head and branched into documentary making. Chronicling the evolution of rap, Ice T’s first project from behind the camera is proving rather a sensation

Interview: A Glen For All Seasons

2012-06-26 00:00:00

Since winning an Oscar for Once, Glen Hansard‘s life has swerved like an out of control rollercoaster. There was a whirlwind romance with, and painful separation from, Markéta Irglová; the suicide of a fan which left him with brains on his shoes and a chasm in his soul and the strange guilt he felt at being successful. With his first solo album about to be released, he pulls up a stool and explains how he learned to stop worrying and love his new life in New York.

Album: The National Health

2012-06-18 00:00:00

New wave familiarity fails to breed contempt

News: Caught In The Net: What A Carrier On!

2012-06-15 00:00:00

Fancy a get away with a difference? What about a converted Soviet era aircraft carrier, the centre-piece of a new Communist theme park in China?

Frontlines: Hope For The Future

2012-06-06 00:00:00

A new initiative, launched by President Michael D. Higgins, is intended to focus minds on constructive ways to improve Irish society.

Live: Franz Ferdinand, Live At Dolan's Warehouse

2012-06-05 00:00:00

Job well and truly done.

News: Caught In The Net: Shooting From The Strip

2012-06-01 00:00:00

This forthnight: a comic strip from an unlikely source, Sasha Baron Cohen channels his inner tin-pot and Nikki Sixx keeps its together on radio.

Album: Isn’t Anything / Loveless / EP’s ‘88 -’91

2012-05-30 00:00:00

My Bloody Valentine finally re-deliver the goods

News: Caught In The Net: Labia-d With Love

2012-05-28 00:00:00

In addition to releasing some of the finest indie rap to ever caress CITN’s ears, the Forbidden Fruit-bound Grimes has this week embraced the jewellery business...

Album: This Is PIL

2012-05-28 00:00:00

John Lydon continues to grow old disgracefully

Interview: Tales from the darkside

2012-05-25 00:00:00

€36,000 better off after winning the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Award, Kevin Barry has been hailed as one of the finest Irish writers of his generation. In an extraordinarily frank interview, he talks LSD, Chinese marriage scams, death threats, the IRA and daffodil theft with his old Limerick colleague Stuart Clark.

Interview: About A Joy

2012-05-25 00:00:00

The band’s iconic bass-player, Peter Hook has just finished a book recollecting the Joy Division-era and the suicide of Ian Curtis.

News: Caught In The Net: Raw 6 Appeal

2012-05-23 00:00:00

What happens when you mix a cult TV show with some top indie talent? For the answer, get thee to rural Wales without delay

Interview: Well, I’ll Be Damned!

2012-05-22 00:00:00

Ahead of their Dublin stop-off this week, The Damned’s Captain Sensible talks to Stuart Clark about longevity, mad Argentine football games, Lemmy and the difficulties of teaching Sid Vicious the bass.

Interview: Tricky situation

2012-05-18 00:00:00

Bristolian legend Tricky is hitting the road to perform his 1995 masterpiece Maxinquaye in its entirety. He talks to Stuart Clark about the album’s eventful creation, the current state of hip hop and brazenly flouting ireland’s no-smoking laws.

Interview: Middle-age kicks

2012-05-17 00:00:00

Paul Weller may be approaching his 54th birthday, but his new album proves that the former Jam man is in the form of his life. Fresh from hobnobbing with Roger Daltrey and his other rock royalty mates, he talks fatherhood, sobriety, politics, influences and Amy Winehouse with a suitably star-struck Stuart Clark.

News: Caught In The Net: Good News Day

2012-05-15 00:00:00

Look out Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones – a hot new US cable show from the people who brought you The Social Network may be about to steal your thunder.

Live: Andrew WK Live

2012-04-19 00:00:00

Interview: All The Fun Of The Fair

2012-04-16 00:00:00

Stuart Clark selflessly volunteered to meet Fanfair, a girl group with impeccable rock ‘n’ roll credentials and a member who’s the youngest of 12 kids from Terenure.

Interview: Catching Up With The Jones

2012-04-02 00:00:00

Clash legend Mick Jones discusses his imminent visits to Dublin and Belfast for a gig with a difference...

Interview: Occupy E Street

2012-03-20 00:00:00

Bruce and the gang have just unleashed what is their angriest and most politicised record yet, a scathing attack on the railroading of the American Dream by political and corporate fat cats. Stuart Clark journeys to Paris to meet The Boss who also waxes lyrical about Obama, Catholicism, Joe Strummer, Dylan, being a hopeless music fan and why it’ll take four people to replace Clarence Clemons

Interview: Rage Against The Freeloaders

2012-03-05 00:00:00

Ex-Blizzards mainman and Voice of Ireland mentor Bressie has extremely forthright views on the way musicians are taken for granted – and on subject of free music downloading.

Interview: A New Lisa Life

2012-03-02 00:00:00

She’s conquered Ireland with her latest album – now Lisa Hannigan is contemplating a temporary move to New York in order to raise her American profile. She talks about her love of touring, collaborating with The Chieftains and her one-woman campaign to make the ukelele fashionable.

Caught In The Net: You Gotta Grohl with it...

2012-02-27 00:00:00

Or what happened when a hard rock legend brought some mates ‘round to mourn the passing of one of the world’s most storied studios 

News: You Gotta Grohl with it...

2012-02-27 00:00:00

Or what happened when a hard rock legend brought some mates ‘round to mourn the passing of one of the world’s most storied studios 

Live: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Live At The O2, Dublin

2012-02-20 00:00:00

The elder Gallagher brother makes a triumphant return to Irish soil...

News: Watts, The big idea

2012-02-10 00:00:00

This fortnight; Thin Lizzy as you’ve never heard them before, The Chemical Brothers go widescreen and American right-wingers predict the coming of Caliphate.

Reports: Haiti: Life After The Apocalypse

2012-02-08 00:00:00

Two years ago this politically unstable, poverty-wracked Caribbean island was devastated by one of the worst earthquakes of recent decades. Thousands perished, many more were left clinging on without sanitation or basic medical care. But now Haiti is fighting back, with the invaluable help of aid groups such as Ireland’s Concern Worldwide. In a frontline report, Hot Press talks to ordinary Haitians as they try to rebuild their lives and reflects on the crazy energy of one of the most dangerous countries on earth.

News: Broadcast News

2012-01-27 00:00:00

America’s National Public Radio site is a musical treasure trove .

News: Red White And View

2012-01-16 00:00:00

America is producing most of the world’s best telly – sorry Mrs Brown’s Boys – and with a raft of great new shows chugging down the tracks, it looks like US dominance is set to continue.

News: Stuart Clark's impromptu Haitian TV appearance!

2012-01-13 00:00:00

He's nearing the end of his week-long trip there with Concern Worldwide.

News: Stuart Clark reports from Haiti: Day two

2012-01-12 00:00:00

The second report from Stuart's week-long visit to Haiti on the second anniversary of the country's devastating earthquake...

Live: Primal Scream

2012-01-12 00:00:00

It’s unlikely that the O2 has ever witnessed a more rapturously received double-whammy than ‘Come Together’ and ‘Loaded’.

News: Stuart Clark reports from Haiti

2012-01-11 00:00:00

On this, the second anniversary of the country's devastating earthquake, Stuart is on a week-long trip there with Concern Worldwide.

Interview: Hoops, They've Done It Again!

2012-01-05 00:00:00

Not content with winning the Airtricity League for the second year in a row, Shamrock Rovers made history in 2011 by becoming the first Irish team to qualify for the group stages of a European competition. Star man Rohan Ricketts talks to Stuart Clark about their moments of magic.

Interview: Super Fly Guy

2012-01-04 00:00:00

A number one album, Manchester City steamrollering Manchester United 6-1 and a Hot Press Gig of the Year Award for his show in the Olympia. It’s been a great 2011 for Noel Gallagher who talks to Stuart Clark about life after Liam, the Roses reunion, Gary Speed and running in to Tom Cruise’s missus.

Interview: Molten Lava Literacy

2012-01-04 00:00:00

James Dean Bradfield says it in relation to the Sex Pistols, but that phrase applies equally to the way the Manic Street Preachers have operated throughout all of their 21 years on Planet Rock. Following the release of their National Treasures singles collection, he talks Richey, The Clash, Diana Ross and Johnny Rotten with Stuart Clark.

Interview: Come What May

2011-12-16 00:00:00

Whether meeting the Obamas or hanging with rock royalty, 2011 has been a year to savour for Imelda May. Stuart Clark hears about the outrageous highs and one tendon-snapping low.

Interview: 10th Anniversary Hot Press Summit

2011-12-07 00:00:00

To cap another highly eventful rock‘n’roll year, a slew of Ireland’s most hip and happening musician types and gatecrasher Phill Jupitus converge on Dublin for the 10th Anniversary Hot Press Summit. President Higgins, The Stone Roses, Amy Winehouse, the Boys In Green & marauding North Korean submarines are all on the agenda as 2011 is subjected to CSI-style forensic examination.

News: Gaga 2.0

2011-12-02 00:00:00

Generally a haven for all sorts of debauchery, this fortnight finds Rihanna using the internet to get across a more wholesome message via video.

Interview: Ant Misbehavin’

2011-11-21 00:00:00

He’d become synonymous with eccentric behaviour, but now Adam Ant has his depression under control and feels more creative than ever. The 80s pop vagabond talks to Stuart Clark about his relationship with punk svengali Malcolm McLaren, his struggles with bi-polar disorder and being "raped" by Steve Jobs.

Interview: The Life Of Whiley

2011-11-18 00:00:00

Jo Whiley talks to Stuart Clark about her crusade to make TV safe again for rock 'n' roll, and why she's pretty sure Bono was joking when he called Chris Martin "a wanker"!

News: The Vinyl Frontier

2011-11-18 00:00:00

A plucky independent record store straight out of High Fidelity, darkly funny Christmas cards and, er, a lady who paints with her own vomit. They’re all on the menu in your forthnightly guide to all that’s interesting and/or balls-out deranged on the web.

Frontlines: The Gates Of Hell

2011-11-07 00:00:00

The horrific reality of life inside “the Joy” is laid bare in a book by ex-inmate Dan Gwira.

Reports: Manchester Reunited

2011-11-07 00:00:00

They were adamant it would never happen, but The Stone Roses shocked everyone on October 18 when they announced they were getting back together for what is almost certain to be the biggest grossing rock ‘n’ roll tour of 2012. Stuart Clark reports on the Third Coming.

News: War Of The Roses

2011-11-07 00:00:00

This fortnight: Ian Brown and friends as you’ve possibly never seen them before. Read on...

Interview: Resurrection Man

2011-10-28 00:00:00

After Oasis ended in a flurry of kung-fu kicks and punches, Noel Gallagher went away and quietly made a solo record, which could just be his finest collection of songs yet. In a revealing interview with Stuart Clark, he talks about new beginnings, making babies, Amy Winehouse, Morrissey, John Lydon, the Queen and that violent night in Paris with Liam.

Reports: Brew Kids On The Block

2011-10-28 00:00:00

For too long the poor cousin of the Irish drinks industry, the craft beer scene has been undergoing a period of phenomenal growth with dozens of micro breweries opening across the country in recent years. Stuart Clark clinks a tankard in celebration and gives us the inside track on his favourite new ales, lagers and stouts.

News: Caught In The Net

2011-10-21 00:00:00

From Smashing Pumpkins to cracking skulls, Billy Corgan certainly likes to keep busy. Elsewhere CITN investigates a real-life Hannibal Lecter & hears Karen O serenade her favourite Mexican dish.

Frontlines: Once You Hop You Can’t Stop

2011-10-14 00:00:00

Our man Stuart Clark recruits a crack team of beer-tasters to sample some of the new wave of artisan Irish brews. Who’ll win the inaugural Golden Hot Press Bottle-Opener Award? Read on…

News: Stoned Alone

2011-10-11 00:00:00

The Family Stone are back to their best – alas, the same can’t be said of their mercurial former leader.

Caught In The Net: Phnom on feel the noise

2011-10-03 00:00:00

Cambodia and West Africa yield some bizarre – and highly addictive – musical treats this fortnight.

Interview: Bressie comes out fighting

2011-09-29 00:00:00

He fantasises about killing Bertie and Biffo, armed himself with a baseball bat during the London riots and has some choice words for people who think he walked out on The Blizzards. He’s also made a solo album, Colourblind Stereo, which he hopes people will care about enough not to illegally download. Niall Breslin pulls no punches talking to Stuart Clark.

News: Arthur's Day, blind gigging

2011-09-23 00:00:00

A report back from various Dublin venues!

Frontlines: Master of all he surveys

2011-09-14 00:00:00

Having been ficticiously portrayed in Treacle Jr., Aidan Walsh now wants the real story of his life to be told.

Live: Electric Picnic: saturday, september 3

2011-09-08 00:00:00


Frontlines: A site for sore ears

2011-09-05 00:00:00

Boost The Music is just one of the many projects PR, plugging & syncing expert Linda Coogan Byrne is involved in.

Interview: Trick or treacle?

2011-08-29 00:00:00

It’s the year’s unlikeliest buddy movie, throwing together an Irish eccentric and a homeless englishman who’s walked out on his family. Actor Aidan Gillen tells us about the real life inspiration behind his oddball character, and gives us the inside beef on the next season of fantasy sauce-fest Game of Thrones, which has just started shooting in Belfast.

Interview: The Man In The Mirror

2011-08-26 00:00:00

As editor of the Irish Sunday Mirror, Paul Martin has a unique position in the world of Irish media and celebrity. He talks to Stuart Clark about his dislike of Calum Best, his friendship with the late Katy French, the end of David Norris’s presidential bid, the News Of The World phone-hacking scandal and his admiration for Piers Morgan. All this plus a cameo from Louis Walsh!

Interview: Thrilling In The Name Of

2011-08-26 00:00:00

Despite sniping from the literatti, David Baldacci is an almost permanent fixture at the top of the bestsellers list. He talks to Stuart Clark about conpiracy theories, Hollywood, the Presidents he’s met and the accuracy or otherwise of TV cop shows.

Report: No more tears left to cry

2011-08-23 00:00:00

She was the voice of a generation but, even when she was on top of the world, the demons were never far away. As the world comes to terms with Amy Winehouse’s shocking death at age 27, Stuart Clark recalls two fleeting but moving encounters with the soul singer and reflects on the tragic arc of her career and life.

Live: Blondie

2011-08-22 00:00:00

The Olympia, Dublin

Interview: Blondie Ambition

2011-08-10 00:00:00

Chris Stein of new wave legends Blondie talks Barack Obama, comeback records and the art-pop genius of Lady Gaga.

Interview: A sort of homecoming

2011-06-29 00:00:00

Making no secret of their ambition to follow in the footsteps of U2, The Script have been sweeping all before them in America. But now they're about to return to Ireland, for two of the biggest shows of their career. Ahead of their Oxegen and Aviva Stadium dates they talk about striking gold in the US, the sacrifices that come with success, hanging with hip-hop superstars – and the perils of being a gossip industry target.

Caught In The Net: The wild side of the web

2011-06-17 00:00:00

Stuart Clark trawls though the net for this fortnight's highlights.

News: Art for John's sake

2011-06-17 00:00:00

An ecologically-minded comedy duo have recycled two of the most famous names in popular music.

Interview: Reintroducing The Band

2011-06-01 00:00:00

As Suede band reform, frontman Brett Anderson gives Stuart Clark the lowdown on fronting one of the most iconic indie bands of the '90s...

News: Caught In The Net

2011-05-05 00:00:00

The wild side of the web, with Beastie Boys, ASIWYFA, masturbating kangaroos and Charlie Sheen cookery show parodies...

Caught In The Net: The All Seeing i

2011-04-26 00:00:00

Moldy Peach Adam Green has phoned in his debut feature-length film.

Caught In The Net: This fortnight's Caught In The Net...

2011-04-08 00:00:00

CITN looks forward to the HBO show described by its creator as “The Sopranos in Middle-earth” and other web goodies

Interview: Roy Division

2011-04-04 00:00:00

With their epic, anthemic sound, Royseven seemed set for uber-stardom, especially in Germany where they were groomed by the local branch of Universal Records. But a shake-up at the label and a lay-off of several years means it’s very much a case of starting over for the Dubliners. With their new single all over the radio, singer Paul Walsh talks about riding the corporate rock rollercoaster, HANGING with Bryan Adams and the group’s glad-to-be-gay new video

Caught In The Net: Swearing His Heart On His Sleeve

2011-04-04 00:00:00

He may be the meanest dad on the planet, but we’re loving the acerbic comic stylings of Louie CK.

Interview: Love, Peace And Petrol Bombs

2011-03-30 00:00:00

House Of Cosy Cushions boss Richard Bolhuis guides us through Groningen’s velvet underground.

Caught In The Net: Sing When You're Rimming

2011-03-18 00:00:00

White Lies have been very naughty boys!

Interview: Remaster Of The Universe!

2011-03-03 00:00:00

As a diehard and lifelong Thin Lizzy fan, Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott is an ideal candidate to oversee the remastering of the band’s classic Jailbreak and Johnny The Fox albums in tandem with Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham.

Interview: "As Soon As I Heard Thin Lizzy I Was Hooked"

2011-02-25 00:00:00

Midge Ure talked about his brief but highly eventful tenure with Thin Lizzy in a 1991 interview with Stuart Clark.

Interview: “I’m not scared of Noel Gallagher!”

2011-02-22 00:00:00


Interview: The White Ones In

2011-02-04 00:00:00

As part of our special Eurosonic 2011 report, White Lies clink tankards with HP, discuss their globe-trotting adventures and tell us why Kings Of Leon are the band to look to when it comes to conquering the world.

Net: Vicious Circle

2011-02-04 00:00:00

From evil rubber tyres bent on world conquest to a urine-based computer game, it’s all happening on the web.

Interview: Lucky Number 13

2011-01-25 00:00:00

Brian O'Driscoll is one of Ireland's all-time bona fide sporting icons, having led Ireland to the Grand Slam and Leinster to the Heineken Cup and the Magner League during a stellar career at the highest level. With the Six Nations about to get underway in Rome, Brian discusses Ireland's prospects, the imminent Rugby World Cup, life with actress wife Amy Huberman... and what the future might hold after rugby.

Interview: Gangster's Paradise

2011-01-19 00:00:00

Ever since The Sopranos shuffled off to the great Journey tribute concert in the sky, fans of quality drama have been pining for a television show worthy of their love (and no, Mad Men doesn’t count, you wuss) . Well, now it’s finally here. Chronicling the murky criminal underworld of Prohibition-era Atlantic City, and with an all-star cast, Boardwalk Empire looks set to be the TV event of the year. Kicking off our Hot For 2011 issue, screenwriter Terence Winter tells us about his latest creation

Interview: Letting the chat out of the bag!

2010-12-13 00:00:00

It’s Christmas – which means it’s time for the yuletide institution that is the Hot Press Summit. Donning novelty Santa hats and wrapping themselves in tinsel, this year’s round tablers got stuck into the financial crisis, listed their 2010 highlights, musical and otherwise, and shared stories about being thrown in jail on the US-Mexico border, performing to lots of drugged up French teenagers and hanging out backstage with heavy metal gods.

Interview: Rumer At The Top

2010-11-29 00:00:00

With a back-story straight out of a lurid true life documentary, soul-jazz sensation Rumer certainly has a lot to talk about. With her debut album storming the charts she talks about the shock of discovering the true identity of her father, her years in the wilderness as a struggling singer-songwriter and coming to terms with the fact her number one fan was slap happy British politician John Prescott.

Caught In The Net: Sing Hallelujah!

2010-11-29 00:00:00

The wild side of the web

Interview: Here's The Beef

2010-11-22 00:00:00

BABYBEEF, a.k.a. Sarah Carroll Kelly, is a one-woman synth-pop beast with a taste for prime AC/DC.

Live: Gorillaz, live at the O2

2010-11-19 00:00:00

Come December, this is going to be on a lot of ‘Gig of the Year’ lists.

Interview: Doing His Neville Best

2010-11-17 00:00:00

As he launches his first iPhone App, veteran Premier League star Phil Neville talks about his relationship with Roy Keane, his respect for Alex Ferguson, the day Wayne Rooney turned up for training in slippers and why he reckons ex-Sligo Rovers man Seamus Coleman is going to be a huge star for club and country

Caught In The Net: Poke Is It

2010-11-15 00:00:00

The wild side of the web

Live: Brandon Flowers, La Riviera, Madrid

2010-11-03 00:00:00

Brandon Flowers at La Riviera in Madrid

Live: The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

2010-11-02 00:00:00

Arthur's Day celebrations at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

Interview: Once You Pop You Just Can't Stop

2010-10-13 00:00:00

Tete-at-tetes with Paul McCartney, praise from John Mayer, support slots with U2 and Take That... it’s been a whirlwind two years for THE SCRIPT. But, with a new album that confronts weighty subjects such as the recession, it’s clear these three Dublin lads still have their feet firmly on the ground. They talk about channelling their inner Manic Street Preacher, and explain why, despite their success, they won’t be splashing out on Rolexes. words Stuart Clark

Caught In The Net: What The Butler Saw

2010-10-13 00:00:00

Not content with selling several gazillion copies of their new album The Suburbs, Arcade Fire continue to push the technological envelope with their Google Street View short The Wilderness Downtown.

Net: Whale of a time

2010-09-09 00:00:00

Caught In The Net is indebted to Paul Nolan who’s just back from his holliers in Iceland – he’s obviously being paid too much! – for telling us about Harpoon: The Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre


2010-09-06 00:00:00

One of the most iconic figures in popular culture, John Lydon is currently back in the saddle with the reconvened PiL. He talks to Stuart Clark about Malcolm McLaren’s funeral, the group’s controversial Israeli gig, his Irish background, Bono, Bob Geldof and Madonna. Oh, and that much-discussed butter advert.

Interview: Ghost Stories

2010-09-02 00:00:00

“Haunting”, “spectral” and “ethereal” were all placed on the Prohibited Journalistic Words List in 1991 after being attached to the point of parody to every shoegaze outfit that floppy-fringed their way into the lower reaches of the indie chart.

Caught In The Net: Stone Cold Crazy

2010-08-23 00:00:00

The wild side of the web!

Fashion: A model of decorum

2010-07-29 00:00:00

Once an A-list supermodel, now a successful businesswoman, CAPRICE Bourret is no wallflower. Here she talks openly to Hot Press about why she wouldn't touch heroin with a bargepole, why Courtney Love is a mess, why South Africa is the most exciting – and terrifying – place in the world, and the sneaky lengths the paps will go to for a scoop. She also betrays a traditionalist streak that borders on the Victorian while lecturing Clarky on his private life!

Video: Newton Faulkner @ Oxegen

2010-07-20 00:00:00

The English guitarist sits down with Stuart Clark of Hot Press

Caught In The Net: Adventures in the Modern Sci-Fi

2010-07-14 00:00:00

There was much excitement in nerdy sci-fi circles this week as Fox TV released the first teaser image from Terra Nova, the new "Avatar for the telly" series that’s set to debut Stateside in autumn 2011.

Reports: 12 Step Planet: Naples & Campania

2010-06-15 00:00:00

12 steps to make the most of your time in the stunning islands of Italy. Plus, top travel news from around the world

Caught In The Net: Slash on Demand

2010-06-15 00:00:00

After eight years of waiting, Ash’s fabled snuff film – well, 6 minutes and 43 seconds of it – finally surfaced last week online.

Caught In The Net: Poop Idol

2010-06-14 00:00:00

Having read Paul Nolan’s potentially Pulitzer-prize winning Hoot Press interview with Arj Barker, Caught In The Net made an immediate beeline – or should that be catline? – for which is home to all of his and collaborator Bernard Derriman’s farting feline animations.

Interview: A Dolores Unto Herself

2010-06-02 00:00:00

Stuart Clark looks forward to the Cranberries playing their first Irish gig since 2003

Caught In The Net: Lycra Hurricane

2010-05-19 00:00:00

The most satisfying 90 minutes of Caught In The Net’s fortnight was spent watching guerilla filmmaker Brendan Toller’s I Need That Record! The Death (Or Possible Survival) Of The Independent Record Store documentary.

Live: The New York Dolls live at The Academy, Dublin

2010-05-19 00:00:00

No one in The Academy can complain about being shortchanged

Reports: The Most Gifted and Instinctive Broadcaster

2010-05-19 00:00:00

Stuart Clark was a regular on the Gerry Ryan show for over four years. He recalls what it was like to work with one of Ireland’s radio greats – and remembers the night out when his mother encountered Gerry...

Interview: Swindler's List; Malcolm McLaren (1946 - 2010)

2010-05-04 00:00:00

He didn't lack for enemies when alive, but the death of MALCOLM McLAREN from cancer saw former antagonists such as the Sex Pistols' John Lydon lining up to praise his contribution to music, in particular his role in helping foment the punk scene in ‘70s Britain. To mark the passing of the man who helped create the stereotype of the media-manipulating rock Svengali, we revisit an interview conducted with the sly old maestro in 1994. In it, he talks about the Pistols, the New York Dolls, Kurt Cobain, the British Royals and Naomi Campbell.

Caught In The Net: Watts The Big Idea

2010-05-04 00:00:00

The Wild Side of the Web...

Caught In The Net: Voodoo People

2010-04-16 00:00:00

The Wildside of the Web...

Reports: 12 Step Planet: Córdoba

2010-04-13 00:00:00

12 steps to help make the most of your time in the Spanish city of, Córdoba, with all the best hotels, restaurants, and hot spots. Plus, top travel news from around the world

Interview: Mod Almighty

2010-04-07 00:00:00

He was one of the leading lights in punk, helped create the template of the British mod and was unofficial father figure to Oasis and the britpop generation. Now Paul Weller has written perhaps his finest solo album since Stanley Road. Kicking back in London, he talks about the death of his father, his adventures with the Gallagher brothers and his roping in My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields to play guitar on the new LP

Caught In The Net: 24 Hours Farsi People

2010-04-06 00:00:00

The Wildside of the Web...

Interview: The Passion Machine

2010-03-24 00:00:00

At the end of a victory lap of just about every major music industry awards show going, Hot Press manages to buttonhole the Oxegen-bound Florence Welch backstage at the Meteors. Tired but jubilant, the Amazonian belle of the ball spills the beans on collaborations with Dizzee Rascal and David Byrne, her adoration of Courtney Love and My Bloody Valentine, and reveals that all she ever wanted was to appear in an Andrew Lloyd-Webber production.

Frontlines: Paint Thinner On Misuse Of Drugs List

2010-03-23 00:00:00

The hysteria about head shops has had the desired effect, with the Government announcing a whole new raft of restrictions. But will it affect the demand for ‘highs’, legal or otherwise?

Interview: The Liberty Belle

2010-03-22 00:00:00

From the mean streets of Brooklyn to the not quite so mean streets of Drogheda, it’s been a long strange journey for AMASIS singer Nofe Liberty. But the former Miss Africa Ireland and her band are poised to take the pop world by storm with a crackling electro sound. Here Nofe talks about life in the ‘hood, her Nigerian pop star father and burning up the red carpet at the Meteors.

Caught In The Net: Jett It Be

2010-03-19 00:00:00

The Wildside of the Web...

Caught In The Net: Human Beat Boks

2010-03-05 00:00:00

The Wildside of the Web...

Interview: Monkey Business

2010-03-04 00:00:00

Matt Helders and Jamie Cook promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth when answering Hot Press readers’ questions.

Reports: Dublin's Burning

2010-03-03 00:00:00

Head shops have been the focus for a lot of unwanted publicity recently as the media cranked up the sensationalist coverage. And then the arsonists went into action, burning two premises to the ground within a week.

Live: Lady GaGa live at the O2

2010-02-25 00:00:00

She may be guilty on occasion of trying too hard, but when Lady Gaga gets it right she really is a phenomenal force of nature.

Caught In The Net: The Spying Game

2010-02-22 00:00:00

The wild side of the web...

Album: American VI: Ain't No Grave

2010-02-15 00:00:00

Sublime last hurrah from the man in black

Reports: 12 Step Planet: Bergamo

2010-02-12 00:00:00

A delightful city that, had it canals or a Roman amphitheatre, would probably be as big a tourist deal as Venice or Verona

Reports: Is the Head Shop Hysteria Justified?

2010-02-10 00:00:00

The Irish media has declared open season on head shops, but are the new generation of legal highs they’re selling as dangerous as is being made out?

Report: Hopelessly Devoted to EU!

2010-02-10 00:00:00

Stuart Clark braved the sub-Arctic temperatures of northern Holland to see how And So I Watch You From Afar, Imelda May and Delorentos got on waving the Irish flag at the Eurosonic Festival, and checked out some of the acts our continental cousins are going mad for.

Frontlines: POWER TRIP?

2010-01-20 00:00:00

Paddy Power has opened a book on the next Irish nightclub to go out of business - but is this a novelty bet too far? WORDS Stuart Clark

Interview: Chat of the Land

2009-12-17 00:00:00

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the festival of chat that is the Hot Press roundtable summit — in fact, you might say it’s more important than An Bord Snip, Nama and the campaign to have Thierry Henry exiled to French Guyana put together. This year, our panel of the rock world’s great and good get animated about ‘Le Main de Dieu’, surviving the recession, the passing of Stephen Gately and Michael Jackson and encounters with famous friends such as Madonna, Annie Lennox and Taylor Swift.

Interview: Good Grief Charlotte

2009-12-09 00:00:00

... what’s a nice indie rock pin-up doing playing private parties for millionaires in Russia? Self-confessed pop-tart Charlotte Hatherley talks about strutting her musical stuff for Moscow oligarchs, jetting around Central Asia with Bryan Ferry and thunking a bass with rock pixie Bat For Lashes.

Interview: Even Better Than The Reel Thing

2009-12-02 00:00:00

They were the first true Irish rock stars, a band that blended Celtic mysticism and proggy excess with eye-popping results and paved the way for U2 and The Boomtown Rats. Now, three decades since their last tour, HORSLIPS are back. To coincide with their hotly-anticipated O2 show and new ‘Best Of’, the band talk about dropping acid, Father Ted-like encounters with outraged members of the clergy and hanging with the ‘walking pharmacy’ that was Motörhead’s Lemmy.

Interview: Smells Like Green Spirit

2009-11-18 00:00:00

GREEN DAY have had a meteoric rise over the last 18 years, from poky Dublin dives to colossal international stadia. But despite their maturing worldview and increasing political articulacy, they’re still as exciting a kick-ass punk rock group as ever.

Interview: Some Enchanted Evening

2009-11-17 00:00:00

EDITORS’ new album finds them re-booting their sound with the help of super-producer Flood and the Prussian soldier’s helmet gifted to him by Bono. Also on the agenda when the band meet Stuart Clark are fatherhood, baby poo, Brooklyn block parties and stealing Michael Stipe’s megaphone.

Caught In The Net: Chips Off The Old Boc

2009-11-17 00:00:00

November 9th marks the 20th anniversary of the dismantling of the Berlin wall, an event almost as momentous as Everton’s winning four years earlier of the European Cup Winners Cup. History of course being a subjective thing.

Caught In The Net: Wise up suckers!

2009-11-02 00:00:00

The words “bastards”, “right”, “the” and “serves” sprang to Caught In The Net’s mind this week when it emerged that The Sun, The Daily Mirror and The Daily Mail had been duped into running a totally invented story about Avril Lavigne getting spectacularly gee-faced in an exclusive nightclub.

Interview: All White On The Night

2009-10-29 00:00:00

On a fleeting visit to Dublin the legendary Jack White sat down with Hot Press' Stuart Clark to discuss his past life as an upholsterer, jamming with Bob Dylan. Jimmy Page and The Edge and going for dinner with Loretta Lynne.

Live: Massive Attack live at The Olympia, Dublin

2009-10-23 00:00:00

I’d hate to be a Massive Attack roadie. Not only do they have four vocalists, six banks of synths, live guitars, drums and percussion to worry about, but there’s a huge ticker-taping video screen to put up and take down every bleedin’ night.

Interview: Case For The Defence

2009-10-23 00:00:00

He’s made the Man U and Ireland right-back positions his own this season, and is playing what he admits is the best football of his career as a result. As the Republic gears up for a play-off crack at World Cup qualification, JOHN O’SHEA talks about life under Trapatonni, and reflects on another successful year at Old Trafford.

Caught In The Net: Catapulted To Fame

2009-10-19 00:00:00

aught In The Net is much enamoured of the video for the new Charlotte Hatherley single, ‘White’, which finds the former Ash and current Bat For Lashes guitarslinger splattered with paint. Before you make any unbecoming comments, it’s the clip’s Pollock-esque qualities we admire rather than the fact that Chaz is all covered in gunk.

Caught In The Net: A Right Load of Goebbels

2009-10-05 00:00:00

The wild side of the web

Caught In The Net: Jungle Fever

2009-09-21 00:00:00

Thirty-five years before going to Ennis to meet his relatives, Muhammad O’Ali and a 122-strong security detail journeyed to Kinshasa for his Rumble In The Jungle with George Foreman, who as far as we know doesn’t have any Irish blood.


2009-09-17 00:00:00

Who better to launch this year’s Music Show than Irish band of the moment The Script? In a taster of what to expect from October’s RDS weekender, Danny, Glen and Mark treated a roomful of fans, music students and industry professionals to their thoughts on illegal downloading, songwriting, the dreaded Auto-tune and touring with Macca and U2.


2009-09-16 00:00:00

Poxy fucking Irish weather! Now that we’ve let the elephant out of the room – or should that be tent? – let’s concentrate on the musical delights that Day Two of the Picnic had to offer.

Interview: Hopelessly Devoto To You

2009-09-07 00:00:00

He has one or two other things going on at the moment, but if The Edge happens to be free on the first day of the Electric Picnic there’s a good chance you’ll find him and his wooly hat front of stage for reformed post-punks Magazine.


2009-09-07 00:00:00

Caught In The Net’s girlfriend won’t like it because it doesn’t star Jennifer Aniston or a cutesy little dog/mouse/guinea pig/other household pet with human personality traits, but we know there are squillions of Hot Press readers counting down to December 18 when James Cameron’s 3-D sci-fi epic, Avatar, hits the big screen.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: Take 'Tache & Party!

2009-08-24 00:00:00

The shock news from the world of rock and pop this week is that John Oates (of Hall & fame) has split with his mustache.

Interview: Desert Storm

2009-08-21 00:00:00

You’ve grown your hair and want to make a bitching rock record. Who do you call? Arctic Monkeys tell Stuart Clark about their remarkable journey from Sheffield to the Mojave.

Caught In The Net: The Rebirth of Cool

2009-08-11 00:00:00

Steve Van Zandt, Tim Burton's forthcoming Alice In Wonderland and what's happening on YouTube...

Interview: Whatever Happened To The Likely Pads?

2009-08-10 00:00:00

It’s no rest for the wicket, as Stuart Clark gets bowled over by the DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOD. Musical odd-couple Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh explain why they decided to record a musical homage to cricket and talk about hanging out with Blur’s Damon Albarn, the Governor of the Bank of England and Sir Tim Rice.

Live: U2 @ Croke Park - They came, they claw, they conquered

2009-07-30 00:00:00

They came from the four corners to see U2 at Croke Park. Our reviewer caught the opening night of the 360º tour’s Irish leg.

Interview: The Chic of Some People

2009-07-21 00:00:00

He helped invent disco, funk, r 'n' b and hip-hop. And when he wasn’t changing the face of popular music, Chic leader NILE RODGERS found time to chin-wag with pop’s best, bravest and weirdest. Here he talks about hanging with David Bowie, Slash and Madonna and reveals his oft-overlooked hippy leanings.

Interview: Death becomes them

2009-07-10 00:00:00

The first time The Killers played Oxegen they fretted whether anyone would turn up to see them. Now they’re sweeping in to headline the main stage. They talk to us about being chased by papparazi, growing up in Middle America and sharing a bill with Bono and, er, Gary Barlow

Interview: Modern life is great

2009-07-10 00:00:00

As the final countdown to Blur’s Oxegen comeback gets underway, Alex James talks about falling in and out with his bandmates, collaborating with New Order’s Bernard Sumner – and why Clonakilty Black Pudding will definitely be on the band’s Punchestown rider.

Interview: Lost In Music

2009-07-01 00:00:00

Son of the legendary promoter Jim, Peter Aiken recalls a time when the North rocked its troubles away.

Reports: Caught In The Net: All hands on Jandek

2009-06-26 00:00:00

While we're sure it's a fabulous place, Larne's Older Fleet bar does seem a rather surreal choice of venue for Houston outsider folkie Jandek to kick off what will be his first ever tour.

Interview: Testing their metal

2009-06-11 00:00:00

The Answer have played to almost a million people on the current AC/DC tour. Not bad for an indie hard rock band from Norn Iron. Singer Cormac Neeson gives us the skinny on Angus Young’s love of Rory Gallagher, meeting Alice Cooper, and why Hunger is required tour bus viewing.

Interview: Homer thoughts from abroad

2009-04-21 00:00:00

The Simpsons team shipped over to Ireland recently for the premiere of the show’s much-vaunted St. Patrick’s Day special.

Interview: Arcadian Fire

2009-04-21 00:00:00

After years of pushing the self- destruct button, Pete Doherty has proved his detractors wrong with a solo album that's on a par with anything he did with the Libertines.

Live: Lily Allen live at The Academy, Dublin

2009-03-27 00:00:00

For all of her abundant charm and ability to hold a note, Allen has yet to master the complexities of working a crowd.

Interview: Heading into Enemy territory

2009-03-27 00:00:00

It's been sniffer dogs and paddywagons all the way as The enemy visit some of Britain's less salubrious Rock n' Roll locales. If they can stay out of jail, though a support tour with Oasis awaits.

Frontlines: Cause for concern

2009-03-26 00:00:00

Having their budgets slashed three times in 18 months has made it harder than ever for Irish aid organisations to help the world’s poor and displaced. Despite Mr. Martin’s axe-wielding, Concern worldwide are determined to continue their work in what can be life-threatening circumstances.

Reports: 12 Step Planet: Porto

2009-03-26 00:00:00

12 steps to help you take on the Portuguese city of Porto, with all the best hotels, restaurants, and hot spots. Plus, top travel news from around the world

Reports: Domestic blisters

2009-03-26 00:00:00

Ex-NIN drummer pimps out his famous buddies for publicity. Viewer discretion advised.

Reports: Glen Hansard on why The Simpsons are even better than The Oscars!

2009-03-16 00:00:00

We may be one bounced cheque short of joining Iceland in the Bankrupt Small Countries Club, but there’s good reason to celebrate our Irishness on March 17 when The Simpsons’ Paddy’s Day special premieres in Ireland on Sky1.

Reports: 12 step planet: Sarajevo

2009-03-09 00:00:00

We look at Sarajevo as a top travel destination. Plus, travel news from around the world

Interview: In defence of roy

2009-03-03 00:00:00

The suggestion that Roy Keane lost the dressing-room at Sunderland has been questioned by England legend Peter Beardsley who also talks about Paul Gascoigne’s woes, Paul McGrath and the tackle that gave the world a glimpse of his tackle!

Album: No Line On The Horizon

2009-02-26 00:00:00

Keep on Moroccan in the free world

Caught In The Net: When the Going Gets Clough

2009-02-25 00:00:00

The big-screen adaptation of The Damned United is imminent, and we recall when Bollywood came to Bray.

Interview: Portuguese man of awe

2009-01-23 00:00:00

Stuart Clark goes behind the scenes with Mario Rosenstock and the rest of the I’m On Setanta Sports team.

Interview: Bon appetit for destruction

2009-01-29 00:00:00

Michelin star man Dylan McGrath has brought something of a rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic to Irish cooking. In a slap-up feast of an interview, he talks about his West Belfast childhood, kitchen stabbings and why he’s no time for mumsy housewives' choice chefs.

Interview: Back to Blackwell

2009-01-20 00:00:00

As the founder of Island Records Chris Blackwell can claim a unique role in the evolution of popular music. He pulls up a chair and shoots the breeze about his Jamaican heritage, his relationship with Bob Marley and taking power-lunches with U2.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: Your elf is everything

2008-12-15 00:00:00

The wild side of a web with Stuart Clark...

Interview: Talking Turkey

2008-12-11 00:00:00

The HP-7 Summit is back with Michelle Doherty, Rocky O'Reilly, Niall Breslin, Mark Greaney, Niamh Farrell, Messiah J and Danny O'Donoghue sat around the only table that matters this Christmas.

Caught In The Net: The Times They are Changed

2008-12-02 00:00:00

A look at some of the web craze after the election, including a newspaper hoax and Obama photos and- not related to the election- what's the latest with some bands.

Frontlines: The frontline battle against HIV

2008-11-07 00:00:00

As World AIDS day approaches, Stuart Clark travels to Swaziland to witness the devastating impact the virus is having on the country, and discovers how overseas organisations like Skillshare International Ireland are helping Swazis to help themselves.

Caught In The Net: In the Name of Fodder

2008-11-04 00:00:00

To learn a few of Coolio's culinary skills and understand Sarah Palin's campaign method, check out these websites.

Interview: Soul Brothers

2008-10-23 00:00:00

Having spent the best part of the last decade in a blizzard of drug-induced excess, Oasis are cleaning up their act.

Caught In The Net: Demolition Darby

2008-09-19 00:00:00

Los Angeles’ punkerati were out in force as the Roger Grossman-directed What We Do Is Secret premiered in one of Tinsel Town’s less salubrious cinematic establishments.

Live: Live at Electric Picnic: Sunday

2008-09-12 00:00:00

While Electric Picnic did not lack for non-musical highlights, the hottest action was to be found on stage, where the likes of the Sex Pistols and My Bloody Valentine whipped up a storm.

Interview: Can you hear the drums Fernand-o?

2008-09-09 00:00:00

With that long awaited third album in the pipeline, and an imminent Electric Picnic slot, Franz Ferdinad's Alex Kapranos talks to us about utilizing the doppler effect.

Caught In The Net: Caught in the net: Metalocalypse now

2008-09-09 00:00:00

Two weeks ago it was Triumph The Comedy Insult Dog, now it’s the turn of Nathan Explosion and Pickles to be introduced to the Caught In The Net masses.

Interview: The crown Jools

2008-08-12 00:00:00

Before he was the face of televised pop Jools Holland played empty pubs alongside U2, mentored a skinny kid called Mark Knopfler and rode to school in Daniel Day-Lewis's dad's Mercedes.

Caught In The Net: Duma and gloom

2008-08-12 00:00:00

True, Caught In The Net would rather wank pigs in hell than attend a Panic At The Disco gig, but we wouldn’t be as fascistically anti-emo as the Russian parliament who want to make possession of an asymmetrical fringe a criminal offence.

Interview: Once more into the bleach

2008-07-25 00:00:00

CHRIS STEIN shoots the breeze about meeting Bob Geldof, hanging out at Studio 54 and the racist slum that was late 70s mainstream radio in the US.

Caught In The Net: The filth & the fuhrer

2008-07-25 00:00:00

It may be 20 years since Tiffany last troubled the Guinness Book Of Hit Records, but that hasn’t dampened the ardour of two obessive fans.

Interview: Please Cilmi

2008-07-21 00:00:00

Gabriella Cilmi may be sweet 16, but she's got far more in common with Nina Simone and Janis Joplin than this year's production-line pop moppets.

Interview: How the Knowle west was won

2008-07-11 00:00:00

Trip-hop legend Tricky on how he's falling in love with Europe, why he's dying to work with Kylie and why if you live in a rough part of the UK, it's best to carry a knife.

Caught In The Net: Look who's stalking

2008-07-14 00:00:00

It may be 20 years since Tiffany last troubled the Guinness Book Of Hit Records, but that hasn’t dampened the ardour of two obessive fans who you really wouldn’t want minding your pet rabbit.

Caught In The Net: The law is an ass

2008-06-30 00:00:00

The crack is quite literally mighty as flatulent vigilante cop Assy McGee cleans up the mean streets of Exeter, New Hampshire.

Live: Leonard Cohen Live At The IMMA, Dublin

2008-06-19 00:00:00

73-year-old maestro creates magic at Kilmainham

Caught In The Net: Je T'Aime J'Amy

2008-06-16 00:00:00

Tabloid fiends that you are, you’ve probably heard that Roman Abramovich has offered Amy Winehouse a million quid to play at his new model girlfriend’s birthday bash...

Live: Bruce Springsteen live at the RDS

2008-06-11 00:00:00

The Boss wows the crowds with the Pet Sounds of gigs.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: That Loving Feline

2008-05-09 00:00:00

Caught In The Net is suffering from a bruised ego this fortnight after discovering that there’s somebody who spends even more time trawling the web for juvenile content than we do.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: Momma Said Knock You Out

2008-06-03 00:00:00

Roy Keane’s playing days saw him involved in some memorable bust-ups, but as far as we can recall he never jumped into the stands while at Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest or Man U and told his mum sitting in the posh seats to, “Sit yo’ your ass down!”

Caught In The Net: They like it up 'em

2008-05-16 00:00:00

MTV draws our attention with foul-mouthed puppets, Steve Albini answers your questions in an online poker forum, and we tell you where to get your Deportivo Wanka football shirts.

Interview: Gunning For Glory

2008-05-07 00:00:00

Slash and Duff speak to Stuart Clark and Dave Fanning about the making of Appetite For Destruction, Axl and the Guns N' Roses legacy.

Interview: Slash & Burn

2008-05-07 00:00:00

Velvet Revolver axe-man Slash, one of the most influential guitarists of all time, joins bandmate Duff McKagan in reflecting on Guns N' Roses' hellraising heyday.

Reports: It's Good To Be Jack

2008-04-30 00:00:00

Hard-Fi and Clash legend Mick Jones join Hot Press for a Jack Daniel's-fuelled weekend in the heart of the American south.

Live: Murphy's Live at Whelan's

2008-04-14 00:00:00

Murphy's Live rocks Whelan's

Interview: The race is on

2008-04-01 00:00:00

With the 2008 battle for the White House turning into the most gripping saga in years, the best-selling novel The Race, by Richard North Patterson, could hardly be more timely.

Interview: Never mind the googlies

2008-03-31 00:00:00

Life has never been so sweet for Pugwash's Thomas Walsh with a cracking new album, a song on an A-List Hollywood movie, and a cricket-loving pal to play with.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: Butthole surfing

2008-03-27 00:00:00

Hands up who’s heard of Bianca Butthole? No, us neither. This is a shocking state of affairs as far as Duff McKagan is concerned.

Live: Duffy at the Academy, Dublin

2008-03-14 00:00:00

"Duffy delivers the closing ‘Mercy’ and ‘Distant Dreamer’, as perfect a pop brace as you’ll hear this or any other year."

Interview: Blonde Ambition

2008-03-05 00:00:00

They've been the 'nearly' band of British rock for half a decade now. Might Delays' hour finally be at hand?

Reports: The once and future king

2008-03-04 00:00:00

It was a well deserved triumph for bloody-minded independence when Glen Hansard lifted the Oscar for 'Best Original Song', with his Swell Season partner Marketa Irglova at his side.

Interview: The Minister: "We can't have a complete nanny state"

2008-02-07 00:00:00

In a revealing interview, the Minister with responsibility for drugs, Pat Carey, explains why politicians have to re-think their policy on recreational pharmaceuticals.

Reports: For Whom Bell Tolls

2008-01-23 00:00:00

Having excelled in Luton Town’s cup clash against Liverpool, David Bell is one of the young guns staking their claim for a full Irish call-up.

Frontlines: Blunt diplomacy

2008-01-21 00:00:00

Pre-Christmas unrest in the Balkans brought unpleasant memories of late '90s ethnic cleansing back to the soldier turned singer-songwriter James Blunt.

Interview: Coming of age

2008-01-21 00:00:00

She’s only 19 but already smoky-voiced Londoner Adele is being hailed as the ‘new Amy Winehouse.’

Interview: London Recalling

2007-12-17 00:00:00

Talk about a supergroup: The Clash’s Mick Jones has joined forces with former Generation X guitarist Tony James to form Carbon/Silicon.

Interview: The Hot Press Summit 2007

2007-12-05 00:00:00

It's Christmas, so it must be time for the Hot Press Summit, as some of the top names in Irish music sit down for out annual chinwag.

Caught In The Net: We wish you a herpes Christmas

2007-11-27 00:00:00

You might want to take precautions before seeing what Santa's brought you.

Interview: Wolverhampton's Irish Revolution

2007-11-26 00:00:00

Mick McCarthy’s Wolverhampton Wanderers has become a hotbed of Irish soccer talent. Defender Kevin Foley spills the beans on the ‘Greening’ of Wolves.

Interview: Prepare to meet thy maker

2007-11-16 00:00:00

Avert your gazes, sensitive readers. Jon McClure of Reverend And The Makers offers his thoughts on Johnny Borrell, Thom Yorke and “the most racist television ad of all time”.

Interview: Back To Blackburn

2007-10-31 00:00:00

Legendary DJ Tony Blackburn dropped in to Dublin recently on a whistlestop promotional tour for his new autobiography.

Caught In The Net: You are wasp you eat

2007-10-31 00:00:00

Finding a creepy crawly in your salad is no longer a bad thing.

Interview: Deb's Ball

2007-10-10 00:00:00

Clarkey gets to play out his – and every other gentleman of a certain age’s - youthful fantasies by sharing a bed with Deborah Harry.

Caught In The Net: Tears For Spears

2007-10-01 00:00:00

A teenage blogger’s histrionic defence of Britney could earn him millions.

Reports: The Devil In Ms. Winehouse

2007-10-01 00:00:00

She’s a gifted songwriter with a voice to kill for, but is Amy Winehouse throwing it all away with her excesses?

Interview: Ronson Seal Of Approval

2007-09-26 00:00:00

Not content with helping Amy Winehouse to become a global superstar, Mark Ronson has conjoured up his own million-selling album.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: Arresting Developments

2007-09-19 00:00:00

They fought the law, but sadly the law won.

Interview: Sent from Coventry

2007-09-18 00:00:00

They may be Britrock’s hottest property, but The Enemy have a surprising amount in common with Boyzone.

Caught In The Net: Blazing a trailer

2007-09-05 00:00:00

J.J. Abrams' secret monster movie isn't quite as secret as he'd hoped.

Reports: It's only Balkan roll

2007-08-09 00:00:00

...But the 50,000 people at the EXIT Festival liked it! Young Serbs, fed up with being blamed for the crimes of their erstwhile leaders, partied the weekend away in a walled fortress next to the Danube.

Interview: Let the good times role

2007-08-03 00:00:00

They love James Joyce, Iron Maiden and putting their tongues in rude places. Bonde Do Role give Stuart Clark the full Brazilian.

Interview: The band with the biggest balls in Irish rock!

2007-07-25 00:00:00

Stuart Clark gets in among the giant plastic inflatables as The Answer add The Who to their growing list of celebrity rocker fans.

Interview: James without frontiers

2007-07-25 00:00:00

Whether feeding dubious cups of coffee to celebrity chefs or coercing Joe Strummer to dress up as an Indian on Top Of The Pops, Alex James is a man who knows how to squeeze every ounce of enjoyment out of life.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: It's training men

2007-07-13 00:00:00

Fearing terrorist attack, Hot Press is taking evasive action.

Interview: The Answer - The band with the biggest balls in Irish rock

2007-07-12 00:00:00

Stuart Clark gets in among the giant plastic inflatables as The Answer add The Who to their growing list of celebrity rocker fans.

Interview: Never mind the bucolics, here's Editors

2007-07-11 00:00:00

In which Editors, like Bloc Party before them, abandon urban ennui for the country life, recording that not-very-difficult second album in Grouse Lodge with Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: I fought the gore...

2007-07-10 00:00:00

And the gore won! This summer’s hottest fashion item is a Cleaver t-shirt.

Interview: Max and the city

2007-07-03 00:00:00

Everyone knows Maxïmo Park’s Paul Smith is a fan of woolly hats and long, complicated novels. But did you realise Limerick is one of his favourite cities? Or that, as a teenager, he used to copy out all of Morrissey’s lyrics?

Interview: Snow in the summertime

2007-06-29 00:00:00

Snow Patrol‘s Gary Lightbody waxes eloquent about burnout, creativity, exotic fowl, and why David Healy should be made First Citizen Of The Republic And Overlord Of The Universe.

Interview: Superstar trade man

2007-06-22 00:00:00

30th Anniversary Retrospective: Rough Trade supremo Geoff Travis recalls three decades of turbulence, mind-blowing music and smashed-up car windows.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: Suck it to me

2007-06-13 00:00:00

A female whale giving birth to a pup without ever indulging in Piscean rumpy pumpy isn’t the only reason for men feeling threatened this week.

Interview: A glove supreme

2007-05-24 00:00:00

You can take the man out of Phibsborough, but you can’t take Phibsborough out of the man! Wayne Henderson talks about his lifelong love of Bohemians, the greening of the Championship and Ireland’s end of season trip to America.

Caught In The Net: He shoots, he gores!

2007-05-02 00:00:00

The best thing about Quentin Tarantino's new slashfest is the website.

Caught In The Net: No win situation

2007-04-18 00:00:00

Arcade Fire have been telling porkies about their cancelled gigs.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: Annie get your gun

2007-04-04 00:00:00

Annie Leibovitz shoots The Sopranos, while Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver prepare to scam their way across American primetime.

Interview: High performance cars

2007-03-23 00:00:00

He mightn’t have the blonde streaks, but Lee Carsley gets through twice as much work in 90 minutes as David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo put together.

Live: Arcade Fire + Patrick Wolf live at The Olympia, Dublin

2007-03-22 00:00:00

Tonight is the first time Arcade Fire have played in Ireland with a roof over their head, and the sense of occasion is palpable.

Interview: Centre of excellence

2007-03-22 00:00:00

Following his Man of the Match performance against the Czech Republic, Paul McShane has been hailed as one of the finest young Irish players of his generation.

Interview: The boy Dunne good

2007-03-22 00:00:00

The journey from Tallaght to the Premiership hasn’t always been an easy one, but this season has found Richard Dunne in the best form of his career for both club and country.

Caught In The Net: Beyond all reasonable kraut

2007-03-21 00:00:00

A 25-year-old German is going to great lengths – and heights – to stay out of prison.

Interview: Jock up your daughters

2007-03-05 00:00:00

They’ll never win any prizes for speaking the Queen’s English but, with a number one album under their belts, mop-topped Dundee rockers The View aren’t too bothered.

Caught In The Net: Bad Korea advice

2007-02-21 00:00:00

The Asian Britney Spears killed herself after being bullied on the internet.

Interview: All back to Winehouse

2007-02-15 00:00:00

First kisses, hanging with the hip-hop aristocracy and why life is better on the wagon are some of the topics for conversation as Hot Press hitches a ride on the tour bus with domestic goddess and soapy bath enthusiast Amy Winehouse.

Caught In The Net: Caught in the net: Surefire Brett

2007-02-07 00:00:00

It’s only January, and Aussie cricketer Brett Lee is already a shoo-in for ‘Worst Pop Song of 2007’

Report: Ticket touting: Legislation Pending?

2007-01-29 00:00:00

Calls for the media to “name and shame” touts is being supported by the Fine Gael T.D. behind the proposed ‘New Prohibition of Ticket Touts Bill’, former All-Ireland winning Kerry fooballer Jimmy Deenihan.

Caught In The Net: Carry on kampfing

2007-01-24 00:00:00

A German comedy about Adolf Hitler isn’t going down well with the natives.

Interview: Homer is where the heart is

2007-01-19 00:00:00

In a rare interview, Simpsons writer Mike Scully talks about the show’s A-list musical guests, his love for Ned Flanders and upsetting the entire population of Brazil. He also tells us what to expect from The Simpsons Movie, which blockbusters its way onto the big screen in the summer.

Interview: Yorkshire relish

2007-01-11 00:00:00

Milburn are the tour guides as Stuart Clark discovers the copious rock 'n' roll delights of Sheffield.

Interview: Jake me, I'm yours

2007-01-11 00:00:00

Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears is a big hit with pop fans – and also, by the looks of things, with readers of Butt magazine.

Interview: Ready, Amy, fire!

2007-01-10 00:00:00

Annual article: Soul sensation Amy Winehouse has the voice of a fallen angel and the mouth of a docker. And that’s before she’s even got a few vodkas into her.

Interview: The dial high club

2007-01-02 00:00:00

Annual article: It’s been a busy year for radio: Newstalk went national, RTÉ axed Rattlebag and Phantom FM brought indie rock to the Dublin airwaves.

Interview: Talking Turkey

2006-12-13 00:00:00

Never mind pressies and OD’ing on cranberry sauce, the important thing about Christmas is that it signals the return of the HP-10 Summit. Absolutely no blushes are spared as Ireland’s rock ‘n’ roll elite dissects the musical year that was 2006. Keeping order: Stuart “Paxman” Clark. Taking photos: Graham “Paparazzi” Keogh. Taking the piss: Eyebrowy

Interview: Talking turkey

2006-12-12 00:00:00

Never mind pressies and OD’ing on cranberry sauce, the important thing about Christmas is that it signals the return of the HP-10 Summit. Absolutely no blushes are spared as Ireland’s rock ‘n’ roll elite dissects the musical year that was 2006. Keeping order: Stuart “Paxman” Clark. Taking photos: Graham “Paparazzi” Keogh. Taking the piss: Eyebrowy.

Caught In The Net: Fake that and party

2006-12-12 00:00:00

The Royal Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Cliff is investigating a single that parodies The Bachelor Boy.

Caught In The Net: Jingle bell crock

2006-11-29 00:00:00

Johnny Logan has had the ‘Worst Record Of 2006’ award wrestled off him by Billy Idol.

Interview: The Noel truth and nothing but the truth

2006-11-10 00:00:00

Renewing acquaintances with Hot Press, a chipper Noel Gallagher reveals how he helped Italy bag the World Cup, explains why Oasis are better than U2 – sort of – and tells us about the band’s new 'best of' collection.

Caught In The Net: Blog to the future

2006-11-08 00:00:00

Sci-fi author William Gibson has been talking QWERTY on the internet.

Caught In The Net: Noise in the hood

2006-10-23 00:00:00

An ingenious new device means that you'll never be troubled by Anto, Dekko or any of their rodent mates again.

News: Doll that you can't leave behind

2006-10-23 00:00:00

Survivors don’t come more grizzled than the New York Dolls’ David Johansen. Here he recalls shooting the breeze with Muddy Waters and explains how Morrissey persuaded the Dolls to get back together over lunch.

Live: We Came So Far For Beauty: An Evening Of Leonard Cohen Songs @ The Point, Dublin

2006-10-19 00:00:00

Rumours of Bono and Len himself turning up proved to be unfounded, but that didn’t stop this Dublin Theatre Festival shindig being the stuff legend is made of.

Interview: The story of O

2006-10-13 00:00:00

She’s one of the sassiest, not to say iconic, frontwomen in rock. Up close however, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O is just a big pussycat. Look, we’ve even made her cry.

Interview: Caught in the net: The art of the city

2006-10-10 00:00:00

Emulsions in Belfast are running high as David Kelly gets the tribute treatment.

Interview: The man who came in from the cold

2006-09-18 00:00:00

Champagne corks were popped last week as Snow Patrol joined that elite group of bands who’ve simultaneously topped the charts in Ireland and the UK. It’s all a far cry from the days when their fame was confined to the University of Dundee Students Union bar. Gary Lightbody takes time out from wowing the masses in Dublin and Belfast to tell Stuart Clark about their twisty and turny route to the top.

Interview: Caught in the net: You're a jah

2006-09-05 00:00:00

Ever wondered how Thom Yorke would sound if he was Jamaican? Well, this is your lucky fortnight!

Interview: Caught in the net: Cock and ball story

2006-08-21 00:00:00

The key to black metal success is to let it all – we mean all – hang out.

Interview: Major music exhibition confirmed for RDS

2006-08-17 00:00:00

The biggest ever music exhibition in Ireland will cover all aspects of the entertainment business – with something for every music fan. What’s more, it is happening at the perfect time for Christmas browsing.

Interview: Scream give out but won't give up

2006-08-04 00:00:00

Primal Scream bandmate Kevin Shields may be complaining about the neighbours, but Mani hasn’t thrown the towel in yet. He tells us why things are looking up for the Scream.

Interview: Paddy whacked

2006-08-04 00:00:00

Move over Tony, there's a new de capo in town and he's Irish.

Interview: Caught in the net: ring pulled

2006-07-20 00:00:00

A new mobile phone stops you making a druken arse of yourself.

Interview: Caught in the net

2006-07-06 00:00:00

A Flock Of Seagulls have been rescued from the dustbin of history.

Interview: Know your writes

2006-07-03 00:00:00

Editors mainman Tom Smith is pining for his mainsqueeze Edith Bowman. HP advises him on an anniversary gift. Aw, bless. Still, he hasn't gone soft, as is borne out by copious potshots at Keane and Sugababes.

Interview: Monkeys see, monkeys do!

2006-06-27 00:00:00

They blasted into the public consciousness at the end of 2005, when 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' became the year's biggest breakthrough No.1. Since then it's been an extraordinary rollercoaster ride for the Arctic Monkeys, with bass player trouble, celebrity fans, EastEnders appearances and a row with fellow newcomers The Feeling to show for their efforts. Oh, and then there's the small matter of shifting nearly two million copies of their debut album...

Interview: Laughing all the way to the bonk

2006-06-22 00:00:00

An ex-professional cricket player has come up with a novel way to have a threesome.

Interview: A wife less ordinary

2006-06-09 00:00:00

Genesis P-Orridge is so taken with his missus he's decided to become her.

Interview: Mind, Lightbody & soul

2006-05-31 00:00:00

Snow Patrol‘s Gary Lightbody may be the thinking woman’s indie sexpot, but with their new album Eyes Open going supernova all over the shop, the poor fella has no time to capitalise on his status, given that the only people he sees on a regular basis are his band and crewmates. With whom, he assures us, “penetrative sex is out of the question.” Also on the agenda: break-ups, infidelity, the Northern body politic, U2 and, of course, underpants.

Interview: Caught in the net

2006-05-25 00:00:00

Forget arses and elbows, the BBC don't know their taxi drivers from their computer experts.

Interview: Didn't they do Welles!

2006-05-15 00:00:00

They come from Los Angeles, support Rotherham United and have a lead singer who loves Andrew Lloyd-Webber as much as he does Arcade Fire. Stuart Clark meets Orson's rather peculiar Jason Pebworth.

Interview: Caught In The Net: Schlong for Europe

2006-05-11 00:00:00

Finns can only get better as dodgy England World Cup songs, credibility-destroying Coke ads and blood-spurting Eurovision entrants star in our C.I.N. music special.

Interview: Caught In The Net: The surreal IRA

2006-04-27 00:00:00

Hot Press is proud to pay tribute to the heroes of the 1916 Rising. And the bloke who repairs sex-dolls for a living.

Interview: Once you pop, you can't stop

2006-04-21 00:00:00

Loved by the Kaiser Chiefs and bushy moustached Ukrainians alike, The Chalets have partied their way round most of the western world in recent months. Stuart Clark hears about backstage beerathons, ding dongs with Kele from Bloc Party and monkeys in track-suits.

Interview: Caught In The Net: Mob's your uncle

2006-04-12 00:00:00

In the same week that Channel 6 launched with its exciting re-runs of Frasier and Everybody Loves Raymond, American TV viewers had to make do with the sixth season premiere of the boring old Sopranos.

Interview: Streets writing man

2006-04-03 00:00:00

With his first two albums, Streets mastermind Mike Skinner established himself as one of the most eloquent, idiosyncratic and gifted vocalists and worsdsmiths of his generation. But the 27 year old came close to blowing it all on spread-betting and crack, not to mention engaging in an XXX-rated tryst with an unnamed pop starlet. Thankfully, he’s bounced back with the tell-all confessional of The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living.

Interview: Our delay will come

2006-03-21 00:00:00

Indie golden boys Delays are back – and they’ve gone all shiny and techno on us. But then that’s what happens when you make a record with produer-to-the-stars Trevor Horn.

Interview: Caught In The Net

2006-03-20 00:00:00

Suddenly Ashley Simpson doesn’t seem quite so bad. Caught In The Net has its flabber gasted by white nationalist pop teens Prussian Blue.

Frontlines: Euro Song entrants consider legal action

2006-03-10 00:00:00

Irish songwriters and publishers have deep misgivings about RTE’s selection process for the competition. (Additional reporting: Louise Hodgson)

Interview: Caught In The Net

2006-03-03 00:00:00

Thought Pete Doherty was too outrageous to be true? Well, that's because the KLF made him up. Possibly.

Interview: You've been jihad

2006-02-17 00:00:00

American Muslims have set up their own version of The Onion.

Live: Snow Patrol live at Mandela Hall, Belfast

2006-02-15 00:00:00

As soon as you spot Terry Hooley – the man who released ‘Teenage Kicks’, kids – holding court at the bar, you know you’re in for a classic Belfast rock ‘n’ roll night.

Interview: Smart Alex

2006-02-13 00:00:00

If not reinventing the wheel, Arctic Monkeys are certainly giving the spokes a good polish. Stuart Clark takes his place in the moshpit for their recent Dublin show.

Interview: Rod Almighty

2006-02-03 00:00:00

Insult Big Brother contestant Dennis Rodman and you can expect a nasty – and incoherent – email for your troubles.

Interview: Prince of Darkness

2006-01-30 00:00:00

The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins is sick of being wilfully misqouted by unscrupulous scurvy hacks.

Live: Eurosonic Festival

2006-01-26 00:00:00

Interview: Beating around the Bush

2006-01-20 00:00:00

It's all fun and games until someone's seized by a CIA snatch squad.

Interview: Sea of Torquility

2006-01-18 00:00:00

Stars’ Torquil Campbell discusses the Montreal scene and his glamorous TV career.

Interview: A walk in the park

2006-01-16 00:00:00

Why Maxïmo Park matter more than any other post-Britpop outfit.

Interview: Rat smoothies and pixilated penises

2006-01-11 00:00:00

A clean, harmless online voyage through the weird, wonderful, wacko world in which we're lucky enough to find ourselves.

Interview: Rad for it

2006-01-11 00:00:00

Back in the '60s the MC5 made it on to the CIA's 'Most Wanted' list. Now, they're a chi-chi fashion accessory beloved of Jennifer Aniston and her Hollywood pals. Guitarist Wayne Kramer explains it all to Stuart Clark.

News: Give me '05

2005-12-20 00:00:00

Annual article: Stuart Clark looks back at the news stories, rumour and innuendo that shaped the rock'n'roll year.

Interview: Generation X-mas

2005-12-08 00:00:00

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the dissection of the rock ‘n’ roll year that is the Hot Press Summit. Gathering round the table are the good and great of Irish music, but who let Podge & Rodge in?

Interview: Rear end celebrations

2005-12-08 00:00:00

You might want to think twice before getting intimate with the office photocopier.

Interview: Dolores unto herself

2005-12-06 00:00:00

In the second part of our world exclusive interview, Dolores O’Riordon talks about the upside of leaving The Cranberries, her debut solo album and what she's been getting up to on the phone with Angelo Badalamenti.

Interview: Caught In The Net: The hate hate show

2005-11-25 00:00:00

Naming and shaming awaits any man who fails to satisfy his partner.

Interview: Here comes the mirror man

2005-11-16 00:00:00

As editor of the Daily Mirror and News of The World Piers Morgan was one of the most powerful men in Fleet Street. He cultivated an influential circle of friends and enemies, among them Tony Blair, Naomi Campbell and -oh yes- Sinéad O'Connor.

Interview: The Pillaging People

2005-11-11 00:00:00

Forget Premiership players and their roasting, if it's proper sporting sleaze you're after look no further than NFL party boys the Minnesota Vikings.

Interview: Life in the Belfast lane

2005-11-01 00:00:00

**View the corresponding photo gallery here**

A flyover near the old Harland & Wolff shipyard was the starting point for a remarkable three months that has seen Franz Ferdinand challenging U2 and Coldplay for the title of ‘Biggest Band In The World'. Daredevil photographic exploits completed, Hot Press jumped on their tour bus and got the lowdown on Snoop, Bono, Kanye West, Natasha Bedingfield and nights of debauchery with the Scissor Sisters.

Interview: Corrz blimey

2005-10-28 00:00:00

Have The Corrs let themselves go? No, they've spawned their own somewhat less aesthetically-pleasing tribute band.

Interview: Deadly in tent

2005-10-04 00:00:00

He may be trained to kill, but recently James Blunt has been seducing vast swathes of the population with his poignant love songs. Lured to the Hot Press Chat Room, he tells all about his number one album, the Queen, being shot at in Kosovo and lesbian swim parties.

Interview: Caught In The Net: Painters and dictators

2005-10-03 00:00:00

Now that he's got no country to subjugate, a new career awaits Saddam Hussein in interior design.

Frontlines: Come on you other boys in green

2005-09-23 00:00:00

David Healy’s 25-yard screamer spelt victory not only for Northern Ireland, but the campaign to rid Windsor Park of sectarian abuse.

Interview: Grad for it

2005-09-15 00:00:00

Though students spent all their time drinking and thinking about sex? 'Em, apparently you're right.

Interview: Caught in the net

2005-09-02 00:00:00

Cats are decidedly unimpressed as their owners turn them into figures of ridicule.

Interview: I Robot: Kraftwerk Interview

2005-08-29 00:00:00

On the eve of Kraftwerk’s headlining appearance at the Electric Picnic, mainman Ralf Hütter talks with rare candour about David Bowie, U2, hip-hop, cycling and why sometimes even man-machines have to smile.

Interview: Animation Once Again

2005-08-12 00:00:00

The campaign to unleash Eyebrowy onto the national irways starts here

Interview: Caught In The Net

2005-08-03 00:00:00

Fake fur is flying as Australian dog owners try to circumnavigate a controversial new law.

Interview: Gob Almighty

2005-07-21 00:00:00

Older and wiser but still mad for it, Oasis have delivered their best album in years. In an exclusive – and expletive-filled – interview Liam Gallagher holds forth on fatherhood, brotherly love and explains why Coldplay and The Killers are limp-wristed also-rans.

Interview: Caught In The Net

2005-07-13 00:00:00

It's fatwa time again as Islamic fundamentalists object to Arab TV reality shows.

Interview: Prime Suspect

2005-07-06 00:00:00

Hot Press subjects Brandon Flowers to a forensic examination.

Interview: Crime Scene Investigation

2005-07-06 00:00:00

How did Brandon Flowers, Ronnie Vannucci, Dave Keuning and Mark Stoermer go from the Las Vegas dive bar circuit to selling four million copies of their debut album, Hot Fuss? On the eve of the band's highly-anticipated Oxegen 2005 appearance, Stuart Clark talks to the people involved in the making of The Killers.

Interview: Caught In The Net

2005-06-29 00:00:00

Shockwaves were sent through the rock world last week when Bono was arrested in New York. Well, sort of. Stuart Clark trawls the Weird Wild Web.

Interview: Caught In The Net

2005-06-15 00:00:00

Publisher John Ryan has set tongues and tails wagging in NYC with his latest venture, The New York Dog.

Interview: Caught In The Net

2005-06-01 00:00:00

The distressing news from America is that one of George Bush’s mates has been implicated in a seedy sex for favours scandal. But that’s enough about being in the Republican Party…

Interview: Sympathy For The Devil

2005-05-03 00:00:00

Poor old Beelzebub is being run out of business by a Tom Jones-loving exorcist. Caught In The Net by Stuart Clark.

Caught In The Net: T.D. Ga Ga

2005-04-18 00:00:00

Disrespect for Irish politicians has reached a new and highly entertaining level. Stuart Clark presents Caught In The Net.

Caught In The Net: Nimoy Keeps Swinging

2005-04-06 00:00:00

Spock is planning to boldly go where no 73-year-old Star Trek actor has gone before. Well, not in public. Caught In The Net by Stuart Clark.

Live: Live At The Point Depot, Dublin (with Secret Machines)

2005-03-30 00:00:00

Criticising dance acts for not playing live is a bit like slagging dogs for their inability to fly, but this is the first time I’ve been at a gig where the headliners’ presence isn’t required. Unless Tom and Ed are triggering the giant clouds of dry ice or pointing the lasers at the balcony, their contribution to tonight’s proceedings is somewhere between zero and fuck all.

Interview: Definitely Moby

2005-03-29 00:00:00

Stuart Clark discusses Michael Jackson’s trial, Roxy Music, The Killers, David Bowie and the ideal soundtrack for bonking with a newly peaceful and content Moby.

Interview: Definitely Moby

2005-03-29 00:00:00

Stuart Clark discusses Michael Jackson’s trial, Roxy Music, The Killers, David Bowie and the ideal soundtrack for bonking with a newly peaceful and content Moby.

Interview: Caught In The Net

2005-03-23 00:00:00

Gonzo goings-on in cyberland and naughty Norwegian boys wearing their mums' make-up.

Album: Employment

2005-03-01 00:00:00

There must be some mistake, surely? A new British band that don’t stick needles in their arm, live in an East London squat or sound like a really, really bad Franz Ferdinand demo. Not that Kaiser Chiefs are going to win any prizes for originality. Named after one of South Africa’s most famous footie teams, the Leeds quintet have a big thing for The Jam, XTC, Blur and any other band to whom the term “quintessentially English” applies.

Album: ...Like A Bolt Of Lightning

2005-02-28 00:00:00

Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves, Minnie Driver, Bruce Willis, Eddie Murphy, Gwyneth Paltrow, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeff Bridges, David Hasselhoff, Patrick Swayze…the list of Hollywood A-Listers who’ve made unlistenable records is depressingly long. It was therefore with much trepidation – and a fresh bottle of vitriol – that I approached this debut six-tracker from Juliette Lewis who’s suddenly decided she wants to be a punk.

Interview: Saints Alive

2005-02-28 00:00:00

Seminal Antipodean punks The Saints were a huge influence on a generation of wizards from Oz, including Nick Cave. 30 years later they're back.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net

2005-02-21 00:00:00

Grand Theft Lego, Lego Street Peachers and the finest Porn Bread the web has to offer: Stuart Clark trawls the Weird Wild Web

Interview: Full Holland Drive

2005-02-16 00:00:00

Our correspondent gets his snout out of the suey trough long enough to watch Hal, The Revs and former Snow Patrol man Iain Archer participate in the Eurosonic talentfest in Groningen. Words and Photos: Stuart Clark

Interview: Bloc, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels

2005-02-11 00:00:00

“A scene that results in Pete Doherty isn’t much to celebrate,” declare Bloc Party as they outline their plan to save UK rock from the heroin chic brigade. Also up for discussion are Elton John, Ash, Thin Lizzy and why they’re nothing like Franz Ferdinand. Honest. Photos by Liam Sweney.

Interview: Caught in the Net

2005-01-25 00:00:00

Rat Out Of Hell: Contestants on an American game show were asked to drink a liquidised rodent.

Caught In The Net: Caught in the Net: Stranger and Stranger

2005-01-10 00:00:00

2004 was a year of amazing webbed feats. Here then is the Top 10 Weird Internet Sites Of The Year...

News: Illness Confirmed as Reason for U2 Tour Delay

2005-01-07 00:00:00

Uncertainty still surrounds U2's plans for their world tour, which had been due to kick off in March 2005.

Interview: Slash & Burn

2005-01-07 00:00:00

Having undergone a punishing regime of drink, drugs and debauchery during Guns N’ Roses’ heyday, few thought that iconic guitar-slinger Slash would ever again venture out into the mainstream rock arena. But having put together a motley crew of collaborators in Velvet Revolver, he’s now back at No. 1 in the album charts and rocking harder than ever.

News: Have I Got Rock 'n' Roll News for You

2005-01-04 00:00:00

Stuart Clark looks back at the music stories that made the headlines in 2004.

Frontlines: The African Nightmare: The Whole Hog's 2004

2004-12-30 00:00:00

War, famine, poverty, AIDS, debt- the crisis points may shift but the cocktail of disasters remains the same for the tragic continent.

Interview: Slay it with Flowers

2004-12-21 00:00:00

They may be one of the hottest bands of the year, but Las Vegas synth fiends The Killers are planning to cool off this Christmas with some well-earned down-time and a skiing holiday in Utah. But not before they’ve discussed texting Charlize Theron, hanging with Elton John and that David Bowie tribute with Stuart Clark.

Caught In The Net: Stranger And Stranger

2004-12-20 00:00:00

2004 was a year of amazing webbed feats. Here then is the Top 10 Weird Internet Sites Of The Year.

Caught In The Net: Caught in the Net

2004-12-13 00:00:00

Stuart Clark surveys the goods on offer at the Orange Order's Xmas gift website

Interview: HP-7 Round Table Summit

2004-12-10 00:00:00

Never mind figgy puddings and partridges in pear trees, there’s some serious seasonal business to be done as the annual HP-7 summit gathers in the crucible of cultural discourse that is The Central Hotel’s Library Bar.

Interview: Let's get the party started

2004-12-03 00:00:00

When a gang of Ireland’s finest musicians, media stars and political types gathered in the Central Hotel for pre-Christmas drinks, there were fun and games aplenty. reporting: Stephen Bailey, Stuart Clark and Roisin Dwyer. Photos: Mick Quinn and Graham Keogh. Costumes: courtesy of The Dublin Costume Company.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: The Kids Are Not Alright

2004-11-29 00:00:00

America’s covert operations are in a field of their own.

Interview: U2: On Your Marks, Get Set VertiGo!

2004-11-24 00:00:00

U2 are about to unleash their new album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. The world’s media are descending on Dublin. And Bono is back at the punch-bag, getting into fighting shape before the shit storm really explodes. The gloves are off. He’s got work to do. And he’s going to do it. Words Stuart Clark, additional reporting by Niall Stokes.

Interview: U2

2004-11-24 00:00:00

Live: At The Ambassador, Dublin

2004-11-25 00:00:00

By Motörbonce standards it’s a stripped down show with nary a scaffolding bomber in sight, but there’s no need for eye candy when you’ve got a song as gobsmackingly awesome as ‘Ace Of Spades’ at your disposal.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: My Plug In Baby

2004-11-15 00:00:00

Halloween was especially shocking this year for one little lady.

Interview: The Blood Tribunal

2004-11-08 00:00:00

Manic Street Preachers have turned the guitars down, but not the bile. A slimline James Dean Bradfield tells a pleasantly plump Stuart Clark why John F. Kennedy, Billy Connolly and Jesus Christ Superstar are in league with Satan. Or words to that effect.

Frontlines: The Death Of John Peel

2004-11-04 00:00:00

The definition of what a good broadcaster should be, Peely’s death has caused deep sadness in the rock ‘n’ roll world.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: This is the modem world

2004-11-01 00:00:00

An online scam is costing Ireland millions.

Interview: London recalling

2004-11-01 00:00:00

It’s Clash on demand as Paul Simonon talks to Stuart Clark about lost tapes, classic albums and synchronised hat buying in Detroit.

Interview: Analyse This

2004-10-27 00:00:00

Stuart Clark talks to Everton star-turned-analyst Andy Gray about Ireland’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup, why Hot Press is his favourite music publication, and his remarkable lack of bitterness over Archie Gemmel’s goal being used in the shagging scene in Trainspotting.

Interview: Cook who's talking

2004-10-26 00:00:00

Michael Moore, Billy Joel, Rupert Murdoch and “pussy vegan” Chrissie Hynde are all on the menu as gonzo New York chef Anthony Bourdain gets lightly grilled by Stuart Clark

Live: Franz Ferdinand live at the Olympia, Dublin

2004-10-21 00:00:00

If their rapid ascent has left Alex Kapranos & Co. gasping for air it doesn’t show as Franz Ferdinand launch into their Olympia set with a breakneck ‘Michael’. All that having to grab American audiences by the scruff of the neck has toughened them up to the point where on occasions they’re bizarrely redolent of Live & Dangerous-era Thin Lizzy.

Interview: The soundtrack of our Hives

2004-10-21 00:00:00

Slash can go boil his silly hat, but Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones and Kraftwerk are welcome to come and stay in Fagersta any time they want. Howlin’ Pelle and the boys talk heroes and zeros with Stuart Clark

Interview: The Whistle Blower

2004-10-19 00:00:00

Whether it’s red-carding Roy Keane or kidnapping Gordan Strachan, few referees have grabbed the footballing headlines as often as David Elleray.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: Puppet regimes

2004-10-18 00:00:00

Kim Jong Il is about to get freedom-fried.

News: NATO offensive

2004-10-07 00:00:00

Forget stripy-shirts, autumn’s hottest rock’n’roll fashion accessory is the burka.

Interview: Heaven knows The Thrills are miserable now...

2004-10-01 00:00:00

The last 18 months have been a hell of a ride for The Thrills, catapulted from the relative obscurity of the south dublin suburbs to the top of the uk charts, rubbing shoulders with Van Dyke Parks and Peter Buck along the way. But are the band suffering from diver’s bends? is that laid-back california-in-my-mind facade starting to crumble? We put on our therapist’s hats and endeavour to find out, if something’s gotta give, what gives?

Interview: Despot the difference

2004-09-22 00:00:00

On the menu this fortnight: Sir Mark Thatcher

Album: No Wicked Heart Shall Prosper

2004-09-21 00:00:00

Ex-punk that I am I’m not going to berate anybody for having a go/creating their own scene/trying to get up people’s noses, but as much as they want it to be 1976 Selfish Cunt aren’t going to ferment revolution by giving themselves a self-consciously rude name/swearing a lot/sounding like a very bad S*M*A*S*H.

Album: Autobiography

2004-09-16 00:00:00

Yet another pop star spawned by a reality TV show – this young Texas-born singer-songwriter (and sister of Jessica) comes courtesy of MTV’s Ashlee show, which tracked her through the whole process of recording this album.

Single: Call out

2004-09-15 00:00:00

You can almost smell the hairspray as Silver Addictive take a leaf out of The Darkness’ book and timewarp their way back to an age when crunching power chords, backcombing and very tight trousers reigned supreme.

Single: Saya nova

2004-09-15 00:00:00

It’s funny how the small things make all the difference. Had Úna Keane’s primary instrument of choice been the acoustic guitar, then the chances are that we might have passed over her debut release, saturated as we are by such things. Luckily for all concerned, Keane is a classically trained pianist and it’s this extra dimension that lifts the four songs included here.

Single: Reach up for the sunrise

2004-09-15 00:00:00

Oh dear. After all the accolades, the successful tours and the lifetime achievement awards, Duran Duran have misconstrued this as a burning desire on the part of the world to hear an album’s worth of new material.

Single: Cha-cha twist

2004-09-15 00:00:00

The Detroit Cobras are one of those bands that have always been a better idea on paper than in reality, yet at last the concept seems to be falling into place.

Single: David

2004-09-15 00:00:00

Now here’s an unusual proposition, an American in her late teens who seems as versed in the world of ’50s crooners as that of Eminem and co. Her music takes in both extremes and is utterly and completely charming, sweet yet hugely intelligent at the same time.

Single: Ourtime

2004-09-15 00:00:00

An unexpected resurgence in UK hip-hop anyone? JTWR has been known to rap in similarly irreverent tones to Goldie Lookin’ Chain but – probably given the latter’s new found prominence – ‘Ourtime’ is a far more edgy affair than some of his more light-hearted work, although still blessed with clever word play.

Single: Keep what ya got

2004-09-15 00:00:00

Now here’s a turn up for the books. First Ian Brown does a gig full of Stone Roses material and then he pitches up with quite possibly his finest solo record to date.

Single: Shame

2004-09-15 00:00:00

Third singles off albums are notoriously tricky affairs (if you’re not Justin Timberlake) and Uh Huh Her is certainly not stacked with unforgettable pop songs.

Single: A fine thing to steal

2004-09-15 00:00:00

A spirited return from Halite, perhaps buoyed by the fact that their not the first Irish band to survive major label messing and come out of it in a stronger position.

Single: Mary

2004-09-15 00:00:00

OK, so ‘Laura’ wasn’t bad, they were pretty good at Oxegen and they seem like thoroughly nice people, but the Scissor Sisters are really not the saviours that everyone makes them out to be.

Single: Free

2004-09-10 00:00:00

Although a familiar face on the UK hip-hop scene, it’s only recently that Estelle has found more widespread attention deservedly coming her way.

Single: Blinded by the lights

2004-09-15 00:00:00

Following the all conquering success of ‘Dry Your Eyes’, its hard to see where Mike Skinner goes immediately next.

Interview: At dinner with Mark Geary

2004-09-09 00:00:00

He’s a seoul man – acclaimed singer/songwriter Mark Geary discusses Jeff Buckley, the Frames and living in america over a choice array of korean food.

Interview: Clash city shocker!

2004-09-06 00:00:00

The 25th anniversary edition of London Calling includes an album’s worth of previously unheard material, and most of it’s amazing! Stuart Clark talks to Mick Jones.

Interview: Super Furry Animals

2004-08-27 00:00:00

Defecating lemurs, exploding dogs, dirty movies, alien abduction and, of course, the longest feet in pop. it can all only mean that Gruff Rhys & Co. are back.

News: Inflammable material

2004-08-25 00:00:00

It’s been a four-year wait, but The Frames’ vast fanbase can lick their chops at the prospect of the band’s fifth studio album.

News: Clash On Demand

2004-08-24 00:00:00

One of the greatest albums of all time is about to become even better.

Caught In The Net: Trek that and party!

2004-08-23 00:00:00

Caught In The Net: William Shatner singing Pulp? It’s enough to drive you to drink.

Interview: The Good Charlotte

2004-08-16 00:00:00

No, she doesn’t hate Tim Wheeler but yes, she does look up her own chart position first. A solo Charlotte Hatherly on Bowie, Star Wars and life with and without Ash.

Interview: Iain Archer @ Oxegen [video interview]

2004-08-11 00:00:00

Interview: The Killers on the loose

2004-08-10 00:00:00

There’s a transatlantic feel to the brilliant pop of these Las Vegas rockers.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: Playing Ketchup

2004-08-05 00:00:00

The humble tomato is causing major ructions in America.

Interview: Ricky Warwick @ Oxegen [video interview]

2004-08-04 00:00:00

Live: Primal Scream live in Dublin

2004-08-03 00:00:00

Off nights I can handle, but this was just plain insulting.

Interview: Scissor Sisters are doing it for themselves

2004-08-03 00:00:00

Crack houses, stripping, underwear parties, hate mail from Pink Floyd fans and Elton John’s dog – are you ready for a tasty slice of camp pop history as told by Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters?

Interview: The Killers @ Oxegen [video interview]

2004-08-03 00:00:00

Interview: Rush on Rooney

2004-07-22 00:00:00

In Ireland to launch a charity golf classic, goal-scoring legend Ian Rush gives Stuart Clark his verdict on Wayne Rooney .

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net: Hebrewing Up A Storm

2004-07-20 00:00:00

New York’s latest hip-hop sensation is playing up his Jewish origins.

Interview: Time for T

2004-07-19 00:00:00

That’s ICE T, mind, and make sure you use capitals. The rapper turned TV star is coming to a stage near you, and still has plenty to say about hip hop/rock, Michael Moore, George Bush, acting, porno and, of course, ho’s.

Caught In The Net: Caught in the Net - Twit but you know it

2004-07-13 00:00:00

Somebody has coughed up half-a-million quid to live on the uss enterprise.

News: Phantom musings at Oxegen

2004-07-11 00:00:00

Franz Ferdinand steal the Phantom's heart, Michael Franti steals another and other miscellaneous observations from Punchestown

News: Stuart Clark on Snow Patrol and Franz

2004-07-10 00:00:00

Stuart Clark checks in with Snow Patrol and the Franzified Signing Tent

Interview: Scissor Sisters @ Oxegen [video interview]

2004-07-10 00:00:00

Interview: Wordy rapping hood

2004-07-05 00:00:00

With Paul McGuinness now taking care of business, The Rapture can’t be entirely kidding when they tell Stuart Clark that they have no problem with becoming the biggest band in the world.

Caught In The Net: Age concern

2004-06-30 00:00:00

Caught In the Net: Britney Spears and Lisa Simpson are both growing up fast.

Interview: Born to be Wilde

2004-06-25 00:00:00

A year ago they were being paid fifty quid a gig, now they’re one of the biggest rock ‘n’ roll bands on the planet and about to take the Oxegen main stage by storm. A pun loving Stuart Clark discovers how Franz Ferdinand have become Top of the Fops.

Interview: Nancy Sinatra

2004-06-21 00:00:00

The still vibrant 64-year-old on why Morrissey’s like Father Frank, why Iraq is like Vietnam, and on her meetings with Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Bono, Phil Spector and a whole Oval Office full of presidents.


2004-06-18 00:00:00

Skinner takes all

Caught In The Net: Bush whacking

2004-06-11 00:00:00

Caught in the Net: the anti-war movement is making its presence felt on the web...

Caught In The Net: Caught in the Net: Turning Japanese

2004-05-31 00:00:00

From researching Japanese schoolgirl fetishes to honouring the great primates of our time, it's just another day's work for net-hack Stuart Clark

Interview: Young, gifted and loud

2004-05-26 00:00:00

“We’re not Beethoven”, clarifies Young Heart Attack screamer Jennifer Stephens, who surprisingly is a bit more at home with Mötorhead, The Darkness and even The White Stripes.

Interview: The Hotlist

2004-05-18 00:00:00

Stuart Clark rounds up the best music CDs, DVDs and books of the fortnight...

Caught In The Net: Caught in the Net...This is the modern age

2004-05-12 00:00:00

You can now take photographs with a fridge...

Interview: Operation rock and awe starts here..

2004-05-12 00:00:00

Having dominated the charts here for the past ten years, Ash are gearing up for a full-scale invasion of America. Stuart Clark dons his hard hat as Tim, Mark, Rick and Charlotte tell him about their new record of mass destruction Meltdown, and the A-list celebrity company they’ve been keeping in the city of angels.

CD: Mutant Throbbing Gristle

2004-05-05 00:00:00

The cross-dressing avant garde experimentalists get the remix treatment courtesy of Carl Craig, Carter Tutti, Motor, Radcliffe and Two Lone Swordsmen who steal the show with their mash up of ‘United’.

Book Review: Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica

2004-05-05 00:00:00

From quasi-Motorhead tribute act to one of the biggest rock ’n’ roll bands on the planet, the Metallica story has been crying out for a proper telling which it finally gets courtesy of this meticulously researched biog.

CD: The Jump Off

2004-05-05 00:00:00

He may bring out the latent psychopath in people with his faux ghettospeak, but you can’t knock Tim Westwood for his enthusiasm

DVD: Greatest Hits

2004-05-05 00:00:00

A black NYC rap crew collaborating with members of the white rock aristocracy? Nowadays it wouldn’t raise an eyebrow, but back in 1986 the Run DMC/Aerosmith interface was the stuff of cultural revolution.

Book Review: Lords of Chaos – The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground

2004-05-05 00:00:00

Asked in the ’70s about Black Sabbath supposedly being Satanists, Ozzy Osbourne famously replied: “The only black magic we ever got into was a box of chocolates.”

Interview: Alive in Europe

2004-04-28 00:00:00

And looking to be born anew in Ireland. Tralee's Reamonn Garvey reveals just how huge his band Reamonn are on the continent.

Caught In The Net: Caught in The Net; In Sharp Focus

2004-04-27 00:00:00

The White Stripes are one of the subjects in an exhibition of work by rock’n’roll sharpshooter Annie Leibovitz.

Interview: Days of Guns N' Roses

2004-04-27 00:00:00

Court cases! Vintage wines! Smack! Bad craziness! A burst pancreas! And a chart-topping album! It can only be the posthumous but never-ending saga of the defining rock band of the ’80s and ’90s. Stuart Clark gets the latest from Duff McKagan

CD: We Love You... So love us three

2004-04-21 00:00:00

The missing link between the Beach Boys and Kraftwerk has been established at last!

Book Review: The Fleetwood Mac Story - Rumours & Lies

2004-04-21 00:00:00

It’s all very different now, but the rule of thumb back in the ’70s was the softer a band rocked, the harder they partied!

CD: Mento Madness

2004-04-21 00:00:00

Names like Lord Composer & The Silver Seas Orchestra, Harold Richardson & The Ticklers and Lord Messam & His Calypsonians mightn’t mean much here but in Jamaica they’re the stuff legends are made of

Caught In The Net: Swearing of the green

2004-04-16 00:00:00

When it comes to profanity, Ireland is a world-beater.

Live: live in Dublin

2004-04-08 00:00:00

Okay, it's not me or any of the other 1300 Ambassador ticket-holders who've been all over the charts like a rash recently, but that doesn't stop Snow Patrol's top 5 breakthrough feeling like a personal victory.

Interview: The Hotlist

2004-04-06 00:00:00

Stuart Clark rounds up the best music CDs, DVDs and books of the fortnight.

Caught In The Net: Heavy Petting

2004-03-30 00:00:00

Stuart Clark ushers in a glorious new age of palpating bovine rectums..

Interview: Confessions of a football chairman

2004-03-25 00:00:00

A spell in jail and another working in the music biz helped push Ollie Byrne in the direction of running a football club. The colourful Shelbourne chairman offers some typically forthright views on Dunphy, Racism, the FAI and the National Stadium as the new domestic season gets under way.

News: Harsh words from a pope

2004-03-24 00:00:00

A former member of Shane MacGowan’s band the Popes adds his voice to the criticism of Shane’s manager Joey Cashman. And Shane’s father Maurice also rejoins the fray.

Interview: The Hotlist

2004-03-23 00:00:00

Stuart Clark and Liam Mackey round up the best music CDs, DVDs and books of the fortnight.

Interview: Earth its weight in gold

2004-03-16 00:00:00

As a last musical will and testament, Unearthed is pretty much perfect. Stuart Clark reflects on how it all went right for Johnny Cash in the end.

Caught In The Net: Caught in the net...Ready, aimish, fire!

2004-03-15 00:00:00

American tv is set to plumb spectacular new depths.

Live: Jet live at the JD Set

2004-03-08 00:00:00

Whereas the likes of Interpol and Franz Ferdinand build on their retro influences, the Australians are so religiously devoted to theirs that they might as well go the whole hog and become a tribute act.

CD: Rock Monsters

2004-03-02 00:00:00

Hot on the heels of The Darkness' blitzkrieging of The Brits – is it me or is Justin's lunchbox getting bigger? – comes this equally bulging 38-track compendium of cock rock heroes past.

Book Review: Meat is Murder

2004-03-02 00:00:00

The title may suggest a gushing paean to Mozzer, but Meat Is Murder is in fact alt. country hero Joe Pernice’s first stab at fiction.

Book Review: Sullivan's Music Trivia

2004-03-02 00:00:00

Did you know that Motörhead originally traded as Bastard or that the longest album title in the world ever is Fiona Apple..

DVD: The Beatles' First US Visit

2004-03-02 00:00:00

Pick of the Issue...

Interview: Baaaad boys of rock 'n' roll

2004-02-26 00:00:00

Never mind Cradle of Filth and their “Jesus Is A Cunt” t-shirts, if it’s real, honest to Beelzebub offensiveness you’re after look no further than Norwegian death metallers Gorgoroth who’ve been charged with blasphemous obscenity following a particularly boisterous gig in Poland.

Interview: Been a long time since I Roth 'n' rolled

2004-02-25 00:00:00

Whatever you do, don’t mention Van Halen, Stuart Clark was warned. But he did and David Lee Roth didn’t back down. Seconds out!

Caught In The Net: Shemale of the species

2004-02-16 00:00:00

T.A.T.U may sadly have broken up but fear not a transsexual replacement is on the way. A genre bending Stuart Clark reports

Interview: Dreaming of a white summer

2004-02-16 00:00:00

Things are on the up and up for Snow Patrol whose long-overdue commercial success means they’re now getting matey with pop divas, soap stars and footballers. Gary Lightbody tells Stuart Clark how it all went right.

Interview: I'm a celebrity's da

2004-02-12 00:00:00

John Lydon Sr gives Dave Fanning his opinion. Report Stuart Clark.

Interview: Beasties of burden

2004-02-10 00:00:00

In the market for 51 lime green Luscious Jackson tank tops? Step this way..

Interview: Plane sailing

2004-02-04 00:00:00

Gigs with Mick ’n’ Keef and Angus ’n’ Malcolm, and a potential ding-dong with The Strokes – it’s only rock’n’roll but Jet like it as does Stuart Clark.

Interview: Franz in high places

2004-01-30 00:00:00

Never mind CD:UK, Top Of The Pops and Later With Jools – you really know you’ve made it when the phone rings and it’s Sparks telling you they love you. Stuart Clark hears about the irresistible rise of Glasgow hotshots Franz Ferdinand.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net - Blazing A Trailer

2004-01-21 00:00:00

Following on from the orgy of excess that was the Christmas and New Year period, we’re sure that you’re all trying to undo the damage by cutting down on calories and making regular trips to the gym. Us? Well, we’re planning to spend even more time in 2004 sitting on our big fat wobbly arses.

Interview: Lights, Camera, Rock action

2004-01-15 00:00:00

Russian cosmonauts, mexican desperadoes and cranky italian elephants – it’s all in a day’s work for solo too supremo Ned O’Hanlon, the man entrusted with documenting the multi-media extravaganza that is the U2 live experience.

Caught In The Net: Webs of intrigue

2004-01-06 00:00:00

From rockers on the breadline to the political leader who has turned his mother into a deity, it’s all been grist to the mill of Caught In The Net in 2003. Stuart Clark presents the top ten.

Interview: Take a Bowie

2004-01-06 00:00:00

I can still hear their taunts – “Clark’s talking through his arse again!”... “It’s not the ’70s anymore, Granddad!”... “I had my suspicions but now I know you’re a wanker!” As it was my mother saying it, that last one was particularly hurtful.

Interview: The Magnificent Seven

2003-12-11 00:00:00

Our annual HP-7 summit brings together some of the pre-eminent movers and shakers in irish music to reflect on everything from backstage catering to the end of war, pestilence and famine. Your host: Stuart Clark.

Caught In The Net: Santa's blotto

2003-12-05 00:00:00

The turkey isn’t the only thing being stuffed this Christmas.

Interview: The art of darkness

2003-12-04 00:00:00

Thin Lizzy brought artist Jim Fitzpatrick and band of 2003 The Darkness together for a special Christmas project.

Live: David Bowie

2003-12-04 00:00:00

Normally I’m of the opinion that God’s a bit of a bastard, but today all he/she/it has done is smile on the House of Clark..

Interview: Kicking up an ink

2003-12-01 00:00:00

He may have turned the volume down a bit, but Ricky Warwick‘s Tatoos & Alibis album still rocks like a bastard. Stuart Clark meets him and his multi-platinum mate Joe Elliott.

Interview: Lovin' it Large... with fries!

2003-11-28 00:00:00

With a little help from Timbaland and The Neptunes, Justin Timberlake’s debut solo album justified propelled him from N’Sync baby food salesman to purveyor of the slickest dancefloor pop since the days when Michael Jackson was black. here, via the wonders of modern technology, HP eavesdrops as the boy wonder receives a Woodward & Bernstein-style investigative enema from the Euro-press.

Frontlines: Snowballs From Hell

2003-11-25 00:00:00

A Garda seizure and anecdotal evidence suggest that the dangerous drug DOB – aka ‘Snowballs’ – is well established in Ireland. and there’s worse to come.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net - A Swallow Victory

2003-11-17 00:00:00

It’s official, fellatio is good for you! Caught In The Net reports on a medical study which shows how able semen is.

Frontlines: More Agony Than Ecstasy

2003-11-07 00:00:00

Contrary to the usual hysteria around drugs, Irish authorities have been alarmingly slow to respond to the availability of a truly dangerous pill – dob.

Interview: Bleach Of The Peace

2003-11-05 00:00:00

Rowdy rock’n’roll with Blondie.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net - Lust For Knife

2003-11-04 00:00:00

I’m a celebrity, get my saggy bits out of here! Caught In The Net examines Hollywood’s penchant for plastic surgery.

Album: Streetcore

2003-10-30 00:00:00

Still in rough demo form when he died, Joe Strummer’s last will and testament has been finished off for him by The Mescaleros.

Frontlines: 2 into 4 does go

2003-10-24 00:00:00

Colm O’Gorman explains how U2 helped the abuse victims’ organisation one in four to survive

Cascarino: Caught In The Net - Whipped Into Shape

2003-10-15 00:00:00

Fancy getting fit? Caught In The Net presents slavercise: the perfect regime for those who need a little extra motivation (whip-cracking noise) Whtt-tchhhh!

Live: Lycra Bat Out Of Hell

2003-10-09 00:00:00

Lowestoft’s finest have come up with a lorry-load of impossibly joyous pop-metal anthems, the likes of which haven’t been heard since David Lee Roth and Van Halen were spandexing their way round the ginormodome circuit.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net

2003-09-29 00:00:00

The Boom In D.I.Y.

Interview: Into The Pubes And Beyond....

2003-09-26 00:00:00

Genital warts, cherry popping, male pattern baldness, archery and kate moss… it's access and, indeed, excess all areas as hotpress readers subject darkness mainman Justin Hawkins to a thorough probing.

Live: Stone Crazy!

2003-09-25 00:00:00

For all of Mick’s step-aerobics – I’m knackered just watching him – and Ronnie’s outrageous shape throwing, the star of the show is Keef.

Album: Reality

2003-09-15 00:00:00

Instead of trying to be self-consciously cutting edge, Bowie spends most of his 26th studio album belting out orthodox rock ‘n’ roll songs with a band that includes long-time friend, producer and vibemaster Tony Visconti.

Frontlines: Street Legal

2003-09-11 00:00:00

Smart drugs have finally come to Ireland, but do these legal highs do what they say they do on the packet? Photo: Mick Quinn.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net

2003-09-09 00:00:00

The Wrong Stuff.

Interview: Rebel Without a Pause

2003-08-29 00:00:00

The taciturn reputation of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has often had journalists thinking in terms of ‘blood’ and ‘stone’, but Stuart Clark finds Peter Hayes in downright garrulous form on the subjects of their new album, Johnny Cash, mermaids and Arnie.

Interview: Meeting Mr & Mrs Wright

2003-08-25 00:00:00

It’s funny the things you stumble across on the worldwide web.

Interview: The X-factors

2003-08-15 00:00:00

How a house in Wexford, a major label, an Austin Clarke poem and a Bertie Ahern pamphlet helped Bell X1 make their most rewarding music to date.

Interview: Sons Of A Preacher Man

2003-08-13 00:00:00

How do four clean cut, church-going kids turn into one of the hottest rock ’n’ roll acts on the planet? Kings Of Leon explain all.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net

2003-08-12 00:00:00

Having given rave reviews in the past to The Onion, TV Go Home, The Portadown News and Landover Baptist Ministries – Google them, kids! – Caught In The Net is pleased to bring you details of another superior spoof..

Interview: Life in the green isle

2003-08-08 00:00:00

RTE are set to screen a documentary series about Carlisle United football club. But the fly on the wall had better keep his ears covered since the team’s manager, Dubliner Roddy Collins, is no shrinking violet. And, as Stuart Clark discovers here, even on subjects unrelated to football, the brother of boxing champ Steve doesn’t pull his punches. Images Liam Sweeney

Album: Final Straw

2003-07-31 00:00:00

Armed with a bigger budget, it might’ve been tempting for Snow Patrol to buff up their sound, but thankfully they’ve retained the rawness and fragility of old.

Interview: Tales from the crypt

2003-07-15 00:00:00

Stuart Clark catches up with highly touted UK pomp-rockers The Darkness to discuss Caribbean pirates, Van Halen and Turning Radiohead into Iron Maiden

Live: Echo & The Bunnymen @ Witnness '03

2003-07-12 00:00:00

Day One of Witnness and it’s seriously hot.

Live: Echo & The Bunnymen @ Witnness '03

2003-07-12 00:00:00

Day One of Witnness and it’s seriously hot.

Interview: 2 live crew

2003-07-10 00:00:00

Those who can’t make it to Punchestown can still sample the musical highs, courtesy of 2fm. Stuart Clark reports

Interview: The best things in life are Spree

2003-07-08 00:00:00

The Polyphonic Spree are festival-fit for Punchestown.

Interview: Bird is the word

2003-07-07 00:00:00

Stepping out from under the shadow of Tricky – but refusing to leave her former amour entirely behind – Martina Topley Bird has staked her own claim with one of the albums of the year. Comparisons with Billie Holiday may be flattering but, as she tells Stuart Clark, she’s too “pig-headed” to be anyone other than herself

Caught In The Net: Toy gory

2003-06-30 00:00:00

Interview: Giving good hedonism

2003-06-23 00:00:00

Despite plenty of years of mayhem, Therapy? are not only surviving but thriving – at least in Amsterdam where, as you might expect, Stuart Clark spends a nice restful time with the boys.


2003-06-20 00:00:00

What a fucking show!

Frontlines: Licking the liquor bill

2003-06-19 00:00:00

As critics deem the proposed new drink legislation unworkable, Stuart Clark hears the very real concerns of the Waterford club owner

Caught In The Net: Radio activity

2003-06-16 00:00:00

With the future of Irish radio looking grimmer than ever, Caught In The Net twiddles its metaphorical knob looking for alternatives

Frontlines: “The drink laws won't work”

2003-06-11 00:00:00

The Irish nightclub association reacts angrily to the proposed Intoxicating Liquor Bill.

Interview: Greetings from L.A.

2003-06-09 00:00:00

Sunshine, killer skunk, low riders and being cool in the barbershop – even allowing for all the “shooting people and shit”, it’s easy to see why Tricky is happy with life in Los Angeles. And he’s also just made his best album since Maxinquaye.

Commentary: Red hot barbie!

2003-06-06 00:00:00

Marinaded chicken... fresh chillis... greek yoghurt... no, it ain’t a triple-X movie shoot, it’s the HP summer cook out.

Live: Therapy? in Amsterdam

2003-06-05 00:00:00

If there’s any proving to be done, it happens during the opening ‘Hey Satan – You Rock’, one of the stand-outs from their new High Anxiety album

Live: Neil Young

2003-06-02 00:00:00

Lyrically the 57-year-old’s never been in better form.

Interview: The fab one

2003-05-23 00:00:00

He wasn’t going to sing and then he sang. He wasn’t going to talk to the press and then he talked. And, finally, when he was good and ready, Paul McCartney wowed an audience with his greatest hits. Stuart Clark sees Macca in Manchester warming up for Dublin

Interview: Hick digs scars

2003-06-02 00:00:00

Live: The Trinity Ball

2003-05-22 00:00:00

Driven along by their now trademark keys, ‘Last Of The Big Time Benders’, ‘Sing Song Sung’ and soon-to-be-released single ‘I Built A Gun’ are as good a triumvirate of tunes as you’ll hear from any young(ish) Irish band.

Interview: Shooting from the lip

2003-05-07 00:00:00

With their new album, Gotta Go There To Come Back, in the bag, Stereophonics have chosen a very special gig at the Heineken Green Energy extravaganza in Dublin, to make their return to the stage. No wonder the boys are feeling bullish! Chris Martin, Ronnie Wood, Fran Healy, Rod Stewart, Noel Gallagher, U2 and the Rolling Stones – Kelly Jones has opinions on all of them! So who’s feeling the lash of the ‘phonics frontman’s verbal assault, then?

Interview: The nu biggest metal band in the world

2003-04-04 00:00:00

They may not be that just yet but if current plans for global domination go according to the script Linkin Park will be very soon. Stuart Clark travels to London to hear the band’s new album Meteora and finds that American rock’s hottest property are surrounded by the kind of security normally reserved for Michael Jackson

Interview: Military flyer power

2003-03-24 00:00:00

Interview: Europe’s anti-smoking man takes aim

2003-03-21 00:00:00

David Byrne may share his name with the former frontman with Talking Heads – but when it comes to anti-smoking measures, he’s taking a strong line.

Live: Def Leppard

2003-02-27 00:00:00

The key is that beneath all the bombast and bluster, Joe Elliott & Co. are hopeless music fans desperate to give punters the same adrenaline rush they got all those years from the likes of Bowie, Mott The Hoople and Sweet

Interview: Do mention the war

2003-02-21 00:00:00

Massive Attack explain why they are outspoken opponents of the proposed war in Iraq, give high praise to Sinéad O’Connor and reveal how a porn soundtrack left them gasping for airtime.

Caught In The Net: Blizzard of Oz

2003-02-17 00:00:00

Caught In The Net roots out the best and worst of that there information superhighway they call the internet, pardner. This fortnight: The Ozporns and The Hebrew Hammer. Oy

Interview: Warren piece

2003-02-10 00:00:00

Interview: Lost in space

2003-01-27 00:00:00

Interview: Charlotte’s progress

2003-01-22 00:00:00

Despite huge record sales, high-profile support slots and endless MTV rotation, Good Charlotte are still good boys who choose early nights over conspicuous consumption. Stuart Clark finds out how, and why

Interview: Talkin’ turkey

2003-01-14 00:00:00

Stuart Clark meets Dustin, the turkey who’s not just for Christmas and gets the gobbledigook on 2002

Interview: Party hard

2003-01-10 00:00:00

News: All the news that was fit to print

2003-01-06 00:00:00

Stuart Clark rounds up the music news stories that made headlines in 2002

Caught In The Net: Hindsite

2003-01-06 00:00:00

What a year it’s been for that colossal, decentralised intellectual landfill we call the internet! This list of 2002’s best websites is neither definitive nor exhaustive. But on the plus side, it’s right here

Interview: Bringing it all back home

2002-12-18 00:00:00

It’s Christmas, time for some of the leading lights of the Irish musical family to return from far-flung stages and convene for a traditional evening of reflection, revelation, conversation, merriment and, well, gargle. The guests: Glen Hansard and Colm Mac Con Iomaire of The Frames, Gemma Hayes, Mundy and David Kitt.

Interview: …and a whopping buffalo bill

2002-12-16 00:00:00

Forget socks and toiletries, the days of truly demented presents are now upon us. Human limbs, bejewelled bikinis, barrels of liquor and whole ungulate quadrupeds, chopped and delivered to your door: It’s all on the net.

Frontlines: Smoking gunned

2002-12-09 00:00:00

Pop and politics is aiming to stub out cigarette smoking among young people

News: EMI: Demand to cease and desist

2002-12-05 00:00:00

Hot Press has confirmed that tracks used on the Phantom Vol.1 compilation were sought for a different album

Interview: 4 real, 4 ever

2002-11-26 00:00:00

From gigs with cider punks in limerick to playing for Fidel in Havana and from the low of Richey’s disappearance to the high of performing before Wales’ victory over Italy – life has never been boring for the Manic Street Preachers. Stuart Clark listens intently as Nicky Wire discusses their defining moments

Reports: Irish Trade Board abandons music biz

2002-11-23 00:00:00

There was a time when the Irish Trade Board saw potential for growth in the music industry here. But not any more.

Caught In The Net: Knickers, knock-outs and kick-ass TV

2002-11-18 00:00:00

Semen testing, the anti-Mick Hucknall Society and Star Wars: Attack Of The Minogues? It must be Caught In The Net

Frontlines: Edwina Currie

2002-11-13 00:00:00

The author and former Conservative MP on clashing with Ian Paisley, shaking hands with Gerry Adams, sex and drugs in the house of commons, what Margaret Thatcher did and didn’t know about her closest aides and why kissing and telling on John Major is justified

Frontlines: Emi risks confrontation with government regulator

2002-11-08 00:00:00

By releasing an album in association with Phantom FM, EMI/Virgin records have placed a question mark over radio play for their artists – and have risked a clash with the ODTR

Interview: He cooks with the fishes

2002-11-06 00:00:00

Rock’n’roll chef Anthony Bourdain on movies, Hunter S. Thompson and why Nigella Lawson might be even more hardcore than Tony Soprano

Live: Supergrass/The Libertines

2002-10-28 00:00:00

Interview: Wilt’s European Union

2002-10-17 00:00:00

Hotpress hitch a ride on the Wilt tour bus for the band’s whistle-stop tour of Europe. For tales of on-stage abandon, backstage debauchery and bizarre drumming accidents, read on. Plus Cormac Battle’s tour diary

Interview: The positive touch

2002-10-02 00:00:00

Or how Suede learned to make one album for the price of two, steer clear of assholes and engineer one of the comebacks of the year

Caught In The Net: Sporran Affairs

2002-09-23 00:00:00

If you think Alpine culture is all beer-guzzling and thigh-slapping, well, you’d be right. Caught In The Net investigates

Live: Foo Fighters

2002-07-13 00:00:00

Album: 18

2002-05-13 00:00:00

18 has been made for those who enjoyed Play but wouldn't mind going off on a few new musical tangents

Live: DJ Shadow

2002-08-20 00:00:00

Mr. Davis thinks it's okay to charge people Euro30 to see him playing records, period. It ain't.

Live: The Streets

2002-08-15 00:00:00

This, ladies and gentleman, is the real fucking deal!

Live: Iggy Pop

2002-08-13 00:00:00

Stalking round the stage like a centaur on angel dust - the man has the weirdest posture - he doesn't let up until everybody in the audience is as drenched in sweat as he is

Live: Red Hot Chili Peppers and New Order

2002-07-08 00:00:00

Looking like a Stars In Their Eyes version of Iggy Pop Kiedis manages to stay perfectly in tune while running round the stage like a stuck pig

Net: Apocalypse bow wow!

2002-09-09 00:00:00

The American rap community is about to get some neighbourly competition

Interview: Phasers on spun

2002-07-23 00:00:00

News: Unknown pleasures

2002-07-14 00:00:00

Remember being blown away by the White Stripes at Witnness '01? Meet Polyphonic Spree, this year's surprise new faves


1993-07-28 00:00:00

Did the MANIC STREET PREACHERS really say that travellers are parasites and express the hope that Michael Stipe dies of AIDS? STUART CLARK hears the band's side of the story.

Interview: ON THE LEVEL

1993-07-28 00:00:00


News: Ear to the Ground

1993-07-28 00:00:00

Mother Records' expansion plans receive another major boost with former Sugarcube Bjork signing to the label for all European territories excluding the UK. Mother will also be handling Irish distribution for The Levellers and are about to release a new 12" by Bumble, suggesting that earlier reports of their demise were decidedly premature . . .


1993-07-14 00:00:00

As the Magnificent Seven prepare to mosey into Thurles, Stuart Clark probes Chas Smash's - or should that be Cathal Smyth's? - split personality and continuing flirtation with Madness

Interview: 'COCKS AWAY!

1993-06-16 00:00:00


Interview: THE IN CROWD

1993-07-14 00:00:00

Stuart Clark encounters the sound of '90's Irish dance in the shape of the widely praised Sound Crowd.

Interview: Stuart Clark talks to Radiohead

1993-05-19 00:00:00

I can't say I'm exactly in the Ester Rantzen-league when it comes to caring for other people but something I've just said to Ed O'Brien hasn't so much pricked my conscience as stuck a dirty great big hole in it.

Interview: I was very, very punk at the time

2002-05-09 00:00:00

As Dublin readies itself for the Holidays In The Sun festival, Stuart Clark talks to Menace mainman Noel Martin about the birth of punk, Shane MacGowan's Union Jack and why John Lydon wasn't the most popular boy in school!

Interview: Angelic upstart

2002-08-29 00:00:00

The Divine Comedy return to the live arena in September and have recorded several tracks for a new album 'that's going to be fab', according to the ever-immodest Neil Hannon

Commentary: The king is fed

2002-08-26 00:00:00

Interview: Pumping up the stereos

2002-08-14 00:00:00

Where other bands moan about the music industry or spend small fortunes bringing their stage designs to life, Stereophonics like to keep it nice and simple. Or at least as nice and simple as it gets when you tour with U2, get advice from Prince Charles and see Slipknot with their masks off

Interview: The Char laddie

2002-08-13 00:00:00

Charlatans' frontman and frequent flyer Tim Burgess explains what's in store for Charlies' fans at Slane 2002

Interview: Going postal

2002-07-31 00:00:00

The name may sound like a grassroots FF nightmare but The D4 are having a dream time cranking out garage rock and, er, soundtracking blowjobs

Interview: Pull up to the bunker

2002-07-17 00:00:00

Bobby Gillespie's still staying up all night but now it's because there's a baby in the house. Otherwise, it's all systems go for Primal Scream at their bunker hq - Witnness cometh, Mani's back and Kate Moss, Kevin Shields, Robert Plant and AndrewWeatherall all feature on the groundbreaking evil high

Interview: Rock around the cock

2002-07-09 00:00:00

Interview: Broadcast news

2002-08-22 00:00:00

With the last broadcast up for a Mercury and Slane just around the corner, Jimi Goodwin of Doves is happy to enthuse about Planxty, U2, The Streets and Sean O'Hagan. Just don't call his band "the new Radiohead"

Interview: Chris Cary

2002-08-21 00:00:00

He was one of the most controversial figures in the history of Irish broadcasting, turning Radio Nova into a money-making machine and courting confrontation with the gardai, RTE and the NUJ. With the end of the pirate era, he moved to England, where he came unstuck, following a scam that deprived Rupert Murdoch of millions. Many a colourful adventure later, Chris Cary is back in the news - and determined that he can convince the powers-that-be to let him operate the national long-wave frequency that once housed Atlantic 252.

Interview: Tongue in chic?

2002-05-01 00:00:00

Let's face it, if your tongue was as long as your tummy banana - 6" fully extended - you'd want a magazine devoted to it

Interview: Johnny come home

2002-06-21 00:00:00

It was a Jubilee ago that The Sex Pistols exploded onto the world stage and changed music forever. Except little has changed, according to John Lydon and that's why he's back

Live: Divine Comedy

2002-06-17 00:00:00

Black comedy

Caught In The Net: Reality bites

2002-06-12 00:00:00

It takes a lot for Caught In The Net to be shocked but even our flabber has been gasted by the latest Reality TV wheeze to come out of the States

Album: Heathen

2002-06-13 00:00:00

Heathen may not be the spectacular return to form that some people are claiming, but it’s certainly a far more cohesive affair than its predecessors, Earthling and …hours, which both buckled under the weight of their experimentation.

Interview: LA woman

2002-06-12 00:00:00

Stuart Clark meets The Bellrays' vocalist Lisa Kekaula and hears how she developed that voice, why Lemmy is a big fan and why she's in bed with Alan McGee

Interview: Definitely Moby

2002-06-04 00:00:00

The star-spangled story of how Richard Melville Hall learned to relax and love sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. "Don't tell anybody but I'm actually the lead guitarist with Slipknot," he informs Stuart Clark.

Caught In The Net: Nippon Fuk

2002-06-03 00:00:00

Live: The Hives

2002-05-30 00:00:00

Dressed in regulation black shirts and white ties, The Hives manage to make each of their garage punk anthems sound like the most important sub-three minutes of your life

Interview: Heart of noise

2002-05-14 00:00:00

Peter Ahlmqvist is head honcho at Sweden's hottest record company, Burning Heart, but Stuart Clark discovers there's more to the label than The Hives

Caught In The Net: Primal screen

2002-05-15 00:00:00

A veritable shrine to all things cheap and B-List

Interview: Suede look forward to Hot Press Irish Music Awards

2002-09-06 00:00:00

Hot off the ether... Direct from Belfast...

Interview: Raw decks appeal

2002-04-26 00:00:00

Superstar DJ Carl Cox on his most depressing gig ever and why he wants to be "the dancefloor ozzy". Interview: Stuart Clark

Interview: White lies

2002-04-29 00:00:00

Stuart Clark hears the confessions of Natalie Imbruglia and talks of celebrity boyfriends, Bono and chocolate mousse

Interview: Jesus crept

2002-04-17 00:00:00

Having spent Easter Sunday contemplating what complete bastards the British are, we thought you might like to peruse the range of IRA action figures that are available at

Interview: The 'shop steward

2002-04-19 00:00:00

Cornershop have re-opened for business with a little help from Noel Gallagher and none at all from the BBC. Stuart Clark finds Tjinder Singh is less than miffed

Interview: Let's hear it for the boy

2002-04-15 00:00:00

You know that your pop star interviewee is confident about the quality of his splendid new album, when he's happy to talk about everyone else under the sun. So it is with Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant as he gives the thumbs up or down to Eminem, Liza Minelli, Kylie Minogue, So Solid Crew, Boy George and Westlife. Keeping score: Stuart Clark

Live: The Strokes

2002-04-19 00:00:00

Perhaps sensing that this isn’t one of their better nights, The Strokes let rip at the end

Interview: Good years for the Roses

2002-04-10 00:00:00

The Stone Roses kicked off the Madchester revolution. IAN BROWN talks to STUART CLARK

Net: Whipping Yarns

2002-04-03 00:00:00

While being as effortlessly abusive as our EU cousins takes years of practice, we've come up with a few starter phrases that’ll have even the locals blushing

Caught In The Net: Ladyboy band

2002-03-20 00:00:00

We start this edition of Caught In The Net with news of a dispute that has ripped our favourite part of Eastern Europe apart

Interview: The boy looked at Beckham

2002-03-19 00:00:00

and didn’t like what he saw... Fatboy Slim tells Stuart Clark about an encounter with Man Utd so unpleasant that even Zoe Ball is thinking of switching her allegiance to Brighton. Plus: the highs of Normstock and the lows of So Solid Crew

Interview: Lord Of The Dance

1995-07-21 00:00:00

THE PRODIGY may be one of the biggest dance acts in the world but, increasingly, they’ve been developing a rock ’n’ roll attitude. As the band line up for their Friday night headlining slot at Féile, techno guru LIAM HOWLETT talks to STUART CLARK.

Interview: Never Mind The Bollocks

1995-05-15 00:00:00

It's probably the last headline you'd expect on a Portishead interview but, then again, you haven't heard Beth Gibbons using her favourite expletive. Very few people have - the singer with Bristol's latest and potentially greatest musical export up 'til now refusing to talk to the press because she reckoned she had nothing to say. But even the most reluctant of tongues can be loosened as Stuart Clark and his cattle prod discover when they go Avon calling.

Caught In The Net: Trun's not dead!

2002-03-06 00:00:00

The music industry will implode the moment you buy one, but if you don't mind committing grand theft audio will tell you - and the Anti-Piracy Squad - everything you need to know about the current craze for bootlegs

Caught In The Net: You can call me Val

2002-02-20 00:00:00

This issue coinciding with Valentine's Day, Caught In The Net has decided to show it has a sensitive side that's willing to woo and not just jump into bed on the first date

Interview: Rebels without a pause

2002-02-19 00:00:00

Stuart Clark catches up with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, currently enjoying life on the road with the NME Brats tour

Caught In The Net: Dirty dishes

2002-02-06 00:00:00

A veritable den of dubious delicacies, the menu includes Cream Collon Biscuit Rolls, Coq Fromage Turkey, Pschitt! Lemonade and - tee hee hee - Grated Fanny Light Meat Tuna

Interview: Swede dreams are made of this

2002-01-17 00:00:00

Where hip and hype go together, that's where you'll find The Hives who are buzzing to tell Stuart Clark all about Kylie, curling, punk rock, nice forests and bad Norwegian jokes

Live: Ron Wood & Slash

2002-01-17 00:00:00

The sense of expectation is tangible as Woody, fag and glass of red wine in hand, saunters on and launches into a deliciously loose version of ‘So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star’.

Net: Suits ewe, sir

2002-01-17 00:00:00

Footie fans who want to ensure that they’re fully prepared for the World Cup finals should check out the ‘How To…’ guide to Japanese toilets which can be found – trousers down and squatting – at A less violent way to release that pent up testosterone is to buy one of the anatomically correct inflatable sheep that can be found at

Interview: A WK on the wild side

2002-01-17 00:00:00

Blood, parties, testosterone, gonzoid lyrics – that nice ANDREW WK has a little something for just about everyone. "Hell, I don't even mind if your other favourite artist’s Enya," he tells STUART CK

Caught In The Net: Sites for sore eyes

2001-12-14 00:00:00

STUART CLARK presents the top ten websites of the year

Interview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Punks

1995-05-03 00:00:00

Stuart Clark – himself a black belt in origami – discovers how The Ramones and kickboxing chinese detectives have helped Ash to overcome their sordid heavy metal past and become Top of the Chops.

Interview: Havana ball

2001-12-14 00:00:00

The highlight of the year – and probably the decade – was scamming a trip to Havana to see the Manic Street Preachers do their live thing in front of Fidel Castro

Commentary: The popular music digest

2001-12-14 00:00:00

STUART CLARK and STEPHEN ROBINSON look back on an eventful year in Irish music

Commentary: The popular music digest

2001-12-14 00:00:00

Stuart Clark and Stephen Robinson look back on an eventful year in Irish music

Commentary: The popular music digest

2001-12-14 00:00:00

STUART CLARK and STEPHEN ROBINSON look back on an eventful year in Irish music

Interview: Ron Wood

2001-12-06 00:00:00

He’s jammed with Bob Dylan, partied with Keith Moon, sued The Byrds, traded spiky tops with Rod Stewart, had close encounters with Presleys Reg and Elvis and played "name that key" with John Lee Hooker, but arguably the best moment in his life was when he was named small breeder of the year. RON WOOD, the man who would be the queen mum of rock 'n' roll, tells a mean tale. Words: STUART CLARK. Pictures ROGER WOOLMAN

Caught In The Net: Castlebar dong contest

2001-11-29 00:00:00

Stranger than fiction... filthier than Father Ted... Caught In The Net goes to for a dirty weekend

Caught In The Net: Giving the finger

2001-11-29 00:00:00

Boong ga boong ga! Stuart Clark risks repetitive strain injury in Caught In The Net

Album: Your New Favourite Band

2001-12-06 00:00:00

Fucking poetry, mate.

News: Mook of the Week

2001-11-29 00:00:00

STUART CLARK checks out an orgy of photographic over the topness

Frontlines: Out of Africa

2001-11-29 00:00:00

Album: Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves)

2001-11-29 00:00:00

The most wondrous glam metal band since Motley Crue or a bunch of overhyped Swedes who should realise there’s no market for second-hand Iron Maiden riffs?

Commentary: The spice of life

2001-11-29 00:00:00

Stuart Clark celebrates a feast of international cuisine.

Caught In The Net: Oddie pull complex

2001-10-25 00:00:00

Madonna pulled, Jimmy Somerville balled and Adrian Crowley saluted as Stuart Clark scythes his way through this fortnight's Caught In The Net undergrowth

Interview: A working-class hero is something to be again

2001-10-25 00:00:00

It's been ten years that's shaken a fair bit of the world and now, suddenly, OASIS are back. what better time for a reflective, confessional, candid and scandalous one-on-one with a man who always gives great quote, NOEL GALLAGHER. Interview: STUART CLARK

Frontlines: The force was with him

2001-10-25 00:00:00

As the RUC continues to undergo serious changes, STUART CLARK meets RICHARD LATHAM, a former officer who has a story of danger, death, politics and sex to tell

Album: Anthem Of The Moon

2001-10-25 00:00:00

There may not be any male models in the ranks, but in terms of kick ass rock ‘n’ roll, Oneida are pretty much flawless.

Interview: Dixies midnight runners

2001-10-11 00:00:00

STUART CLARK talks to ALABAMA 3 about spliff, the sopranos and superstardom

Frontlines: The inside story

2001-10-11 00:00:00

STUART CLARK reports from Wheatfield high security prison and meets its governor, NED WHELAN

Interview: Adventures in wonderland

2001-09-27 00:00:00

STUART CLARK meets THE CHARLATANS and discovers that while his wallet isn’t indestructible, the band may well be

Commentary: The day the music died

2001-09-27 00:00:00

For a city so often celebrated in song, it was inevitable that the horrific events in new york would be felt as keenly in the music world as in any other section of society. STUART CLARK reports on the industry response and compiles a broad selection of individual reactions to the attack

Interview: Iron maidens

2001-09-27 00:00:00

ROCKBITCH are an English, lesbian, heavy metal band that are coming for your daughters. STUART CLARK reports

Interview: Shoulder And Wiser

2000-02-03 00:00:00

When the Be Here Now tour fell apart at the seams in 1997, the end seemed nigh for Britain’s biggest rock’n’roll band. Then Noel Gallagher gave up drugs and moved to the country. With a stunning new album on the way, the Oasis mainman tells Stuart Clark where it all went right.

Interview: Spooky stuff

2001-09-13 00:00:00

STUART CLARK meets hip-poppers SPOOKS and dares to use the f-word

Album: Iowa

2001-08-30 00:00:00

Call me a fickle old Clarkie if you like, but the problem with modern day rock 'n' roll is that there's not enough dressing up.

Frontlines: Punk rocked

2001-08-30 00:00:00


Album: Iowa

2001-08-30 00:00:00

Slipknot wouldn't be nearly as ginormous as they are now if they didn't come on like Freddie Kruger's redneck cousins.

Interview: Shooting from the lips

2001-08-16 00:00:00

STUART CLARK meets ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN’s IAN McCULLOCH and discovers that 20 years in the business hasn’t mellowed the cynical scouser

Caught In The Net: Wide awake on the web

2001-08-16 00:00:00

It's plastic Adam dolls, Zooropa wallpaper and bootleg CDs a-go-go: STUART CLARK knows there's a little U2 cyber-nerd inside all of us

News: Bono links up with Jagger

2001-08-02 00:00:00

BONO HAS COLLABORATED with Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stone’s new solo album.

Caught In The Net: Balloons and cartoons

2001-08-02 00:00:00

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – there really are some very strange people on the internet.

Interview: The pan within

2001-08-02 00:00:00

STUART CLARK and GRANDADDY rustle up a little something in the kitchen

News: Cerys in rehab

2001-08-02 00:00:00

DESPITE CERYS MATTHEWS going into rehab last week, the Witnness organisers remain confident that Catatonia will make it over for their Saturday night appearance on the More stage

News: Bono links up with Jagger

2001-08-02 00:00:00

BONO HAS COLLABORATED with Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stone’s new solo album.

News: King of the hill

2001-08-02 00:00:00

SHANE MacGOWAN & THE Popes headline the Ned Of The Hill Festival in Upper Church on August 10th.

News: Gray pride

2001-08-02 00:00:00

DAVID GRAY IGNORED the threat of electrocution last week in order to play the second of his three shows in Dublin’s Marlay Park.

News: All riot now

2001-08-02 00:00:00

Nerdlinger frontman Cormac Sheehan inadvertently got caught up in the rioting in Genoa last week while attending the G8 summit protest with anti-capitalist group Globalise Resistance.

News: High spirits

2001-08-02 00:00:00

SPIRITUALIZED CELEBRATE THE release of their Let It Come Down album with their first Irish tour of the millennium.

News: Andy work, if you can get it

2001-08-02 00:00:00

THERAPY? have confirmed the track-listing for their Gimme Back My Brain EP which is being released in the UK on August 6th.

News: Dead on arrival

2001-08-02 00:00:00

THE BAND WHO make Napalm Death sound like N’Sync, Cannibal Corpse, visit Dublin’s Temple Bar Music Centre on November 19th.

News: You ain't seen Nitin yet

2001-08-02 00:00:00

NITIN SAWHNEY TAKES time out from being fawned over by the UK press to play an Ambassador Theatre, Dublin show on November 9th.

News: Super nova

2001-08-02 00:00:00

HEATHER NOVA GIVES her South album a live airing on October 9th when she drops by Whelan’s. According to Nova, it’s her most eclectic record yet.

News: Mercury rising

2001-08-02 00:00:00

Fans can get a sneak preview of the new Mercury Rev album on August 8th when it gets the playback treatment at Tower Records in Dublin

News: Russian around

2001-08-02 00:00:00

THE IRISH ORGANISERS of the Russian Orphans Holiday Project are looking for artists of all musical persuasions who’d like to take part in an upcoming fundraising gig.

Interview: Orphan On

2001-07-19 00:00:00

Grainne Diver of the Screaming Orphans tells Stuart Clark about their new single

Caught In The Net: A Walk On The Portadown Side

2001-07-19 00:00:00

It’s only July but the Caught In The Net ‘Site of the Year’ Award is already in the bag...

Interview: Keeping Up With The Jones

2001-07-19 00:00:00

The Black Crowes! Blowjobs! Journey! Drink! Bob Seger! Vick’s inhaler! and why Keith Duffy is more fun than the Manic Street Preachers! Stereophonics let their hair down in the company of Stuart Clark

Interview: Tool And The Trade

2001-07-19 00:00:00

US chart-topping rockers tool like nothing better than hob-nobs, baiting journos and calling their children after prog rock bands. stuart clark shares the chocolate biccies

Album: The Oliver Twist Manifesto

2001-07-19 00:00:00

Luke Haines is grumpy, arrogant, sarcastic, aggressive and a complete genius.

News: U2 on DVD

2001-07-05 00:00:00

Christmas comes early for U2 fans in November when the band release a new live DVD.

Interview: The head master

2001-07-05 00:00:00

He has warts on his face, chemical paste in his blood, viagra in his dick and a heart full of rock 'n' roll. "There are occasions when I do preach temperance," Lemmy tells a startled STUART CLARK Woooooargh! Photography: SIMON ROCHE

Frontlines: Eoin Ryan, T.D.

2001-07-05 00:00:00

To give him his full title, he's the Minister of State at the Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation with responsibility for local development and the National Drugs Strategy. But it's for the latter responsibility that EOIN RYAN TD has earned the unofficial title of "Ireland's Drug Czar". As a new seven-year strategy is unveiled, STUART CLARK enquires about leisure, legalisation, decriminalisation, health, creativity, crime and punishment – and whether or not cannabis really is "a gateway drug". Photographs: PHILLIP TOTTENHAM.

Caught In The Net: Cannibal Cops

2001-07-05 00:00:00

We’ve taken to scouring the web for all the news that’s fit to print. And, more often than not, isn’t.

Caught In The Net: Never mind the bullocks

2001-06-21 00:00:00

You want puerile, you got puerile... that and Formula One.

Interview: Anthony Bourdain

2001-06-21 00:00:00

Darina Allen, eat your heart out. New York chef ANTHONY BOURDAIN has done it all, from chopping out lines to chopping off fingertips, along the way dealing with the Mafia, Madonna, a dead man in a freezer and the palpitating heart of a cobra. STUART CLARK hears about cooking as rock'n'roll. CATHAL DAWSON serves up the pictures

Interview: Bon Nuit

2001-06-07 00:00:00

Stuart Clark joins Bon Jovi for one wild night in Mexico city and hears how the band survived drink, drugs, dodgy haircuts and, ah, parasitical infections to hobnob with a beatle and stake their claim as “one of the best rock ’n’ roll bands on the planet”

News: Festival outing

2001-06-07 00:00:00

SINÉAD O’CONNOR HAS pulled out of the Wotapalava festival, which is travelling to 17 American cities in July, and features a number of artists with gay credentials.

News: Dublin punks accuse Blink182 of plagarism

2001-06-07 00:00:00

VETERAN DUBLIN PUNKS Paranoid Visions have accused Blink 182 of stealing from one of their songs.

News: I will follow-up

2001-06-07 00:00:00

THE EDGE HAS revealed that U2 fans mightn’t have to wait too long for a follow-up to All That You Can’t Leave Behind.

News: This is your Captain speaking

2001-06-07 00:00:00

THE hotpress Formation pogo team are in action again on June 10th when The Damned 1-2-3-4 their way into the Temple Bar Music Centre.

News: Breaking news

2001-06-07 00:00:00

JJ72 WERE FORCED to postpone three shows last week after drummer Fergal Matthews fell off his new 400cc motorbike in Dublin and broke a hand.

News: Westlife riot

2001-06-07 00:00:00

16 INDONESIAN TEENAGERS had to be rushed to hospital last week after crowd trouble erupted at a Westlife concert.

News: Horse play

2001-06-07 00:00:00

SPARKLEHORSE TAKE CARE of headline duties when the Witnness Rising tour swings by the Empire, Belfast (June 27th); Warwick, Galway (28th); Savoy Theatre, Cork (29th); and Whelan’s, Dublin (30th @ 2 and 7.30pm).

News: Don’t D:Ream it’s over

2001-06-07 00:00:00

HAVING BEEN M.I.A. for the past few years, D:Ream mainman Pete Cunnah remerges this week as one of the people behind new teen group, allSTARS.

News: Live sex shows

2001-06-07 00:00:00

RON SEXSMITH ARRIVES in next month for shows at Dolan’s, Limerick (July 19th); Roisin Dubh, Galway (20th); Savoy, Cork (21st); Olympia, Dublin (22nd); and McGrory’s, Culdaff, Co. Donegal (23rd).

News: Spaniard in the works

2001-06-07 00:00:00

THE CORRS HAVE linked up with Latino superstar Alejandro Sanz in an attempt to crack the Hispanic market.

News: Westlife riot

2001-06-07 00:00:00

16 INDONESIAN TEENAGERS had to be rushed to hospital last week after crowd trouble erupted at a Westlife concert.

News: Aidan abetting

2001-06-07 00:00:00

YOU CAN’T KEEP a good man down dept. Having found not one but three new homes, Aidan Walsh returns to action on June 16th with an over-18s blow-out at Dublin’s Sallynoggin Inn.

News: More Witnness acts confirmed

2001-06-07 00:00:00

TRICKY, TEXAS, CATATONIA (pictured l to r), Faithless, Elbow, Neil Finn, Cold Chisel feat. Jimmy Barnes, Future Pilot AKA and The Walls are the latest acts to be confirmed for Witnness, which takes place at Fairyhouse on August 4th and 5th.

News: Jam moves to the point

2001-06-07 00:00:00

THE JAM IN The Park extravaganza has been moved indoors to the Point Theatre, on the original date of June 16th.

News: Blast gigs under threat

2001-06-07 00:00:00

The Managing director of Treasure Island, Robert Stephenson, is encouraging a ‘concerted youth movement’ to highlight the issue of discrimination against teenagers by adults.

News: Supporting The Euro

2001-06-07 00:00:00

RTE respond to criticisms of Ireland’s woeful showing in the Eurovision Song Contest

News: Demo listen derby

2001-06-07 00:00:00

BBC RADIO 1’S The Sessions In Northern Ireland are trawling the country for demos.

Interview: The filth & the fury

2001-05-24 00:00:00

They say they’ve come from hell to bring us foot and mouth. But in reality they come from a small village outside Ipswich. STUART CLARK meets CRADLE OF FILTH, metal maniacs and purveyors of blasphemy, horror and gore – and, as you might expect, ends up talking about mums, kiddies, Winnie the Pooh and moisturiser

Reports: Love will tear us apart

2001-05-24 00:00:00

Courtney Love has stepped up her one-woman war against the music industry

News: Jackson trollop

2001-05-24 00:00:00

Janet Jackson in “ruder than Slipknot” shocker!

Interview: Rubbishing the opposition

2001-05-10 00:00:00

Shirley Manson attacks Christina Aguilera

News: Bear Witnness

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE FIRST BATCH of acts have been confirmed for this year’s Witnness festival which takes place at Fairyhouse Racecourse on August 4th and 5th.

News: Bear Witnness

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE FIRST BATCH of acts have been confirmed for this year’s Witnness festival which takes place at Fairyhouse Racecourse on August 4th and 5th.

News: Bear Witnness

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE FIRST BATCH of acts have been confirmed for this year’s Witnness festival which takes place at Fairyhouse Racecourse on August 4th and 5th.

News: Asian once again

2001-05-10 00:00:00

ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION treat fans to a sneak preview of their Sound System album when they swing by the Empire, Belfast on May 12th as part of the DigitalT 2001 festival.

News: Rage Against The Machine

2001-05-10 00:00:00

SAMANTHA MUMBA AND her 11-year-old brother, Omero, are none too pleased this week after being told that they're going to have to re-shoot all of their scenes in The Time Machine.

News: Happy birthday to Bob

2001-05-10 00:00:00

HQ IS THE venue on Wednesday May 23rd as some of the country’s top musos gather together in honour of Bob Dylan’s 60th.

News: Audience With The Popes

2001-05-10 00:00:00

AS EXCLUSIVELY REVEALED in the last issue of hotpress, Shane MacGowan & The Popes play back-to-back shows at the Olympia on May 18th and 19th.

News: Audience With The Popes

2001-05-10 00:00:00

AS EXCLUSIVELY REVEALED in the last issue of hotpress, Shane MacGowan & The Popes play back-to-back shows at the Olympia on May 18th and 19th.

News: Give us the fingers

2001-05-10 00:00:00

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS make a welcome return to Dublin on May 19th for a one-night stand at the Temple Bar Music Centre.

News: G forces announced

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE FUN LOVIN' Criminals, Groove Armada, Ian Brown and Armand Van Helden are the first batch of acts to be confirmed for the Lynx Zero Gravity event, which is taking place at a secret London location on July 7th.

News: G forces announced

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE FUN LOVIN' Criminals, Groove Armada, Ian Brown and Armand Van Helden are the first batch of acts to be confirmed for the Lynx Zero Gravity event, which is taking place at a secret London location on July 7th.

News: Bear Witnness

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE FIRST BATCH of acts have been confirmed for this year’s Witnness festival which takes place at Fairyhouse Racecourse on August 4th and 5th.

News: Bear Witnness

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE FIRST BATCH of acts have been confirmed for this year’s Witnness festival which takes place at Fairyhouse Racecourse on August 4th and 5th.

News: Bear Witnness

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE FIRST BATCH of acts have been confirmed for this year’s Witnness festival which takes place at Fairyhouse Racecourse on August 4th and 5th.

News: Bear Witnness

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE FIRST BATCH of acts have been confirmed for this year’s Witnness festival which takes place at Fairyhouse Racecourse on August 4th and 5th.

News: More Alanis, vicar?

2001-05-10 00:00:00

IN WHAT’S LIKELY to be one of the year’s live highlights, Alanis Morissette brings her band to Vicar St. on June 13th.

News: Generous To A Failte

2001-05-10 00:00:00

U2 SWITCHED INTO Bord Failte-mode last week when they reassured American tourists that foot and mouth poses no threat to humans.

News: Perfect world for Eden

2001-05-10 00:00:00

DUBLIN ELECTROPOPPERS EDEN go for chart glory next month with the release through Universal Germany of their ‘Perfect World’ single.

News: Perfect world for Eden

2001-05-10 00:00:00

DUBLIN ELECTROPOPPERS EDEN go for chart glory next month with the release through Universal Germany of their ‘Perfect World’ single.

News: Have a stroke

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE STROKES TAKE time out from being fawned over by the UK press to play a June 16th show at the Temple Bar Music Centre.

News: NSMA winner

2001-05-10 00:00:00

IMMODIUM ARE £1,000 better off this week after winning the National Student Music Awards in Vicar St.

News: HQ hero

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE DUBLIN HIP hop fraternity are in for a treat on May 29th when Michael Franti & Spearhead play the Dublin HQ.

News: HQ Hero

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE DUBLIN HIP hop fraternity are in for a treat on May 29th when Michael Franti & Spearhead play the Dublin HQ.

News: G forces announced

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE FUN LOVIN' Criminals, Groove Armada, Ian Brown and Armand Van Helden are the first batch of acts to be confirmed for the Lynx Zero Gravity event, which is taking place at a secret London location on July 7th.

News: G forces announced

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THE FUN LOVIN' Criminals, Groove Armada, Ian Brown and Armand Van Helden are the first batch of acts to be confirmed for the Lynx Zero Gravity event, which is taking place at a secret London location on July 7th.

News: Ash beat Janet

2001-05-10 00:00:00

IT WAS KRISTAL all round last week as Ash's Free All Angels album debuted at number one in the UK.

News: Kelis puh-lease!

2001-05-10 00:00:00

THAT FUNKIEST of nu-soul divas, Kelis, limbers up for Slane with an August 24th show at HQ.

News: Country matters

2001-05-10 00:00:00

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY for alt country fans on May 23rd when Blue Rodeo open their Irish account at the POD.

News: Prayer Meeting

2001-05-10 00:00:00

HOT ON THE heels of their Music Centre sell-out, Amen return to the capital on July 9th for a show at the Red Box.

Album: The Middle of Nowhere

1999-04-14 00:00:00

GENIUS ALBUM and all that, but if I was a contemporary of Fatboy Slim's I'd hate the bastard for coming up with You've Come A Long Way, Baby.

Album: Peace Together

1993-07-28 00:00:00

THERE WAS a time when the magical words "for charity" were the guarantee of any old tat selling a million but nowadays, cynicism being what it is, there has to be musical substance to the good intentions.


1993-09-08 00:00:00

The Prodigy may be one of the most potent acts on the dance scene but they've got a rock'n'roll attitude to live performance. STUART CLARK finds out why from the prodigy himself, LIAM HOWLETT.

Commentary: Skinny Dipping

1993-07-28 00:00:00

ONE OF the most widely held mis-conceptions about the rock 'n' roll business is that the moment you scrawl your 'X' on a contract, you can forget all this 'suffering for your art' nonsense and move into an elegant country retreat where snorting showbiz sherbet and indulging in all manner of perverted sexual practices is the order of the day.

News: Arts Of The Matter

2001-04-26 00:00:00

WILT, MY VITRIOL and moonlighting Snow Patrol man Gary Lightbody join forces on May 4th for a show at the University of Ulster.

News: Still Crazy After All These Years

2001-04-26 00:00:00

NEIL YOUNG JOINS forces with Crazy Horse for a June 12th visit to The Point.

News: The Shane Gang

2001-04-26 00:00:00

ALTHOUGH YET TO be officially confirmed, hotpress understands that Shane MacGowan & The Popes are set to play back-to-back shows at the Olympia on May 18th and 19th.

News: The Shane Gang

2001-04-26 00:00:00

ALTHOUGH YET TO be officially confirmed, hotpress understands that Shane MacGowan & The Popes are set to play back-to-back shows at the Olympia on May 18th and 19th.

News: Arts Of The Matter

2001-04-26 00:00:00

WILT, MY VITRIOL and moonlighting Snow Patrol man Gary Lightbody join forces on May 4th for a show at the University of Ulster.

News: Unhappy Mondays

2001-04-26 00:00:00

THE TEENAGE GIRL immortalised in the Boomtown Rats single, ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’, is due to be released on parole this week after 22 years in prison.

News: Unoriginal Sin

2001-04-26 00:00:00

JJ72 FANS DESPERATE for new material will be pleased, nay, thrilled to hear that the band are making a number of exclusives available through their .com website.

News: Time Gentlemen, Please

2001-04-26 00:00:00

THE AFRO CELT Sound System return to live duty on July 15th when they descend on the Olympia.

News: Durst Among Equals

2001-04-26 00:00:00

THE SUMMER GIG stampede continues with Limp Bizkit doing their tattooed nu-metal thing at Punchestown Racecourse on June 26th.

News: Sam Hacked

2001-04-26 00:00:00

SAMANTHA MUMBA WAS subjected to racist taunts last week when hackers broke into her American website.

News: Child Play

2001-04-26 00:00:00

DESTINY’S CHILD AND MTV Lick man Trevor Nelson are the first acts to be confirmed for Jam In The Park which takes place at Dalymount on June 18th.

News: Dylan For Kilkenny

2001-04-26 00:00:00

BOB DYLAN BI-PASSES the capital on July 15th when he plays at Kilkenny’s Nowlan Park GAA Stadium.

News: Drowned But Not Out

2001-04-26 00:00:00

MADONNA’S IRISH FANS were left feeling somewhat neglected last week when it was announced that the nearest her Drowned World Tour will be getting to dear old Eireann is London.

Interview: The Snow Must Go On

2001-04-26 00:00:00

Belfast, then Glasgow and NEXT STOP – the cover of the Radio Times? Stuart Clark joins fast-rising Snow Patrol on Scottish manoeuvres. PICS: IAN McMURRAY

Interview: Kermit The Dog

2001-04-26 00:00:00

stuart clark meets ex-black grape and current big dog, paul “kermit” leveredge

Interview: Grounded pilot

2001-04-26 00:00:00

Stuart Clarke meets Sushil K. Dade of Future Pilot AKA and finds out who’s been sleeping in his bed…

News: Co_Dropped

2001-04-26 00:00:00

CO_DOT ARE CONSIDERING their options this week after parting company with Mercury Records.

Caught In The Net: Caught in the ’net

1998-07-22 00:00:00

Webs of intrigue and other adventures in cyberspace

Interview: 100% Noo Yawk

1998-08-05 00:00:00

FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINAL Huey Morgan offers stuart clark a guided tour of the rotten apple, detouring occasionally to take in topics such as California Mist, London gangsters, Tricky, Ian McCulloch and Tony Bennett, as well as his high-profile relationship with Jerry Hall’s daughter. And, let’s see now, there was one thing . . . oh yes “every American’s inalienable right to have nails hammered through their scrotum if they want”.

Interview: Doing It For Themselves

1993-05-05 00:00:00

The Cranberries have overcome the growing pains that all young bands encounter to become one of Ireland's brightest prospects. Here, Dolores O'Riordan and Fergal Lawlor tell Stuart Clark about the new friends they’ve made, their first trip to America and a chance encounter with Michael Stipe.

Frontlines: Saints Be Praised

1998-08-05 00:00:00

By taming Celtic in their own back yard, St Patrick’s Athletic showed how far Irish club football has come in recent years. But as STUART CLARK discovers, when he meets manager PAT DOLAN, not everyone in the National League is heartened by their progress.

Frontlines: The View From The Bench

1998-07-22 00:00:00

Stuart Clark enlists the professional expertise of much-travelled manager and former player, Bruce Rioch.

Caught In The Net: Caught in the ’net

1998-07-08 00:00:00

Webs of intrigue and other adventures in cyberspace. Stuart Clark & Jonathan O’Brien

Comedy: Caught in the act - The Murphy’s Live Spot

1998-07-08 00:00:00

GINA YASHERE/PAUL ZENON (Murphy’s Laughter Lounge, Dublin)

News: Do You Want Some, I’m Andy?!

1998-07-08 00:00:00

At the precise moment that TOWER RECORDS are celebrating their 30th anniversary, they have the youngest managing director in their history – ANDY LOWN. Since assuming his present post in July 1996, he’s masterminded the expansion of the company in Ireland, and is about to preside over the opening of five new outlets in this country. Interview: STUART CLARK.

News: Stuck in a Groove

1995-02-22 00:00:00

Galway’s Acid-Jazz weekend wasn’t without its problems, but the highlights made it all worthwhile. Stuart Clark reports and Aengus McMahon takes the pictures.

Commentary: Looking after Number 2

1995-02-22 00:00:00

Or perhaps that's 27 under the present squad numbering system. JEFF KENNA may be living in Garry Kelly's international shadow but that doesn't mean the former Palmerstown Rangers full-back isn't one of the Premiereship's brightest prospects and a genuine contender for the Ireland team as the Green Army advances towards the European Championships. Interview and bollocking from Jack Charlton: STUART CLARK Pix: COLM HENRY

Interview: Sex as a Weapon

1995-01-25 00:00:00

It's hard-hats and flak-jackets all round as the new improved Carter usm launch a full frontal attack against John Major, Third World repression and Pizza Hut. Frontline correspondent: Stuart Clark. War photographer Cathal Dawson

Interview: I Was a Teenage DRUG DEALER. . .

1995-02-08 00:00:00

Yup, we thought you'd like our stab at a tabloid headline. Thing is, there was a time when Danny Boy O'Connor looked inexorably set on a course for the California State Penitentiary. Then he discovered the therapeutic qualities of the House Of Pain and apart from the odd skirmish with the 2FM Roadcaster, there's been no looking back since. Crime reporter: Stuart Clark.


1995-01-11 00:00:00

Stuart Clark, whose middle name is “Intrepid”, recently spent 48 hours on tour with PET LAMB, grindpopcore merchants extraordinaire. His liver and tympanic membranes survived intact, and after a mere six weeks recuperation, he filed this report.

Commentary: You Can Quote Me On That!

1995-01-11 00:00:00

The funny, sad, prophetic and sometimes pathetic things said to Hot Press in 1994. Delving through the files: Stuart Clark


1994-12-14 00:00:00

With the death of Kurt Cobain in April casting a shadow over the following months 1994 will hardly go down as one of the most joyous in Rock history. Your guide to a month-by-month account of the names and events of the past year. Stuart Clark.

News: A Year in the Life

1994-12-14 00:00:00

How was it for you? The assembled Hot Press writers offer their own opinions on 1994 over the next five pages


1994-11-30 00:00:00

CARTER USM (The Furnace, Dublin)

Interview: Crash Bang Wallet!

1994-11-30 00:00:00

You might think that the Crash Test Dummies are a strange bunch now but you should have seen them four years ago! Dan Roberts and Mitch Dorge tell Stuart Clark how a big-haired Winnipeg bar band with a penchant for the Clancy Brothers have managed to hit the big time. Pix: Cathal Dawson

Album: Dog Man Star

1994-11-02 00:00:00

SUEDE : “Dog Man Star” (Nude)

News: Superstar CJ

2001-04-12 00:00:00

THE LIBERATION POSSE celebrate their fifth birthday with not one, but two giant knees-ups this month.

News: Duffy's Circus

2001-04-12 00:00:00

KEITH DUFFY HAS been deluged with offers of work following his well-received Big Brother appearance.

News: Dub be good to Trinity

2001-04-12 00:00:00

ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION and The Undertones are among the first batch of acts to be confirmed for this year’s Trinity Ball.

News: Worth The Waits

2001-04-12 00:00:00

THE HEIR TO Dr. John’s voodoo blues throne, John Hammond, pays an April 21st visit to HQ. He comes armed with a new album, Wicked Grin, that was written and produced by his old mucker, Tom Waits.

News: Rum, Sodomy And The Thrash

2001-04-12 00:00:00

SHANE MacGOWAN IN ‘Everything Louder Than Everything Else’ Shocker! Yup, the hotpress cover star has made a foray into Kerrang! territory with Celtic pagan metallers Cruachan.

News: Corrs For Celebration

2001-04-12 00:00:00

THE CORRS HAVE been confirmed as one of the headliners at the South African “Freedom Day” concert, which is taking place in London’s Trafalgar Square on April 29th.

News: There She Blows

2001-04-12 00:00:00

HAVING BEEN DEEMED “one to watch” in hotpress’ 2001 Annual, Carly Hennessy gets to release her debut single through MCA America on May 8th.

News: Children Of Lir

2001-04-12 00:00:00

BONO, GAVIN FRIDAY and Maurice Seezer have recorded a version of T. Rex’s ‘Children Of The Revolution’ for Baz Luhrman’s new movie, Moulin Rouge.

News: Jarvis Festival

2001-04-12 00:00:00

MASSIVE ATTACKER Daddy G and Jarvis Cocker are the respective Saturday and Sunday night headliners as Dublin’s Morrison Hotel plays host to an Easter DJ extravaganza.

News: Jarvis Festival

2001-04-12 00:00:00

MASSIVE ATTACKER Daddy G and Jarvis Cocker are the respective Saturday and Sunday night headliners as Dublin’s Morrison Hotel plays host to an Easter DJ extravaganza.

Interview: POP In The Name Of Love

1994-10-19 00:00:00

Bum, bottom and crevice may be dirty words but pop certainly isn't as Stuart Clark discovers when he enters the fluffy pink bunny rabbit world of the Lightning Seeds.

News: Madonna For Dublin

2001-04-12 00:00:00

hotpress HAS learned that Madonna is set to play a Dublin show this summer, with Lansdowne Road top of the list of possible venues.

News: One Horse Town

2001-04-12 00:00:00

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY Horse have been confirmed as the headline attraction at this year’s London Fleadh.

News: Polly Thriller

2001-04-12 00:00:00

POLLY HARVEY WAS in sparkling form last week when she joined U2 in Houston for the fifth date of their world tour.

News: Travis At The Double

2001-04-12 00:00:00

WITH THE FIRST night a sell-out, Travis play a second consecutive Heineken Green Energy show at Dublin Castle on May 6th.

News: Staring Down At The Stars

2001-04-12 00:00:00

DARRAGH McCARTHY’S CULT documentary, The Stars Are Underground, finally makes it into the shops this week on video.

News: Fairplay Two ’Ya

2001-04-12 00:00:00

THERE WAS MUCH jubilation at Clare FM and Galway Bay FM last week as Austin Durrack and Jon Richards were presented with their respective Fairplay For Airplay awards.

Album: Protection

1994-10-05 00:00:00

MASSIVE ATTACK: “Protection” (Circa)

Interview: Back to the Present

1994-10-05 00:00:00

You'd have thought that 12 consecutive top 40 hits would have earned them the key to the executive bathroom but, nope, before the ink was even dry on their Guinness Book Of Records entry, THE WEDDING PRESENT were shown the door by their record company. Unperturbed, everyone's favourite indie popsters found a new label, a new bass player and a new studio accomplice who's helped them produce their best album since the classic George Best. A slightly battered and bruised DAVE GEDGE gives a blow-by-blow account of the events to our ringside reporter STUART CLARK.

Interview: To Live Or Die In L.A.

1994-09-21 00:00:00

When My Little Funhouse signed on the dotted line with Geffen, they were precisely 12 gigs old and probably knew more about the inner workings of a thermo-nuclear reactor than they did a recording studio. Since then they’ve toured the world, taken on the same heavyweight management as Guns N’ Roses and moved to Los Angeles where Slash and Matt Sorum are among their best buddies. Brendan Morrissey tells Stuart Clark why the Kilkenny metallers will either end up filthy rich or six feet under.

Interview: Hey Preachers, Leave them kids alone!

1994-09-07 00:00:00

Is football hooliganism really the new rock ’n’ roll and should little boys be wearing Boot’s No.7 blusher? Stuart Clark fears for the moral wellbeing of the nation’s youth as Manic Street Preachers wage holy war against MTV, Take That, Kate Moss and poor old Gerry Ryan. Pix: Cathal Dawson.

News: Irish Rock in a Hard Place

1994-09-07 00:00:00

Five years ago no-one would have believed it. But with dance music reaching new heights of popularity, Irish rock ’n’ roll is engaged in a desperate fight for its very survival. Reporting from both sides of the battle line: Stuart Clark

Album: Stoned & Dethroned

1994-09-07 00:00:00

"it can’t have been more than 15 seconds before the first person screamed: “where’s the fucking feedback?”

Single: Digging Holes

1994-02-09 00:00:00

Schtum: “Digging Holes” EP (Big River Records)

Single: The Wildhearts: “Caffeine Bomb” EP (EastWest)

1994-02-09 00:00:00

The Wildhearts: “Caffeine Bomb” EP (EastWest)

Single: Kathleen

1994-02-09 00:00:00

Tindersticks: “Kathleen” (This Way Up)

Single: Visionary

1994-02-09 00:00:00

Red Kross: “Visionary” (This Way Up)

Single: Where I Find My Heaven

1994-02-09 00:00:00

Gigolo Aunts: “Where I Find My Heaven” (Fire)

Single: Save Me From Myself

1994-02-09 00:00:00

Tara: “Save Me From Myself” (ZTT)

Single: Where’s The Sun

1994-02-09 00:00:00

Aslan: “Where’s The Sun” (BMG)

Single: All The Lies That You Told Me

1994-02-09 00:00:00

Frances Black: “All The Lies That You Told Me” (Dara)

Album: Teenage Drug

1994-02-09 00:00:00

THE SULTANS OF PING: “Teenage Drug” (Sony)

Single: Linger

1994-02-09 00:00:00

The Cranberries: “Linger” (Island)

Single: You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart

1994-02-09 00:00:00

Sinead O’Connor: “You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart” (Island)

Single: Jack Names The Planets”/”Don’t Know

1994-02-09 00:00:00

Ash: “Jack Names The Planets”/”Don’t Know” (La La Land)

Interview: Stunning On Empty

1994-08-24 00:00:00

Why have one of the most successful Irish bands of the past decade decided to split up? And who's going to get custody of the Fender-Rhodes keyboard? STEVE WALL tells STUART CLARK where it all went wrong – and right! Pic: CATHAL DAWSON.

Interview: Swindler's List

1994-08-24 00:00:00

Fashion designer, punk Svengali, musical maverick, filmmaker and occasional pervertor of justice. MALCOLM McLAREN has been all of these things – and more – in a rollercoaster career that's seen him become a hero to some and an unscrupulous villain to others. STUART CLARK tools up at Ron & Reggie's Gangland Surplus Store for a showdown with the man who manufactured cash from chaos! Scene-of-the-crime photographer: COLM HENRY.

Interview: The Wild Side Of Life

1994-03-09 00:00:00

Stuart Clark pops a couple of Alka-Selzer with Ginger and hears about The Wildhearts’ very own kitchen-sink drama.

Interview: JAY' TALKING

1994-02-09 00:00:00

They may be novices in the beer-swilling, coke-snorting and babe-pulling stakes but if it's killer tunes you're after, THE JAYHAWKS leave the competition standing. STUART CLARK gets a crash-course in country living from MARK OLSON.

Interview: Soul Survivors

1994-03-09 00:00:00

STUART CLARK asks DAN MURPHY whether antique collecting is the new rock 'n' roll and in the process discovers why it's taken SOUL ASYLUM nine years to become an overnight success.

Live: Boo Radleys

1994-01-26 00:00:00

Boo Radleys (Tivoli, Dublin)

Interview: GRAY DAYS

1994-01-26 00:00:00

DAVID GRAY, the much-acclaimed Welsh singer-songwriter, will play two Irish dates in early February.

Interview: DOWN ON THE Farm

1994-01-26 00:00:00

STEPHEN MORRIS takes time out from humming the theme to Green Acres and terrorising everyone within a five-mile radius of his newly-aquired Yorkshire farm (with his equally newly-acquired heavy artillery) to talk to STUART CLARK about his and Gillian Gilbert's New Order offshoot The Other Two.

Interview: HEY, BARNES!

1994-01-26 00:00:00

He may be able to put more bums on stadium seats down under than INXS but elsewhere no one seems to give a XXXX about Jimmy Barnes. That could all be about to change though as Stuart Clark discovers when he has his hand broken by Australia's best-kept secret.

Interview: ZZ Living

1994-01-26 00:00:00

The most famous beards in rock 'n' roll are back with a new album that's guaranteed synthesiser-free and hotter than a Tex-Mex jalapeno pepper. As ZZ Top do a John Major and return to basics, DUSTY HILL tells STUART CLARK about the danger of eating chili-dogs, what he used to get up to under the bed-clothes as a kid and the nature of his relationship with long-horned steers.


1994-02-23 00:00:00

The Sultans of Ping may have a penchant still for fetishwear and dirty three-minute pop songs but they’re definitely mellowing as Stuart Clark discovers when he meets Niall O’Flaherty and Pat O’Connell for afternoon tea. Pix: CATHAL DAWSON Cakes: Mr. Kipling

Interview: Fingers Doing The Talking

1994-02-23 00:00:00


Interview: First We Take Manhattan

1994-02-23 00:00:00

Stuart Clark and Helena Mulkerns get in a New York state of mind with Aslan

Interview: Talk About ‘Pop Music

1994-02-23 00:00:00

Stuart Clark has a doobie-doobie-doo-wop with Magnapop and get the lowdown on Michael Stipe. Bob Mould and being world famous in Belgium.


1994-02-23 00:00:00


Album: Antenna

1994-01-26 00:00:00

ZZ Top “Antenna” (RCA)

Album: Flippin’ Out

1994-01-26 00:00:00

GIGOLO AUNTS “Flippin’ Out” (Fire)

Album: Hits And Heroes

1999-10-27 00:00:00

GEORGE BYRNE may be a wise and noble man but he’s wrong to assert that a good record’s never been made by a man, or woman, who’s got a moustache.

Interview: GET STUFFED!

1993-12-15 00:00:00

And we ain’t talking turkey. Miles Hunt, lead singer and songwriter with The Wonder Stuff doesn't give a flying, er, saucer what anyone thinks of the band, their image, their videos or even their P/E ratio. Interview: Stuart Clark.


1993-12-15 00:00:00

It started in Brooklyn and is set to take over the world. STUART CLARK talks to Kamal, one of the, er, brains behind the cult phenomenon of the year, THE JERKY BOYS.

Interview: US3 GET READY . . .

1993-12-15 00:00:00

Well it’s one for the money Two for the show US3 GET READY . . . . . . Now go cats go! When a critic talks about awarding his favourite gig, album and band of the year accolades to the same outfit then we gotta be talking about something special. In this case it’s transatlantic Jazz Rappers US3. And the, er, critic in question: MR. STUART CLARK

Live: PULP

1993-12-01 00:00:00

PULP (Tivoli, Dublin)

Album: The Other Two & You

1993-12-15 00:00:00

THE OTHER TWO: “The Other Two & You” (London)

Album: The Spaghetti Incident

1993-12-15 00:00:00

Guns N’ Roses: “The Spaghetti Incident” (Geffen).

Album: Live. Homebelly Groove

1993-12-15 00:00:00

Spin Doctors: “Live. Homebelly Groove” (Epic)


1993-12-15 00:00:00

They came from the East Link Bridge bearing, er, silly hats and false beards, actually. Stuart Clark meets the holy trinity of Christy Dignam, Liam O Maonlai and Ronnie Drew as Aslan, the Flowers and The Dubs prepare for their New Year's party at the Point.


1993-11-17 00:00:00


Album: Live Jam

1993-11-17 00:00:00

THE JAM "Live Jam" (Polydor)

Album: D:Ream On Vol. 1

1993-11-17 00:00:00

D:REAM "D:Ream On Vol. 1" (Magnet)

Album: Energy Rush – Safe Six

1993-12-01 00:00:00

VARIOUS ARTISTS “Energy Rush – Safe Six” (Dino)

Album: Keep On Dancing

1993-12-01 00:00:00

VARIOUS ARTISTS “Keep On Dancing” (Dino)

Album: All The Aces: The Best Of Motorhead

1993-12-01 00:00:00

They were also one of the first '70s bands to genuinely crossover.

Interview: Credit Squeeze

1993-10-20 00:00:00

Once an unwitting part of the punk movement, Squeeze have survived the vagries of fashion to become pop elder statesmen, Stuart Clark takes a trip down south London way and swaps a few yarns - but not spit - with Glenn Tilbrook.

Frontlines: Know Your Enemy

1993-11-17 00:00:00

Public Enemies is an extraordinary and controversial book of photographs of British neo-Nazis, taken by Hot Press’ London photographer Leo Regan. “You’re never going to combat racism unless you know where it’s coming from”, he says. Report: Stuart Clark.

Live: Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

1993-10-06 00:00:00


Album: Whatever

1993-10-20 00:00:00

AIMEE MANN: "Whatever" (Imago)

Album: Very

1993-10-06 00:00:00

PET SHOP BOYS: "Very" (Parlophone).

Album: Earth vs. The Wildhearts

1993-09-22 00:00:00

THE WILDHEARTS "Earth vs. The Wildhearts" (East West)

Interview: Thar he blows!

1993-10-06 00:00:00

Dance innovator Moby spouts off to Stuart Clark about racism in rap, why 'E' is out and how he made the Guinness Book of Records.

Commentary: Cut Out & Peep

1993-10-06 00:00:00

STUART CLARK meets ENNIO MARCHETTO, the Italian paper king whose one-man show boasts a cast of hundreds.


1993-10-06 00:00:00


Interview: 'smith & messin'

1993-10-20 00:00:00

Sex? Yep. Drugs? Uh-huh. Rock 'n' Roll? Yesireebob! Aerosmith were no strangers to the unholy trinity of debauchery during the '70's and early '80's but find that having cleaned up ten years ago they're now cleaning up with the punters. Not that they're beyond having fun, fun and, er, more fun as our resident boogiemeister Stuart Clark finds out.

Frontlines: Game without Frontiers

1993-10-06 00:00:00

A win next week and we're there - but what lies in store for Irish supporters if Big Jack's men do qualify for America? Long suffering England fan Stuart Clark was in the States this summer for US Cup '93 and found that if the dress rehearsal is anything to go by, the World Cup Finals should be a sporting event to savour. Main pix: Simon Parry.

Commentary: Alive, Alive-o!

1998-06-24 00:00:00

Stuart Clark argues that - far from being dead - all is fine with the devil's music.

Frontlines: The Lunacy Of Asylum-Seeking

1998-06-24 00:00:00

A new survey has revealed that 50% of Bosnian refugees are finding it difficult to make ends meet, and that 33% of them have been unemployed for over 12 months. STUART CLARK meets one refugee working to change the system from within.

Frontlines: Love Is The Drug

1998-06-24 00:00:00

It may have given new hope - and virility - to impotent men around the globe, but, as stuart clark reports, the wonder drug viagra is also causing an excitable commotion among the world's media.

Reports: Hitting The Back Of The Net

1998-06-10 00:00:00

How Hot Press and the Irish music industry in general has taken to the information superhighway. STUART CLARK talks to Global Music's EAMON DONOVAN.

Frontlines: True Confessions Of An England Supporter In Ireland

1998-06-10 00:00:00

STUART CLARK on the highs and lows of wearing the white shirt in a green country. Pix: Cathal Dawson

Album: Head Music

1999-05-12 00:00:00

Forget brain surgery or being Shane MacGowan's oral hygienist, the toughest job in the world has got to be that of an A&R man. At around about the same time that I was telling everybody that Thee Amazing Colossal Men were going to conquer the world with their second album, a demo from five pasty-faced Londoners went from the Clarkian desk to bin in record time on account of its tired Bowiesms.

Live: Alabama 3

2001-03-29 00:00:00

The miniscule number of you who bought their last album, La Peste, will know that the Alabama 3 have decided to tone down the Southern preacher bit and concentrate on the tunes. It's an attempt to get away from the "novelty band" image, which has resulted in savage critical maulings in the UK, and collective head scratching on the other side of the Atlantic.


1993-07-28 00:00:00


Live: House of Pain

1993-07-28 00:00:00


Album: Greatest Hits

1999-06-09 00:00:00

Of all the shite gigs I've seen in my time, the most unrelentingly awful has to be Happy Mondays at Féile '93.

Album: Lughnasa

1993-09-08 00:00:00

YOU CAN BET your life that any record called Lughnasa is going to have more than its fair share of Celtic influences and, sure enough, Chimera's debut album indulges in the same sort of wistful romanticism that has kept Clannad in gainful employment these past 20 years.

Album: Post Historic Monsters

1993-09-08 00:00:00

CARTER USM: "Post Historic Monsters" (Chrysalis) THERE'S SOMETHING absurdly English and resolutely dependable about Carter USM which always makes me think of them as the indie equivalent to the Queen Mum (God bless 'er).

Album: American Caesar

1993-09-22 00:00:00

IGGY POP "American Caesar" (Virgin)

Interview: AND THE MEAT GOES ON...

1993-09-08 00:00:00

16 years after recording one of the definitive hard rock albums, MEAT LOAF takes a return trip to hell and brings STUART CLARK along with him for the ride.

Interview: The sun always rises

2001-03-29 00:00:00

David holmes tells stuart clark why the Sun Ra Arkestra's visit to Dublin could be "the gig of your life"

Interview: BON VOYAGES

1993-09-08 00:00:00

Half way through his band's massive world tour, JON BON JOVI takes time out to beam good vibes and good health at a frankly envious STUART CLARK.


1993-09-22 00:00:00


Caught In The Net: Tomb It May Be Concerned

2001-02-01 00:00:00

First of all this issue, we'd like to apologise to our fundamentalist readers for suggesting that they're a humourless bunch of bigots who wouldn't recognise a joke if it walked up to them, administered oral sex and said, "How's that for the second coming!"

Album: Levellers

1993-08-25 00:00:00

IT'S EASY - and great fun - to rip the piss out of The Levellers but no amount of cheap jibes can alter the fact that when it comes to penning rabble rousing pop anthems, these guys are championship contenders.

Album: United Kingdoms

1993-08-25 00:00:00

SO YOU reckon dance music is dull, repetitive and only marginally more fun to listen to outside of a club environment than a Black & Decker power drill. Well, if 2 Unlimited and their thousand zillion beat per minute chums are your yardstick, I'd have to agree.

Album: Orbital

1993-08-25 00:00:00

SO YOU reckon dance music is dull, repetitive and only marginally more fun to listen to outside of a club environment than a Black & Decker power drill. Well, if 2 Unlimited and their thousand zillion beat per minute chums are your yardstick, I'd have to agree.

Album: Liberation

1993-08-25 00:00:00

ANY ALBUM that devotes its opening track to the cross-dressing antics of cartoon character Mr. Benn must have something going for it and as 'Festive Road' takes you strolling through the leafy streets of sixties' London suburbia, it soon becomes apparent that what we're dealing with here is songwriting of a vastly superior quality.

Album: Crowd Control (Volume One)

1993-08-25 00:00:00

IT WASN'T too long ago that the use of the words 'Irish' and 'dance' in close proximity were enough to conjure up nightmarish images of hearty young lads and lasses hurtling round a community centre to the rousing strains of 'The Siege of Ennis'.

Interview: Buena Vista Socialist Club

2001-03-01 00:00:00

It was one of rock's most bizarre and impressive spectacles - the MANIC STREET PREACHERS live in Cuba, in front of an audience including Fidel Castro! STUART CLARK was there, and spoke to JAMES DEAN BRADFIELD about Bill Clinton, Top Of The Pops, Bono, Elian Gonzales and the band's new album


1993-08-25 00:00:00

THE FBI have uncovered a white supremacist plot to assassinate controversial rappers Ice-T and Ice Cube.

Commentary: 9,999 MANIACS

1993-08-25 00:00:00

NATALIE MERCHANT has announced her departure from 10,000 Maniacs after 12 years with the band.


1993-08-25 00:00:00

IAN McCULLOCH is currently putting the finishing touches to a new solo album which The Christians' Henry Priestman, who's guesting on the sessions, describes as "by far and away the best stuff he's come up with since leaving Echo & The Bunnymen."

Interview: David O'Leary

2001-03-01 00:00:00

Irish legend, Arsenal loyalist and now manager of Champions League surprise package Leeds United, DAVID O'LEARY knows the game of football inside out. Here he talks to STUART CLARK about money, agents, Après Match, Eircom Park, Man Utd., Robbie Keane, Mick McCarthy, his rows with Jack Charlton and Brian Kerr, and why he definitely wants to manage Ireland - at 50!


1993-08-25 00:00:00

He can't sing, he can't play but Jim Rose can sure wail on a pile of glass! STUART CLARK meets the man behind the travelling freak show that took Féile by storm and Ray Darcy by surprise. Pix: CATHAL DAWSON

Interview: The Lion's Share

1993-08-25 00:00:00

After splitting on the verge of a major breakthrough in the eighties, Aslan are back and determined to learn from past mistakes. Interview: Stuart Clark.


1993-08-11 00:00:00

STUART CLARK trades licks with one of the stars of this year's Guinness Temple Bar Blues Festival, Sherman Robertson

Interview: No More Mister Nasty Guy

2001-02-01 00:00:00

MARILYN MANSON may be the epitome of Middle America's worst nightmare but, as STUART CLARK discovers, he's not that bad, really. On the agenda: Bono, Eminem, Moby, George W. Bush and the Columbine shootings


2001-03-15 00:00:00

This is something of a shock revelation, but it's come to our attention that not all Americans have a keenly developed sense of irony.

Album: Loveless

1991-11-28 00:00:00

I wonder if My Bloody Valentine were aware of the avalanche they were about to trigger when they first took Belinda Butcher's airbrushed vocals and smothered them with layer upon layer of white noise guitar?

Interview: Off-Licensed To Thrill!

1998-05-27 00:00:00

If having your music featured on every TV programme from TFI Friday to England v Morocco is a measure of success, then CORNERSHOP are now one of the biggest bands in the world. Multi-instrumentalist BEN AYRES talks to STUART CLARK about Noel Gallagher collaborations, festivals, royalties, The Blind Boys Of Alabama and that Fatboy Slim remix.

Frontlines: The Boy Done Good

1998-04-15 00:00:00

If it wasn't for the attentions of the gutter press, NICK HORNBY's current lifestyle would be pretty much blemish-free. His new novel, About A Boy, is racking up the sales figures with Overmars-like speed; he's just sold the film rights for it to Robert De Niro for #1.8m; and to cap it all, his beloved Arsenal are poised to do the league and cup double. Tape: STUART CLARK. Pix: Mick Quinn


1998-04-15 00:00:00

STUART CLARK collars Divine Comedy mainman Neil Hannon for a brief but highly intimate chinwag as they both take a break from drinking the bar dry at the Heineken/Hot Press Rock Awards in Belfast.


1998-04-29 00:00:00

When massive attack decided that they'd meet the press in Dublin, stuart clark got just thirty minutes to prepare for the interview. But he still manages to talk to 3d about music, football, the band's new album Mezzanine - and the difficulties of making sweet leurve to the sound of your own records.

Interview: On The Ball

1998-05-13 00:00:00

Preparing for his band's cataclysmic appearance at this year's Trinity Ball in typically languid fashion, SPIRITUALIZED mainman JASON PIERCE talks to STUART CLARK about college days, high-altitude gigs and why he's not too desperate for a new guitar. Pix: PETER MATTHEWS.

Frontlines: Hemp Hits The High Street

1998-06-10 00:00:00

You can now buy Hemp across the counter in shops all over Ireland. Report: STUART CLARK

Frontlines: Dial Hard With A Vengeance!

1998-05-13 00:00:00

CHRIS BARRY's attempts to free himself from his FM104 contract have resulted in one of the messiest and most ill-tempered court battles seen in Ireland for a long time. STUART CLARK analyses the proceedings so far and profiles some of Barry's shock-jock contemporaries across the water.

Frontlines: Beach Of The Peace

1998-05-27 00:00:00

The Gardaí have been accused of beligerant and heavy-handed tactics in their closing down of a Galway dance party. STUART CLARK hears both sides of the story.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net

1999-02-17 00:00:00

THERE MAY come a time when, for whatever reason or whatever sorry pass your life has reached, you need access to a corpse.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net

1999-05-26 00:00:00

THEY RE NOT quite in the Tommy Hilfiger or Yves St. Laurent league yet, but 1998 found the Los Angeles County Coroner s Office selling over $1 million worth of its death-themed fun wear.

Caught In The Net: Caught In The Net

1999-02-03 00:00:00

Robert Pelton World s Most Dangerous Places

Interview: Only A Game

1999-05-26 00:00:00

Interview: Wowed By Bowie

1999-11-10 00:00:00

A new album, an exclusive gig and opinions on Velvet Goldmine, the Internet and life, love and happiness. STUART CLARK meets the legendary DAVID BOWIE.

Interview: Kerr: What A Scorcher!

1997-09-17 00:00:00

While the senior team have been stumbling their way through the World Cup qualifiers, the Ireland Under-20s have been making back-page headlines for all the right reasons. In an interview that's guaranteed to ruffle blazers in Merrion Square, youth supremo BRIAN KERR tells Jack Charlton exactly where he can stick his long-ball and outlines his masterplan for future international glory. Slight groin-strain: STUART CLARK.

Interview: Voyage Of The Damned

1999-09-29 00:00:00

Or should that be The Clash? Well no, actually, cos there's no Clash, Damned or Pistols in 1999. But there's still Joe Strummer, who was there when Shane got his ear bitten off and, 22 years later, is back for his own second bite with THE MESCALEROS.

Album: Black River Falls

2000-03-02 00:00:00

IF ANYONE deserves to be a fabulously wealthy rock star, it's Cathal Coughlan. For the past 15 years, he's churned out classic after classic, with nary a hint of a high-maintenance blonde, a spell in tax exile or a week in the Priory.

Album: Community Music

2000-03-16 00:00:00

UNINTENTIONALLY OR not, there's been an awful lot of bollocks written about Asian Dub Foundation.

Album: Magnolia O.S.T.

2000-03-16 00:00:00

THE TROUBLE with Aimee Mann is that she's just not moany enough.

Album: Things To Make And Do

2000-03-30 00:00:00

IT'S AMAZING what a remix can do. Twelve months ago Moloko were trip-hop also-rans, a bargain basement Portishead whose main contribution to popular music had been calling their debut album Do You Like My Tight Sweater?

Album: Mwng

2000-05-11 00:00:00

"MUMMY, MUMMY, that man's singing in a funny language!"

Album: Ooops! I Did It Again

2000-05-25 00:00:00

The work of an ex-Mousekateer or not, I have to say that I was rather taken with Britney Spears' Baby One More Time debut.

Album: Exterminator

2000-01-20 00:00:00

HAVING DECIDED that smooth career paths are for wimps, Primal Scream have embarked on a flight of musical fancy that's wildly oscillated between brilliance (Screamadelica) and sub-Black Crowes retro cack (Give Out, But Don't Give Up).

Album: Brainwash

2000-01-20 00:00:00

IT'S BEEN a bit grim up North since Ash became chart regulars. True, The Divine Comedy have made the top 30 a better, more decent place with their pop whimsy, but in terms of cheesegrater riffs there's been little to float one's boat.

Interview: Molko Pour Elle Homme

2001-01-17 00:00:00

He s so vain, but brian molko is also one of the most astute men in rock n roll. Having put his hedonistic days behind him honest! the placebo mainman talks to stuart clark about martyrdom, maturity and Marilyn Manson.

Interview: Whats Neil Hannon On This Christmas

1999-12-08 00:00:00

Outstanding In a Field - The Divine Comedy mainman casts a steely eye over the millennium's last hurrah. INTERVIEW: STUART CLARKE


1995-07-12 00:00:00

whinging, yak-herding and masturbating over the sunday dinner are just three of the tenuously-related subjects that come up for discussion as stuart clark gets completely wireless with radiohead plankspanker from hell colin greenwood.

Interview: The Secret History of the Cranberries

1996-05-06 00:00:00

In the second and final part of an extended interview with Limerick's very own Fab Four, STUART CLARK travels back in time to their humble beginnings and charts their extraordinary transformation into one of the supergroups of the 90s. From shiny pink tracksuits to shiny platinum discos, here's the whole unexpurgated story.

Interview: They re All That s Great About Pop!

1998-04-01 00:00:00

Wank, bollocks, Chris Evans. These are dirty words. Pop isn t. STUART CLARK refrains from ruining their career for long enough to discover whether IN UTOPIA have got what it takes to become Ireland s next three minute heroes. Pix: Cathal Dawson.


1998-03-18 00:00:00

Last year their Oh Yeah proved to be the star turn of the night, with Neil Hannon guesting on vocals. This year, they ve been nominated in three categories and are looking forward to Awards night with some anticipation. Tim Wheeler of Ash talks to STUART CLARK about that once-in-a-lifetime free CD, the upcoming HEINEKEN HOT PRESS shindig in Belfast and the new album the band are currently in the throes of making.


2000-11-09 00:00:00

STUART CLARK talks dirty to Add N To (X). Money shots: Declan English

Interview: Religious Devotion

1998-03-18 00:00:00

The Jesus & Mary Chain are playing their first Irish gig in over seven years as part of May's Heineken Green Energy Festival. Stuart Clark appreciates their god-like genius.

Interview: Alan McGee

2000-10-12 00:00:00

From Oasis to The Ping Pong Bitches, ALAN McGEE is living proof that there s life after success, excess, Labour, near-death and, oh yes, Creation Records. Even if you re a Rangers supporter. Interview: STUART CLARK

Frontlines: Friday, I m In Love!

1998-01-07 00:00:00

STUART CLARK talks to author-of-two-halves PAOLO HEWITT about his twin passions for Oasis and The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw, Robin Friday.

Interview: Reborn to Run

1999-05-26 00:00:00

STUART CLARK looks forward to Bruce and The E Street Band's RDS extravaganza

Interview: The Animals Have Taken Over The Zoo

1999-07-07 00:00:00

Super Furry Animals are yet another Welsh band poised for huge success on the back of their new album. They talk to STUART CLARK about their rejection of Brit Pop, strange Japanese fans and the glory days of The Free Wales Army. Pics of Super Furry Animals with super furry animals: Mick Quinn.

Interview: Pacific Rimshots

1997-12-10 00:00:00

STUART CLARK talks to vibe gury BP Fallon, whose photographic tome Boyzone Go East! has just hit the shelves in time for Xmas.

Interview: The First Noel

1997-12-10 00:00:00

It's Christmas, 1997 is drawing to a close and Noel Gallagher is in suitably reflective mood. "I can't be bothered writing music anymore", says the Oasis mainman before telling Stuart Clark precisely what he thinks of Liam, Meg, Sinéad O'Connor, that cunt Mick Jagger and England's chances of lifting the World Cup.

Interview: RUDE BOY ROCK

2000-08-17 00:00:00

BLOODHOUND GANG might not be paragons of good taste, but they do live out the rock n roll lifestyle like no other band. JIMMY POP talks to STUART CLARK about swearing, drugs, porn stars and amusing Germans! Pop Pic-er: Declan English

Interview: Vinnie Jones

2000-08-17 00:00:00

He was soccer s hardest man. Now he s in the process of becoming a genuine Hollywood star. Here VINNIE JONES talks to STUART CLARK about being mates with Madonna and Brad Pitt, his years with the Crazy Gang, and why he dislikes Johnny Giles

Interview: Beck Laws

2000-08-31 00:00:00

BECK is one of the most eclectically talented musicians of his generation. STUART CLARK sees the man play a stormer at Witnness and hears him talk about fame, musical obsession, heroes like Bowie and Black Sabbath and 'Britney fascism'


2000-08-31 00:00:00

STUART CLARK asks ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION S Pandit G about stand-up comedy but ends up with a polemic about Ireland instead

Interview: The Cook Report

1999-08-04 00:00:00

STUART CLARK meets man-of-the-moment NORMAN COOK (aka FATBOY SLIM). On the agenda - tabloid intrusion, drugs, his love affair with Zoe Ball, and The Housemartins.

Interview: Northern Uproar

1999-08-18 00:00:00, with their spiky sound and their hearts set on superstardom, are the new great white hopes of the northern rock scene. STUART CLARK met them. PiX: MICHAEL TAYLOR

Interview: Homer s Odyssey

1997-09-17 00:00:00

Heard the one about the Irishman, the Bronx and the tab of industrial-strength acid? Stuart Clark hadn t either until that most eligible of bachelors, David Holmes, talked him through the mad month in New York that inspired his Let s Get Killed album.

Interview: if at first you don t succeed,Fry Fry Again!

1997-09-03 00:00:00

BARRY FRY is to football management what Keith Moon was to hotel rooms. During his spells at Barnet, Southend United, Birmingham City and now Peterbough, he s turned upsetting people into an art form. STUART CLARK shares a half-time Bovril with the man who once used 46 different players in a season and is proud to include ticket-touting for Johnny Giles in his C.V. Main pix: Cathal Dawson

Interview: The Rise And Fall Of The Cranberries

1999-04-28 00:00:00

Trailing a new album and a new contentment, Dolores O Riordan tells Stuart Clark about how she got rid of her hang-ups and learned to love being a pop star.

Interview: Out To Bunch!

1997-07-23 00:00:00

Hot Press crime correspondent STUART CLARK preaches zero tolerance to MASSIVE ATTACK and in return gets the lowdown on their new album, Bruce n Tarby-style hobnobbing with Radiohead, and why Bristol City piss all over Bristol Rovers

News: U2 Banned!

2000-12-07 00:00:00

All That You Can't Leave Behind isn't as universally popular as first thought. Report:: Stuart Clark

Interview: Hed Of the Class

1999-12-22 00:00:00

STUART CLARK meets northern hopefuls HEDROCK VALLEY BEATS to talk about hangovers, blurring musical boundaries and that Ash remix.

News: Hogging The Big Apple

1999-11-24 00:00:00

STUART CLARK travels to New York to see and hear ONEIDA - the best American band you haven't heard of, yet - and to take the eve of the millennium pulse of the city that never sleeps. Pics: PETER MATTHEWS.

Commentary: Turkish Delight

1999-11-24 00:00:00

I'M NOT entirely sure that it's what the web's founding fathers had in mind when they put up the first server, but as an example of how the 'Net has given individuals a global voice, you won't find better than the homepage maintained by a Turkish fellow named Mahir.

Commentary: Lats Entertainment

1999-11-24 00:00:00

Read 'em and weep? More like look at 'em and be afraid, be very afraid.

Frontlines: The High Road To The Lowlands

1999-11-24 00:00:00

"Ireland to win at home and then draw in Turkey," LIAM BRADY is confident that Mick McCarthy's men can qualify for Euro 2000 - and given this man's footballing credentials, who's to argue? EAMON DUNPHY, perhaps? Interview: STUART CLARK.


2001-01-17 00:00:00

Sexual slang in cyberland ...

News: Cope Springs Eternal

1999-11-10 00:00:00

STUART CLARK leafs through the archdrude s back-pages

Main Event: The City Of a Thousand Videos

1999-10-27 00:00:00

MTV EUROPE President BRENT HANSEN on why Dublin is the choice for their 1999 Awards Ceremony. Interview: STUART CLARK

News: Critic's Round Up of Year 2000

2000-12-15 00:00:00

Beck in the High-Life Again by Stuart Clarke

News: Top Tips

2000-12-15 00:00:00

The Irish acts that are about to conquer the world. Words: Eamonn Sweeney, John Walshe, Colin Carberry & Stuart Clark

Frontlines: Kicking Racism Into Touch

1999-09-29 00:00:00

This weekend finds Dublin staging its very own World Cup. STUART CLARK reports on the tournament that has prejudice as its opponent.

Interview: The Furure Is Now

1999-09-29 00:00:00

Futurama is on its way....

Interview: Us Against The World

1999-09-29 00:00:00

THE CHARLATANS are back firing on all cylinders, and talking global domination. TIM BURGESS and JON BROOKES talk to STUART CLARK about the joys of L.A., the dangers of Jack Daniel s and falling down Noel Gallagher s marble staircase. Pics: MICK QUINN

Commentary: Sunlovers!

1999-09-15 00:00:00

IT WAS aeons ago, but I can still remember a time when Hamburger shots meant sesame seed buns, iceberg lettuce and succulent 100% beef patties.

Interview: Swear To God

1999-09-15 00:00:00

Be afraid be very afraid ... America's bible-belt is producing some very scary information.

Frontlines: Booting Out The Racists

2000-11-23 00:00:00

Everton s DANNY CADAMARTERI and West Ham s RIO FERDINAND are two of the football stars promoting the Show Racism The Red Card initiative. STUART CLARK reports


1998-03-04 00:00:00

the authorities in Galway have been forced to backtrack on their decision to enforce a strict interpretation of licensing laws in the city

Commentary: We ve Got A Live One Here

1998-03-04 00:00:00

There s not a Keith Chegwin in sight as STUART CLARK visits L!VE TV, the station that could soon be introducing Ireland to the delights of Rusty the bouncing dwarf weatherman and the rabbit who wants to present Newsnight.


1998-03-18 00:00:00

Why do so many people hate manchester united? stuart clark thumbs through two new books which suggest that there s more to ABUism than just plain envy.

Frontlines: Don t Bank On It

1998-02-04 00:00:00

Their name may be derived from a river that runs through the Scottish capital of Glasgow, but the word on the streets is that like Wimbledon Scottish second division leaders Clydebank are considering a controversial move to Dublin. Report: stuart clark.


1998-01-21 00:00:00

STUART CLARK looks ahead to SOUTH BY SOUTH WEST 98, which gets underway in Austin, Texas on March 18h and which will feature a varied Irish musical bill of fare.

Commentary: Soldier Of Fortune

1999-09-01 00:00:00

ME AND the boys are heading down to Central America for a couple of weeks. Nothing too taxing overthrow a democratically-elected President and replace him with this right-wing dictator bloke who s bunging us $500,000. If you want to come along for the ride, give us a shout.

Frontlines: Pride Or Profit?

1998-01-21 00:00:00

Initially billed as a celebration of gay culture by its organisers, the forthcoming DUBLIN MARDI GRAS seems to be splitting its supposed target community right down the middle. Although its supporters see it as a laudable complement to the long-established Gay Pride Festival, there are those who view it as simply a cynical money-making exercise on the part of businessmen unconnected with the gay scene. STUART CLARK reports on the brewing controversy.

Interview: Gay Old Times

1999-08-04 00:00:00

Irish film-maker BILL HUGHES has just completed a documentary on the past 100 years of homosexual life in Ireland. ANGELA McGOLDRICK met him to talk about the programme, and his own experience as a gay Irish person.

Interview: Mad Frankie Goes to Hollywood

1999-08-04 00:00:00

Frankie Fanser is on the web ... ouch...

Interview: Out Come The Freaks

1999-08-04 00:00:00

When THE JIM ROSE CIRCUS comes to town, some very strange people want in on the act. STUART CLARK met them and ended up talking about body piercings, glass eating, and the legality of public displays of female genitalia. Pics: CATHAL DAWSON.

Commentary: Equus Eroticus

1999-08-18 00:00:00

Reda 'Em 'N' Weep

Net: Laughing All The Way to The Prank

1999-08-18 00:00:00

THEY WERE the nice one, top one, sorted! merchants of their generation.

Net: Are You Lard Enough?

1999-07-07 00:00:00

YOU ARE what you eat a worrying thought if your favourite scram happens to be spiced donkey meat or frozen drone pupae.

Commentary: Fate

1999-07-21 00:00:00

IF THERE S the proverbial book in all of us, mine s going to be called America: A Nation Of Very Rich And Gullible People.

Frontlines: Dog Daze

1999-07-21 00:00:00

STUART CLARK witnesses the bizarre spectacle of Dogstar s gig in a Belfast car park.

Commentary: WHAP! (Read 'Em 'N' Weep)

1999-05-12 00:00:00

WITH THE Spank, sorry, Bank Holiday Weekend upon us, we thought you d be interested in a magazine that enables you to get the most out of your leisure time.

Frontlines: Have You Ever Been Had In Clubland?

1997-09-03 00:00:00

What promoters and clubbers perceive as Garda heavy-handedness in the -war on drugs- is making life increasingly difficult for dance venues across the country. STUART CLARK reports.

Frontlines: Court Victory for the IRFU

1999-02-17 00:00:00

THE IRISH Rugby Football Union have won their long-running battle to be allowed to use Lansdowne Road for concerts.

Comedy: The Gobsheens guide To Modern Living

1999-02-17 00:00:00

Here at Hot Press we like to bring you interviews with the most influential figures of our times. And in Ireland 1999 who is more influential than Ballydung bachelors PODGE and RODGE? STUART CLARK spoke to the zeitgeist-defining duo about the crucial issues: religion, sex, Mary Black and Jean Butler s minge . Also an entirely unfounded revelation about our esteemed editor. Pics: MICK QUINN.

Interview: Can I Speak to the Manager please?

1999-04-28 00:00:00

When Mick McCarthy became manager of the Republic of Ireland, he enjoyed a honeymoon period as one of the Irish media s favourite subjects. But it didn t last long. Results fell below the grandiose expectations of a nation grown accustomed to success under Jack Charlton and McCarthy became a somewhat embattled figure. Now the team is fighting back and the manager is beginning to relax again, confident in his own ability to deliver. Interview: Stuart Clark. Main pix: The Star

Frontlines: Intelligent Life Discovered In Drug Debate Shock

1997-07-23 00:00:00

STUART CLARK on a welcome new contribution to the Ecstasy controversy.

Reports: Austin Power!

1998-01-07 00:00:00

Stuart Clark reports on Ireland's participation in the upcoming South By South West industryfest.

Net: The Unkindest Cut

1999-11-10 00:00:00

AND YOU thought that eyebrow ring of yours was daring!

Caught In The Net: master of the universe

1999-03-31 00:00:00

THE INTERNET has already been utilised to flog every kind of consumer good imaginable, from cut-glass cutlery to left-handed monkey wrenches. Now, even portable commodes have got their own homepage, in the shape of the Bumper Dumper website. The Bumper Dumper is a stand-alone toilet which can be taken on field trips such as hunting and fishing expeditions, or even on off-roading excursions. "No more searching for the perfect bush to squat behind," says the on-site blurb. "No more squatting and finding out later it was poison ivy! No more falling off the unstable porta potty! No more concern for germs from public facilities! "When you have to go . . . you CAN! And with the privacy curtain, you might forget that you are miles from home." n

Interview: Healy Saying Something

2000-07-20 00:00:00

Critical brickbats aside, the success of TRAVIS seems to know no bounds. Here FRAN HEALY and co talk to STUART CLARK about drugs, Oasis, Paul McCartney, Ali G, and drunkenly dancing on computers! The man who took the photos: STEVEN FISHER

Interview: Squire Boys

1997-04-30 00:00:00

After two years of being that bloke who used to be in the Stone Roses, John Squire is back in the saddle with The Seahorses. On the eve of their Heineken Green Energy appearance at Dublin Castle, Madchester s answer to Jimmy Page talks to Stuart Clark about old friends, new challenges and his penchant for obscure Belfast punk bands.

Interview: Rocker Of Ages

2000-07-06 00:00:00

Ricky Warwick tells STUART CLARK about his reasons for reforming THE ALMIGHTY

Interview: Mad, Bad and Charming to know

1997-03-19 00:00:00

An ex-con, a foe of The Krays and a man capable of such acts of violence that he once sliced off a prison guard s ear, Mad Frankie Fraser now makes quite a nice living for himself spinning yarns about his gangster years. Stuart Clark interrogates him about prison, drugs, the IRA, Arsenal and a novel theory on Veronica Guerin s murder which, Fraser insists, the Irish media haven t had the bottle to print. Mugshots: Cathal Dawson

Interview: Should We Talk About The Weatherall?

1997-04-02 00:00:00

In a rare interview, DJ, Sabres Of Paradise mainman and all-round geezer andrew weatherall tells stuart clark about why he won t be working with Primal Scream again, comes clean about his Van Morrison obsession, and does his best not to slag off Kula Shaker and Mansun.

Interview: Saints And Sinners

1997-04-16 00:00:00

Between recording the theme music for The Saint and fending off accusations of satanism, Orbital mainman PHILIP HARTNOLL barely has time to do the washing up. STUART CLARK stands by with the tea-towel.

Interview: Onward Crispian Soldiers

1997-01-22 00:00:00

Few bands have managed to divide critical opinion quite so spectacularly as Kula Shaker. Mystic musical saviours to some, prog rock nightmares to others, the one thing that everybody s agreed on is that mainman Crispian Mills gives exceedingly good quote. Interview and periodic bewilderment: Stuart Clark

Homefront: leave a TINDER moment alone

1997-06-25 00:00:00

They may be Europe s premier exponents of dishevelled cool and string-laden romance, but, as tindersticks mainman stuart staples explains, there s always been that Nottingham Forest element to their music. We re 35% more popular in Greece than Sting, he tells a gobsmacked stuart clark.

Interview: Star Of David

2000-06-08 00:00:00

DAVID HOLMES new album is likely to elevate him to the world s DJ-ing A-list. STUART CLARK visited him in Belfast to hear tales of voodoo, punk, Primal Scream and, er, Gilbert O Sullivan. Pictures: MYLES CLAFFEY

Interview: Last Of The True Believers

2000-03-16 00:00:00

They re on the cover of NME! They re massive from Lahore to Lima! They ve rawked since 1973! Yes, they re AC/DC! STUART CLARK meets BRIAN JOHNSON.

Interview: Up Close And Personal

2000-04-13 00:00:00

After years when her triumphs were in danger of being masked by her tribulations, DOLORES O RIORDAN is back in defiantly upbeat form. She talks to STUART CLARK about confidence, critics, Calvin Klein and her confirmation-size breasts ! Pics: MICK QUINN.

Commentary: Corrs Slam Napster Theft

2000-07-20 00:00:00

Artists who express pro-Napster sentiments are being naive, says John Hughes. Report: STUART CLARK

Frontlines: You're On The Eire

1999-04-14 00:00:00

When former IRA prisoner Marion Price decided to go public about the intimidation she claims to have suffered, she did so on Radio Free Iireann. STUART CLARK reports on the New York station that s providing a focal point for dissident Republican opinion.

Interview: The Man Don't Give A Puck

1999-04-14 00:00:00

Could "Manu" Petit make it in the NHL?

Frontlines: Ireland Is The Most Difficult Place in Europe To Stage An Open-Air Show

1997-04-02 00:00:00

Will U2 play Phoenix Park or not? And what is the future of the rock festival as we have come to know and love it in Ireland? Special Report: STUART CLARK.

Interview: CULLEN'S COUP

1997-03-19 00:00:00

Underdogs who've clawed their way into the top flight, Setanta Records, like Wimbledon, are a premiership act - with attitude. stuart clark gets the rags to (comparative) riches story from label boss, Dubliner Keith Cullen and also seeks the considered opinions of boys-done-well, Neil Hannon and Edwyn Collins.

Commentary: Wild Green Fairy Liquid

1999-03-31 00:00:00

Does ABSINTHE really make the heart grow fonder or are the Conservatives right in calling for its ban? STUART CLARK and his showbiz chums check out the drink that s taking clubland by storm. Pix: CATHAL DAWSON.

Commentary: For Women

1999-03-31 00:00:00

PEOPLE BUYING magazines for sick Grannies in hospital beware! It may sound like the sort of publication that has Russell Grant doing the horoscopes and Richard Madely talking about his perfect marriage, but the only pricks in For Women are of the bell-ended variety.

Commentary: Live Wired!

2000-03-02 00:00:00

STUART CLARK checks out the inside story of L!VE TV, perhaps the daftest tabloid telly station in the world (ever), and wonders how Irish television might follow suit.

Interview: Glamorama Ding Dong

2000-03-02 00:00:00

It s the morning after the night before and BRET EASTON ELLIS feels like he s got Marilyn Manson playing inside his head. A dinner date with fellow penslinger Irvine Welsh has gone seriously pear-shaped and like his most famous literary creation, the Californian is fit to kill. STUART CLARK offers tea and solpadeine, and in return gets the lowdown on American Psycho, trans-Atlantic stalkers and why both Air Supply and the Teletubbies are evil. Pix: Cathal Dawson.


1999-03-03 00:00:00

Those of you who watch Sky News on a regular basis may have seen the story of an American man who was given a new hand in a pioneering transplant operation last week. The man, who lost his original hand in a childhood accident, was quoted afterwards as saying that he wanted to let my two kids see their daddy with a proper right hand . The operation was performed at a Jewish hospital the Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center plc and a special website was set up shortly afterwards to chronicle this slice of medical history in the making. Images from the operation itself, in all their gory glory, can be viewed on the site, as well as patient-condition updates, and transcripts from the press conferences held before and after. #

Commentary: Family Values

2000-06-22 00:00:00

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Commentary: The Real Deal

2000-06-08 00:00:00

It was, even by the Evening Herald s standards, a bit of a classic: Hitler s Deadly Drug Hits Dublin: Lethal Yaba can turn users into killers.

Commentary: The Gun Club The Small Arms Review

2000-06-08 00:00:00

DESPERATE TO start your own white militia but don t know where to find the necessary hardware? Well, fret no more my fascist friends, because The Small Arms Review has finally made it over the Atlantic. A must-read for anyone who wants to build their own fortified compound in the Wicklow Mountains, the magazine is packed with ads for companies like US Ordenance, who can fix you up with a Vickers Semi-Auto .303 machine gun for just $4,495 (including p&p).

Commentary: Pipe Smokers Of The World Unite

2000-05-11 00:00:00

THERE S NOTHING I enjoy more after leaving Hot Press than to go home, loosen my cravat and indulge in a good nutty shag. However, it is increasingly the practice of the working classes and newly-moneyed to pour scorn on such manly pursuits. The days of a public school education automatically earning one respect are, it appears, at an end. The landscape would be unbearably bleak were it not for The Chap, a new gentleman s quarterly which has become quite the rage in polite society.

News: Oasis Deserted

2000-05-11 00:00:00

The Gallaghers are being upstaged on their American tour by Travis. Report: STUART CLARK

Commentary: READ EM AND WEEP

2000-05-25 00:00:00

FORGET THE FLOOD Tribunal. The biggest scandal in Y2K Ireland is the censor s continuing refusal to let The Daily Sport into the country.

Commentary: Sex Drugs Rocked And Rolled

2000-04-27 00:00:00

STUART CLARK reports on the controversy surrounding rape drug GHB, and on a less sombre note, whether Amyl Nitrate is still top of the poppers.

Commentary: Today s Tripper

2000-04-13 00:00:00

After half a century as the adventurous tripper s drug of choice, LSD is being given a designer makeover. In our continuing series on drugs, STUART CLARK checks out the hallucinogens.

Commentary: Porn In The USA

2000-04-27 00:00:00

SEX, HUMOR And Truth it proudly proclaims on the cover and, sure enough, Hustler is almost as famous nowadays for upholding the Fifth Amendment as for what the porn world so sensitively titles hamburger shots.

Commentary: The Bottle And The Damage Done

2000-05-25 00:00:00

Media hysteria about illegal drugs may reach ever-greater levels of intensity, but are any of them as dangerous as ALCOHOL? STUART CLARK reports.

Commentary: Birth Of A Drug Problem

2000-05-11 00:00:00

Ballymena, for so long a byword for politics, Paisley and prosperity, is having to come to terms with heroin. Report: STUART CLARK.

Commentary: The Great Reefer Barrier

2000-03-02 00:00:00

More people than ever may be smoking it but Ireland s marijuana laws remain among the most draconian in Europe. In the second part of our series on drugs in Ireland, STUART CLARK presents the dope on dope.

Commentary: The Good, The Lad And The Ugly

2000-03-02 00:00:00

YOU CAN pretty much guess what was said at the first editorial meeting. We re going to produce a magazine like Loaded, except without the humour, irony and people who possess a modicum of journalistic talent.

Commentary: A Life Of Rhyme

2000-03-02 00:00:00

IT S A great concept, you ve got to admit. A Limey journalist who doesn t know his Big Punishers from his Lil Kims goes to South Central, spends a year hanging out with the local hip hop hopefuls and produces the first book on gangsta rap that you don t have to be dope, fly or packing heat to understand.

Commentary: The Law And The Letter

2000-03-16 00:00:00

Could the legal status of E soon change? In the third part of Hot Press continuing investigation into drugs, STUART CLARK reports on the clubbers pill of choice.

Commentary: Yaba Dabble Don t!

2000-03-30 00:00:00

Law enforcement agencies are worried it could be the new ecstasy. In the fourth part of Hot Press investigation into drugs STUART CLARK reports on the new breed of super-amphetamines

Frontlines: The Fickle Finger of Fate

2000-02-03 00:00:00

Undertone MICKEY BRADLEY and ANDY CAIRNS of Therapy? join STUART CLARK in mourning the passing of Subbuteo, the beautiful little game.

Commentary: Charlie s Back In The Headlines

2000-02-17 00:00:00

NEVER MIND share prices and gross national products. If you want to gauge how tigerish an economy is, take a look at what people are shoving up their noses.

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