- 01 Aug 18
Roisin Murphy, Villagers, Jape and more all take part in our inaugural All Together Now special issue.
Currently brightening up our summer with a series of stonking club tunes, Roisin Murphy is as eloquent and literate a pop star as Ireland's ever produced.
In a revealing cover story interview, the Arklow-born art-pop star Roisin Murphy talks to Stuart Clark about her appearance at All Together Now festival, her hell-raising Madchester days, rural life in '80s Co. Wicklow, liberal Ireland, Twitter storms, surviving in a testing music industry and the eight new fantastic songs she's set to release this summer.
Elsewhere in the issue, we have a jam-packed 18-page feature on All Together Now Festival, happening this August Bank Holiday Weekend.
We access all areas of the festival and speak to a huge range of key players who will make this the most special addition to the Irish festival summer. To that end, we speak to Villagers' Conor O'Brien about the countdown to their new album; Michelin-grade chef Kevin Thorton, about the festival's Food For Life section; Kevin McAleer, about appearing in Derry Girls and his new comedy routine; and we look back on Will Self's wildest interviews with Hot Press, ahead of his appearance at the All Curious Minds area of the festival. We also round up all the best acts to catch, all the best comedians to laugh your socks of to, all the most thought-provoking discussions, and everything else that you'll need to get you there and enjoy your weekend.
On the music front, we sit down for an in-depth interview with the hugely talented singer-songwriter Catherine McGrath. She's already been lauded as one of the best country singers to emerge in recent years, and Hot Press' Peter McGoran learns how the singer's choice to leave her home in Co. Down and develop her sound in London and Nashville paved the way for her phenomenal debut album Talk Of The Town.
To add to this, The Murder Capital's James McGovern talks to Stephen Keegan about the charge of bright young guitar bands who are electrifying Dublin's music scene. We also meet with art-pop pioneer Richic Egan, aka Jape; The Waterboys' legendary violinist Steve Wickham; and indie sensation Soccer Mommy.
In our film section, Roe McDermott meets with ex-Us Office star Rainn Wilson to talk about the rip-roaring action-adventure movie The Meg. We also review all the latest releases, including the controversial Pope Francis: Man of His Word and Marvel's latest, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
In our TV section, Ed Power goes behind the hard-hitting comedy in Sacha Baron Cohen's latest work of genius Who Is America? and discusses its significance for the age we live in.
In our book section, Peter McGoran meets acclaimed poet and debut novelist Caoilinn Hughes. Caoilinn's excellent novel Orchid and the Wasp sees a compelling female protagonist navigate social upheaval in the wake of the financial crisis, as well as dealing with the complexity of family life.
Also in the issue, we report on why diagnoses of HIV in Ireland have rocketed to alarm levels - and why a combination of big pharma greed and government inaction is to blame. Stephen Porzio talks to activist Will St. Leger about the growing probably. As well as this, in our bumper frontlines issue, we meet with RuPaul Drag Race star Bianca Del Rio to talk about social progress in Ireland and unusual fan encounters, and our American correspondent Max Freebern reports on the new breed of American Democrats who are taking the midterm fight to Trump.
On top of all that, we also have interviews with the likes of Brigid Mae Power and Clare Sands as well as all the usual previews, reviews and news that you'd expect from Hot Press, including coverage of the newest releases from J Colleran, The Internet, Ben Howard and more.
Buy the new issue here in stores tomorrow!