Sunday 28 May 2017

Ed Power

Talking about a new generation: Lady Gaga headlined the Saturday night at the festival

Coachella gives kids the pop-fest they want - do young people have any interest in rock 'n' roll anymore? 

Coachella is the Paris Hilton of rock festivals: glitzy, Californian, not quite as talked about as it used to be. But the event surged back to prominence last weekend thanks to a double infusion of pop royalty. Lady Gaga debuted a new song, 'The Cure', which immediately began trending worldwide on Twitter, while mysterious teenager Lorde sealed her comeback with an eye-popping performance...

Among the celebrities to die this year were Prince Picture: Reuters

Comment: If you spent 2016 grieving over dead celebrities, you'd better get used to it - here's how it could be the new normal 

The outpouring of grief following the death of George Michael on Christmas Day was extraordinary. On December 25, many of us went from cursing the ever-presence of Wham! on Christmas playlists to mourning a genius taken before his time. One moment Michael was the cheesy chap flinging snowballs in the 'Last Christmas' video. The next he was an icon snatched from us at a tragically...

Gamble: James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood star in HBO’s latest TV series 'Westworld'

Is Westworld sci-fi's answer to Game of Thrones? 

It's the big-budget TV show set in a fantastical universe that shocks viewers with its frothy cocktail of sexual violence and bloodshed. No, I'm not talking about 'Game Of Thrones', but you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise - after all, it's the formula that has helped turn the show based on George RR Martin's novels into a global phenomenon. Now HBO, the American network that brought us the clothing-optional fantasy smash, is throwing the same ingredients at the screen once again.

Role play: Ed Power with his treasure trove of board games Photo: Mark Condren

Back to the gaming board 

After a long, hard day banging my head against a computer screen, I have a favourite way of unwinding. I will set forth on a dangerous fantasy quest, battling goblins and evil wizards. Or I may investigate a haunted house and solve deathly puzzles. Sometimes, if I'm feeling lazy, I'll throw together a squad of space marines for 30 minutes of lock 'n' load destruction. Last night, my crew and I tangled with an ice demon on an asteroid. A good time was had by all (apart from the ice demon).

Netflix has changed things by offering we the viewers the opportunity to control how and when we take in our favourite shows

Wait a week for the next episode? That's so over... 

In the future, the revolution WILL be televised. TV is on the brink of an era of upheaval and reinvention - indeed, that process is already under way as audiences in Ireland and globally abandon decades-old viewing habits. With more and more of us embracing the streaming model pioneered by Netflix, the challenges facing legacy broadcasters such as RTÉ are significant and perhaps existential. In a world of infinite choice, how are they to justify their existence?