Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

MUSIC NEWS: Perhaps it’s fortunate for the Glastonbury organisers that Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs isn’t on their bill this weekend. 

The rapper/entrepreneur was arrested this week after an altercation with his son’s football coach.

Maybe he’ll prove us wrong, but we can’t imagine Damien Rice ever attracting such headlines. The Kildare troubadour plays the Marquee in Cork on July 13, and has three songs on the upcoming film version of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. That animated feature has other Irish connections, with Glen Hansard also contributing to the soundtrack, and Liam Neeson among the voice actors.

Muse have broken through in the US with their new album, Drones, topping the charts there and numerous other nations around the globe.

And finally, Hot Press reports that the University of Limerick is to host a symposium on Joy Division in November. Anyone interested in submitting a paper to the event should contact UL’s Popular Music and Popular Culture research cluster.

GIG WISE: It was no surprise that the Electric Picnic has sold out, considering the lineup includes such crowd-pullers as Florence + the Machine, Blur, and Sam Smith alongside an equally impressive bill of lesser-known acts. There are still a few announcements to be made for the Stradbally event’s smaller arenas, and the actual schedule won’t be available until August.

As you’ve probably heard, the Killarney Festival of Music and Food has been cancelled, with Duran Duran and Fr John Misty among the acts that had been scheduled to play.

In Cork, there’s house music of a slightly progressive flavour on offer from Michael Calfan at the Savoy tonight. The French DJ hit the charts with ‘Treasured Soul’ and has done remixes for everyone from David Guetta to Fatboy Slim.

Leeside also a good lineup of Marquee gigs to come, with Lionel Richie tomorrow and The Waterboys on Sunday.

FILM TIPS: The big releases today are Knock Knock, starring Keanu Reeves; and Minions, the animated offshoot of Despicable Me.

It’s been 40 years since Jaws scared the shite out of a whole generation, and Steven Spielberg’s big break (he was 28 when he made it!) does stand up to a modern viewing. Cork Opera House is the venue next Saturday for a special screening of the classic.

Also in Cork, Triskel has French thriller The Connection, and German film Phoenix.

The IFI in Dublin has its festival of family films from July 16-19, while the Light House is also running family films through July and August.

THEATRE NIGHTS: Druid Shakespeare is in Skibbereen Town Hall at 5pm on Monday, while a production of Brian Friel’s Lovers runs at the Everyman in Cork from Tuesday, July 7.

Theatre events at the Galway Arts Festival include Olwen Fouéré’s performance of Lessness, by Samuel Beckett, at An Taibhdhearc (July 22-26).

FESTIVAL CORNER: Clonmel Junction Festival (July 3-12) takes place next weekend, with a fine mix of music, theatre and other pursuits in the Tipperary town.

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is also under way with its usual impressive roster of world class stars of the genre.

VISUAL ART: Sean Scully is Leeside today for the opening of his Figure/Abstract exhibition at the Crawford. West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen has its annual members’ exhibition under way, with both professional and amateur artists exhibiting side by side.

Banksy has been doing his bit for the people of Gaza in recent months, but Banksy Does New York on Sky Arts on Wednesday follows the street artist’s escapades in the Big Apple in 2013.


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