GIG WISE: It was another week for big announcements as promoters rush to get their summer events on the Christmas pressie list.
Diana Ross will be 76 by the time she crosses the Atlantic for pre-Glastonbury gigs at the Marquee in Cork (June 25) and Kilmainham, Dublin (26), with a set sure to be packed with classics from the Motown era right up to more recent decades. Tickets are on sale tomorrow.
Other announcements for what is expected to be the final year of the Marquee concerts at the Marina site included Cat Stevens (Yusuf), for June 24.
Across the city, the Musgrave Park gigs beefed up their roster with the Chemical Brothers (June 30), with at least one more international act expected to be announced soon. Also in Cork, the Quiet Lights festival kicked off last night, with Lankum,
Peter Broderick and others playing in various venues over the weekend.
MUSIC NEWS: The Cranberries’ final album, In the End, is the main Irish representative in the Grammy nominations.
In January, it will be vieing for the best rock album alongside four other bands in a category defined by “containing at least 51% playing time of new rock, hard rock or metal recordings”. Dublin singer-songwriter RuthAnne can also claim a nomination for her work on John Legend’s album, A Legendary Christmas.
There’s a bewildering array of categories for the Grammys, but perhaps the most significant of the 84 awards is the Album of the Year gong, with 10 nominees announced this week for a prize that will be given out inJanuary.
Bon Iver, Billie Eilish, Lizzo and Lil Nas X are among the candidates, but the main talking point since the announcement of the list has been the omission of the mega-selling Lover by Taylor Swift.
Watch out for a slew of albums being released over the next few weeks, with Stormzy among the artists hoping to make the most of what is still a big sales period for the music biz. Heavy Is The Head will include hit single ‘Vossi Bop’, while an eclectic list of collaborators includes Aitch and Ed Sheeran.
FILM TIPS: If Frozen 2 isn’t on your agenda, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story is still showing in many cinemas, with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver getting heaps of praise for their roles in the marriage break-up tale.
Harriet is on release Friday, with the true slave-era drama telling the remarkable tale of a Harriet Tubman. We see how, after escaping her ‘owner’s’ farm, she became a prominent abolitionist and was involved in rescuing many others from slavery in the Deep South.
From Sunday, Triskel in Cork has By The Grace of God, a well-received drama about clerical abuse in France; while Cork Cine Club is showing East Germany-set drama Balloon next Thursday at St John’s College.
ON THE TELLY: David Fincher proved his credentials with House of Cards and Mindhunter, so it’ll be interesting what he does with a new Netflix series inspired by the 1974 film Chinatown.
Deadline reports that a pilot for the series will soon start production, and all concerned probably made a wise move not involving Roman Polanski — director of the original film — as a swirl of more unpleasant allegations emerge about the veteran film-maker.
The Irishman makes its Netflix debut on Wednesday, after a successful run in cinemas for the 207-minute mob drama starring Robert de Niro and Al Pacino.
Finally, Graham Norton’s guestlist tomorrow night includes Kylie Minogue and Ricky Gervais.