The return of Genesis, a feast of French film, and Beckett at the Everyman: arts/ents editor Des O'Driscoll has the lowdown.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 8am for Kings of Leon (pictured) at the RDS in Dublin on July 1.
In Cork, Girl Band bring their unique sound to Cyprus Avenue tomorrow, and while a decent amount of ticket sales have ensured a big crowd is guaranteed, at the time of writing, there were still some available. Across town at Triskel tomorrow, John Blek launches his latest album The Embers. Mick Flannery’s gig at Sea Church, Ballycotton, on Sunday is sold out, but he has also added next Thursday to his appearances at the recently-opened venue.
On the international front, a Genesis reunion was one of the big announcements this week, with the veteran trio of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks kicking off the tour at Dublin’s 3Arena on November 16. Tickets go on sale on Monday.
In Cork, the French Film Festival continues through the weekend at the Gate Cinema, with highlights including gritty modern drama Les Misérables (Saturday), and closing film The Truth (LaVérité) on Sunday. The latter offering comes from Hirokazu Kore-eda — director of the acclaimed Shoplifters — and stars Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche.
Animation fans of all ages will enjoy Onward, opening today in most cinemas, with the tale of two teenage elf brothers being widely hailed as the best Pixar offering in quite a while.
Meanwhile, True History of the Kelly Gang is very much for adults only, with the over -18 rated drama about legendary Irish-Australian outlaw Ned Kelly getting decent reviews, despite some rather violent scenes. George MacKay, whose great grandfather hails from Cork, plays the outlaw in the tale adapted from Peter Carey’s excellent novel.
From Sunday, Triskel in Cork has Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse.
Westworld will return to Sky Atlantic on March 16, complete with newcomers Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and French actor Vincent Cassel.
Hilary Mantel will be reading in Cork and Dublin in May, and fans can get a preview of the author in action tomorrow night on BBC Two documentary Return To Wolf Hall.
Ricky Gervais returns to Ireland on May 29 at 3Arena with his new stand-up show Super Nature, part of a big year for the performer that also includes the new series of After Life on Netflix in late April.
Tickets are selling well for Kate Tempest at the Everyman in Cork for Midsummer Festival in June, with most of the lower floor and about half of the balcony already sold out. Be warned that it’s not the type of full-on live show the Londoner has performed on previous tours — this is a spoken word gig, without music.
Upcoming signings at Waterstones in Cork include Jessica Griffin on Saturday, March 14 — she recently published the On the Road comic about life as a teenager with Asperger’s syndrome.
Barry McGovern is one of Ireland’s foremost interpreters of Samuel Beckett’s work, and will be at the Everyman in Cork next Tuesday to Thursday.
Also on Leeside, the Opera House makes a rare foray into contemporary theatre on April 2 when it hosts The Mai, by Marina Carr. The play premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival last year, and revolves around a 40-year-old woman who is the figurehead of her family.