Des O'Driscoll shares the latest from the entertainment world
It’s not quite a comedy gig, but Tommy Tiernan’s visit to the Vinyl Lounge at Golden Discs in Cork will undoubtedly have a few laughs. The Navan funnyman is at the store next Thursday to chat to Dave Mac of Red FM about the music and albums that are dear to his heart.
Meanwhile, one of Tiernan’s old haunts, City Limits in Cork, has Joe Rooney and Patrick McDonnell tomorrow.
Jonathan Van Ness may be familiar to you from Queer Eye on Netflix, and the hair stylist to the stars is also bringing his stand-up show to the Olympia in Dublin on April 30.
Electric Picnic tickets are back on sale on Monday. A weekend camping ticket is €250, while a Sunday day ticket is €95.
It’s been a bad week for vocalists, with both Justin Timberlake and Axl Rose falling ill.
While Timberlake had to cancel another show on his American tour due to vocal cord issues, the Guns N’ Roses singer managed to get through 17 songs before having to leave the stage at his band’s Abu Dhabi gig.
There’s an interesting face-off developing between the country’s two biggest promoters in Cork for the summer.
Aiken Promotions has largely ruled the roost on Leeside for many years with its Marquee gigs and the likes of Ed Sheeran and next May’s appearance by Rod Stewart.
After already booking George Ezra for Musgrave Park, however, MCD has announced another biggie for the home of rugby in Cork.
The Coronas headline an event on June 22 that will also feature Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid and Dublin popsters All Tvvins.
Michael Bublé has announced a second gig for 3Arena (June 6 and 7), while 1980s star Paul Young will tour Ireland in May, with dates including Cork Opera House (21), Olympia Dublin (22), and UCH Limerick (24).
One for the diaries is a benefit for Cork Sexual Violence Centre, at Cyprus Avenue on December 23. The event will feature a flock of the city’s DJs and other musical talent.
And the latest act to announce a Marquee gig are Toto, who’ll be belting out ‘Africa’ and their other 1980s hits at the Leeside venue on June 15.
The Camino Voyage is on the roster at Triskel in Cork from Sunday, and Macroom-born director of the film, Dónal Ó Céilleachair, will be in attendance on Tuesday for a Q+A after the 6pm screening.
In mainstream cinemas, Creed 2 will be one of the biggies this weekend, and advance opinions are generally favourable about this latest instalment in the Rocky saga.
Thankfully, Sylvester Stallone makes an appearance, as well as co-writing and co-producing the film, but the main focus is on Michael B Jordan’s character Adonis Creed, who has to go up against Victor ‘Son of Ivan’ Drago.
Can he really triumph over adversity again?
Suspiria 18 will draw horror fans, while Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet is the big draw for younger cinema-goers.
You never got to see The Boss on Broadway? At least Netflix are going to show us what it looked like.
Bruce Springsteen finishes his year-long run at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on December 15, and Netflix will release Springsteen On Broadway the next day.
Meanwhile, BBC Four series A Musical History features Stevie Wonder tonight, with a diverse range of people from the music world selecting their favourite songs by the 68-year-old.
Also on BBC tonight, the Graham Norton Show includes Steve Carell, Michael B Jordan, and Britain’s new Public Enemy No 1— Cheryl Whatshername.
But yes, you’ll miss it as you’ll be watching the Late Late Toy Show.