GIG WISE: After the pre-Christmas rush, the past week has been a fairly quiet time for gig announcements, but Sounds From A Safe Harbour in Cork has revealed its dates.
The third incarnation of the festival will run September 12-15, with the line-up to be revealed in the coming months by the curators (Mary Hickson, Cillian Murphy, and the Dessner brothers from The National). Whoever makes it to the bill, if SFSH 19 is even half as good as the previous event in 2017, it will probably be the most fun you’ll have all year.
We've been busy collaborating, creating and sowing the seeds for SFSH 2019. We are really excited about what lies ahead. Here are the dates. September 12-15. More to come...🧡 #sfsh19 pic.twitter.com/5toMynKQ3N— Sounds from a Safe (@SafeHarbourFest) January 1, 2019
Meanwhile, among the other upcoming gigs in Cork are the Ballincollig Winter Music festival at the White Horse (Jan 23-27); Quarter Block Party (Feb 8-10); and the Microdisney finale at Cyprus Avenue (Feb 19).
In Dublin, The 1975 are at 3Arena next Thursday, while Rudimental play the Olympia on January 20.
MUSIC NEWS: So you thought listening to Leonard Cohen entitled you to hang out with the cool kids? Afraid not (cue the blasting sound of a Jim Royle wrong-answer klaxon!).
In the ultimate kudos-sapping act, the late Canadian singer has been subjected to a callous expression of affection by a member of the British royal family.
Prince Charles has been telling BBC Radio 3 how much he enjoys Cohen: “I’ve always loved Leonard Cohen’s voice and his whole approach to the way he sang.”
Ray Sawyer of Dr Hook is possibly singing harmony with Cohen in that great gig in the sky, after the demise of the 81-year-old Alabaman.
Distinctive for his eye-patch, after losing his right eye in a car accident in 1967, Sawyer sang on such hits as ‘When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman’.
Finally, the people of America can be heartened by the news that after suffering for years under a megalomaniac president with little grasp on reality, they may soon get the chance to replace him with... Kanye West. The Make America Great cap-wearing megastar has again teased his presidential ambitions in a tweet bearing the date “2024”.
ON THE TELLY: Earlier this week, Netflix revealed that the third series of Stranger Things would debut on July 4.
Set in the summer of 1985, we’re told the season will comprise nine episodes, all of which will be released on the launch day.
Among the new cast members is Maya Hawke — while we’ve never seen her act, we do know the 20-year-old comes from good pedigree, being the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.
Meanwhile, there’s another big week coming up in TV-land as the networks roll out more of their new year shows.
Resistance is the big new series coming up on RTÉ on Sunday, with Brian Gleeson starring as one of Michael Collins’ gunmen in the War of Independence drama that moves the action on from the producers’ 2016 offering, Rebellion.
On Monday, Channel 4 has Brexit: The Uncivil War, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the tale of that infamous referendum.
Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney also return on Tuesday on the same channel with the fourth series of Catastrophe.
A decent film choice over the weekend is I, Daniel Blake, from Ken Loach, showing on BBC Two tomorrow.
FILM TIPS: The Favourite was this week’s big release, with the 18th-century period drama also hoping to feature in Sunday night’s Golden Globes awards.
The arrival of awards season also heralds the best time of the year to get to the cinema, and biggies to watch out for over the next few weeks include Stan and Ollie (next Friday), Mary Queen Of Scots (Jan 18, starring Saoirse Ronan), and Vice (Jan 25, Christian Bale as Dick Cheney).
On the Irish front, Triskel in Cork is one of the cinemas showing The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, the documentary on a Kildare farmer’s battle with the IDA over attempts to compulsorily purchase his land.