Des O'Driscoll shares the latest from the entertainment world.
GIG WISE: It Takes A Village (May 10-12) festival at Trabolgan, Co Cork, made further additions to its roster, with Kojaque — Irish hip-hop’s man of the moment — joining the already-announced Gilles Peterson, The Herbaliser, Herbert, etc. Lisa O’Neill and Saint Sister also feature in the second round of announcements.
For Dublin gigs, the big revelation this week was Drake, with 3Arena hosting the Canadian over three nights: March 19, 21, and 22.
Foals have two new albums on the way over the next few months and the Oxford rockers will also be playing Trinity College Dublin on July 2.
While Irish hip-hop seems to be thriving at the moment, zoom back 25 years and it was a tiny community that was barely making a dent in the country’s wider music scene. One of the few acts people knew about were Scary Éire, and while some of the Dublin group have raised their heads in other projects, a gig announced for the Sugar Club in Dublin on March 17 will be the first they’ve played for many years.
FILM TIPS: The presence of Vice in the nominations for the best picture Oscar should ensure a decent audience this weekend for the take on former US vice-president Dick Cheney. Christian Bale also got a nomination for best actor — one of eight the film got overall — for his portrayal of the architect of the invasion of Iraq. Director Adam McKay comes with a good pedigree, having previously given us the excellent Anchorman and The Big Short.
The Mule also opens today, and while it’s probably not as good a film, the fact that it’s directed by 88-year-old Clint Eastwood marks it as a mighty impressive achievement anyway. As well as starring himself, the veteran film-maker has also cast Bradley Cooper and Michael Peña.
Among the documentaries getting a limited release today is On Her Shoulders, the tale of Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad and her attempts to focus the world’s attention on one of the most barbaric acts of our times, the massacres and enslavement by Isis of the Yazidis in Iraq.
In Cork, Triskel has the Oscar-nominated Japanese tale Shoplifters, while the Cine Club at St John’s kicks off its new season on Thursday with French film Just to Be Sure (Ôtez-moi d’un doute).
COMEDY CAPERS: There are some decent comedy options coming up in Cork over the next few weeks, beginning with Enya Martin’s Giz A Laugh show at the Everyman tomorrow.
Down the road on the same night, City Limits has Edwin Sammon, aka the priest from Bridget and Eamon.
The ever-popular David O’Doherty is at the Everyman for two nights (Feb 1-2), while Pat Shortt is at the Opera House (March 7-8).
Up in the capital, Aziz Ansari of Parks and Recreation is at Vicar St on March 31.
Another upcoming biggie in Dublin is the Comic Relief event at 3Arena on March 17, with the likes of Tommy Tiernan, Bernard O’Shea, Waterford Whispers, and many more taking to the stage in aid of charity.
Podcasting giant Marc Maron also returns to Dublin at Vicar St on April 11.
ON THE TELLY: If you watch one TV show over the weekend, let it be Bros: After the Screaming Stops. Screening on BBC Two tomorrow, the documentary on the popstar siblings has been garnering a cult status since it was first broadcast shortly before Christmas. Yes, many were left laughing at the Spinal Tap flourishes of the Goss brothers, but the silver lining for the duo is that it could lead to a bit of a career revival. Cue a rush of bookings for ‘ironic’ slots at cool festivals.
Graham Norton’s show tonight includes Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, and Noomi Rapace, as well as boxer Anthony Joshua. The Late Late tonight has Hozier, fitness guru Joe Wicks, and various Dancing with the Stars celebs.