Scene and Heard: This week's entertainment news

All of this week's entertainment news with Des O'Driscoll.


Despite only being listed on the second tier of acts, Billie Eilish is one of most anticipated visitors for the Electric Picnic at the end of summer. 

Still only 17 — is she the first person born this century whose music you’ve listened to? — her stock continues to rise, with Rolling Stone magazine describing the Californian as “the first invader from the next generation of pop masterminds, rewriting the playbook for how it’s done”. 

Meanwhile, the gripes about the sound at the Spice Girls gig in Croke Park last week were echoed across the Irish sea in Cardiff a couple of nights later. 

NME reports that some fans were unable to hear the music properly, with one posting, “What we really really want... a f**king refund”.


There seems to be a last burst of quality shows on offer before the summer slump kicks in, with several must-see programmes on offer over the next few days. 

Hopefully, Deadwood: The Movie (tomorrow, Sky Atlantic) can tie up those loose ends that have been left hanging since the original show’s abrupt cancellation in 2006 after three excellent seasons. 

If you didn’t see Ian McShane and co in that gritty western drama, treat yourself to a box-set binge before you come back around to the film. 

Michael Apted’s Up series is also back for a new instalment on ITV on Tuesday, with the British documentary-maker revisiting the people he’s been filming since they were seven. 

They’re now 63. 

The excellent Chernobyl concludes on Tuesday on Sky Atlantic, with The Virtues bowing out on Channel 4 on Wednesday. 

On the same day, a new three-episode instalment of Black Mirror drops on Netflix.


Many people were left disappointed on Monday after attempting to buy tickets for Feist and Damien Rice at Sounds From A Safe Harbour in Cork in September. 

A surge of demand ensured both gigs sold out almost instantly leaving a trail of frustrated punters in online queues. 

Tickets are still available for four of the other headline events. 

The bank holiday weekend marks the official start of summer, with Forbidden Fruit at Kilmainham, Dublin, holding a claim as the first festival of the season. 

From tonight until Sunday, attendees will be regaled by the likes of Skepta, Elbow and Fontaines DC. 

In Cork, Paul Brady is a brave man to go up against the Champions League final for his Opera House gig tomorrow, but perhaps the presence of his new American collaborator, Theo Katzmann, will persuade some punters to forgo the soccer.

Hothouse Flowers return to the Rebel County on June 14 for an appearance at Mallow Racecourse. 

Cyprus Avenue on Leeside will be the venue next Saturday, June 8, for the annual Cork Rocks for Rory event, in memory of the late Rory Gallagher. 

Of course, many of Ireland’s rock guitar fans will be in Slane the same night for Metallica.


Camille O’Sullivan, below, returns to Cork for one performance of The Rape of Lucrece at the Everyman tomorrow; while on Tuesday and Wednesday, the same venue hosts Cobh playwright/performer Pat Kinevane in his new work, Before, set in Clery’s department store in Dublin.


Booksmart looks the best of the new releases for the weekend, with the high-school comedy getting heaps of praise for its portrayal of two female, foul-mouthed friends. 

From Sunday, Triskel in Cork has The Blue Angel, the 1930 classic that turned Marlene Dietrich into a big star.

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