Scene and Heard with Des O'Driscoll

Sophie Turner attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

All the latest music and arts news with Des O'Driscoll.

MUSIC NEWS:

Cardi B’s cancellation of an appearance in Manchester this weekend has been caused by the ultimate 21st century excuse – she’s recovering from plastic surgery.

NME reports that organisers of the Parklife Festival only found out about the New Yorker’s withdrawal earlier this week, but the cancellation comes in the wake of other ditched shows in the US after it was reported the 26-year-old needed time to recover from liposuction and breast enlargement surgery.

Cardi B pulled out out of the Longitude festival in Dublin in 2018, due to pregnancy, but is on the bill again for this year’s event in July, so presumably she’ll be all recovered by then.

GIG WISE:

All (clogged) roads lead to Slane tomorrow when hard rock titans Metallica will headline the annual bash at the Co Meath town’s castle. Main support act Stiff Little Fingers are set to start at 5.15pm with the main attraction following at 11pm. As ever, attendees should resign themselves to the fact that getting out of there immediately after the concert can take quite a while.

Live at the Marquee in Cork also gets underway tomorrow with a double bill of Aslan and Damien Dempsey playing next door to the Cork-Tipperary hurling match. Also on Leeside, upcoming gigs at St Luke’s for Cork Midsummer Festival include The Blades (Fri, June 14), and Saint Sister (Sat, June 15).

For the jazzier-inclined, top pianist Marcin Wasilewski brings his trio to Triskel on the same night, June 15. Another interesting jazz-related gig is the New Irish Jazz Orchestra with Paul Dunlea, playing an afternoon gig at Cork School of Music on Sunday, June 16, complete with a guest appearance from fiddler Martin Hayes.

FILM TIPS:

Right into the 1990s, the Irish state was notoriously sensitive about some of the media its citizens could consume, and from Sunday, Triskel in Cork has a season of films that were banned.

As well as well-known movies such as A Clockwork Orange and Natural Born Killers, less obvious offerings include Freaks, the 1932 horror about the members of a circus freak show who turn on one of their own when she has an affair with the strongman; and Brief Encounter, the 1945 film from David Lean that was considered too encouraging of adultery.

You have been warned. Of the releases to corrupt your mind this week, X-Men: Dark Phoenix includes Jennifer Lawrence and Sophie Turner, above (Sansa in Game of Thrones) in the cast; while there’s been plenty praise for the Los Angeles-set Papi Chulo, from Irish director John Butler (The Stag, Handsome Devil, etc). But of course the real release date to put in your diaries is Friday, June 21 – that’s the day Toy Story 4 will be coming to town.

ON THE TELLY:

Andrew Scott really is the Irish actor of the moment, with his post-Fleabag cult status being copperfastened by an appearance in the new series of Black Mirror, now on Netflix. He also appears on the Graham Norton Show tonight, alongside Stephen Fry and Paloma Faith, with music being provided by upcoming Indiependence visitors Bastille.

The summer schedules are already sagging – unless you’re watching the Women’s World Cup and Love Island – but a welcome addition in terms of drama is season two of Big Little Lies, which comes to Sky Atlanic on Monday. Meryl Streep is the latest addition to a heavyweight cast that already includes Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.

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