Scene and Heard with Des O'Driscoll

Scene and Heard with Des O'Driscoll

COMEDY CAPERS:

Dylan Moran is visiting five Irish venues over the next few months, and has added a third appearance at Cork Opera House, for September 8. The other upcoming biggie at the venue is Michael McIntyre on July 8-9, which is completely sold out. Tommy Tiernan (see feature) is at the Marquee in Cork next Thursday and Friday.

GIG WISE:

There are an awful lot of events around over the next few weeks, but it’s still somewhat surprising that the one that will possibly offer the gig of the summer hasn’t sold out yet. With just over a week to go to Stevie Wonder at 3Arena on Tuesday, July 9, some tickets are still available for what is a rare chance to see the American legend in action.

Presumably, the rather hefty ticket prices — among of the most expensive ever for a single act in this country — have played a part, with standing tickets (sold out) costing punters over €100, while the remaining seated tickets are €159 plus booking fees.

Meanwhile, Glastonbury seems to have sucked up every international performer in the western world for the weekend ahead, but the RTÉ Concert Orchestra bring some home-grown magic to the Marquee in Cork over two very different nights.

Tomorrow nnight, they’ll have Jenny Greene doing her dance thing, while Saturday the orchestra provide the backing music for the Classical Country Roads event with the likes of Sandy Kelly, Ray Lynam, and Roly Daniels. Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh has announced a gig by Andy Irvine for Friday, July 12.

ON THE TELLY:

If you’ve opted for the comfy couch at home, rather than the heat and chaos of Glastonbury, perhaps you can assuage that FOMO feeling by catching some of the extensive coverage across the BBC channels over the next few nights.

Stormzy and George Ezra (inset) appear tomorrow tonight; with The Killers and Janet Jackson among the highlights Saturday; and The Cure on Sunday. Later in the week, we’ll get a rare decent addition to the summer schedules when the third season of Stranger Things drops on Netflix.

FILM TIPS:

Forget about Trump — the real evidence that something has gone seriously wrong in America is that Toy Story 4 didn’t do as well as expected in its opening weekend. Deadline reports that both Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory took in more money over their launch weekends, even if the latest instalment in the tale of Buzz and co is on the way to becoming the most lucrative animated film ever.

Joining the Pixar offering in the tough battle to get attendees into cinemas on such a warm weekend is Yesterday, the Beatles-related tale directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting). Ed Sheeran makes a guest appearance in a film which features Himesh Patel’s character finding himself as the only person in the world who remembers The Beatles, so he makes a fortune from claiming credit for their songs. From Sunday, Triskel in Cork has French-Hungarian film Sunset, as well as another run for West Cork-made Float Like A Butterfly.

ALL AND SUNDRY:

The very first Cork Podcast Festival will take place on October 11-13 at Cork Opera House and other venues, with various heavy-hitters presenting live over the weekend. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

Anyone around University College Cork over the next few months should check out the exhibition of music fanzines opening in the Boole library from July 5. Spanning the golden era of the genre, from 1975 to 2005, they mostly came out of the Cork music scene.

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