MUSIC NEWS: After originally announcing new record i,i for the end of the month, Bon Iver took the music world by surprise with the digital release of the new album today.
Physical copies will, as promised, be available on August 30. Just in case you hadn’t noticed, the Premier League season begins this weekend.
One interesting link to the music world is Man City’s new away kit. Designed by Ulrich Planer of Puma, the kit takes aesthethic elements from Manchester’s famous Hacienda club, particularly the yellow shoulder stripes on a black background.
Planer told Mixmag that Puma “did something fully dedicated to the city of Manchester”. Might we get an ‘E for Ederson’ song if the team reaches the FA Cup final?
GIG WISE: It’s been a fairly quiet week for announcements, but Bjork tickets did go on general sale this morning for her appearance at 3Arena on November 28. The gig is being hyped as the Icelandic’s singer’s first appearance in Dublin in 22 years, but she has appeared at two Electric Picnics in the meantime.
Fans can expect an impressive show that has been getting rave reviews on earlier dates, with a 360-degree soundsystem, and spectacular visuals. Post Malone is due in Dublin to play the RDS on Thursday, August 22, and perhaps a recent appearance on in the US gave us an idea of a song that could appear in his set.
The 24-year-old sang The Dubliners’ ‘Seven Drunken Nights’ with presenter Jimmy Fallon. In Cork, Triskel has the latest of its summer jazz gigs next Saturday with Ian Date and Myles Drennan, while the venue has confirmed its offering for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival will again feature artists from the ECM label.
FILM TIPS: After months of anticipation following its Cannes debut, Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, finally arrives in Ireland on Wednesday. An impressive cast list includes Margot Robbie, below, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in a movie industry tale set against the backdrop of the Charles Manson murders.
Among the interesting releases today is Animals, the Dublin-set comedy drama follows the complicated friendship between two young women having quite a debauched time in the capital. Triskel in Cork continues its sci-fi season tomorrow with Blade Runner and Alien, while the same venue hosts the return of the Pavarotti documentary from Sunday.
ON THE TELLY: Season two of Succession kicks off on Sky Atlantic next Monday, and hopefully the latest instalment of the tale of internecine warfare in a wealthy New York family can keep up the high standards of last year.
Familiar faces in the cast include Kieran Culkin (brother of Macauley), Matthew Macfadyen and Brian Cox. Irish actress Ann Skelly may be familiar as Rachel in Red Rock, and the 22-year-old Dubliner has just been cast in a new HBO sci-fi series, The Nevers. Created by Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame, it follows a gang of time-travelling Victorian women.
THEATRE NIGHTS: After producing one of the best offerings of the year in 2018 with How It Is: Part One, Gare St Lazare return to the Everyman in Cork in September with Part Two of their Beckett adaptation. Bookings are also open for Loch na hHeala at Cork Opera House on September 10-12, as part of the Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival.
The contemporary Irish twist on Swan Lake has been getting lavish praise since it premiered in 2016.