FILM TIPS: A nine-year wait for Toy Story 4 has meant that anyone who saw the previous instalment in the cinema is rather more mature by now. Whether that means you’re 18 or 88, the latest offering by John Lasseter and co is arguably the most exciting film of the year, and early reviews have been good. Go see it. Less blockbuster offerings include the excellent Gloria Bell, at Triskel in Cork from Sunday, starring Julianne Moore in a comedy drama about a free-spirited divorcée. Triskel also has ‘heartwarming’ maternal French film In Safe Hands.
CORK MIDSUMMER: As the festival enters its final few days, there’s still plenty to see around the city. For instance, the inaugural Cork Proms take place over the next three nights, with different themed music at each concert. The Crosstown Drift literary strand includes Linton Kwesi Johnson at St Luke’s tonight.
Theatre For One also continues its free, five- minute plays at the booth outside the Opera House; no tickets required — just queue for a quick hit from some top playwrights and actors.
MUSIC NEWS: Jess Glynne has most definitely blotted her copybook on the Isle of Wight, with a last-minute cancellation of her set at the British island’s festival. According to the Daily Mirror, the singer had been partying late with the Spice Girls after the conclusion of her support slot with the group, but Glynne herself put the cancellation down to exhaustion and anxiety: “I had to do what was right for my physical and mental health.”
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran has revealed a huge cast of collaborators for his forthcoming album. We’ve already heard the tracks with Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper, and the July 12 release of No 6 Collaborations Project will also feature a street-wise crew that includes Stormzy, Eminem and Cardi B. You can expect a similar situation to 2017, when the popularity of his previous album meant he had multiple tunes in the Top 20 at the same time.
GIG WISE: George Ezra kicked off the latest series of gigs at Musgrave Park last night (see review p3), with Walking On Cars’ appearance at the venue tonight beginning a big Kerry influx into Cork for the weekend. Sigrid and The Coronas are at the stadium tomorrow, followed by Liam Gallagher on Sunday.
Across town at the Marquee, Dublin rappers Versatile play to a full house tonight, followed by the One Day dance event tomorrow, and Kris Kristofferson on Sunday, one day after he celebrates his 83rd birthday. A busy time for music events this weekend also brings Body & Soul in Co Meath, where the vibes are as important as a roster that includes Kate Tempest.
ON THE TELLY: The TV schedulers really do seem to want you to be outdoors with a hurley and ball rather than flopped on a couch through the summer, but despite their best efforts, there are still a few shows worth watching. Music fans can catch Irish-made Grace Jones film, Bloodlight and Bami, tomorrow night on BBC Two, complete with concert footage shot in Dublin.
KILKENNY ARTS: Kilkenny Arts Festival (Aug 8-18) revealed its lineup this week. Among the highlights could be Rough Magic’s contemporary twist on Much Ado About Nothing, while Cathal Coughlan of Microdisney unveils his new satirical persona, ‘Co-Aklan’, performing songs from his back catalogue and new work inspired by Bertolt Brecht.