By Des O’Driscoll
GIG WISE: The Cure are sold out already, but Lana Del Rey has also been added to the summer roster for Malahide Castle in what has been a big week for gig announcements.
Tickets went on sale from this morning for the Californian’s June 22 appearance.
Post Malone also announced a European tour that will begin at 3Arena on Nov16, while tickets are already on sale for George Ezra at Musgrave Park, Cork (June 20) and Malahide Castle, Dublin (June 21).
Joe Jackson has a new album in January, but fans heading to his Irish shows will be hoping for tracks from such early albums as Look Sharp and Jumpin Jive. The 64-year-old plays Cork Opera House on April 23 and the Olympia the next night.
We probably have little chance of ever seeing Kate Bush playing in Ireland, so perhaps the next best thing is the tribute group Cloudbusting, who come complete with Del Palmer, the singer’s former long-term partner and regular bass player. They’re at Cyprus Avenue, Cork, next Thursday, as well as various other Irish venues.
Saint Sister are at Live at St Luke’s tomorrow. Also on Leeside, it’s just three weekends to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, with arguably the strongest lineup of recent years playing from October 25-28.
Finally, anyone planning to show up at King Kong Company at the Olympia tomorrow may be disappointed to hear that the Waterford group have totally sold out the venue.
COMEDY CAPERS: Waterford Whispers are the kings of spoof news in the Irish social media world, and the stage show adaptation is currently on tour, coming to the Everyman in Cork on Monday, and the Spiegeltent, Wexford, on Sunday, Oct 21.
The Lords of Strut are also on the road at the moment, with dates including Cork Opera House on Sunday, November 4.
Rhys Darby is probably best known as the band manager in Flight of the Conchords, and he’s among the overseas stand-ups at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival in Galway (Oct 23-29). Dylan Moran, Reginald D Hunter, and Al Murray are just some of the other names on the bill.
ON THE TELLY: Netflix brought us two must-sees this week: horror film Apostle, directed by Gareth Evans (The Raid); and 22 July, Paul Greengrass’s take on Anders Breivik’s massacre in Norway in 2011. The streaming channel will also attract plenty attention next Friday for the launch of Making a Murderer: Part 2, 10 new episodes in the true crime documentary series.
Another show for your diary should be Informer, starting on BBC One on Tuesday. Paddy Considine plays an anti-terrorist cop in London trying to coerce a young Muslim to become an informer. The evidence of the first episode suggests it’ll make for fairly gripping viewing.
Graham Norton’s guests tonight include Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Dornan, and Harry Connick Jr. Norton himself is among the guests on The Late Late Show tonight in London, with Nigel Farage and Mick McCarthy also appearing.
FILM TIPS: First Man will be the big attraction in cinemas this weekend, with La La Land duo, director Damien Chazelle and actor Ryan Gosling, teaming up again for the tale of Neil Armstrong in the lead-up to the moon landing. Irish film Rosie should also do well, with Cork actress Sarah Greene starring in the Roddy Doyle-penned tale of a family who find themselves homeless when their landlord decides to sell up.
OPERA PREMIERE: The Nightingale And The Rose has its world premiere at the Everyman in Cork tomorrow, with the opera adaptation of the Oscar Wilde story touring to Limerick and Dublin after its Leeside run. Creator John O’Brien has promised an “accessible” work, and the fact that it’s just 70 minutes long will probably tempt along a few opera agnostics who wouldn’t be up for a three-hour production.