FESTIVAL TIME: All Together Now and Indiependence are among the events making the most of the bank holiday weekend, with strong line-ups over the next few days.
The Co Waterford event only announced its stage times this week, but all tickets are sold-out for the second incarnation of a festival that has increased its capacity by 5,000 to 20,000.
Friday: Fontaines DC, Moodymann, Orbital.
Saturday: Father John Misty, Hot Chip, Loyle Carner.
Sunday: The National, Olafur Arnalds, and The Good, The Bad And The Queen
Indiependence in Mitchelstown has arguably its best roster yet, featuring:
Friday: Bastille, Lewis Capaldi
Saturday: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Gavin James
Sunday: Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves
Beatyard is in Dún Laoghaire harbour — possibly for the last time — with a dance-heavy line-up including Todd Terje, Groove Armada and Chvrches.
GIG WISE: Bombay Bicycle Club are part of All Together Now in Co Waterford, but the London band are also slipping up to Cork for an appearance at the city’s Opera House tomorrow. Some tickets are still available, at €30 +bf.
After this weekend, it will be full throttle to the end of summer, but there are still a few biggies before that back-to-school feeling takes over. For instance, Post Malone is at the RDS on Aug 22, while Love Sensation — aimed at the LGBT+ community — features the likes of Lily Allen, Clean Bandit, and Kelis at Royal Hospital Kilmainham on the weekend of Aug 17-18.
Recently-announced gigs for your diary include Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) in December for St Luke’s in Cork, and Whelans in Dublin; and the Riptide Movement for the Olympia in Dublin in October.
LITERARY PURSUITS: There are still some tickets left for poet Paul Muldoon’s show at the Everyman in Cork on Monday, where he’ll be joined by the likes of author Zadie Smith and rock band Horslips.
Meanwhile, International Literature Festival Dublin has announced Naomi Klein for the National Stadium on October 18.
ON THE TELLY:
One of the biggies next week is This Way Up, written by and starring Kildare comedian Aisling Bea. Starting on Channel 4 on Thursday, it also has Sharon Horgan, and the tale of two Irish sisters in London will probably appeal to fans of that star’s Catastrophe show.
On the evidence of the first two episodes, it’s not quite on the level of Catastrophe or Fleabag, but will provide a few laughs while also hitting some serious issues.
Another series that’s sure to be a talking point next week is Euphoria, beginning on Sky Atlantic on Tuesday. The teenage drama sparked all sorts of debate after its US debut on HBO for its explicit scenes, and storylines on sex and drugs.
FILM TIPS: Martin Scorsese has re-united his gangster dreamteam for The Irishman, with the first look at De Niro, Pacino and Pesci due on Sept 27 at the New York Film Festival. For people on this side of the Atlantic, the tale of Irish-American mobster Frank Sheeran is due on Netflix in the autumn.
Of the new releases, among the more popular shows this weekend will be Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, a London-set spinoff (!) of the car-themed franchise.
Triskel in Cork has two documentaries from Sunday: Varda by Agnes, in which the recently-deceased film-maker Agnes Varda explains her artistic ideas; and The Brink, following America’s schemer-in-chief Steve Bannon through the 2018 mid-terms.