British newspapers have reported the troubled Libertines singer was asked to leave the £7,200-a-month Cabin facility in Chiang Mai for being a disruptive influence. Meanwhile, DJ Shadow has announced he’ll release a greatest hits compilation, Reconstructed, in September, featuring the 16 best tracks from his five albums. Ne-Yo is also on the release trail, with his R.E.D album due on Sept 18. Finally, fans of Amy Winehouse or the Other Voices series should tune into BBC Four on Monday when the TV channel shows a documentary on the late singer’s trip to Dingle for the show in 2006.
GIG WISE: Recent additions to the Liss Ard Festival in Skibbereen on the August weekend include Oregon electronic act Chromatics, legendary British reggae DJ David Rodigan, and Corkonian producer/DJ John Daly. As well as doing his thing with Chic, the great Nile Rogers will also be reading from his autobiography in the literary tent. Katie Kim, right, brings her ethereal sounds to the Half Moon in Cork tomorrow, while indie heroes the Fall are at the Pavilion the same night. Nouvelle Vague are at Cyprus Avenue tonight, and at Dolans in Limerick tomorrow. With Bruce Springsteen ticked off the list in Dublin, the next biggie in the capital is Madonna at the Aviva on Tuesday. Tickets still available. Other popular ladies on their way over the next few months are Marina and the Diamonds at the Olympia on Oct 17, and Beth Orton at Pepper Cannister Church on Mount St, Dublin, on Dec 14. Theo Parrish tops the bill for Discotekken’s third birthday at the Twisted Pepper on Aug 11.
FILM TIPS: Triskel Christchurch in Cork has a Bruce Lee double bill tonight, with Enter The Dragon being followed by a new documentary on the martial arts star, I Am Bruce Lee. Another documentary screening at Triskel on Sunday is Woody Allen, while features over the next few days include Dark Horse, starring Selma Blair and Christopher Walken; and French film Polisse, a Jury Prize winner at Cannes for its tale of a journalist documenting the work of the Child Protection Unit in Paris. In Dublin, the IFI has announced the programme for its Stranger Than Fiction documentary extravaganza (Aug 16-19). Possible highlights include: The Interrupters, about ex-Chicago gang members who now try to stop the violence in their home city; The Gentleman Prizefighter, the story of Irish-American heavyweight champion ‘Gentleman’ Jim Corbett; and 5 Broken Cameras, an account of resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by Israeli settlements.
THEATRE NIGHTS: Neil Pearson’s production of Guerilla Days In Ireland is at the Everyman in Cork from Aug 8. The Grain Store at Ballymaloe begins its summer season of theatre on Jul 31 with Tuesdays with Morrie, an adaptation of Mitch Albom’s popular book. British star Mischa Barton, right, joins Galway-based Aussie actress Anne Charleston (Madge Bishop in Neighbours) for a production of Steel Magnolias at the Gaiety in Dublin (Sept 11-22) and Cork Opera House (Sept 24-29).
SLIGO YEATS: Tread Softly is an upcoming festival in Sligo to mark the links the county has to WB and Jack B Yeats. Steve Wickham is involved in the music strand of the event; men of words include Seamus Heaney and Kevin Barry; and there are numerous other exhibitions, films, etc, from Jul 29 to Aug 10.
ALL AND SUNDRY: The First Cut Youth Film Festival in Cork is looking for young bands to apply to its new music video competition by Jul 27. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra continues its Lord Of The Rings events with a live playing of the soundtrack to The Two Towers at a screening of the film at the O2 on Oct 28.