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MUSIC NEWS: Noel Gallagher managed to win his own gold medal for sibling wind-ups at last week’s Olympics closing ceremony.

His estranged brother Liam wanted to play ‘Wonderwall’ with his band Beady Eye at the ceremony, and Noel made him seek official permission. “I did play a bit of cat and mouse with them for a few days,” he told the XFM radio station. “I took it until Friday night at ten o’clock before I said yes. They were shitting it.” Raidió na Gaeltachta’s electronic music hero Cian Ó Cíobháin is about to release the fifth of his free compilation albums from the Taobh Tuathail show. It will be available from Monday on www.rte.ie/rnag, and includes Katie Kim, Welsh outfit Dau Cefn and the debut release of Dutch teenager Torus. Also on the release trail is Robert Glasper, whose Black Radio album has been one of the stand-outs of the year. The jazz pianist continues his crossover shenanigans with an October remix EP from the album, featuring the likes of the Roots, Questlove and Solange Knowles.

RORY GALLAGHER: The next batch of Rory Gallagher’s remastered studio albums will be released on Oct 1 in what Sony describes as “deluxe digi-packaging”. The five albums were given a revamp by Daniel Gallagher, Rory’s nephew. “We’re going back to the vinyl artwork and original ¼ inch tapes so that they look and sound exactly as Rory intended,” said Daniel.

“It’s also great to see in a digital world that the demand for a physical copy of Rory’s music means we can release these albums on vinyl for the first time in almost 40 years.”

The albums are Against The Grain (1975), Calling Card (1976), Photo-Finish (1978), Top Priority(1979) and Jinx (1982).

GIG WISE: The annual Guinness marketing event known as Arthur’s Day takes place on Sept 27 with headline acts including Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Fatboy Slim (inset), Example and Texas.

Diageo are running a vote scheme where punters can try to influence which stars appear in their local pub or venue. Justin Bieber has announced gigs at the O2 in Dublin for Feb 17-18 next year. Fans will be thankful that they don’t clash with the Dublin Thrashathon on Nov 16-17. Anthrax headline the metal extravaganza on the Friday at the Academy, followed by Saturday’s performance from German group Sodom at the Button Factory.

There’ll be more rock antics from Jack Black’s Tenacious D at the O2 on Oct 20. Two Door Cinema Club have an album on the way and they’ll be showcasing the new material at the Academy in Dublin on Sept 7. Another one for the diaries is Mick Hucknall’s appearance at the Olympia on Apr 13, when he’ll be doing a show of American soul. Marina and The Diamonds have sold out their Oct 17 gig at the Olympia, so a second gig has been lined up for Nov 20. In Cork, tickets are still available for The View at Cyprus Avenue on Sept 8.

FILM TIPS: Films showing at Triskel Christchurch in Cork from Sunday include Detachment, starring Adrien Brody and Christina ‘Mad Men’ Hendricks (inset); and the Cork-set My Brothers (see feature on this page). The IFI in Dublin is the documentary centre of the universe at the moment for the Stranger Than Fiction festival with another impressive roster of films showing over the next few days.

THEATRE NIGHTS: Dido & Aeneas, featuring the considerable vocal talents of Cara O’Sullivan, Majella Cullagh and Mary Hegarty, Is at Cork Opera House on Aug 25, before moving on to Town Hall, Galway, on Aug 28 and Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow, Sept 6. Guerilla Days in Ireland continues at the Everyman in Cork until Aug 25, and the DruidMurphy plays begin a 10-day run at the venue from Sept 11.

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