There’s talk of a massive security operation, complete with sniffer dogs and body searches. While these measures may help ensure the safety of those attending the gig, hopefully it won’t spoil the atmosphere or give licence for attendees who’ve spent over €50 on tickets to be treated like criminals. And speaking of law-breakers, Russian punks Pussy Riot face two years in jail, but a new single from the all-girl collective, ‘Putin Lights Up the Fires’, will probably keep their case in the public eye for a while longer at least. Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj’s Olympia gig was one of several cancelled by the feisty urban star this week after she fell ill boarding a flight from New York. When a number of Twitter users criticised her for pulling out of the V Festival in England, Minaj replied with the hashtag ‘#EatShitAndDie’. There’s a storyline in the upcoming series of Mad Men where Don Draper and co have to design an ad campaign for Jaguar. Perhaps it was a Draper-like figure who signed up Lana Del Rey to become the new face of the car brand’s latest sports car. The marketing blurb mentions authenticity and modernity, “two values we believe are shared with Lana in her professional achievements”. Pass the sick bag. Finally, Megadeath singer Dave Mustaine has made an interesting revelation about who is behind all those massacres in the US. Apparently, as Mustaine told an audience in Singapore, it’s all down to Barack Obama who has ordered the killings to promote support for gun control. Now you know.
GIG WISE: After missing Ireland on the first leg of his solo tour, Jack White is to bring his Blunderbuss show to the O2 on Oct 31. It hasn’t been announced what his plans are for the Dublin gig, but earlier in the year he was alternating every second concert between all-female and all-male bands. In Cork, Arlo Guthrie is at the Pavilion on Sept 6, while Damien Dempsey’s tour to promote his new album will include a gig at the Opera House on Dec 1. Danish indie heroes Efterklang have also lined up a gig at Cork Opera House on Sept 15, and will play at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar the day before. Anyone going along to Peter Hook for the Murphys gig at the Beamish site tomorrow, get there early to have a chance of getting into the actual tent where the former New Order man is playing. Chances are there will be more people on site than the tent can hold. Mundy, Iarla O’Lionaird and Jacqui McShee of Pentangle are among those appearing at the John Martyn Tribute Festival in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, on Sept 15-16.
FILM TIPS: Marilyn Monroe fans will be aware it’s 50 years since her death, and the anniversary is being marked with a screening of Some Like it Hot tomorrow at the Half Moon Theatre in Cork. Also in Cork, the Triskel has Kristin Scott Thomas, right, in In Your Hands, a French film about a kidnapped woman; and Nostalgia For The Light, a highly-rated Chilean documentary drawing parallels between the aftermath of that country’s dictatorship and the work of astronomers. In Dublin, the IFI is planning a series of events for film lovers next month to mark the venue’s 20th anniversary.
ALL AND SUNDRY: Belfast musical The Titanic Boys begins a run at Cork Opera House from Tuesday to Saturday. Skibbereen is an apt town to host a production of Guerilla Days in Ireland on Tuesday and Wednesday in the town hall. City Limits comedy club in Cork has Colum McDonnell and Ross Brown tonight and tomorrow. The inaugural Kilkenny International Gospel Choir Festival takes place from Thursday to Sunday.