Now Hot Press reports that Louise and Ellie McNamara have also been discovered by David Guetta. Apparently, the superstar DJ has asked the Dublin duo to write a song for him as he fishes around for material for his next album. Meanwhile, Heathers themselves have their own new record, Kingdom, due next week, with a tour to follow. Also on the release trail is Missy Elliott, with two new singles on the way following a long layoff due to Graves’ disease, a condition that affects the thyroid gland. A film about the Rolling Stones’ 1965 tour of Ireland — which visited Belfast (ABC Theatre), Dublin (Adelphi) and Cork (Savoy) — will premiere at the New York Film Festival at the end of the month. Charlie is my Darling — Ireland 1965 is a revamped version of an earlier movie and uses footage from the band’s first ever professionally filmed concerts as well as clips of them on the road. Fellow music biz veteran Bob Dylan (right) has a new album, Tempest, due for release on Sept 10, and a video of new single ‘Duquesne Whistle’, available online. And staying with the golden oldies, Tom Waits is set to appear in the new series of The Simpsons. In an episode expected to air in December, Waits introduces Homer to a group of survivalists. Finally, with the weather looking relatively decent for the Electric Picnic this weekend, give thanks and praise you didn’t go to Creamfields in Cheshire last weekend. Hit by a torrential downpour on Saturday, organisers were faced with an unusable site and a chaotic situation, and had to shut down the festival a day early.
GIG WISE: Those lucky enough to be going to see the strongest Electric Picnic lineup in years may be interested in the timetable for the main acts. Tonight, The xx are due to take to the main stage at 9pm, followed by Sigur Ros at 10.30pm. Saturday sees the Cure on at 9pm, with Orbital going late from 12.45am. Sunday will have Elbow at 8pm and the Killers at 10.15pm, with Hot Chip in the Electric Arena from 11pm. Looking further ahead, innovative 1970s US pop band Sparks are at the Button Factory in Dublin on Oct 29. In Cork, there are still tickets for the View at Cyprus Avenue next Saturday, while Arlo Guthrie is at the Pavilion on Thursday.
FILM TIPS: The European premiere of What Richard Did, by Irish filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson (Garage, Adam & Paul) has been announced as the closing film of the IFI 20 years celebrations. The man himself will be at the event on Sept 30. In Cork, the music documentary Searching For Sugarman is among the films at Triskel Christchurch from Sunday, alongside Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1964 classic Red Desert and Shut Up And Play The Hits, the documentary following James Murphy over a 48-hour period, from the day of LCD Soundsystem’s final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after.
THEATRE NIGHTS: The Abbey Theatre is to take The Plough and The Stars on tour to such venues as Siamsa Tíre in Tralee and the Lime Tree in Limerick in September. Also in Limerick, Australian musical Crusade continues at the Belltable until next Saturday. In Cork, the DruidMurphy series of plays opens on Sept 11 at the Everyman.
ALL AND SUNDRY: Former Cork resident Martin Healy (inset, right) returns to the city with his Last Man art film, currently on at the Crawford Art Gallery. Filmed in the decommissioned Cork Airport terminal, it portrays a janitor charged with the repressive task of maintaining the empty building.
Watch out for Culture Night on Friday, Sept 21, with its spectacular array of exhibitions, open buildings, performances, etc.