Owner Paul O’Reilly pointed to digital downloads as the main culprit for the decline in business at the 40-year-old store, as much as 40% in the past three years. Another Irish music entrepreneur in some difficulty is Vince Power, the former owner of the Mean Fiddler in London. His Music Festivals company is going into administration, according to British newspaper reports. Among the major events the company is involved in are Benicassim in Spain and Hop Farm in England, with the man from Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford and his family owning more than 40% of Music Festivals. Villagers mainman Conor J O’Brien has told Hot Press that their new album Awayland will be released in January. Muse also have a new release on the shelves, and it’s somewhat comforting to hear that lead singer Matt Bellamy no longer believes in the conspiracy theories that 9/11 was an inside job. Finally, Coldplay have announced Nov 16 as the release date for Live 2012, a live film and album documenting their Mylo Xyloto tour. A new single, ‘Hurts Like Heaven’, will be released on the same date.
GIG WISE: Illness meant that Lionel Richie had to cancel his Dublin show last Monday, with punters given a choice between a refund or attending a replacement gig on Dec 10. Tickets went on sale this morning for Pink’s gig at the O2 on Apr 12, and bookings are also open for John Cale at the Button Factory on Oct 3. In Cork, the Triskel is sold out for gigs by Paul Brady (Oct 7) and Sinead O’Connor (Oct 19), but the venue does have tickets available for Maria Doyle Kennedy (Oct 12). Heathers play Cyprus Avenue next Thursday, while Bressie is at the Big Top in Limerick tonight.
FILM TIPS: Cork Cine Club opens its new season at St John’s College on Sharman Crawford St on Thursday, Oct 11, with the excellent Even the Rain, written by Ken Loach-collaborator, Paul Laverty and starring Gael Garcia Bernal. In Triskel Christchurch over the next few days, films include British thriller Berberian Sound Studio, starring Toby Jones and Samsara, the genre-defying documentary from Baraka creators Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson. Comprising various scenes filmed around the world, it’s described as a “nonverbal, guided meditation”. As part of the Dublin Theatre Festival from Monday the IFI has a season of screenings showcasing the work of renowned New York theatre company, the Wooster Group. The same venue also has a focus on Lenny Abrahamson, right, to go with the release of the Irish director’s new film, What Richard Did (Oct 5). Garage, Adam & Paul and the four parts of TV drama Prosperity will be shown. Any Irish people in London may be interested in seeing An Saileach, the Irish entry to the Raindance Film Festival. The short was made by Corkman Brian Benjamin Dwyer and shows next Saturday alongside the feature, Pursuit Of Loneliness.
THEATRE NIGHTS: The Royal Moscow Ballet sold out a number of Irish venues last year with The Nutcracker, and the Russian company return to Cork Opera House with Swan Lake for two shows on Oct 21. A production of Calendar Girls featuring an all-Cork cast will run at the Everyman from Wednesday until Oct 13, while Cork Arts Theatre presents its 10 x 10 minute play event from Tuesday to Saturday. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, it costs just €10 to see the 10 short pieces. In Dublin, the city’s theatre festival has some excellent fare on offer until Oct 14.
ALL AND SUNDRY: The closing date for the Novel Fair organised by the Irish Writers’ Centre is Oct 17. The project aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to publishers and agents. Upcoming comedy at Cork Opera House includes Des Bishop (Dec 6-8) and Frankie Boyle (Dec 9), while City Limits tomorrow has sketch trio Foil Arms and Hog.