Gigs already booked for the revamped venue include Labrinth (inset below) (Nov 1), former Pulp guitarist Richard Hawley (Dec 6) and the Frank & Walters (Dec 29).
Meanwhile, the Stone Roses plan to continue their reunion into next year at least, and have already lined up gigs in Australia for March. Presumably that’ll set them up nicely for the European summer festival circuit. Another big band on the road next year are the Rolling Stones, with Keith Richards revealing the pension-age group have already lined up shows in London and New York. Bjork has announced plans to release Bastards, an album of remixed tracks from her previous long player Biophilia. Finally, ex-REM guitarist Peter Buck has just released a new album. Given that’s it’s limited to a run of just 2,000 vinyl records, fans might find it difficult to get their hands on a legal copy.
GIG WISE: The latest Heineken-sponsored gigs include the aforementioned Labrinth at the Savoy (Nov 1) and hip-poppers Rizzle Kicks at the Opera House (Nov 4). Then it’s onto Dublin for Passion Pit at the Olympia on Nov 11, and a line-up at Dinn Rí in Carlow featuring Maverick Sabre, (right) Jackbeats and the Magician. Cello-based soundtracky outfit Seti The First have been making waves with their debut album Melting Cavalry, and the Cork-Dublin outfit play Triskel Christchurch on Nov 8. Also in Cork, the Pavilion hosts legendary DJs Afrika Bambaataa on Saturday, and Andrew Weatharall next Friday. Mark Buckeridge is a final year student at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, but also has a nice sideline in electro pop and will launch his new EP, Ground Yourself, at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery on Oct 24.
FILM TIPS: American film Margaret, starring Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo, and Matt Damon is at Cork Cine Club in St John’s College next Thursday. From Sunday, Triskel Christchurch has To Rome With Love, directed by Woody Allen, and Iranian/French offering About Elly. The Kerry Film Festival opened in Tralee on Tuesday, and continues to Oct 25.
ALL AND SUNDRY: An occasion at Triskel Christchurch tomorrow night entitled Rhyme, Rant and Rann features the combined forces of Jack Lynch, Len Graham and Theo Dorgan. Dermot Bolger’s adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses opens at the Everyman in Cork on Nov 12.