MUSIC NEWS: We mentioned the rumours last week and it has now been confirmed Bruce Springsteen is to release an album on Jan 10. Entitled High Hopes, it will be a mixture of cover versions and a number of original songs he had played live but never committed to record.
Meanwhile, Christine McVie surprised Fleetwood Mac fans when she joined her former band on stage at the O2 in London and has now revealed that she’d be open to joining with them again if the opportunity arose. Morrissey is to release his Lou Reed tribute, a live version of ‘Satellite Of Love’ on a number of formats, alongside some of his own material. Kanye West is also on the release trail, with plans for a follow-up album to Yeezus out by next summer. On the home front, Cian Ó Cíobháin has released the sixth compilation of music from his superb Raidio na Gaeltachta show, An Taobh Tuathail. ATT Volume 6 is a typically eclectic mix featuring everything from Irish techno to leftfield Icelandic sounds.
GIG WISE: The Indiependence festival in Mitchelstown goes from strength to strength every year, and probably won’t need to publish a lineup to shift some of the early bird tickets available for next year’s event (Aug 1-3). Since yesterday, a three-day weekend camping ticket is available for €70 to those who can prove they bought tickets for one of the previous four festivals. Also in Cork, urban poppers MK1 continue to build from their X Factor run with an all-ages show at the Half Moon tomorrow. Right next door at the Opera House, David Gray (inset, right) will be doing his thing on Dec 4. With both Go Deep 25 parties at the Pavilion sold out tonight and tomorrow, unlucky Sweat fans are reduced to an option of a gathering in the downstairs bar on Sunday from 4pm when Greg Dowling, Shane Johnson and a selection of local DJs will ease out the weekend. For those still standing later on Sunday, Mr Scruff is playing a 21st birthday bash for Washington Street clothes shop Primetime upstairs in the Pav. The Pavilion also hosts Roy Ayers tomorrow week. Jason Derulo has been added to Live At The Marquee in Cork on Jun 26. In Dublin, the Eagles have announced a third date in June, so the American veterans will play the O2 on Jun 4, 6 and 7. Tori Amos has also lined up a gig for the Olympia on May 7.
FILM TIPS: Films at Triskel Christchurch over the next few nights include Steve Coogan’s Irish adoption drama Philomena; American drama Short Term 12, about a supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers; and Italian/French offering The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza). Next Thursday, Cork Cine Club will show 1987 film, Babette’s Feast (Denmark), in St John’s Central College. In Macroom, Co Cork, the Briery Gap has Belgian film Come As You Are (Hasta La Vista) on Monday. Cannes winner Blue Is the Warmest Colour is showing at the Light House in Dublin.
THEATRE NIGHTS: At Triskel in Cork from tonight, Show is an initiative by the Theatre Development Centre with six productions from local companies. Druid’s next tour will be The Colleen Bawn by Dion Boucicault in January, taking in such venues as the Gaiety in Dublin (Jan 21-25) and Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick (Feb 4-8). At the Abbey, the Christmas show is The Risen People, previews kicked off last night.
ALL AND SUNDRY: This year’s Turner Prize will be announced away from the mainland for the first time, with Saoirse Ronan performing the honours on Channel 4 from Derry on Monday at 7.30pm. There are plenty of craft fairs, offering all sorts of Irish pressie produce in the run-up to Christmas, among them Blarney Woollen Mills until Dec 15.