The confirmation that OutKast will headline Bestival on the Isle of Wight in September has sparked much speculation as to whether audiences in this country will also get a chance to see Andre 3000 and Big Boi this summer.
We live in hope. Phil Collins was 63 yesterday, and with a few years to go before he gets his free travel pass, the former hit machine is another one who has been tempted out of retirement. He has signed up to work on Adele’s third album, and is currently in the early stages of collaboration with a singer he admits he knew little about. “I live in a cave,” he confessed. The best bit of the Super Bowl is usually the half-time break, and as well as the fancy ads and wardrobe malfunctions, Sunday’s roster includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers covering Led Zeppelin’s ‘Dazed and Confused’.
Bruno Mars is also on the bill. Recent awards ceremonies have thrown up some interesting collaborations, and we’re already looking forward to the Brits on Feb 19 when Lorde is expected to take to the stage with Disclosure. At the other end of the age scale, Christine McVie has reportedly kissed and made up with her old chums in Fleetwood Mac and the classic line-up are working on their first album in 27 years.
The big announcement of the past week has been the Arctic Monkeys’ appearance at Marlay Park in Dublin on Saturday, Jul 12. Jake Bugg will provide support for the Sheffield band.
The Rathfarnham parkland will be the place to be for much of the summer, with Grammy winners Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also headlining a gig there on Jul 30, with Ellie Goulding also on the bill.
Meanwhile, who’d have guessed that Michael Bolton was popular enough to sell out the Olympia, requiring a second gig on May 27? Also adding Dublin gigs are the John Butler Trio, now also playing Vicar Street on Apr 24, and Grammy winner Gregory Porter, playing a late show at the Sugar Club on Mar 15.
Rufus Wainwright is at Vicar Street on Mar 4, with support being provided by the 243rd member of the musical dynasty to take to the stage, his sister Lucy Wainwright Roche.
In Cork, Tori Amos is at the Opera House on May 5, while Little Green Cars also play the venue on Mar 14. Soul fans are in for a treat as British singer Omar (There’s Nothing Like This) has added the Pavilion (Mar 29) to an Irish visit that also takes in the Sugar Club on Mar 28.
The IFI in Dublin continues its Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll season with the showing of several drug-themed films through February. It includes Roger Corman’s The Trip (Feb 8) and the stoner classic Up in Smoke (Feb 9) with Cheech and Chong, as well as Nicolas Roeg’s Performance (Monday). Cork Cine Club’s offering next Thursday at St John’s College is American indie film Short Term 12, while Triskel Christchurch has 16th century French epic Age Of Uprising and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
Des Bishop has added a second date to run in Vicar Street that will presumably turn into a tour. His ‘Coming Home’ show is now at the Dublin emporium on Jun 6 and 7.
Journalist and feminist heroine Caitlin Moran has announced an appearance at the same venue on Jul 5, reading excerpts from her new novel, How To Build A Girl, as well as previous books.
Waterford Concert Orchestra performs its first orchestral concert of the year on Feb 8 in the city’s Christ Church Cathedral, exploring the impact of Latin music and Jazz on the music of Gershwin, Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein.