Surely it’s just a matter of time before he duets with Liam Ó Maonlaí on a pile of straw in Connemara. Another sure thing on the horizon is the use of streamed music to help make up the Top 40 charts. George Ergatoudis, BBC Radio 1 head of music, said plans for music streams to be included in the UK Official Chart are already under way. You’d imagine other charts will soon follow suit. Angus Young’s (inset) school uniform still fits him, and theguitarist will soon be dusting it down for the rock monsters’ 40th anniversary tour. The group have revealed they’re firming up plans for the belated (they formed in 1973) undertaking, and are also to begin recording their first studio album since 2008’s Black Ice.
is to headline a day of reggae at the Pavilion in Cork on St Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17. The venerable reggae legend, who has had a hand in so much of the genre’s finest music, will celebrate his 78th birthday three days after his Cork appearance. By comparison, a positively youthful , 54, is at Cork Opera House tonight. As a tribute to Paul Bäumer, the recently deceased member of , some of the proceeds from the Dutch dance outfit’s gig at the Savoy in Cork next Friday will go to various cancer charities. Also in Cork, guitarist is at the Triskel on April 5. have been making an annual visit to Ireland since they reformed in 2008, and the 2 Tone heroes have already announced an appearance at the Olympia in Dublin on November 3. It’ll be interesting to see whether they also make it here for one of the summer events. will certainly be busy for the sunny days ahead with a new album, an appearance at ‘Live at the Marquee’ (June 21) and newly-announced gigs at Vicar St in Dublin on June 18-19. And yes, as predicted did add a second date at the Olympia, but equally predictably, that also sold out.
The roster at in Cork offers a good chance to catch up with some recent biggies, with both and showing this weekend. Next Thursday, the venue also has the director’s cut of . Across town at St John’s College next Thursday, has , the tale of a sarcastic 10-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia, a film that is also the first feature ever by a female director. In Dublin, the has and among its offerings.
Emerging comedian brings her ‘What Would Beyoncé Do?’ show to the Sugar Club on April 3, has announced an appearance at Vicar Street on March 14. is back at City Limits in Cork tomorrow.
Blues fans shouldn’t miss the documentary, , on BBC Four at 9pm tonight. Narrated by the inevitable Morgan Freeman, it traces the 88-year-old’s life from his birth on a cotton plantation right up to recent performances. It was a good move by RTÉ One to put in a far more accessible slot of Fridays at 8.30pm, and tonight’s show includes an interview with novelist Willy Vlautin and a review of Jim Jarmusch’s .