There have been official denials that Oasis will reform and play Glastonbury this year, despite some cryptic tweets from former frontman Liam Gallagher. If the boys do get back together, they’ll be on familiar ground as the infamous Britpop war of words threatens to reignite. The Manchester band’s former arch enemy, Damon Albarn of Blur, has recently described the two major songs of that fractious era — Blur’s ‘Country House’ and Oasis’s ‘Roll With It’ — as “both shit”. At least he’s being fair. Wilko Johnson’s show at the Academy in Dublin on May 30 and an appearance at Glastonbury were among the gigs he cancelled to get treatment on a tumour. The former Dr Feelgood guitarist was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012 and given a year to live. He’s continued to play concerts throughout his ordeal, so hopefully this new round of surgery will give him some more time. Finally, fans of Cork music should check out the recently-released second issue of We Play Here, the excellent local fanzine.
David Guetta (above) has been added to the Tennent’s Vital weekend near Belfast, with the incredibly popular DJ playing Sunday, August 24. And if EDM isn’t quite your thing, then perhaps the country music extravaganza that’s being billed as ‘Nashville Comes To Dublin’ will float your Stetson instead. From July 25 to 29, the Sugar Club and Whelan’s will host American stars of the genre such as Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsey and John & Jacob. And we don’t know whether it’s the Garth Brooks effect, but tickets went on sale yesterday for Liverpool-Irish country star Nathan Carter at the Marquee in Cork on June 15. The War on Drugs have moved their sold out Academy gig on May 29 to Vicar Street, so some tickets are available again. In Cork, the Crane Lane Theatre is the main venue for the free gigs of the Southern Gothic festival over the weekend. Impressive contemporary folk outfit, This Is How We Fly, play Triskel Christchurch next Friday.
Sasha has been around to ride several of dance music’s regular revivals, and his transatlantic summer schedule includes an appearance at the Button Factory in Dublin on August 3. Jazzy Jeff does his hip-hop thing at the Twisted Pepper in Dublin tonight. In Cork, the great Mark ‘MK’ Kinchen (’Burning’, ‘Push the Feeling On’) will be joined by vocalist Anabel Englund at the Savoy tonight. London producer/DJ East End Dubs is at the Pavilion next Friday. Also, veteran Cork house merchants Fish Go Deep are about to release two new tracks, the dancefloor orientated ‘Ain’t Right’, and the lovely-dubbily ‘Two Deep’.
FILM TIPS: Ken Loach’s last major feature may be the Irish-set tale, Jimmy’s Hall, released on May 30, and the IFI have the British director for a public interview next Thursday. The event will form part of a Loach retrospective at the venue, featuring the likes of Kes, Cathy Come Home and Ladybird Ladybird. The roster at Triskel Christchurch in Cork from Sunday includes the opinion-splitting Calvary, and Visitors, the documentary portrait of modern life from Koyaanisqatsi director Godfrey Reggio.
The lavish stage version of Birdsong opens at the Everyman Palace in Cork on Monday, May 12. English comedian Russell Kane is at Cork Opera House next Friday with his Smallness show, while the Half Moon hosts Pat McGrath’s lighthearted one-man show Small Plastic Wars next Saturday. The final episode of Other Voices on Sunday (RTÉ Two, 10.30pm) includes Mogwai, Walking on Cars and Lulu James. Jools Holland tonight (BBC Two, 11.05pm) has longer sets from the likes of Damon Albarn and Coldplay.