The Electric Picnic (August 29-31) has announced another raft of acts, including Blondie, Kelis and James Murphy. As well as playing the Academy on June 10, Snoop Dogg has added a date at the Dublin venue on June 11. It seems a bit early to be talking about the jazz festival weekend in Cork, but the Opera House have announced Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings for October 26, with support from the co-incidentally monikered Lee Fields. Also in Cork, Midlake return to Cyprus Avenue on June 24, and the venue also has Little Matador — fronted by Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly — on June 27.
One of Rory Gallagher’s amplifiers has been donated by the late guitarist’s family to an auction in aid of Ballycotton RNLI that will take place at Whyte’s galleries in Dublin on May 31. “Rory would visit Ballycotton where he was inspired to write material,” his brother Donal told Hot Press. “This part of the country was very special to him and our family is delighted to be able to do this for Ballycotton RNLI.”
The Oberheimer Studio Amp was used by Gallagher in the 1970s, and comes with one of his flight cases. Meanwhile, we’re used to hearing strange tales from the Flaming Lips’ camp, but the band’s possible collaboration plans have taken all of us by surprise. Miley Cyrus has told Rolling Stone she’d like the group to play on her next album. Wayne Coyne of the Lips has even been going on about what they all have in common. “Our shows are very childlike, like kids on acid, and hers are too. We’re so much alike in believing art is supposed to be fun. She’s just a freak. I love her to death.”
Róisín Murphy has been off the scene for a few years, but the former Moloko singer is about to break cover again. After a break to bring up her two babies, Clodagh and Tadgh, into the world, she’s about to release a mellow new EP produced by her Italian partner Sebastiano Properzi.
Finally, in one of the great incidents of rock’n’roll irony, Ozzy Osbourne’s plans for a renovation on his Buckinghamshire estate have been scuppered by bats. The Black Sabbath singer received rabies treatment in 1982 after biting the head off a bat that had been thrown onstage at a gig in Iowa, and now the flying mammals have had their revenge with the refusal of permission to burn a barn into living quarters due to the presence of roosting bats.
The second Twisted Celluloid Film Festival has kicked off at Triskel in Cork, and continues over the weekend with an eclectic mix. The Cobh-shot Love Eternal opened proceedings last night, and the festival finishes late on Sunday with Army Of Darkness, the third instalment in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series from 1993. In between, there’s also a retrospective of the work of French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux. In mainstream cinemas, A Thousand Times Good Night stars Juliette Binoche as an Irish war photographer, with other familiar faces including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones).
Des Bishop begins his run of ‘Coming Home’ gigs at Vicar Street in Dublin next Saturday. A two-part Imagine special on Philip Roth launches on BBC One next Tuesday to mark the official retirement of the 81-year-old novelist. The stage production of Birdsong finishes at the Everyman in Cork tomorrow.