Rob Halford, of Judas Priest, and Mick Jagger reckon it will go down well, but Alex Turner (inset), of the Arctic Monkey, is one of the nay-sayers, opining that the hard rockers’ presence at the festival “doesn’t add up”. Meanwhile, last year’s headliners, the Rolling Stones, have resumed their world tour following its postponement after the death in March of Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott. There’s been much talk recently of members of Queen getting involved in tribute acts to themselves, but now the band look set for another relaunch with the release of a new album featuring previously unheard vocals from the late Freddie Mercury. Finally, if you are a bubbling-under artist who wants a boost to your career, perhaps you should film yourself trying to stick your stilettos into Jay Z. While Solange’s liftkrieg assault probably made for some awkward moments at the Knowles-Carter dinner table, Hot Press reports the incident has been a boon for Beyoncé’s baby sister’s sale figures with a massive increase in downloads of her music.
The Bank Holiday weekend brings the first big summer festival of the season with Forbidden Fruit at Kilmainham in Dublin. The Flaming Lips play at 9.15pm on Saturday, while on Sunday, it’s Little Dragon at 6pm, Warpaint at 7.30pm and 2 Many DJs at 9.15pm. In Cork, Malian father-son duo Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté are at the Half Moon on Sunday, June 8, while the Opera House has the return of Taureg group Tinariwen on June 28. The Triskel has some experimental sounds in the form of Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman tonight, and German pianist/composer Hauschka next Friday. Highly-rated Canadian folk-rock outfit the Paperboys are at the White Horse in Ballincollig next Thursday, while Mick Flannery plays the second of his two gigs at the Pavilion in Cork tonight. He’ll be supported by Nashville-born purveyor of quality Americana, Casey Black.
Enda Walsh’s new play Ballyturk — starring Cillian Murphy, Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea — is already sold out, but the July 14-27 extravaganza has plenty more attractions to tempt the artistically inclined. As well as an impressive visual arts lineup, the Royal Court Theatre is performing a Beckett trilogy and there are also gigs by the National and the Waterboys.
If you missed Arcade Fire, Imelda May and Wild Beasts on Later Live With Jools earlier in the week, there’s a longer version of the show on BBC Two at 11.05pm tonight. Morrissey’s 25 Live concert is on Sunday on Sky Arts 1 at 9pm. For No Good Reason has Johnny Depp delving into the work of British artist Ralph Steadman on Sky Atlantic on Wednesday at 9.30pm. Steadman did the cover art for Hunter S Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Ken Loach’s latest film Jimmys Hall opens today at many cinemas, and while the reviews have been solid rather than spectacular, it’s probably worth seeing for the amazing true tale it tells of the only Irishman to be expelled from his own country. At Triskel Christchurch in Cork, Australian film Tracks shows from Sunday, with Mia Wasikowska starring in the real-life tale of a woman who spent nine months travelling from Alice Springs across the desert on camels. The roster at the Light House in Dublin includes Oscar-nominated Palestinian love story Omar, and a showing of Talking Heads’ classic concert movie Stop Making Sense.