Meanwhile, for a man whose career is so wobbly that he is still looking for a new music publisher, Morrissey can still generate at least one news story a week. This time around, it’s the former Smiths’ singer’s incongruous pairing with Pamela Anderson for a spoken word video featuring the lyrics of his new single ‘Earth Is The Loneliest Planet’.
That other big band refugee Michael Stipe is about to release his first batch of new music since REM split in 2011. The 54-year-old Georgian has provided tracks to go with bonus footage for a film made by his friend Tom Gilroy, who Ken Loach fans may remember as militia leader Lawrence in Land and Freedom. Metallica’s appearance at Glastonbury continues to stir debate, not least by animal rights activists who object to James Hetfield’s voiceover for the History Channel’s documentary series The Hunt. The eight-part series begins in the US next week and follows a group of hunters in Alaska trying to kill a brown bear.
Live at the Marquee in Cork kicks off on Monday and, at the time of writing, opening act Cliff Richard is one of six concerts sold out at the event. The others are the Coronas, Bryan Adams, Pixies, Lana Del Rey and the first night of Paolo Nutini. Available tickets for the venue’s June gigs include: Bob Dylan (June 16), Imelda May (21), Elbow (24), Robert Plant (25), Jason Derulo (26) and Biffy Clyro (27).
We already know the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival will have Sharon Jones at the Opera House, and now the Everyman has revealed some details of its weekend lineup. On Friday, October 24, the headline act is 82-year-old French pianist Michel Legrand; Saturday has American singer Dianne Reeves; and legendary drummer Ginger Baker leads the Sunday bill. Also in Cork, the Crane Lane next Friday has a free gig featuring Indiana outfit Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. They promise “delta blues and hillbilly fervor“, both of which are most welcome in the city. Meanwhile, the Sugar Club in Dublin has former James Brown ally Fred Wesley on June 19, and Candi Staton on September 3. Presumably her set will include ‘You’ve Got the Love’, a song she hadn’t even remembered recording until the Source came calling for permission to remix it in the late 1980s.
The Savoy in Cork is launching its new Saturday Sessions tomorrow with Berlin-based DJ Wankelmut, pictured. In Dublin, the popularity of Route 94’s ‘My Love’ track has ensured that the British producer/DJ’s appearance at the Sugar Club on June 20 is already sold out.
Irish film Frank is showing at Triskel Christchurch in Cork from Sunday to Wednesday, while the venue also has black comedy Cheap Thrills. In Dublin, the IFI continues its Ken Loach retrospective with Sweet Sixteen (Monday) and Ae Fond Kiss (Wednesday). On Wednesday afternoon, UCC academic Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil, historical advisor on The Wind That Shakes The Barley and Jimmy’s Hall, will give a talk entitled ‘Resistance, Rebellion and Jazz: Ken Loach’s Takes on Irish History’.
The Crawford College’s degree show opens today at the Cork facility, while an exhibition based on the book Journeys through Line and Colour: Forty Irish Women Artists of the 20th Century opens in the Jennings Gallery, UCC on June 18. David McSavage brings his comedy standup to the Everyman in Cork on July 20.