At the time of writing, tickets were available for the latter three gigs.
Billy Bragg has been having a pop at poor Kasabian in advance of the band’s Glastonbury appearance. “They have an important role to play: they are there to remind us how true Spinal Tap was,” Bragg told NME. Whatever about the merits or otherwise of Kasabian, anyone heading to Glasto is in for a house music treat with David Morales leading a tribute set to the late Frankie Knuckles.
Veteran house vocalist Robert Owens will also sing. Giorgio Moroder has been doing dance music for even longer than any of that trio, and the 74-year-old has just released his first new track in 20 years. ‘Giorgio’s Theme’ can be downloaded it for free via Adult Swim.
Eurovision fans should start growing their beards now as competition winner Conchita Wurst is on his way to the capital for the Dublin Pride Festival, and will be singing at the George on June 27.
Tickets are already on sale via Cork Opera House for the now annual series of gigs at Mitchelstown Caves. This year’s lineup features O Emperor and Ger Wolfe (July 18); Delorentos and Sam Brookes (19); Mick Flannery and the Young Folk (20). The Sultans of Ping perform a rare gig in their hometown on August 1 when they appear at Cyprus Avenue in Cork. Over at the Pavilion, Hermitage Green and Uproot Hootenanny share the bill on July 12. In Dublin, an upcoming biggie is Jack White at Kilmainham on June 26, while Slayer have already sold out the Academy on June 26. The summer festival circuit continues next week with Body and Soul in Co Westmeath being headlined by Goldfrapp, Caribou and Darkside.
Despite the explosion of EDM in the US, Berlin remains the centre of the quality dance music world. Marcel Dettmann, left, one of the city’s finest techno exponents, will be doing his thing in the Savoy in Cork next Friday. In Dublin, the Twisted Pepper has Argentinian producer Jonas Kopp tomorrow, and HNNY on Wednesday.
Pat Collins’s film essay Living in a Coded Land is at Triskel Christchurch in Cork tomorrow, and the venue also has Australian film Tracks and Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur. The IFI gets in on the Bloomsday act with a range of events running through next week. See ifi.ie for details.
Cork Midsummer Festival kicks off on Thursday, and one of the highlights of this year’s event looks set to be a production of Heinrich Marschner’s Der Vampyr from the same people who did Pagliacci in 2012. Also part of the festival, Lords of Strut at the Half Moon (June 18-22) combine acrobatics and absurd comedy. Upcoming at the Everyman (July 10) is Title and Deed, by New Yorkplaywright Will Eno and performed by Cork actor Conor Lovett, more commonly seen in Beckett plays with his Gare St Lazare company.
Anyone in Dublin around July 12 might like to check out Space Invaders at Farmleigh, an arts festival aimed at children. The Immrama festival of travel literature takes place this weekend in Lismore, and other upcoming biggies include the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry (July 6-12); and the Hay Festival (July 2-6) in Co Meath, with Jung Chang.