MUSIC NEWS: Hozier is about to get a massive push on the back of his self-titled debut album, due for release on September 19. Not surprisingly, ‘Take me to Church’ will loom large on the 13-track offering, with other singles ‘Sedated’ and ‘From Eden’ also featuring. The Bray sensation is at Glastonbury this weekend, and can then be seen at Longitude in Dublin on July 19, and Independence in Mitchelstown on August 1. With all eyes on Glastonbury in the days ahead, organiser Michael Eavis has blamed social media rumours for ensuring Prince wouldn’t be playing the festival. Apparently, the Minneapolis maestro was in negotiations to appear, but online speculation got him miffed and he pulled the plug. One artist who will be at Worthy Farm is Lana Del Rey. The future Marquee visitor had a bit of fairly amicable online banter earlier in the week with Frances Bean, daughter of Kurt Cobain. Del Rey was at pains to deny she was glamourising death in a recent interview.
MARQUEE REPORT: The Pixies are sold out at the Marquee on Monday for what many people presume will be Black Francis’s first visit to Cork. Not so. For many years there was an urban legend about the band’s lead singer being spotted driving around the city. And when the Sultans of Ping shared a bill with the Boston band, drummer Morty McCarthy couldn’t resist asking him if he’d ever been to Leeside. An exasperated Francis replied that indeed he had. In the early 1990s, himself and his brother were on their way from Cork airport for a holiday in Kerry but got hopelessly lost and ended up driving around and around the city. Hopefully he’ll gather better memories from this visit. There are tickets available for Biffy Clyro tonight, but Bryan Adams is also sold out tomorrow. The Prodigy on Wednesday are the event’s only dance act, while Brian Wilson will be joined by his fellow ex-Beach Boy Al Jardine next Friday.
GIG WISE: Forget Glasto — the place to be this weekend is Marlay Park in Dublin on Saturday where Arcade Fire are supported by the Pixies, left. Even further north in Donegal, the town of Bundoran hosts a bigger Sea Sessions than ever with Kelis and Leftfieldl. Indiependence (August 1-3) at Mitchelstown, Co Cork, has announced its daily line-up, with Friday’s headlilne acts being Top Odell and Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip; Saturday has White Lies, Delorentos, David Holmes; and Sunday features Hozier and Fun Lovin Criminals. In Cork city, Tennessee country singer Rattlesnake Annie plays at the library on Grand Parade next Friday afternoon. Later that evening, Route 94 is at the Savoy, and the DJ/producer moves on to Dublin the following night for an appearance at the Twisted Pepper. Even if you haven’t heard of the Londoner himself, you probably haven’t been able to escape hearing his ‘My Love’ worldwide smash. Original Rude Boys play two gigs at Cyprus Avenue on July 12 — an all-ages show at 2pm, and an over 18s at 9pm.
FILM TIPS: Scoff all you want but the big box office event of the summer takes place today when Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie opens. For something a little less commercial, from Sunday, Triskel Christchurch in Cork has In Secret, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange; and Ken Loach film Jimmy’s Hall. The IFI in Dublin has a July programme of screenings entitled Beyond the Bechdel Test. It promises a selection of films that explore relationships between women in depth and that engage female characters as the driving force in terms of narrative and plot. There are also a number of discussion events around the films.