Scene and Heard: Ballyturk tickets selling out all round

BALLYTURK: Anybody wishing to see Cillian Murphy’s return to his hometown stage needs to get on the case soon as all evening performances of Ballyturk at Cork Opera House (August 26-30) are sold out-

At the time of writing, all that remained were a few for the Saturday matinee and a greater amount for the Thursday matinee. Plan B for Cork people might be the Olympia in Dublin, where there are tickets left for several shows between now and next Saturday (23rd).

MUSIC NEWS: Leonard Cohen is 80 next month and it looks like he’ll be releasing a new album to coincide with the event. Popular Problems will comprise entirely new songs, according to Jarkko Arjatsalo, the man who runs his fan site. It’ll be interesting to see how Portishead are positioned at Electric Picnic, with their downbeat sound probably needing careful scheduling.

In the meantime, the Bristol outfit are to re-release their 1994 debut, Dummy, as well as focusing on a fourth album as soon as their run of summer gigs is out of the way. Incidentally, we’ve listened to Dummy in recent weeks and it really does stand the test of time. Flying Lotus has probably listened to a bit of Portishead over the years and the uber-talented LA producer has announced that his fifth album You’re Dead will include contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Herbie Hancock.

Courtney Love has told an Australian magazine that she blew $27m in the years following Kurt Cobain’s death, much of it on legal fees. Recently, the Nirvana frontman’s widow also mentioned that a biopic of the late singer was also in the pipeline. Morrissey gives an interesting interview in the current issue of Hot Press, but his record company problems continue with the news that his latest label Harvest have dropped him a month after the release of his album World Peace Is None Of Your Business.

GIG WISE: Van Morrison has been announced as the headline act for Limerick Jazz Festival running in the city from September 25-28. Electric Picnic may be sold out, but line-up announcements are still being made, and while we wait on exact scheduling for the weekend, we can confirm that power ballad queen Bonnie Tyler has been added to the event.

Dublin outfit Adebisi Shank have been getting rave reviews for their third album, and the band have lined up a gig for September 25 at Whelan’s in their home town. Guaranteed sell-out. As drummer with the Police, Stuart Copeland was recognised as one of the best in the business, and the American sticksman has stayed busy in recent years, not least by writing a percussion concerto for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. The British orchestra will play the piece at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on September 17. For clubbers, one of the highlights of next month could be a visit to the Savoy in Cork by Chicago veteran DJ Green Velvet, aka Curtis Jones, aka Cajmere.

FILM TIPS: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For will be released in Ireland next Friday with the likes of Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Jessica Alba reprising their roles from the 2005 original. New names in the ensemble for the follow-up include Lady Gaga, Stacey Keach and Ray Liotta. Triskel Christchurch in Cork is screening Glasgow film God Help The Girl tomorrow night, followed by a live broadcast of Belle and Sebastian’s concert of songs from the movie. From Sunday, the venue has Mood Indigo, Michel Gondry’s film starring Audrey Tautou; and Welcome To New York, with Gérard Depardieu.

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