Scene and Heard

MUSIC NEWS: The inestimable Kate Bush has struck a blow for those of us Luddites who seethe with rage at the glowing blanket of smartphones held aloft at gigs.

Scene and Heard

Ahead of her highly anticipated series of concerts at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, Bush has appealed to her fans to put away their mobile phones at the performances.

A statement on her website read: “We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras. I know it’s a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together.” I think she is fighting a losing battle but here’s hoping her noble effort has some effect.

Almost as ubiquitous as his huge hit Happy, Pharrell Williams’ humongous hat is now a museum piece. Six months after the singer’s Vivienne Westwood ‘Buffalo’ hat created a buzz at the Grammys, it is featuring in an exhibition at Washington DC’s Newseum. The hat went on show yesterday and will be exhibited until October 26. Curators say it perfectly demonstrates the intersection of news, celebrity and social media. The hat has been loaned to the Newseum by US sandwich chain Arby’s, who paid $44,100 for it in a charity auction earlier this year.

GIG NEWS: The Script have announced a homecoming show at Dublin Castle on September 13. Their world tour spanned 11 months, and saw them play sold-out arena shows in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. The show will take place the day after the release of their fourth album No Sound Without Silence. Tickets on sale today.

Fresh from their stunning sold-out performances at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Irish traditional supergroup The Gloaming have announced a date at the National Concert Hall on Saturday, February 28. Tickets on sale today, and they’ll go fast.

Dunmore East in Co Waterford is the place to be for bluegrass fans this weekend. Venues across the picturesque seaside village will be hosting live music as the International Bluegrass Festival celebrates its 20th year.

HERITAGE WEEK: Try your hand at road bowling, experience life as it was in the trenches during WWI, explore the Registry of Deeds Archives, build a bug hotel, or discover the hidden rooms of Strokestown House during National Heritage Week 2014, which is coordinated by the Heritage Council, and takes place nationwide from tomorrow until August 31. With over 1,600 events scheduled to take place, the majority of which are free to attend, there is something for everyone to enjoy. See www.heritageweek.ie for more.

THEATRE NIGHTS: Alan Stanford’s production of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is enjoying a return run at the Gate Theatre until September 20.

The recent news that Red Kettle theatre company had gone into liquidation left the arts community in Waterford reeling. However, there’s some good news in the shape of a new production of The Crucible by Arthur Miller, directed by Jim Nolan. Ironically, this is the first time this seminal work has been produced in Waterford since Red Kettle’s production some 19 years ago, also directed by Nolan. This time the cast includes 24 young actors from Waterford Youth Arts, coming together for only seven performances as part of Garter Lane Arts Centre’s 30th anniversary celebrations and Waterford 1100. At Garter Lane Theatre from tomorrow until Saturday, August 30. See www.garterlane.ie

FILM TIPS: Showing at the Triskel Christchurch in Cork from Sunday until next Wednesday is God’s Pocket, directed by John Slattery (Roger Sterling from Mad Men) and starring his colleague Christina Hendricks and the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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