Scene and Heard: London Grammar join Hozier for Guinness Amplify line-up

GIG WISE: With Electric Picnic out of the way, the next biggie on the Irish music horizon is the Guinness Amplify festival taking place through the five provinces on different weekends in September and October.

Hozier, London Grammar and Rudimental were among the acts added this week to a lineup that includes numerous Irish bands. The Leinster event kicks off next Thursday, with some of the acts hitting Munster on the weekend of October 2-5. More details on lineups closer to each weekend. Imelda May is appearing at Cork Opera House around the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, and has also announced gigs at Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on December 14 and INEC, Killarney, on

December 16. Highly-rated jazz pianist Kit Downes brings his quartet to the Crane Lane in Cork on Tuesday for a free gig.

MUSIC NEWS: Kate Bush may already have plans for the money she’s making from the run of 22 shows in London, with NME reporting that her house in Devon is in danger of falling into the sea. Bought for £2.5 million in 2005, it seems the cliff beside the house will need major reinforcing to prevent erosion taking its toll in the coming years.

Also in the latest issue of NME, the Radiohead drummer Phil Selway said the band are about to begin work on their new album, the influential band’s first since The King of Limbs in 2011. Smashing Pumpkins also have new music on the way, but main man Billy Corgan says the two almost-completed albums could be their last. “I’m not willing to wait around 15 to 20 years to have somebody go, ‘Hey, that album you made is really good’ and then sell it to the 7000 people that are still paying attention,” said Corgan. There was a superb picture of Rory Gallagher and Debbie Harry doing the rounds on Twitter this week, and news has reached us that Sony is doing a 40th anniversary expanded deluxe edition release of the Cork guitarist’s Irish Tour ’74.

CLUB LIFE: The Savoy in Cork has added another impressive DJ/producer to its roster with the announcement that Skream will play the venue on Friday, October 3. Reggae DJ David Rodigan is at theThe Twisted Pepper in Dublin next Friday. Also in Dublin, Hidden Agenda celebrate their third birthday with Mount Kimbie, Cyril Hahn & Darkstar on October 3 and 4.

FILM TIPS: Cork Opera House announced its second year-in-a-row of profits earlier this week, and its typically eclectic programme for the weeks ahead includes a screening of the National Theatre’s live performance of A Streetcar Named Desire (Tues, Sept 16), starring Gillian Anderson; and Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days On Earth (Sept 17). In Dublin, the Fela Kuti documentary Finding Fela gets its Irish premiere at the Sugar Club on Saturday. That fascinating film was made by Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Mea Maxima Culpa, Ceasefire Massacre, etc) and we’ll carry an interview with him on these pages next week.

ALL AND SUNDRY: Kinsale Arts Festival kicks off on September 19, and one of the highlights promises to be the site-specific theatre production of Enda Walsh’s How These Desperate Men Talk at Graepel’s metal factory near the town. It’s a joint production by Corcadorca and ‘audio compositors’ Eat My Noise. The Irish Youth Opera begins its tour of Benjamin Britten’s opera, Rape of Lucretia, in Wexford tomorrow before moving on to the Everyman in Cork for one night on Tuesday, the O’Reilly in Dublin (Sept 11 & 12) and An Táin Theatre, Dundalk (Sept 14).

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