Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

MUSIC NEWS: Fans of Bombay Bicycle Club got a nice bonus at the band’s gig in Earls Court last weekend when the Londoners were joined on stage by David Gilmour

Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

NME reports the Pink Floyd member played lap steel guitar on the Bicycle Club’s ‘Rinse Me Down’ before performing a version of his own band’s classic ‘Wish You Were Here’.

Soul fans also got quite a surprise this week when D’Angelo dropped the follow-up to Voodoo, his modern classic from 2000.

The Virginian did a bit of a Beyoncé in releasing Black Messiah online with little advance notice.

At least part of the extended hiatus has been down to the singer’s battle with alcoholism.

Q-Tip and Questlove are among the producers credited on the album, as is former Who collaborator and legendary Welsh bassist Pino Palladino. It will be reviewed on these pages on Monday.

Finally, anybody lighting a Christmas candle with a wish for REM to reform may be wasting good wax.

Michael Stipe was emphatic on a recent TV appearance in the US: “That will never happen… There’s no point.”

GIG WISE:

Ticket-buying options are expanding by the day as promoters rush to get on those Christmas pressie lists.

The big hit of the week was AC/DC (Aviva, July 1), an almost instant sell-out with tickets that cost €87.50+bf.

Other announcements included Avicii (Marlay Park, July 3, €49.65+bf), while the second batch of Electric Picnic tickets also went on sale.

Weekend camping tickets for the annual extravaganza at Stradbally (Sept 4-6) are on offer until Dec 31 for €154.50+bf if you can prove you’ve been to three or more Picnics, or €194.50 if you haven’t been before.

The first acts for Picnic 2015 have also been announced – Róisín Murphy of Moloko fame, Belle & Sebastian and British electronic producer Jon Hopkins.

The Longitude series of gigs has also been confirmed for July 17-19 at Marlay Park, with the first announcement of acts due on January 23.

Dingle band Walking on Cars are at the INEC in Killarney tonight, the Olympia in Dublin on March 11, and will appear at the Savoy in Cork on March 14.

Also in Cork, New Year’s Eve options include Mick Flannery at the Opera House; Jack L at the Everyman; and Brian Deady at Crane Lane.

CLUB LIFE:

Kerri Chandler is back in Cork for an appearance at the Savoy on Sunday, while the same venue has 2fm DJ Jenny Greene headlining its New Year’s Eve event.

Fish Go Deep have just released their latest EP, Turning Stones, with some of it presumably getting a spin at their New Year Eve party at the Library in Cork.

That night will include a live set from their longterm vocalist Tracey K.

In Dublin, the big night is being celebrated at the Twisted Pepper by a number of the capital’s best home-grown DJs.

Clark of Warp plays District 8 in Dublin next Saturday.

ALL AND SUNDRY:

This will be the third year New Zealand-based artist Maddie Leach’s Evening Echo project will be on display in the Albert Road area of Cork.

Shalom Park at the city’s ‘Jewtown’ will host the lighting of the lamps on Tuesday, the last night of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

A concert of Christmas music in aid of Cork Simon Community will take place tonight at St Francis’s Church, featuring local talents such as soprano Louise O’Sullivan and baritone Darragh McGann. Admission €15.

Tommy Tiernan must be the hardest-working man in comedy and has just added two more dates to his 12-night run at Vicar Street in Dublin in January and February.

Alan Carr has also added a third night to his August visit to Cork, and will now play on 27, 28 and 29 of that month at the Opera House.

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