Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

Here’s a quick look at the latest music, gig, film and entertainment news.

Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

MUSIC NEWS: In the week that One Direction lost a member, it seems trite to talk about any other entertainment news. But life must go on.

Incidentally, we’re hoping that Zayn Malik’s departure will allow us to hear what Simon Cowell said to his young charge about his #FreePalestine tweet last year.

At least Zayn and 1D seem to have parted on relatively good terms, which is more than can be said for former couple/collaborators M.I.A, right, and Diplo.

The English vocalist has told Rolling Stone about the super producer’s ‘jealousy’. “I can see that he was just jealous and he couldn’t wait to be Taylor Swift’s best friend and date Katy Perry.

But at that time I believed him. I just felt like he was right, and he was something of a political, righteous person with some values,” she says in an interview to mark 10 years since the release of her debut album, Arular.

While Glastonbury and Electric Picnic steal all the headlines, the discerning dance music fan’s festival of choice has long been the Southport Weekender.

Unfortunately, the organisers have announced that their May event at Butlins in Minehead near Bristol will be the final instalment in their 28-year history.

Finally, it’s great to see UCC students getting back in the concert game, with the UCC Ball next Wednesday being headlined by Riptide Movement.

GIG WISE: While the Marquee usually dominates the summer gigs landscape in Cork, it looks like Leesiders will be spoilt for choice this year in a June roster that really has something for everyone.

Scottish band Mogwai will play the city’s Opera House on June 17, while American hard rockers Mastodon are at the Savoy on June 27.

In the meantime, American alt country duo the Handsome Family play tomorrow and Sunday in the Crane Lane, as well as appearing at Whelans in Dublin tonight.

Van Morrison is 70 later this year, and has announced a gig at the 3Arena for November 20, an appearance that follows his Cork concert at the Marquee on July 9. Next weekend is Easter, an event that has traditionally had a huge significance for the Cork clubbers.

Your nan will well up with tears at those memories of queuing on South Main Street in the early 1990s, waiting for Sir Henrys to open at 4pm for a marathon 10-hour dance event.

The duo who soundtracked those heady days grew up to be Fish Go Deep, and they’ll be hoping to recapture some of the magic with a party at The Library on Easter Sunday, complete with a selection of classic tracks.

Doors open at the more respectable time of 10.30pm.

FILM TIPS: SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water will be the big winner at the box office this weekend, while grown-ups may be drawn to fantasy drama Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

The rather impressive Jameson Dublin International Film Festival continues until Sunday, while Triskel in Cork has Jennifer Aniston in Cake; and French drama Life of Riley (Aimer, boire et chanter).

ALL AND SUNDRY: The Firkin Crane in Cork will host an open workshop/audition for teenagers aged 13–18 on Monday from 2pm for eight places on a youth dance group to perform in Cork Midsummer Festival.

Killarney Festival of Music & Food (June 27-28) has announced an impressive home-grown comedy line-up that includes the Après Match crew, Deirdre O’Kane and Jason Byrne.

Upcoming kids’ entertainment includes an adaptation of The Cat in The Hat, until Saturday at Everyman Cork; and Jurassic Adventures next Friday at Cork Opera House.

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