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: Zayn Malik says he left One Direction as he wanted a quieter life, but he doesn’t seem to have had much success so far.

The announcement about his departure from the boy band was soon followed by details of a burgeoning solo career, producer Naughty Boy (previously responsible for the ‘La La La’ earworm) even put up a demo online of a track he’s been working on with Malik.

The latter act caused quite a Twitter spat between Naughty Boy and 1D member Louis Tomlinson.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, Joni Mitchell was hospitalised this week for what was described as a “minor medical emergency”. The exact reasons were unspecified, but the 71-year-old has had a number of medical issues in recent years.

De La Soul aren’t quite of Mitchell’s vintage, but the veteran hip hoppers have embraced the brave new world, and took just one day to hit their Kickstarter target of $110,000 to fund a new album that will feature guests such as Damon Albarn and David Byrne.

Plenty people will scoff at the thoughts of a new Duran Duran album, but the ’80s stars have secured a deal with major label Warner, and have signed up producers Nile Rodgers (also the knob-twiddler on ‘The Wild Boys’ and ‘The Reflex’) and Mark Ronson. The band visit Ireland for the Killarney Festival of Music and Food in June.

Another collaboration on the way could be between Led Zepplin singer Robert Plant and Diplo. Indie kids will be interested to hear Noah and the Whale have split up, while the newly reformed Libertines have promised they’ll release details of a new album soon.

GIG WISE: James Bay has been topping the charts with his debut album, Chaos And The Calm, and has announced a gig for the Olympia in Dublin on October 14.

Randy Newman is also on his way back to this fair isle for an appearance at Vicar Street on October 27.

Upcoming events at Cork Opera House include Richard Clayderman next Friday, Charley Pride on April 22 and Sinead O’Connor on May 2.

Folkfest Killarney (July 24-26) has an impressive lineup on the way to the Kerry town, and anybody who is planning on going may be interested in the early bird tickets priced at €85 for all the gigs, available until Monday (full price, €98).

CLUB LIFE: 2fm DJ Jenny Greene is at the Savoy in Cork on Sunday, while Fish Go Deep celebrate Easter in the traditional way at The Library.

In Dublin, German DJ/ producer Koze is at the District 8 tomorrow, part of an impressive lineup that includes hot UK producer Romare, a man whose claims to fame include a tasty remix of Kodaline’s ‘High Hopes’. And no, it’s nothing like the original.

House fans will also be happy to hear that Defected has been wading through Frankie Knuckles’ back catalogue and many legal contracts with myriad labels, and will release a greatest hits compilation on April 26.

All proceeds from House Masters: Frankie Knuckles will go the late legend’s charitable foundation.

FILM TIPS: The annual Japanese Film Festival tours Ireland through April, with appearances including University of Limerick, April 8; Cork, Gate Multiplex and Triskel Christchurch, 13-22; Dublin, various venues, 15-23; Waterford, Garter Lane Arts Centre, 16-18.

Possible highlights include A Letter to Momo, an animated tale of a young girl coping with bereavement, and sci-fi fable Time of Eve. Cobain: Montage of Heck, the documentary about the Nirvana singer can be seen at various venues next week.

ALL AND SUNDRY: Al Pacino will be telling tales at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin on May 24, with more expensive ‘meet and greet’ packages also available for anybody who wants the Pacino selfie.

Forbidden Fruit (May 29-31) has announced a roster of Irish funnymen for its comedy tent.

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