Almost six years on from THAT moment at the VMAs, Kanye West and Taylor Swift are still dominating the headlines. Kanye put on the best and worst shows at Glastonbury last weekend, depending on your views of the “greatest living rockstar on the planet”.
Everybody has an opinion on the 90-minute set (I thought it was a set so laden with sets — and cherrypickers — that it touched the sky).
Swift, meanwhile, was in Dublin early in the week for two sold-out gigs at the 3arena. She’s also unwittingly become the face of iTunes’ new service, the imaginatively titled Apple Music, which launched to the world at Tuesday lunchtime.
The tech giant claims it’s a revolution. This writer claims it’s, er, kind of like Spotify, right? Though, yes, it is the only streaming service that lets you listen to Taylor Swift’s album 1989. You can also buy it in shops.
Plenty of new gig announcements this week to make you stop moaning about not going to Glastonbury again as you rewatch the highlights on BBC.
Live at St Luke’s, a new festival at the Cork church in August, announced that Little Green Cars, currently recording the follow-up to their massive debut, Absolute Zero, will play on August 29. Tickets went on sale on Tuesday.
Cork soprano Cara O’Sullivan will close the festival the following night.
Django Django play Vicar Street in Dublin on December 1; tickets (€22.50) are on sale today.
Lianne La Havas releases her second album, Blood, at the end of this month. She was another who put on a storming set at Glasto last weekend. She’s undergone a bit of a revelation lately — that’ll happen when you play with Prince (PRINCE!), I guess — and plays the Olympia Theatre on December 3. Tickets (€25) on sale today.
Meanwhile, Lee Fields must have been really taken with the titular grassy knolls in Cork when he played the Pavilion in summer 2013, as he was back for the jazz festival last year and now he’s announced that he’ll play Cyprus Avenue on September 6 (tickets €25).
LEE FIELDS & the Expressions announce Cork showhttps://t.co/p3AlqgacFh— Cyprus Avenue (@CyprusAveCork) June 12, 2015
Live at the Marquee is approaching the home straight, with only a couple of gigs this week, including Dara Ó Briain and his new show Crowd Tickler on tonight, and festival stalwart Christy Moore tomorrow night.
Movie buffs in Cork are spoilt for choice this month. Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, from Senna director Asif Kapadia, is out today and aims to show “the fun, bright-eyed girl we didn’t know”.
For fans of the classics, Grease is being screened in Fitzgerald’s Park (the first in a series of open-air films) tonight from 7.30pm (tickets €5).
The Triskel is showing Once Upon a Time in America tomorrow at 6.15pm.
Cork Opera House is screening the 40-year-old Jaws at 8pm tomorrow.
Terminator Genisys is also out this weekend, but the less said about that, the better.
Cork Photo 2015, a city-wide photography exhibition, launches tonight at the Camden Palace Hotel.
Various styles and techniques are evident in works hanging in the likes of the Triskel, Cork Public Museum, the Franciscan Well, and Elizabeth Fort over the course of July.
Cork Arts Theatre began its summer theatre yesterday: It will have lunchtime and ‘supper theatre’ shows at 1pm and 8pm on Thursday and Friday over the next two months, as well as showings at 8pm on Saturdays.
It begins with Arsehammers and Bonfire Night, performed by Cora Fenton this weekend.