Scene + Heard: Entertainment News round up

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Scene + Heard: Entertainment News round up

MUSIC NEWS:

Damon Albarn isn’t exactly known for his easygoing manner but the Blur frontman took it to the extreme at Roskilde music festival last weekend, refusing to leave the stage after a five-hour set. The performance by his Africa Express collective lasted until 4am and featured guest appearances from Graham Coxon and Laura Mvula. However, it was reported that when Albarn was asked to end the show, he refused, starting a chorus of ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ by the Clash, before encouraging loud boos from the audience and eventually getting hauled over the shoulder of a security guard.

Ever wondered what happened to reggae artist Shaggy? Me neither. But the singer best known for ‘Mr Boombastic’ and ‘It Wasn’t Me’ is back on the radar after claiming his music could help fight the global threat of terrorism, including ISIS.

It must be said he’s not completely unknowledgeable about the subject, having served as a US Marine prior to his music career.

Shaggy told the Miami New Times that he feels reggae music has the power to bring people together and end conflict.

“If you’re able to cut a man’s head off, you’re sick. But right, music evokes emotion,” he said. “So if they’re listening to Shaggy music or reggae music, they’re not going to want to cut somebody’s head off.”

GIG WISE:

The end of another successful Live at the Marquee is in sight, with the indefatigable Nile Rodgers and Chic tonight, The Frames’ 25th anniversary show tomorrow, Damien Rice on Monday, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on Tuesday. The acclaimed Annie Clark aka St Vincent plays Cork Opera House on Monday, with local electronic pop duo Young Wonder providing support.

FESTIVAL FUN:

Galway International Arts Festival kicks off on Monday, with theatre, music, visual art, and comedy all on the menu in the vibrant western capital. It features the performance of a new work by Enda Walsh, A Girl’s Bedroom. Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan takes place in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, this weekend, while booklovers will find plenty to entice at the West Cork Literary Festival, which runs from tomorrow until July 18. A host of talent includes Graham Norton, who won’t have far to come from his home in Ahakista, David Nicholls, and Dervla Murphy. There is also an accompanying children’s festival with a packed programme. See www.westcorkmusic.ie.

FILM TIPS:

The outdoor screening of Grease in Cork’s Fitzgerald Park, which was postponed last weekend due to bad weather, has been rescheduled for this Sunday at 7.30pm. Hopefully the rain will hold off for the T-Birds and Pink Ladies this time around. The Hitchcock season continues at the Triskel, Cork, tomorrow with a showing of the classic Rear Window. It’s impossible to get tired of the verbal volleying between James Stewart and Grace Kelly in this atmospheric thriller.

THEATRE NIGHTS:

Lovers by Brian Friel at the Everyman Palace in Cork continues until July 25. There will be a post-show discussion following Tuesday’s performance. The countdown is on for the Cork Opera House summer spectacular, with Singin’ in the Rain opening on July 23.

VISUAL ART: A series of large experimental drawings and prints by Laura Gannon will be exhibited at West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen from Saturday, July 18. Also opening will be a retrospective by the centre’s dancer in residence, Tara Brandel. The Wild Waterford Way photo exhibition, with images by John Foley, opens at the Geopark Visitor Centre on the county’s Copper Coast tomorrow at 3pm and runs until July 31.

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