Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

MUSIC NEWS: Is it really eight years since the last New Order album? The Manc electronica outfit have announced a new release, Music Complete, for September 25, complete with keyboard player Gillian Gilbert, albeit without bass player Bernard Sumner who has been estranged from the band since 2007.

Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

“It’s an electronic-sounding album, dance-based but not housey,” Bernard Sumner told NME earlier this year.

Brandon Flowers, La Roux and Iggy Pop are among the guests on the album. Lana Del Rey will probably be battling for chart positions with New Order next month when she releases her next record, Honeymoon.

A new single, ‘High By The Beach’, is currently available, and ticks all those boxes of haunting catchiness that will ensure another success.

A waxwork of Nicky Minaj at Madame Tussauds has been given extra security after it was on the receiving end of some rather obscene selfies taken by visitors to the London premises.

The wax lookalike features Minaj posing on all fours on a bamboo bench. You can probably guess the rest.

GIG WISE: Despite a busy summer of gigs, Kodaline show no signs of slowing down, with new December concerts announced this week. The fab foursome are at INEC Killarney on December 10, followed by a hometown appearance at the 3Arena on Dec 11.

In West Cork, the Masters of Tradition festival continues in Bantry until next weekend, with main man Martin Hayes appearing in a number of collaborations over the next few days.

The western pastures of the Rebel county are in for more musical treats next month, with Sam Amidon’s (pictured) addition to Clonakilty International Guitar Festival (Sept 17-20) being quite a coup for an event that already has impressive Memphis songstress Valerie June on the bill.

Amidon’s appearance will be at a free concert at DeBarra’s as part of Culture Night. DeBarra’s has also added a second show for Damien Dempsey on November 22, after his appearance the previous night sold out already.

Another act quickly shifting tickets are Little Green Cars who’ve sold out their show at Live at St Lukes in Cork next Saturday, but there are tickets available for their gig at the White Lady in Kinsale on Friday.

Incidentally, of the five remaining gigs at the St Lukes venue, tickets only remain for Alan Kelly Gang with Eddie Reader & John Douglas next Friday, and Cara O’Sullivan on August 30.

We haven’t heard much of Si Schroeder since he was nominated for the Choice Prize in 2006, but the Dublin-based musician has a new album on the way and is playing the Sirius Centre in Cobh next Friday.

Veteran chart-toppers 10cc are at Cork Opera House next Sunday. Altogether now... “I’m not in love, but don’t forget it”....

FILM TIPS: Bad Education ain’t no Inbetweeners, but the producers of the big screen adaptation of Jack Whitehall’s BBC comedy will be hoping that it can nab a bit of its predecessor’s success when it opens this weekend.

For something altogether darker, The Birds shows at Triskel in Cork tomorrow as part of the venue’s Hitchcock season.

Of course, the film is given an extra depth of creepiness by revelations in recent years about the way star Tippi Hedren was treated by the famed director.

Some of the scenes she had to shoot seem to have formed part of a creepy fantasy of Hitchcock, with her terror onscreen being a real portrayal of the emotion she underwent when real birds were used for the climactic attack scene, rather than the mechanical ones he had promised.

Bloodied after a traumatic experience of being attacked by the birds, she broke down and had to be put in the care of a doctor.

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