Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round up

All the latest news from the world of music, film and entertainment.

Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round up


Poor Shane MacGowan is currently recovering from a broken pelvis after he fell earlier in the week, according to Hot Press. The former Pogues frontman, pictured right, is getting physio treatments twice a day, after an injury which his Cork-born partner Victoria Mary Clarke said came from “doing a complicated dance move”.

Another veteran not doing so good at the moment is Lemmy. Apparently, the Motorhead frontman cut a gig short in Salt Lake City when he had to leave the stage after just three songs. The 69-year-old has been dogged by ill-health in recent years.

In more rocker health news, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden has been raising awareness of the HPV virus following his recovery from tongue cancer, which may have been caused by oral sex.

Duran Duran have a new album out next week produced by Nile Rodgers and Mark Ronson, while Skrillex is reportedly working with MIA on her next record.


When the Electric Picnic fades into the distance after this weekend, the focus down south will be very much on the Sounds from a Safe Harbour (September 17-20) event in Cork. The opening concert featuring The Gloaming is long sold out, but tickets remain for some of the other highlights, such as Bryce and Aaron Dessner’s concert with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra (September 19) and Wild Beasts (September 20).

You’d imagine some of the Safe Harbour audience would also be fans of Mumford and Sons, and the Londoners have announced a gig for the 3Arena in Dublin on December 2.

Also in Cork, former Rollerskate Skinny man Ken Griffin brings his August Wells project home from New York for a bit of a tour that takes in DeBarras in Clonakilty next Thursday and Coughlan’s Live in Cork on Friday, as well as dates in Limerick and Dublin.

Gavin James has already sold out his December 17 gig at Cyprus Avenue, so has added another show the previous night.


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl won the grand jury prize at Sundance, and the adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ book opens at a number of Irish cinemas today, including the Gate in Cork.

Over at Triskel, there’s a showing of James Cameron’s classic, Aliens, tomorrow, while other films on the roster from Sunday include Mistress America, one of a series of Noah Baumbach films to be shown this season.

In Dublin tomorrow, the IFI begins a season of movies from Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini.


The 10th run of the New Ross Piano Festival will take place from September 24 in the Wexford town, with a mixture of top musicians from the world of classical and jazz.

Another ivory tinkler busy over the next few weeks is Kieran Quinn, with the former Sligo footballer releasing his second album The Next One on September 16.

The second incarnation of the Music in Monkstown event brings all sorts of classical sounds to the Co Dublin suburb on September 18-20, while Irish Youth Opera (IYO) is begin their tour of Handel’s operatic masterpiece Agrippina in Limerick on Tuesday, before touring to Galway, Dublin and Armagh.


The River Tolka in Dublin has been undergoing a bit of a revival in terms of wildlife in recent years and a series of public art events under the title Tolka Nights will explore the waterway’s significance from next Thursday to Sunday.

Clifden Arts Festival (September 17-27) has unveiled another impressive roster, with the Aprés Match crew heading up the comedy strand; with the drama section including Cobh-born Pat Kinevane performing Underneath, his recent award-winner at Edinburgh.

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