The cynics were queuing up to diss Jay Z and his Tidal service when it was announced earlier this year, but Prince, pictured, is obviously enamoured with the streaming service and this week used it to release his latest album, HitNRun Phase One. You can stream it by signing up for a free trial.
Not surprisingly as AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson approaches his 68th birthday in the midst of a marathon world tour, he’s been discussing the possibility of retirement.
“A good footballer, a good ice hockey player, they don’t want to retire, but unfortunately, sometimes there’s a time when you have to call it quits,” Johnson told The Morning Sun newspaper in the US. Finally, we can’t quite work out whether the Chinese government were portraying poor judgement or good taste for banning Bon Jovi’s gigs. Apparently, the authorities were miffed that the band had portrayed images of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during shows in Taiwan in 2010.
So the shadow of U2 was cast over all gig announcements this week, especially given the rare chance to see the band live in as ‘small’ an indoor setting as the 3Arena. The band will play Belfast’s SSE Arena on Nov 18 and 19, as well as four nights in Dublin’s 3Arena (Nov 23, 24, 27 and 28). Tickets go on sale on Monday at €30 to €185 (plus booking fee), and are limited to two per person.
The Maccabees are also on their way to Dublin for an appearance at the the Olympia on January 16, with tickets on sale this morning. A Pete Seeger tribute night at the National Concert Hall on September 20 features Sam Amidon, Beth Orton and the ubiquitous Thomas Bartlett. Amidon and Bartlett actually have personal memories of the late great folk singer as the childhood chums actually performed with him in their teens. In Cork, the upcoming biggies are the Sounds from a Safe Harbour Festival from Thursday, and Clonakilty International Guitar Festival from Friday.
A new film from Lenny Abrahamson will always cause excitement among Irish film fans, but his latest outing, Room, has is already causing quite a stiroverseas as it rolls out in various festivals. Critics have been rather gushing about the collaboration with Emma Donoghue on the adaptation of her novel, and it’s been given a general release date of late January for this country, though we may see it at festivals beforehand. Meanwhile, openings at cinemas this weekend include Legend, starring Tom Hardy as the Kray twins; and Woody Allen’s Irrational Man. In Cork, Triskel has the much-praised documentary The Wolfpack from Sunday.
Upcoming exhibitions on Leeside include a showing of Brooklyn-based Jessica Dessner’s work at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery from next Friday. And yes, if the surname is familiar, she is the sister of Bryce and Aaron, and forms part of that family’s influx for the Safe Harbour festival. Jessica’s other claim to fame is her Grammy-nominated artwork for the Grateful Dead’s
Spring 1990 (The Other One)box set. Isabel Nolan is among the artists taking part in the Engage Arts Festival in Bandon (Sept 24-27), an event that also features music, literature, etc.
Cork gets its own slam poetry night from Thursday, September 24 at The Roundy, with Fergus Costello and
Wasps vs. Humans headlining the first of the monthly Live Words events. The southern capital is also gearing up for its International Short Story Festival (Sept 22-26). Later Live With Jools Holland makes a return on Wednesday on BBC Two, with the first batch of guests including Foals, Rickie Lee Jones and Disclosure.