: There have been an awful lot of Adele headlines over the past week or so, but our favourite comes from the Waterford Whispers site: “Joy For Women Who Like To Drink Wine Alone And Cry As Adele Releases New Song”.
The 27-year-old Londoner has given the record industry’s bean-counters plenty cause for cheer with her single and forthcoming album, but has also threatened to launch Brit-Pop Wars II with her thoughts on Damon Albarn.
The Blur frontman had previously referred to a “middle of the road” track when the two worked together earlier this year, and now Adele has told Rolling Stone that none of the material Alban produced was right for her record. ““It ended up being one of those ‘don’t meet your idol’ moments.
The saddest thing was that I was such a big Blur fan growing up,” she says. Incidentally, attention has been drawn to the lyrical similarities between Adele’s number one smash ‘Hello’ and Tom Waits’ 1973 classic ‘Martha’.
The Stone Roses haveconfirmed summer dates in the UK, and rumours of a new album in the pipeline. Watch this space for any news of an Irish gig.
Live at St Luke’s in Cork have beefed up their December roster with the addition of the likes of Little Green Cars (December 11) and Hudson Taylor (December 16). In Dublin, Macklemore & Ryan, right, have added April 16 to their two-night run at the 3Arena.
Body&Soul (June 17-19) have put their early bird tickets on sale at €99.50+bf, while the next phase of Electric Picnic sales is now open, with a basic camping ticket available for €200 +bf, with instalment options available. Marc Ribot isn’t a household name, but he did have a big hand in Tom Waits’s Rain Dogs album from 1985. He brings his guitar to DeBarras in Clonakilty on January 29.
That decades-old dance fixture, the Sweat/Go Deep birthday, is around again on Saturday, November 21, at the Pav in Cork. Incidentally, the Fish Go Deep duo have also been added to the bill for Suncebeat in Croatia in July, where they’ll be lining up alongside the likes of Louie Vega and Henrik Schwarz.
Other upcoming clubbing events on Leeside include French DJ/ producer Tchami at the Savoy next Friday, and Friend Within on November 20.
In Dublin, Metropolis offers a feast of electronic acts at the RDS over the weekend, while Satoshi Tomiie is at the Opium Rooms tomorrow.
Corcadorca’s next production will be Enda Walsh’s play, Gentrification, and will run on November 16-18 at the former Cork Savings Bank on Lapps Quay.
Another must-see around the same time is Pat Kinevane’s trilogy of plays at the Everyman from November 16-22. In Dublin, a production of John B Keane’s The Matchmaker opens at the Gaiety on Monday for a run until Nov 14.
For kids, there’s a production of Judith Kerr’s book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, at Cork Opera House next Tuesday and Wednesday.
While the Cork Film Festival dominates the landscape on Leeside this weekend, there is also an Adventure Film Festival at UCC tomorrow at 7pm.
Eric Lalor may be familiar as hotel owner Cathal Spillane in Fair City, but he’s in City Limits in Cork tomorrow to perform his stand-up act.
German baritone Benjamin Appl is about to tour Ireland, with upcoming appearances including Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen, on November 15; and Triskel Christchurch in Cork on November 20.