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MUSIC NEWS: There’s no word yet of an Irish gig, but the fact that AC/DC have announced two concerts in the UK (Manchester and London in June) has their legions of fans in this country all excited, like.

At least fellow music veteran Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, right, has confirmed dates for Ireland next spring, and he’s also been talking at the Red Bull Music Academy about the fire that destroyed his studio in Switzerland. “I forget to blow out the candle — it was on top of a Bible,” he explained. Bible readers and candle burners beware.

NME reports that Madonna wasn’t overly contrite when “technical issues” caused an hour’s delay to the start of her gig in Manchester on Monday. Some fans booed the 57-year-old when she came on stage, to which she replied: “I want to thank you all for waiting. I don’t like to be late by the way and all you bitches who keep complaining about it can shut the fuck up.”

Finally, if you get any music vouchers in your Christmas stocking, interesting new releases in the first week of January include Blackstar by David Bowie, and Where Have You Been All My Life from Villagers.

GIG WISE: Live at the Marquee in Cork managed to get another few artists on the roster in time for Christmas, including Simply Red (June 11), a gig which tickets went on sale for this morning. The Coronas seem to be as popular as ever and have added a second date (June 25) to their appearances at the Leeside venue.

Former Marquee visitor Neil Young has announced a return to Ireland in June, including an appearance at the 3Arena on June 8. Richard Hawley has several gigs lined up in Ireland over the coming months, and has also added an appearance at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin for July 22.

Even further afield, Andrea Bocelli will be at 3Arena in Dublin on September 28. Ash are in Cyprus Avenue in Cork tonight, while local heroes Young Wonder play the venue on Saturday.

FILM TIPS: Yes, it’s all about Star Wars: The Force Awakens this week, the mega blockbuster that’s been getting mostly thumbs up from the early attendees. Oscar nominations are just a few weeks away, so this is usually a good time of year for films, with Brooklyn, The Hunger Games, and The Good Dinosaur among the other decent offerings still in cinemas.

Meanwhile, at Triskel in Cork, the programme is mostly made up of Christmas-themed films, but a decidedly unseasonal alternative comes from Sunset Song. Life really is tough up north for characters played by Peter Mullan and Agyness Deyn.

ALL AND SUNDRY: The doors close on the Camden Palace arts centre in Cork after the weekend, as the facility seeks a new home following the sale of its premises in the former McKenzies building on Camden Quay. An art fair runs at the centre until Sunday. Also in Cork, a new film training scheme called the ‘Production Club’ begins in RTÉ Cork’s studio on Father Matthew Street from January 21.

Sessions will be held in the evening on the third Thursday of every month. Further details from The Quarter Block Party makes a welcome return to North and South Main Streets in Cork on February 5-7, with another imaginative mix of music, discussion and other arts events. Watch this space for more details in the weeks ahead.

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