Scene + Heard: Music, film and gig news

COMEDY CAPERS: Rob Delaney is probably familiar as Sharon Horgan’s sidekick in Catastrophe, but the Boston funnyman brings his stand-up show Vicar Street on April 15 for a show that’s fairly guaranteed to sell out. 
Scene + Heard: Music, film and gig news

David O’Doherty is at the Everyman in Cork on January 23, while the Après Match crew are at venue on Feb 14. Yes, the gig takes place on Valentine’s Day, but surely nothing says ‘I love you’ like a trip to see three middle-aged men rekindle memories of Ireland’s footballing past?

MUSIC NEWS: The overall chart for the past year has been published in the UK, and NME’s analysis reveals some interesting factors. For instance, Hozier’s position of having the third best selling single in the year, despite never hitting number one in the weekly chart, is down to the longetivity of ‘Take Me to Church’ for staying at number two for four weeks after a a 20-week climb in the top 40. Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ was the top seller of 2015 in the UK.

The Edge has been telling Q Magazine about U2’s next album, with a song about the Paris attacks possibly featuring on it. Brian Eno is again in the producer’s seat for a record that was worked on during breaks in the band’s recent tour. We’ll probably see it released some time later in the year. U2 also feature fourth place in the biggest grossing tours in the world in 2015, behind top placed Taylor Swift, AC/DC and One Direction.

Finally, Boy George replaces Tom Jones as a judge in the new series of The Voice UK from Sunday, but his appointment outraged Norwegian man Audun Carlsen. Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in jail in 2009 for imprisoning Carlsen in 2007. “If a male celebrity beat up a woman with a chain, handcuffed her to a wall and threatened her with a sex toy, there would be a public outcry if he was given a high-profile job at the BBC,” Carlsen told The Sun.

GIG WISE: Conor O’Brien’s Villagers released their fourth album,Where Have You Been All My Life?, this week and upcoming gigs include the Everyman in Cork, January 24; Vicar Street, Dublin, January 28; and Dolans, Limerick, January 30. We’ll have a review of the album in these pages tomorrow.

The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival (January 26-31) looks to be an even bigger affair this year, with the lineup at the White Horse including Martha and Lucy Wainwright, De Danaan and Jack O’Rourke. In Dublin, the smooth-voiced Gregory Porter has added a second date at the Olympia (April 2).

FILM TIPS: Quentin Tarantino’s film, The Hateful Eight, is the big opening in Irish cinemas today, and has also been nominated for three Golden Globes ahead of Sunday’s ceremony. The celebrated director has also been hinting that we might yet see another instalment in the Kill Bill series. In a recent interview with Variety, Tarantino said: “I’m not committing to it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if The Bride made one more appearance before the whole thing is said and done.”

Of course, challenging the 52-year-old for Globes and possibly Oscars (nominations announced next Thursday), is Irish film Room, which opens here next week.

Meanwhile, from tonight, Triskel in Cork has Carol, starring Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett. On Thursday, the same venue has Ice And The Sky, a French documentary on Claude Lorius,the French glaciologist whose studies in Antarctica led him to being the first person to ring the alarm about climate change as far back as the mid-1960s.

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