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MUSIC NEWS: Henry Mountcharles has confirmed that there will be no concert at Slane this year, thereby scotching the rumours about appearances by the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Coldplay. 
Scene + Heard: All the best entertainment news

While both bands may still make it to these shores, we do know that Chris Martin and co will be headlining at Glastonbury, their fourth time playing at the British festival.

Meanwhile, though the music establishment has been gushing in its praise for Lady Gaga’s medley of David Bowie’s songs at the recent Grammy awards, the late star’s son Duncan Jones, doesn’t sound like he was so impressed.

Immediately afterwards, he tweeted a definititon of the word ‘gaga’: “Overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused.”

Finally, we’re not sure we’re even allowed write about Kanye West given his recent request for ‘white publications’ to stop commenting on ‘black music’. We love you Kanye.

GIG WISE:

Tickets for Gavin James at the Marquee in Cork went on sale this morning, while Irish west coast hip-hop act Rusangano Family will launch their new album at the Kino on April 8.

Incidentally, Cork singer Brian Deady has sold out both his Kino gigs on March 11 and 12, as well as his Sugar Club appearance in Dublin on March 5. You can catch him at Dolans, Limerick, next Friday, and at the 2Central Arts Theatre, Waterford, on Easter Sunday.

Aoife Scott probably doesn’t want to be known as the daughter of Frances Black, but the latest star of that dynasty is at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh tonight. The Sea Sessions in Bundoran (June 24-26) continue to grow with Primal Scream, Tinie Tempah, and Bad Manners already confirmed.

FILM TIPS:

Michael Moore’s latest documentary, Where To Invade Next, has been bombing at the US box office, a situation not helped by the director’s poor health situation ensuring he can’t do as much publicity as usual, and a cancelled trip this week to the Berlin Film Festival.

The film is a bit of a shot across the bows of American conservatism as Moore travels through Europe looking at progressive policies on workers’ holidays, sex education, health care, etc.

Meanwhile, Rebel Wilson incurred the wrath of the Perpetually Outraged Brigade with her hilarious Bafta speech last week, though her ‘chocolate’ references to Idris Elba may have blown her chances of making any presentations at next week’s Oscars.

But the Aussie comic has other fish to fry at the moment with How To Be Single opening in cinemas today. The trailer does make the comedy look rather awful, but there may be laughs to be had from its tale of singles on the pull in New York.

In Dublin, the Audi Dublin International Film Festival got underway last night with the warmly-received Sing Street, a movie that goes on general release on March 18. Triskel in Cork is showing David Bowie in Labyrinth this weekend, as well as Chinese martial arts tale The Assassin.

Also in Cork, the city’s French Film Festival (March 6-13) announced its programme earlier this week, with highlights including the Oscar-nominated Mustang.

VISUAL ART:

Backwater Artists’ Group in Cork is currently running a fundraising raffle where everybody who buys one of the 300 tickets being sold for €50 is guaranteed to win a piece of art.

A long list of artists have donated pieces, including the likes of Michael Quane, Alice Maher, and Paddy Graham. See backwaterartists.ie.

At CIT in Cork, there’s currently an exhibiton of paintings by Co Waterford artist Anna Moore that was inspired by the time she spent with the San people in Namibia.

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