Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

Des O’Driscoll shares the latest news from the world of showbiz

Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

MUSIC NEWS: Avicii seems to have had a moment of revelation during his recent drive across the US and has announced his retirement for now from the music business.

“I have strong interests in different areas but there’s so little time to explore them,” reads a statement on his website announcing his departure.

The 26-year-old Swede hasn’t ruled out a comeback but with a net worth of tens of millions, the hugely successful DJ and producer need never get behind the decks again unless he really wants to.

So far, it looks as if Avicii’s final gig could be the Vital festival in Belfast in August.

Kurt Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean seems to have reached the end of her 21-month marriage to musician Isaiah Silva.

People magazine in the US has seen documents stating that the 23-year-old is open to paying spousal support out of an estate that’s estimated to be worth $450m.

Finally, The Edge has told Rolling Stone that work is well under way on U2’s next album, Songs of Experience.

GIG WISE: The Gloaming might not seem an obvious group for the festival circuit, but Body&Soul (Co Meath, June 17 to 19) is probably the perfect event for them.

Cork soul singer Brian Deady has also been added to the lineup alongside the likes of St Germain and Santigold.

Top UK jazz outfit Sons of Kemet are in Ireland next week for gigs at the Sugar Club in Dublin on Wednesday, and Triskel in Cork on Friday.

The Sugar Club also plays host to dance music royalty, François Kevorkian, next Saturday.

Down south, the clubbing scene on Leeside has been hit by venue closures in recent times, but upcoming options include Argentinian techno DJ Adrian Hour at Cyprus Avenue tonight, and the hugely impressive Onra at TDC at Triskel on April 23.

Walking on Cars have been added to bill for Indiependence in Mitchelstown (July 29-31).

FILM TIPS: Digital Spy reports that Danny Boyle has confirmed that Trainspotting 2 will go into production in May, with Ewan McGregor and several of the original stars reprising their roles for a sequel we’ll probably see next year.

Triskel in Cork hosts the Japanese Film Festival from Sunday to Wednesday, with four contemporary movies on offer.

Meanwhile, the IFI in Dublin continues its science fiction festival with 1961 disaster movies The Day The Earth Caught Fire, on Wednesday.

THEATRE NIGHTS: Cork actress Alison Arnopp, pictured, is among the stars of the production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Donmar Warehouse in London’s West End, and audiences in her home town will get a chance to see her in the role with a live broadcast to Cork Opera House on Wednesday.

Another Irish actor doing well across the water is Killian Donnelly, the star of Kinky Boots who will find out on Sunday night whether his second nomination for an Olivier Award has borne fruit.

When We Were Young opens at the Everyman in Cork on Wednesday, and its tale of a 1950s Leeside love affair between Tina and Finbar comes from the same people who did The Sunbeam Girls a few years ago.

In Dublin, Corner Boys by John McKenna, also deals with Irish life in decades gone by, albeit by looking at the darker side of the changing society in the 1960s.

It’s at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght from Tuesday to Saturday, before going on a tour that includes performances in three venues in Kerry and one in Waterford in May.

ALL AND SUNDRY: An exhibition named Celebrating Being Irish is at the Lavit in Cork from Tuesday, with an impressive roster of artists, including Tom Climent, John Shinnors and Cormac Boydell.

Guests on tonight’s Graham Norton Show (BBC One, 10.35pm) include Stephen Mangan and Kirsten Dunst.

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