Scene + Heard: What's going on around the country

MUSIC NEWS: After Body & Soul and Castlepalooza, the muddy fields of the midlands take a break from festival season this weekend. Probably for the best as Beyonce gets her Beyhive in Formation for a show that’s not quite sold out at Croke Park tomorrow.

Scene + Heard: What's going on around the country

James Vincent McMorrow gave us a swoonsome introduction to his third album, We Move (working with Toronto’s so-hot-right-now Nineteen85 and Frank Dukes) due out on September 2, with the unveiling of lead single ‘Rising Water’ this week.

Fresh from supporting Sigur Ros in Kilmainham, McMorrow announced dates at the Black Box in Galway on October 5 and the National Stadium in Dublin on October 7. Tickets on sale today.

Pixies roll into the Marquee in Cork on Wednesday, and will likely bring new tunes in tow. They’ve announced their second post-reunion album, Head Carrier, will be released on September 30.


Townlands Festival is unfazed by the Beyonce buzz and takes place at Rusheen Farm near Macroom, Co Cork, from today until Sunday.

The impressive Clonmel Junction Festival continues until Sunday too: Check out Lisa O’Neill and Lisa Hannigan tomorrow and the beguiling Rozi Plain at Baker’s Bar, on Sunday.

In Dublin City tonight, the Workman’s Club hosts a trio of top-notch Irish acts for a tenner: Slow Place Like Home, Carriages, and Bantum.

John Grant plays Iveagh Gardens tomorrow while Stone Roses play Marlay Park US indie legends Wilco rock that venue on Sunday.


Re-booted once more, The Legend of Tarzan swings into cinemas with Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, and Djimon Hounsou leading the jungle charge.

Now You See Me 2 is also out and has Daniel Radcliffe on board for some trickery. (Don’t mention Harry Potter.)

The much-anticipated, much-derided-in-some-quarters Ghostbusters gets a reboot from Monday and stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, pictured above, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Chances are it’ll be a riot.

Less blockbusterish but as intriguing are Tale of Tales (starring Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, and John C Reilly) and Embrace of the Serpeant, both at the Triskel Sunday to Wednesday.


The third annual Cork Photo Festival got underway this week with the launch of a gallery in Fitzgerald Park. Throughout July, a host of venues, such as Tara’s Tea Rooms, The Roundy, Blackrock Gallery, and Camden Palace Hotel, are hosting exhibitions by photographers from near and far — and they’re all free. There are talks and special events scheduled throughout the month too. Check out

Dublin’s PhotoIreland festival is in the same vein, with exhibitions scattered across the city and talks and workshops planned. Go to


Enda Walsh’s new play Arlington rolls on for most of the month as part of Galway International Arts Festival.

At the Everyman in Cork, Frank McGuinness sets up from July 13-30 with his debut play, The Factory Girls.


There’s a lunchtime show today at 1pm, and a supper show at 8pm tonight and tomorrow. Supper, in case your stomach was wondering, includes a main meal, glass of wine/soft drink, and dessert. Tickets are €20 or two for €35.

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