According to Variety magazine, the pop music dreamteam of Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Max Martin are working on a new album together, but no date has yet been set for the release of a record that will probably spawn numerous hits.
Meanwhile, Bono has received no shortage of accolades through his career, but one of the strangest must surely be his nomination of the ‘Women of the Year’ list from Glamour Magazine in the US. Editor-in-chief Cindi Leive justified the choice, alongside the likes of French politician Christine Lagarde and plus-size model Ashley Graham, by saying: “There are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days.
Some men get it and Bono is one of those guys.” Finally, A Tribe Called Quest have announced a new album is on the way, featuring a return of the great Q-Tip, and contributions recorded by Phife Dawg before his death in March.
Presumably by the time you read this, Radiohead will have broken the Irish internet with the scramble this morning to get tickets for their June 20 gig at 3Arena. The band also have two free nights before their Glastonbury appearance, so what are the chances of a second concert being announced? Again, by the time you read this, you’ll know the answer. The next biggie going on sale is Elton John on Monday, first out of the traps to declare for Live at the Marquee in Cork, also on June 20. It will John’s fourth appearance at the annual Leeside event, which makes him the first international act to clock up such a score. Honorary passport, perhaps?
The Coronas will also be making their annual trip to the Marquee on June 30. Another act with a strong Cork connection are Interference, and the remaining members of the band have announced a gig at Vicar Street in Dublin for February 5 in tribute to their late singer Fergus O’Farrell. Filling in on vocals for the night will be none other than Glen Hansard. Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche is at the Crane Lane on December 6, the proceeds of which will go towards Mahon Community Rock Hub, a worthy project run by Music Generation Cork City. Anyone planning on going to IndiePendence next year (Aug 4-6), may be interested to know that early bird tickets went on sale this morning.
The Light Between Oceans will be one of the big draws in cinemas this weekend, and as well as being a decent film, is also the project that Michael Fassbander and Alicia Vikander met on. Of course, the rather trippy Doctor Strange with Benedict Cumberbatch will also draw plenty punters. Next Thursday, Cork Cine Club at St John’s College has German film, Labyrinth of Lies, while Cork Film Festival opens next Friday.
There are still some tickets left for Cork City Ballet’s production of Giselle at Cork Opera House next week (Thurs – Sat), complete with top Russion guest dancers. There’s also ballet action in Dublin this months as St Petersburg Ballet visit the Bord Gais Energy Theatre for performances of Swan Lake (22-23 ) and The Nutcracker (24-26). Light Moves, the festival of dance on film in Limerick, is already under way and runs until Sunday. Among the highlights will be Burrows and Fargion giving a live performance of their enice Biennale commission Body Not Fit For Purpose, and showing a selection of their 52 Portraits films.
Decadent return to the Everyman in Cork from Monday to Friday with The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh. Tommy Tiernan has added extra dates to his upcoming tour, including University Concert Hall, Limerick, on December 7.