Scene + Heard: Music, film and gig news

MUSIC NEWS: Apart from Kanye West meeting Donald Trump (we thought you were cool, Yeezus!?) the music news is winding down for the year. Thankfully. 
Scene + Heard: Music, film and gig news

We’ve lost far too many musical icons in the past 12 months — we’re ready to turn the tape and play in 2017. And then James Blunt tweets: “If you thought 2016 was bad, I’m releasing an album in 2017.” Maybe 2016 wasn’t so bad after alll...

GIG NEWS: The summer stadium shows and festival announcements have begun in earnest — and much earlier than usual, it seems. Justin Bieber, with support from the excellent Halsey, plays the RDS Arena on June 21. Tickets (from €76, with fees) on sale this morning. Nobel laureate Bob Dylan (what do you know, the title suits him) plays Dublin’s 3Arena on May 11.

Tickets (€65) went on sale Wednesday. Elbow and Gavin James have joined the Live at the Marquee lineup in Cork, playing June 21 and July 7, respectively. Tickets are on sale now. Townlands Carnival, on the old Rusheen Farm Estate near Macroom, returns on July 21-23. Early bird tickets (€95) are on sale now.

Elsewhere in Cork a couple weeks later, Indiependence have revealed that Manic Street Preachers, the Coronas, and Sigma are their headliners for the weekend of August 4-6. Three-day camping tickets cost €119. Sea Sessions returns to Donegal on June 23-25, bringing Primal Scream and the Coronas to the surf and music festival (is there anyone in Ireland who hasn’t seen the Coronas live yet?).

A little closer in the calendar, Talos in Cyprus Avenue tonight, Badly Drawn Boy Live at St Luke’s tomorrow, and somebody called Glen Hansard at Connolly’s of Leap (celebrating a year under its new guise, but still under the hammers) on Sunday and at Coughlan’s on Monday should put you in the mood as Christmas week swings around.

Also in Connolly’s tomorrow, Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley play a show at 1.30pm. On December 23, get yourself to the TDC in the Triskel to ring in Christmas Eve with the improv/krautrock/dance upstarts OoSe, a super live band. Doors are at 10pm and it runs till 2am.

LITERARY PURSUITS: The Time Traveller’s Bookshop & Gallery launches a quarterly magazine, The Time Traveller, at its premises at Wandesford Quay in Cork.

The first issue includes a celebration of the Masai activist Nelson Ole Reiyia’s activities in Kenya; an appreciation of the late Kinsale-based poet Desmond O’Grady by his neighbour Matthew Geden; and a meditation by the American educator Eddy Nix on how independent bookshops influence the emotional landscape of rural communities.

The Time Traveller is available at the shop or from The litmag Penny Dreadful hosts A Dreadful Christmas at Gulpd cafe in the Triskel on December 21. Expect readings from some bright and ridiculously talented young things.

ALL AND SUNDRY: Colin Murphy makes a long-awaited return to Cork this weekend, rolling up at City Limits Comedy Club tonight and tomorrow.

Tickets are €20 and doors open at 8.30pm. Netflix today releases your next obsession, The OA, eight episodes dropping at once. A “powerful, mind-bending tale about identity, human connection, and the borders between life and death”, it may or may not be connected to Stranger Things.

A “powerful, mind-bending tale about identity, human connection, and the borders between life and death”, it may or may not be connected to Stranger Things.

FILM TIPS: You may already have heard there’s a new Star Wars film out. Rogue One (below) is released this weekend — can it surpass the stellar Episode VII of last Christmas though?

The Triskel is getting in the festive spirit, screening the greatest (Christmas) movie of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Muppets Christmas Carol every day until December 23.

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