Ed Sheeran releases his album ÷ (Divide) today, and the 26-year-old singer has further endeared himself to Irish people with another gesture of support for the London Irish Centre. Hot Press reports that Sheeran donated a meet and greet experience and concert tickets to be auctioned in aid of the centre.
Lorde also released a new single , and the 20-year-old music industry veteran is expected to follow soon with an album.
Foo Fighters have been confirmed for a headline set at Glastonbury in June, joining Radiohead on a bill that already looks mighty impressive. The gig will be extra special for frontman Dave Grohl, who had to cancel the band’s appearance at the festival in 2015 after he broke his leg. Grohl and his former Nirvana bandmates probably listened to plenty music from Stiff Little Fingers in their time, and the Belfast punks may have their place in Irish cultural history recognised at last.
Northern punk historian Dee Wilson has begun an online petition for a plaque to be erected at the Trident in Bangor, Co Down, a venue mentioned in the band’s classic 1978 hit ‘Alternative Ulster’.
It’s been a rather busy week for gig announcements with the Longitude (July 14-18) series of concerts at Marlay Park rolling out some particularly heavy hitters. The Weeknd and Mumford & Sons will be the big draws across a weekend that also features the likes of Skepta, Baaba Maal and Glass Animals.
While we’ve known for a while about Future Islands’ gig in Dublin on July 6, earlier this week, the American band also announced appearances in Limerick (Dolans, July 3) and Cork Opera House (July 4).
Cork Opera House is also planning a celebration of Leeside music on the weekend of April 28 to 30. Right Here, Right Now will feature a huge lineup of local talent that includes Jack O’Rourke, Mick Flannery, and Interference.
Body & Soul (June 23 to 25) has also announced a decent lineup led by Metronomy, Lambchop and Sleaford Mods, with others on the bill including French dance act Vitalic.
Ryan Adams, doing well in the charts with latest album Prisoner, has added a second date to the Olympia (September 11 and 12), to go with his appearances in Cork and Limerick.
Finally, if you’ve a jazzhead in the house, chances are they didn’t get much sleep last night with the excitement at the thought of buying tickets today for Kamasi Washington at the National Concert Hall on June 29.
Have you seen Moonlight yet? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Apparently, the Oscar best picture winner is the second lowest grossing recipient of the prize ever. And lowest? The Hurt Locker in 2009.
Logan is the big release today, with Hugh Jackman reprising his Wolverine character for what he says will be one last time.
Triskel in Cork has German comedy Toni Erdmann over the next few days, as well as Irish documentary Meetings With Ivor, about mental health campaigner Ivor Browne.
Cork Cine Club at St John’s College has Finnish film The Fencer next Thursday.
The new Jack Lynch play opened last night at Ballymaloe Grainstore, and continues there until Saturday, before moving on to the Everyman in Cork from Wednesday.
From tomorrow, CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery in Cork has a new exhibition entitled SKIN/NAHK/ODA, featuring work from textiles students from colleges in Cork, Estonia, and Lithuania.