Grunge may be dead but one of its protagonists, Eddie Vedder, seems to have found a new lease of life. He’s leaving Pearl Jam behind for a European tour in May and June. With our own Glen Hansard in tow and presumably toting his uke, Vedder plays Dublin’s 3Arena on June 9 and Cork’s Live at the Marquee on June 11. Tickets, from around €60, on sale today.
I'll be headed out on a European run with Eddie Vedder and delighted for it! in May/June. Love the man! And Miss him.. There he goes..— Glen Hansard (@Glen_Hansard) March 6, 2017
It was the summer of, er, ’14 that Bryan Adams was last in Cork. He’ll be back under the Marquee on July 11. Playing the same venue on June 22 is Steven Van Zandt, aka Little Steven, guitarist of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and fondly remembered as Silvio from the The Sopranos.
Stormzy has been announced as the Friday headliner for Longitude in Marlay Park. In unexpected pop reformation news, Steps are back, and their new album, Tears on the Dancefloor, features fellow pop royalty Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson from Abba. They play the 3Arena on November 13.
Cork singer-songwriter James OR released his new single ‘Berlin’ last week and launches it at Coughlan’s tonight. Tomorrow, hotly touted Bitch Falcon are at Cyprus Avenue. Local noisemakers Horse are on support.
Record Store Day is on the horizon (April 22) and while the backlash against that day is well entrenched, the shops themselves seem to be spinning away nicely. So much so that Cork city has just seen its fifth such shop open.
Bunker Vinyl is operated by John Dwyer out of a basement space on Camden Quay, 11am-7pm. Selling new and used records, it also provides music lessons. Shorn of beards, Fleet Foxes unveiled their first new music in six years with the near-nine-minute epic ‘Third of May/Odaigahara’. In the intervening years, frontman Robin Pecknold went back to college: Columbia University.
He told Pitchfork, in a fascinating interview touching on F Scott Fitzgerald, ageing, and reasons to live, how he got on: “When I was there I was honestly sort of embarrassed to say I was a musician from a pop context... I thought maybe I’d attain some new level of intellectual justification for making music, but I didn’t really end up there.”
Whether we needed a new King Kong film or not is debatable, but we’ve got one anyway. Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L Jackson head the cast going to Kong: Skull Island. Two of the stars of the awards season, Moonlight and Hidden Figures, are showing in the Triskel, Cork, from Sunday to Tuesday.
Among the films on general release today is Elle, featuring an incredible performance from Isabel Huppert, pictured.
Landmarks and Lifeforms is an exhibition by two West Cork-based artists, Frieda Meaney and Danny Osborne. It opens at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, tonight with guest speaker Manchán Magan. It runs until April 20.
The Lavit Gallery at Father Mathew St, Cork, opened its members’ exhibition on Tuesday. There were over 250 submissions this year, which have been whittled down to 98. It runs until March 25.
Save Cork City, a group organised in response to the OPW flood relief plans, has some interesting events planned this Sunday. At noon in St Peter’s, North Main St, Danielle McLaughlin, Madeleine D’Arcy, and Marie Gethins will be reading short stories inspired by the city and the Lee, remembering Frank O’Connor’s Cork, while Mary Leland will discuss Cork’s literary heritage. At 2pm in the Bodega, the group plans poetry and jazz.
Further afield, Galway’s Cuirt International Festival of Literature this week revealed its programme, which runs April 23-30. John Boyne and Kit de Waal are among the authors attending.