Scene & heard: The latest entertainment news

Des O’Driscoll shares the latest news from the world of entertainment.

Scene & heard: The latest entertainment news

MUSIC NEWS: The collaboration between Kendrick Lamar and Bono that appeared on the superb Damn album was one of the leftfield match-ups of the year, and the Compton rapper has been telling Rolling Stone how it came about.

Apparently the track that ended up as ‘XXX’ involved a vocal the U2 singer had done for a different tune, but when that went nowhere, Lamar had an idea of how it could be used on his new album. He also spoke of his respect for the Irishman.

“Bono has so much wisdom and so much knowledge, in music and in life,” said Lamar. “Sitting on the phone with him, I could talk to him for hours. The things he’s doing around the world, of just helping people, is inspiring.”

Meanwhile, people should probably stop worrying about the Trump v Korean Kim willy contest and become more concerned about the possible outbreak of Britpop Wars II: Brother versus Brother. Liam and Noel Gallagher are set to release albums within a few weeks of each other in October/November, a move that’s likely to increase the intensity of the bitter sibling rivalry.

Liam did get a few jabs in after his big bro’s no-show at the One Love Manchester concert, but in terms of overall musical output, so far it’s been a mismatch of McGregor-Mayweather proportions. But will the elder Gallagher still have his crown by mid-November?

FOLK’N’TRAD: The Masters of Tradition (August 23-27) festival rounds off Bantry’s trio of major summer arts events, with appearances from the likes of Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin.

The latter figure is also about to make his first appearance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on September 8, at an event at the National Concert Hall in Dublin to honour the Tipperary-born composer’s work.

In the meantime, Ennis becomes the centre of the trad world for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann from Sunday to August 21. Thousands of visitors will descend on the Clare town for a week of multiple concerts and seisiúns.

Damon Gough, aka Badly Drawn Boy
Damon Gough, aka Badly Drawn Boy

GIG WISE: Badly Drawn Boy sold out Live at St Luke’s during his last appearance in Cork, and presumably the bould Damon Michael Gough will do the same for his return on October 20. Tickets on sale now. Also in Cork, roots reaggaeists Revelation Soundsystem will be trying out their newly constructed bass bins at Cyprus Avenue tonight in advance of their weekend shenanigans at Electric Picnic in early September. References to ‘de Babylon’ feature strongly in some of the music played the Revelation crew, and it’s those establishment forces who seem to be behind the cancellation of planned dance music event, Scrobarnach, near Watergrasshill, Co Cork, this weekend. At least Lisa O’Neill gets the official seal of approval and is at Sirius in Cobh next Friday.

FILM TIPS: Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde, and A Ghost Story with Casey Affleck, are probably the pick of the bunch of this week’s releases. One for art fans should watch out for next week is Final Portrait, a drama about the great Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti that was put together by actor Stanley Tucci. At Triskel in Cork, the Stanley Kubrick season continues with Lolita and Dr Strangelove, while the venue also has a programme of Canadian films.

ALL AND SUNDRY: East Cork artist Mirin Mooney is commonly referred to as the daughter of potter Stephen Pearce, but she’s busy building her own reputation with two upcoming exhibitions in her native county. One opens next Friday at Stephen Pearce Pottery in Shanagarry; while other paintings are currently on display at WebWorkHouse on Winthrop St in Cork. The Laughter Lounge in Dublin is looking for emerging comedians to showcase their talents over the nights of August 17-19 and 24-16.

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