Des O'Driscoll shares this week's talking points from the world of music, TV and film


Scene and Heard: This week's entertainment news

Des O'Driscoll shares this week's talking points from the world of music, TV and film

Scene and Heard: This week's entertainment news

Des O'Driscoll shares this week's talking points from the world of music, TV and film


Jimmy Page v Robbie Williams. It has all the makings of an undercard on some Conor McGregor v Aged Boxer fight.

The celebrity neighbours were in court in London earlier in the week, as the Led Zeppelin guitarist had a victory in his battle to prevent the Take That star from building an underground swimming pool at the row of Victorian mansions they both inhabit in Kensington. Planning permission has been deferred, and Williams has to undertake all sorts of legal assurances before the build is considered again.

Meanwhile, Roseanne Barr’s dodgy tweets may have ensured she’s been dropped by ABC, but one of the defenders of the disgraced comedy star was rock guitarist Ted Nugent, who couldn’t quite see the problem of referencing Planet Of The Apes while mentioning a person of African-American heritage: “So Roseanne referencing a movie title is racist. Lying dishonest soulless freaks from Planet of the Apes,” he tweeted.

Back on planet Earth, Mick Flannery’s new song ‘Rosaleen’ was written in response to various healthcare scandals. Proceeds from the song will go to the National Women’s Council of Ireland.


Forbidden Fruit at Kilmainham is the biggie in Dublin this weekend, with the likes of Grizzly Bear, The War on Drugs, Vince Staples and Bonobo.

In Cork, the Right Here Right Now event at Cork Opera House has the Frank & Walters, Marlene Enright and Ye Vagabonds tomorrow, followed by three separate gigs on Sunday.

Several interesting announcements have recently been made for winter, including Johnny Marr for the National Stadium on Nov 2; Florence + The Machine, 3Arena, Nov 19; Boy George & Culture Club at 3Arena on Nov 25; and Snow Patrol for 3Arena on Dec 11.

The All Together Now festival in Co Waterford at the August weekend has added Thundercat and a bunch of other quality acts to what was already an impressive lineup.

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival might not be taking place until October, but tickets are now on sale for the event. Laura Mvula at City Hall on Oct 27 will probably be first to sell out.

Finally, the appearance of 2Tone legends The Beat at Cork Opera House next week has been put off until September.


All roads lead to Kilkenny for comedy fans this weekend, as the city hosts its Cat Laughs festival. Manchester stand-up Jason Manford tops a bill that also includes the likes of Jason Byrne and Reginald D Hunter.

Meanwhile, Andrew Ryan returns from England for a hometown gig at City Limits in Cork tomorrow.


June is the month when decent TV shows begin to get a bit thinner on the ground, but next week still seems to offer excellent viewing. The Grace Jones documentary Bloodlight and Bami debuts on Netflix today, complete with footage of the 70-year-old in action at a Dublin gig.

On Sunday, Imagine on BBC features an interview with Margaret Atwood, the Canadian novelist behind The Handmaid’s Tale.

Later Live With Jools Holland on Tuesday has Kamasi Washington, while there will also be appearances from Christine & the Queens and St Vincent.

Guests on Graham Norton tonight include actor Aidan Turner.


Why haven’t enough people gone to see Solo: A Star Wars Story? That’s the question the beancounters in Disney and the Lucas camp have been asking since underwhelming box-office figures were released in the US. Fatigue over the constant stream of films in the franchise is the most obvious reason, while others have said that a tale of a heroic white man doesn’t quite chime with the times.

Among today’s releases is Book Club, a film that unashamedly appeals to the ageing female demographic, while from Sunday, Triskel in Cork has twice-daily showings of acclaimed Japanese animation Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

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