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Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway run, which sees the singer playing stripped back songs to the 948-capacity Walter Kerr Theatre, is sold out through the rest of the year.
The show has been filmed, and will be broadcast on Netflix on December 15, the day of the production’s final onstage performance, reports the New York Times, which adds that as of Sunday, the show had grossed $76m (€65m) and been seen by a total 151,549 people since premiering last autumn.
Townlands Carnival in Macroom, Co Cork, kicks off today and sees the likes of Sister Sledge, Leftfield (DJ set), King Kong Company, and Kíla play over the weekend. There’s a very healthy amount of local acts in the mix too, including Laurie Shaw, God Alone, and Bantum. Weekend and standalone Saturday and Sunday tickets still available. For those who want to go further west, Connolly’s of Leap tonight hosts the next big thing, David Keenan — think a folksier Hozier. Doors 8pm. On Sunday at 8pm, Declan O’Rourke plays the Trident Hotel as part of Kinsale Arts Weekend. Galway International Arts Festival runs through till July 29.
As well as some quality arts and theatre productions, music fans are in for a treat over the next week: The Stunning, Madness, Something Happens, Flaming Lips, and Caribou are all coming to town. Keep an eye out, too, for All Our Exes Live In Texas, a hilarious folk band from Australia who are on tour across Ireland next week, starting in De Barra’s, Clonakilty, next Thursday.
Further afield, Belfast house duo Bicep have announced a show at Dublin’s Olympia on November 2, capping off a stellar 18 months since the release of their self-titled debut. Tickets go on sale today at 10am — note: The show is 16s and over. Other Voices is coming to Ballina, Co Mayo, on September 28/29. First announcements to play St Michael’s Church include Little Green Cars, Maria Kelly, and Seamus Fogarty.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the big release this weekend, though Drew Pearce’s Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foster and featured on these pages yesterday, sounds like an intriguing alternative to both the musical and superhero fare — set to continue in a couple weeks with Marvel’s Ant-man and the Wasp.
Jeune Femme and Boom For Real are showing at the Triskel from Sunday to Wednesday.
West Cork Literary Festival concludes this evening. Chibundu Onuzo (Bantry Library, 5pm), Emily Wilson, the first woman to translate The Odyssey by Homer (Maritime Hotel, 6.30pm), and the makers of the West Cork podcast (Maritime Hotel, 8.30pm) are the big draws.
Cork Opera House’s summer production of The Wizard of Oz kicked off last night and runs until August 26. Cork Arts Theatre’s summer lunchtime and supper theatre shows continues with Amanda Neri’s Golden Songs of the Silver Screen today and tomorrow.
One for the diary — on BBC at 9pm Monday, Who Do You Think You Are? follows Boy George as he delves into his past to discover his family has connections to the IRA in Dublin. It promises to be sad — “A lot of mascara running, even though I’m not wearing any make-up,” he says during the programme, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
The episode also features critically acclaimed punk-trad Dubliners Lankum, who earlier this week tweeted about their involvement: “THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE IS ONE OF THE MOST LUDICROUS THINGS TO EVER PASS OUR LIPS, BUT IS ENTIRELY TRUE...
The next episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, which will be aired on BBC 1 next Monday the 23rd of July, will feature ourselves singing Irish rebel songs to @BoyGeorge.”
THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE IS ONE OF THE MOST LUDICROUS THINGS TO EVER PASS OUR LIPS, BUT IS ENTIRELY TRUE...— LANKUM (@LankumDublin) July 16, 2018
The next episode of 'Who Do You Think You Are?', which will be aired on BBC 1 next Monday the 23rd of July, will feature ourselves singing Irish rebel songs to @BoyGeorge. pic.twitter.com/1FAYQzB6Pu