The death of UK dance music legend Andrew Weatherall, 56, earlier this week sparked plenty fond recollections from his numerous visits to Ireland. In Cork, references were made to his first visit to Sir Henry’s in the mid-1990s, his shock rockabilly set at the Spiegeltent for the Midsummer Festival, and his most recent trip to the first It Takes A Village festival in Trabolgan in 2018.
However, perhaps the most interesting story was the account of how Cork inspired his tattoo and the name of a tune. Revived from an interview with Dummy magazine in 2010, he recalled being driven to a gig by a young fisherman on arrival in Cork: “I asked him, ‘Are there times when you get up in the morning and you can’t be arsed?’ And he said, ‘Fail we may, sail we must’. Which led to me spending hundreds of pounds and a lot of pain having it tattooed up the sides of my arms.”
The Music Cork industry event is moving location to Metropole this year (April 22-24), and has announced that its keynote speaker will be Steve Strange. No, not the deceased singer from Visage. This Mr Strange is the Co Antrim-born super-agent has had an incredible career in the backroom in the industry, with his Xray Touring representing the likes of Coldplay, Eminem, and Robbie Williams. More speakers will be announced over the coming weeks for an event that offers decent learning and networking opportunities for anybody involved in, or hoping to get involved in music.
The much-anticipated Grimes album,Miss Anthropocene, is released tomorrow, and while it probably won’t feature in any list of 21st century classics, it has been getting a general thumbs-up from critics. Meanwhile, Robert Smith of The Cure has told NME that his band have three albums in the works, with at least one of them being released this year.
If you are planning on going to see Girl Band at Cyprus Avenue on Saturday, March 7, be warned that it’s heading for a sell-out, with less than 100 tickets left for sale. Around the corner at Crane Lane on March 8, Neville Staple of The Specials will be in action with his touring band. The 64-year-old 2Tone legend would also be right at home at Dun Laoghaire harbour on June 1 for a newly-announced event headlined by Toots and the Maytals, and also featuring The Selector and Lee Scratch Perry. James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) has also been announced for a DJ set at District 8 in Dublin on May 31.
Matrix fans may have noticed reports that the fourth instalment of the franchise is currently filming in San Francisco, with a release date pencilled in for May 2021. We’ll be at peak Keanu Reeves by then, as the star will also be fronting John Wick 4, also due for release the same day. In the meantime, this weekend’s offerings include Greed, a satire on the wealthy starring Steve Coogan as a billionaire owner of a fashion retail chain, while The Call of the Wild offers some family viewing.
The roster at Triskel in Cork includes the Oscar-nominated Midnight Traveller, a documentary made by an Afghan film-maker about his own family’s journey as refugees along the Balkan route. Next Thursday, Cork Cine Club screens Chinese film So Long My Son at 6pm to allow a 20-minute ‘wine and nibbles’ break. Cork French Film festival has also released its lineup for March 4th-8th. Proxima, with Eva Green, and The Truth (La Verité) bookend an impressive roster of contemporary films.