Lorde really has been living the teenage dream in recent years, and the 17-year-old Kiwi even gets to work on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. Earlier this week, she shared her new single ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’, a track you will hear on the film when it’s released next month.
Thom Yorke has also been on the release trail, and the surprise issue of the Radiohead singer’s solo album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes has been praised by the CEO of BitTorrent as the “absolute gold standard for how to do something direct-to-fan on the internet”. It’s the first time the internet torrent company has used its paygate, where users download the album and then pay €4.75 to unlock the files.
The Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days On Earth has been getting the thumbs up from fans, and the Australian singer also has plans for a solo European tour in the spring. No Irish dates have been announced yet, but hopefully something will materialise in the coming months.
Finally, Bjork’s Biophilia Live should be one of the highlights of the Cork Film Festival, and the Icelandic star has also announced she’s working on a new album with Venezuelan producer Arca, a man who has been hands-on with the likes of Kanye West and FKA Twigs in the past year.
The Guinness Amplify series of gigs rolls into Munster this weekend with a feast of emerging acts playing all over the province. Of course, there’s still much speculation about the surprise big acts, but with just Munster and Dublin left on the Amplify calendar, this weekend is likely to feature three acts from this list: Bastille, Jess Glynne, Rudimental, Kidnap Kid, George Ezra and Walking On Cars. Also in Cork, the city’s folk festival is underway until Sunday, and Hudson Taylor have announced a gig at the Savoy for March 1 as part of an Irish tour that also takes in Dolans in Limerick on February 28.
Christy Moore will be joined by Declan Sinnott in a benefit gig for the children of Gaza at Vicar Street in Dublin on Sunday, October 12.
Hamlet has been getting rave reviews at the Dublin Theatre Festival, and it’ll be interesting to see whether tonight’s opening of Our Few And Evil Days by Mark O’Rowe at the Abbey can garner similar praise. With Love/Hate back on our TV screens on Sunday, the Everyman in Cork has picked the ideal time to host a production of screenwriter Stuart Carolan’s debut play, Defender of the Faith. Also at the Everyman next Thursday and Friday, Conal Gallen stars in A Bit On The Side, the lighthearted tale of a couple who have fought the war of marriage for over 30 years. John O’Shea, a co-founder of the Everyman, is still involved in the Cork scene, and presents a production of WWI drama King & Country at Coláiste Chríost Rí on Oct 14-25.
FILM TIPS: Unbreakable:
The Mark Pollock Story will screen at the Lighthouse in Dublin at the weekend, complete with a Q&A this evening with the blind adventurer who is the subject of the documentary. Dracula Untold opens today.
ALL AND SUNDRY: John Banville
John Banvillewill take part in a public interview today at the Glucksman Gallery in UCC at 6pm. You may be familiar with the Body&Soul organisation from their own festival and their nice vibes area at the Electric Picnic, and now they’re organising a Halloween ball on October 25 at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. Tickets €39.50.
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