MUSIC NEWS: It’s become as regular as Christmas, so start your Facebook campaign to keep the X Factor winner off the seasonal number one slot.
This year’s contender is ‘Highway To Hell’ by AC/DC, with a hefty online campaign backing the 1979 classic. The Other Voices event in Dingle has long been the hottest ticket in town. Among the early names for the weekend of Dec 6-8 are David Gray (inset), Mogwai and Lisa O’Neill. Hopefully, none playing in St James’s church will make the mistake with a Kerry jersey that Red Hot Chili Peppers Chad Smith did in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, recently. When handed the shirt of Brazilian team Flamengo, he pretended to wipe his arse with it, sparking death threats.
GIG WISE: After all the disputes and rumours, organisers of the Electric Picnic turned their year around with a seemingly successful event in Stradbally and have also announced dates of Aug 29 to 31 for the 2014 festival, with reward tickets on sale from Dec 2. A man not so sure of his dates is Tinie Tempah, who has rescheduled his tour, meaning his Dec 4 appearance at the O2 in Dublin has been moved to Apr 9. Refunds are available, or tickets for the original show are valid for the new date. US rapper Game, (inset), has announced a Dec 18 gig at the Academy, while the Eagles return to the O2 on Jun 4. Glasgow band Del Amitri (‘Nothing Ever Happens’, ‘Roll To Me’) are back on the road and play Cyprus Avenue in Cork on Jan 21. Also in Cork, new music mag Zine launches tomorrow at a pay-what-you-want, all-ages gig at the Kino at 2pm and an over-18s event at Mr Bradleys at 9pm. The gigs feature such Cork outfits as the Shaker Hymn, Sideproject and the Great Balloon Race.
ALL AND SUNDRY: Jimmy Carr has announced a fourth appearance at Cork Opera House for Dec 7, at 10pm. At the time of writing there were some tickets left for Carr at the Olympia in Dublin on Dec 2, and the INEC in Killarney on Dec 13. Dripsey’s famous son Colm O’Regan, also a columnist in this newspaper, does his stand-up thing in City Limits in Cork tomorrow. The opening of the Pictiúr exhibition of children’s illustrations at IMMA in Dublin marks the final stage of a touring collection of 42 pieces from leading Irish book illustrators.
Film Fest Friday
Leviathan (COG 15:30): Extraordinary documentary plunges the audience deep into the sights and sounds of a hulking fishing vessel off the New England coast.
Mistaken for Strangers (COH 18:00): As Ohio indie rockers, The National, rose to fame with the High Violet album, lead singer Matt Berninger’s younger, slacker brother documented it.
The Forgotten Space (National Sculpture Factory 19:30): Allan Sekula’s and Noel Burch’s film ‘essay’ about the global trade follows cargo ships, barges, trains and trucks, while listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalised by the global transport system.
We Are the Best! (COH 20:30): Having made his international breakthrough with Show Me Love and Together, Swedish director Lukas Moodysson returns to the carefree, compassionate mood of those films with his energetic portrait on an early 80s pre-teen all-girl punk trio.
Amer (with Serafina Steer)/The Strange Colour of your Body’s Tears (Triskel 21:15): Amer is the 2009 giallo (pulp thriller) film from the director duo of Strange Colour of your Body’s Tears. Harpist, pianist and singer Serafina Steer does a live rescore.
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