Here’s a quick recap of all the weeks entertainment news.
MUSIC NEWS: Hot Press reports there will be a new Kurt Cobain album, featuring various bits and pieces that came to light around the making of recent documentary, Montage Of Heck. “Just to be clear, it’s not a Nirvana album,” says film director Brett Morgen.
“It’s just Kurt and you’re going to hear him do things you never expected.”
There’s also good news for fans of St Germain, with Ludovic Navarre confirming that he has a new album on the way for October, with a single already on release.
The most unlikely collaboration in pop music is set to take another step, with the Flaming Lips confirming their seven-track album with Miley Cyrus is currently being mixed. Meanwhile, while calls to boycott Israel haven’t yet gained the traction among music stars as the anti-apartheid campaign did,
Lauryn Hill is latest celebrity to at least acknowledge there might be some issues, as she cancelled a gig in Tel Aviv. The former Fugees member was willing to play in the Israeli city, but pulled out when an equivalent gig in a Palestinian city couldn’t be arranged.
GIG WISE: Electric Picnic silenced any doubters about its 2015 lineup with a number of impressive additions to the event, among them Blur, Sam Smith, Grace Jones and Interpol. FKA Twigs also gets a chance to make up for last week’s cancelled set, so it’ll be interesting to see if her boyfriend Robert Pattinson is among the crowd.
As mentioned last week, another Hollywood star due in Ireland soon is Michael Cera, and his musical appearance at the Workman’s Club on June 30 has caused such interest that it’s been switched to Vicar Street on the same night.
In Cork, the Pavilion is up and running as a venue again, and house heroes Fish Go Deep return to one of their old haunts for a party next week (May 16). Also on Leeside, a lunchtime gig at the Woodford on Sunday features three local acts — Karen Underwood, Witless and the Roaring Forties — at a fundraiser in aid of Yes Equality Cork.
COMEDY CAPERS: Bill Bailey comes to Ireland with his Limboland tour in October, with dates at the Olympia in Dublin (Oct 1-3) and Cork Opera House (Oct 6).
Michael McIntyre is also on his way to this fair isle, with two nights at the 3Arena on November 6-7.
Colum McDonnell (the bearded one in Irish Pictorial Weekly) is at City Limits in Cork tomorrow.
FILM TIPS: The Cannes Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, with Slow West starring Michael Fassbender of interest to Irish film fans. The biggie at Cannes is Mad Max: Fury Road, a movie also opening in many Irish cinemas next Friday.
Meanwhile, the drive-in in Carrigtwohill, Co Cork is one of several cinemas around Ireland hosting double bill screenings of previous Mad Max instalments from this weekend.
From Sunday, Triskel Christchurch in Cork has Jauja, a Danish film starring Viggo Mortensen; and Heaven Adores You, a moving documentary on American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, who died from stab wounds in 2003, possibly self-inflicted, though the circumstances remain a mystery.
VISUAL ART: Seán Scully has claims to being Ireland’s greatest living artist, and is the subject of two major exhibitions in the coming months.
The first, at the National Gallery in Dublin, opens tomorrow, while the Crawford in Cork also hosts an exhibition from June 30. Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen has a new exhibition from tomorrow that’s inspired by the coasts of the region.
It features the work of John Kingerlee, Cormac Boydell, Karen Hendy and Kathleen Standen. The
Lavit Gallery in Cork has 12 artists participating in an exhibition around the theme of food from next Tuesday.
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