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GIG WISE: It’s been a huge week for announcements for the summer gigs at Live at the Marquee in Cork, with Slayer and Anthrax (June 15), Walking on Cars (July 9), Little Mix (July 3 and 4) and Tom Jones (July 12).
Also in Cork, Albert Hammond has already sold out his March 3 gig at the Opera House, and by the time you read this, the tickets that were left for his appearance the previous night may also be gone. With Electric Picnic making its lineup announcement next week, Indiependence and Body&Soul got their lineups into the public arena over the past few days. The latter event, running in Co Westmeath June 17-19, has such acts as St Germain, Santigold, Floating Points and Mercury Rev.
The Mitchelstown weekender (July 19-31) includes Ash, Editors and Kooks. Further west, Connolly’s of Leap hosts reggae crew the Light Runners tonight. If you’re planning on going to the Stone Roses at Marlay Park in Dublin on July 9, they’ll be supported by Rodrigo y Gabriela and Soak. Biggies at the 3Arena over the next few weeks include The 1975 (March 24). Rod Stewart will play two gigs at the 3Arena this winter, Nov 18 & 19.
Tickets went on sale this morning for Stereophonics at Royal Hospital Kilmainham on June 30. Hard-rocking British band The Quireboys will play Voodoo Lounge in Dublin on March 12, while Bill Laurance of Snarky Puppy is at the Sugar Club on March 11.
FILM TIPS: Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest character, Nobby, below, will probably get plenty attention at cinemas this weekend, with Grimsby featuring a dimwitted football hooligan on the case to prevent a global terror attack. The Audi Dublin Film Festival closes on Sunday with the Cuban-set drama Viva, from Mark O’Halloran and Paddy Breathnach; while other highlights over the weekend include Son of Saul, the Holocaust drama widely tipped to win the best foreign language Oscar on Sunday.
Triskel in Cork is also getting in on the Academy Award action over the weekend, with both Brooklyn and Room on their film roster. The latter movie probably hasn’t got the audience it deserves, with some people expecting some type of harrowing Fritzl-case horror. Lenny Abrahamson’s film isn’t always the cheeriest, but it is a more life-affirming exploration of childhood than expected.
VISUAL ART: The Lavit Gallery in Cork hosts its annual members’ exhibition from Tuesday, with 70 pieces on display. Also in Cork, the Winthrop Arcade has an installation of works by Frieda Meaney and Johnny Bugler, combining fine art prints alongside specimens of coral and sponges from the Natural History Museum.
Limerick artist Martin Healy also makes a return to Cork from next Friday with two floors of the Crawford featuring a number of his new photographic and sculptural works.
ALL AND SUNDRY: Kilkenny Arts Festival (Aug 5-14) has already released some details of its programme, and there’s a typically strong classical strand to the event. There’s going to be a lot of Mozart, and big name pianist András Schiff will be among those playing.
An adaptation of Patrick Kavanagh’s poetic masterpiece The Great Hunger runs at Smock Alley from March 7-19, and the subsequent tour includes Siamsa Tíre in Tralee on April 6, and Wexford Arts Centre on April 7. A stage production of Eric Cross’s classic tale from West Cork, The Tailor and Ansty, is at Fota House on March 18-19.
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