Here’s your weekly entertainment guide and news round-up with Des O’Driscoll.
MUSIC NEWS: NME reports that the Stone Roses may be in the process of breaking up again. At the end of their recent Glasgow gig, vocalist Ian Brown said: “Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy that it happened.” Was he referring to the reunion that began in 2011, or just the gig? Other reports have suggested that Brown is already working on a solo album. Meanwhile, the super sets of Glastonbury last weekend are the last we’ll see there until 2019. The festival is taking a break next year.
GIG WISE: Ed Sheeran nearly broke the Irish end of the internet with his announcement on Wednesday that he’s doing seven concerts in this country next May, including two at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork.
Tickets go on sale next Saturday, July 8. Another melodic, flame-haired Englishman on his way to Cork is Sean O’Hagan, formerly of Microdisney and High Llamas. He’s at the Cricket Club on Sunday, and also plays the Grand Social in Dublin tomorrow.
The Coronas are sold out at the Marquee tonight, but there are some tickets left for Frankie Valli next Thursday. In August, Stiff Little Fingers and Le Galaxie are among the music acts playing at Cork City Hall for the Great Irish Beer Festival (August 24-26). The RHA in Dublin hosts its Hennessy Lost Friday event next Friday, with Irish electro-pop duo Ships featuring alongside the likes of the electronic experimentations of Wastefellow.
FILM TIPS: Despicable Me 3 and Baby Driver are among the releases today, with the latter starring relative newcomer Ansel Elgort as a criminal gang’s getaway driver. The 23-year-old New Yorker also has a decent reputation of electronic beats, and he looks like becoming a very familiar face on the entertainment scene. Starring alongside him in this are the likes of Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.
Cardboard Gangsters is the biggest Irish film at the box office so far this year, but it’ll be interesting to see if Halal Daddy — also in cinemas today — can give it a run for its money. Colm Meaney and co-writer Mark O’Halloran, inset, star in that tale of inter-cultural love in Ireland. Dunkirk is released on July 21, with the IFI in Dublin among the venues showing it on the 70mm film format that director Christopher Nolan favours.
Triskel in Cork has David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive tonight, and roller derby documentary Revolutions from Sunday.
CLASSICAL NIGHTS: Bantry becomes the centre of the chamber music world over the next week as the annual West Cork festival brings a number of international and national talents to the town. In Dublin, Karen Ní Bhroin makes her conducting debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, July 11.
THEATRE NIGHTS: We’ve been promised that the stage musical of Angela’s Ashes won’t be as bleak as the film, but you can decide for yourself if you can get along to the premiere run at Belltable from next Thursday to Saturday. It then moves the BGE Theatre in Dublin from July 18-30. Emma Donoghue’s Room continues at the Abbey until July 22, while another popular Irish novel, The Spinning Heart, by Donal Ryan will get a stage version in September at the Gaiety.
VISUAL ART: Cork-based sculptor Eilis O’Connell features among the exhibition at Chester Cathedral in the UK until October 15.
O’Connell’s 14-metre long piece is mostly made of steel and was inspired by the need for physical refuge and images from the refugee crisis. The exhibition of US photographer Nan Goldin’s photographs at IMMA in Dublin at the moment carries several images of Ireland from her visits here with Vivienne Dick in 1979 and 2002.
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