GIG WISE: Coldplay is the biggie this weekend as Chris Martin and co perform at Croke Park tomorrow.
The main act are due onstage around 8.45pm, and they’ll be preceded by electronic duo Alumna George at 7.30pm.
That’ll give punters plenty time to sort their Ed Sheeran tickets for next year, as they go on sale tomorrow at 9am.
Cork Opera House had Future Islands earlier in the week, and the next biggie for the venue is on Tuesday when Fleet Foxes play the first of two nights.
At the time of writing, there were still tickets left for the Seattle band’s Wednesday show.
Strangely, Emeli Sandé was quietly cancelled at the Marquee in Cork without a public statement from the promoters or the artist herself.
The Scottish singer had been due to play the venue on July 11, and has also pulled her July 13 gig in Edinburgh.
Next up at the Marquee are Gavin James tonight, and Nathan Carter tomorrow.
Insert your own joke about Liam Gallagher playing a Halloween festival, but the former Oasis singer has been announced for as the headliner for the Samhain event at a 4,000m hangar in Weston Airport in Dublin on Sunday, October 29.
Rag’n’Bone Man is also on his way to the capital, and in these days of exorbitant tickets, it’s good to see admission for the Olympia gig on November 15 starting at €28.90 +bf.
Circles in Dublin over the August weekend is shaping up to be a fine event for house fans, with both Kerri Chandler and Ben Klock among the headliners at District 8.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opened in cinemas on Wednesday, and will still be the big draw over the weekend, while War For The Planet Of The Apes on Tuesday is the next summer blockbuster release.
Galway Film Fleadh takes place next week, and the annual event really has become the place for really has become the place for a first look at emerging Irish films.
Last year’s event gave us The Young Offenders and A Date For Mad Mary, and hopes are high that similar gems will be uncovered next week. Among the films with a Cork connection are Maze, which was filmed at the city’s former prison; and For You, from Brendan Canty, the man behind Hozier’s ‘Take me to Church’ video.
The Gate in Cork is among the cinemas showing Sophia Coppola’s massive live production of La Traviata from the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome on Sunday at 5pm. From Sunday, Triskel in Cork has Anne Hathaway in Colossal; and Twice Shy, the Irish indie drama about a couple going to London for an abortion.
VISUAL ART: The late William Crozier spent many years living in West Cork, so it’s fitting that Uillinn in Skibbereen should be the gallery hosting a major new exhibition dedicated to the late Glasgow-born painter.
The exhibition, which runs from next Friday to August 31, will feature some of his major works from 1985 onwards. A concurrent event at IMMA in Dublin will show Crozier’s earlier pieces.
Danny McCarthy is probably best known as a sound artist, but his current work at the Crawford in Cork is comprised of over 500 found ceramic objects. A related publication created from perforated music paper will be launched at the gallery tomorrow at 1pm.
ALL AND SUNDRY:
Gare St Lazare is to extend its artists in residence role at the Everyman in Cork for a third year, with the company also putting on a production of How It Is, by Samuel Beckett.
Riot was the big hit of the Dublin Fringe Festival last year, and has just begun a run at Vicar St in Dublin until Sunday, followed by a return on July 13-15.
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