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MUSIC NEWS: The big surprise in the news this week was the announcement that The Maccabees are to call it a day. No particular reason was given for the upcoming split in a statement released on social media.

They stressed they have not fallen out, and feel that they are at their creative peak following gigs on the festival circuit that included a recent appearance at Latitude in Dublin. Meanwhile, fans of Roots Manuva were disappointed that the London rapper’s gig at the National Concert Hall in Dublin was cancelled last night.

At least they got plenty advance warning, courtesy of a statement on Tuesday blaming illness for the cancellation. Dublin band All Tvvins have been creating a bit of a buzz with their debut album II VV, and the duo will be signing copies at the recently-expanded Music Zone store in Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Cork, next Thursday at 5pm.

Finally, Marvin Gaye was undoubtedly an influential artist, and his legacy looks to be tested in the courts again as the co-writer of his classic hit ‘Let’s Get It On’ is suing Ed Sheeran. According to Reuters, the lawsuit states: “The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic compositions of ‘Thinking’ are substantially and/or strikingly similar to the drum composition of ‘Let’s’.” We’ll see.

GIG WISE: You wait all this time for a Grace Jones gig in Ireland and then two come along almost at once. After announcing an appearance at the Olympia (Sept 21), the 68-year-old Jamaican has also been listed as one of the headliners for the excellent-looking Metropolis festival at the RDS over the weekend of Nov 4-5.

DJ Shadow is another biggie on the bill of an event that features a plethora of quality groove acts and DJs, including SBTRKT and BadBadNotGood. Mick Flannery has announced a gig for the Olympia on Oct 22, and he’ll also be playing the Cork Folk Festival (Sept 28-Oct 2). Others appearing at an event that has added Live at St Luke’s as a venue include The Unthanks, Donal Lunny and Lynched.

FILM TIPS: Just when sharks thought it was safe to go back in the water, along come Blake Lively and co in The Shallows to prove that these magnificent creatures really do deserve the evil, vicious reputation that was firmly established in Jaws. If you’re willing to put such concerns aside, however, reviews have been good.

Another seafood-flavoured tale, Atlantic, is being screened tomorrow at Triskel in Cork, with Richie O’Donnell on hand for a q+a about his documentary. The screening also acts as a fundraiser for the RNLI. Cork comedy The Young Offenders will be launched with a red carpet event at the Omniplex in Mahon Point on August 24, followed by a national release on September 16.

Its fellow winner of the best Irish film award at the Galway Film Fleadh, A Date For Mad Mary, will be released on September 2, and both look set to continue what is a mini golden era for Irish films.

COMEDY CAPERS: Tommy Tiernan has announced a flock of dates for his Under the Influence tour through October and November. See his website for Munster dates that include Rochestown, Ballincollig, Clonakilty and Mallow.

Jimmy Carr has a new quiz show on TV next week, and the London funnyman is also guaranteed to sell out his appearance at the Olympia in Dublin on December 1. Somewhat surprisingly there are still tickets available for the 3Arena appearances of Louis CK (Monday) and Amy Schumer (Aug 26).

ALL AND SUNDRY: Cork Opera House has added six extra shows

for ProdiJIG: The Revolution in the week of August 15–21. An exhibition by Irish-Australian artist John Kelly continues at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, until the end of this month.


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