Des O’Driscoll with the latest entertainment news and events...
MUSIC NEWS: Arcade Fire’s new album, Everything Now, will be out on July 28, while big releases today include new records from Lorde and Fleet Foxes. Cork vinyl buyers have seen their choice of retail outlets proliferate, but sad news came this week with the announcement that Plugd in the Triskel is to close, along with its sister cafe Gulpd. The arts centre has yet to announce what will fill the space that will be vacated by the tenants of six years, but the people behind Plugd have raised the possibility that they will open elsewhere.
GIG WISE: Sounds From A Safe Harbour in Cork in September has added further to what already looks like an excellent line-up with the news that Bon Iver will play the city’s Opera House on September 15. Justin Vernon and co are mates with the Dessner brothers from The National, whose gig the following night has already sold out. Tickets for Bon Iver go on sale on Wednesday, at €40 +bf. In the meantime, the Marquee is the centre of the musical universe in Cork at the moment, with upcoming gigs including Jenny Greene and the RTE Concert Orchestra (Sat-Sun); Elton John (Tues) and Elbow (Weds). On a smaller scale, Cyprus Avenue has Fish Go Deep tomorrow, and the Wedding Present on Sunday. Dublin has the Pride Block Party outdoors at the Tivoli tomorrow, with a bill that includes Daithi and Swedish Eurovision entrant Loreen.
FILM TIPS: The Mummy and Wonder Woman will be the big box office hits this week, but away from blockbuster-land, Irish offering Cardboard Gangsters has been getting decent reviews all round. Set in the Dublin underworld, it stars John Connors (Love/Hate), below, as the leader of a group of young dealers making their mark in the Darndale drug trade. Meanwhile, from Sunday, Triskel in Cork has widely-praised animated feature The Red Turtle. Another animated tale to look forward to next year comes from Brown Bag films as Ruth Negga will voice the lead character in 30-minute Frank McCourt animation, Angela’s Christmas. On the festival front, Galway Film Fleadh has established itself as one of the top places to see upcoming Irish releases, and
On the festival front, Galway Film Fleadh has established itself as one of the top places to see upcoming Irish releases, and hopefully this year’s event (July 11-16) will be as fruitful as a 2016 offering that included The Young Offenders and and A Date For Mad Mary. Soccer fans of a certain age will remember the name Bert Trautmann, and surely one of the most incredible things about a truly incredible story is that a film hasn’t been made about it before this. IFTN reports that the tale of the Man City goalkeeper’s feat of playing
IFTN reports that the tale of the Man City goalkeeper’s feat of playing part of the 1956 FA Cup final is to be the focus of a film currently being made in Northern Ireland. Having being awarded five medals when fighting with the Germans in the Second World War, it probably wasn’t the most difficult test that Trautmann faced. When you throw in English soccer fans’ understandable antipathy towards the ex-POW netminder, it has the makings of a fine film.
ALL AND SUNDRY: The lineup for the the Vodafone Comedy Festival (July 27-30) has been announced, with international stand-ups such as Adam Hills and Aparna Nancharla joining Irish heavyweights like Tommy Tiernan and Dara O Briain at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. Cork Printmakers have a major international symposium at Cork City Hall next weekend, and one of the allied events is an exhibition at Triskel. Guests on the Graham Norton Show tonight include Sienna Miller and Woody Harrelson.
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