Scene + Heard - 06/11/14

TV BITS:

Graham Norton will be performing a miraculous act of bi-location tonight as he hosts his own show on BBC One and also appears as a guest on the Late Late Show on RTÉ One.

At least the Irish show is live, and the Corkman will also be joined by Web Summit visitor, actress Eva Longoria.

Over on Norton’s pre-recorded programme, guests include Shirley Bassey and Catherine Tate, while Annie Lennox provides the music.

Tomorrow on UTV, Jonathan Ross also has a decent lineup, with Stanley Tucci and Natalie Dormer.

MUSIC NEWS:

U2 have become embroiled in a four-way band and chat show battle in the US, after the Irish band signed up for a week-long residency on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It puts Bono and co up against a similar residency next week by Metallica on the rival Late Show With David Letterman.

Meanwhile, rumours swirled earlier this week that Beyoncé was about to release another surprise album, but the storm in the tea-cup just turns out to be a revamped box set of her recent self-titled album, with another disc of music and a live DVD.

Bryan Ferry is also on the release trail, and has guest appearances from guitar heroes Johnny Marr and Nile Rodgers on an album entitled Avonmore.

GIG WISE:

The Script were first out of the traps with the big summer announcements, and tickets went on sale yesterday for their June 20 appearance at Croke Park. The fact that Pharrell Williams is also on the bill should also ensure a decent crowd.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators open their European tour at the 3Arena in Dublin on Monday.

The first Marquee Cork 2015 announcements have been made: Coronas (June 19); Christy Moore (July 4).

Also in Cork, house legend Kerri Chandler returns to the Savoy on Sunday, December 21, and Lisa O’Neill brings her singer-songwriter fare to Triskel Christchurch on December 13.

Paul Noonan of Bell X1 takes his Printer Clips project to the road over the next few weeks, and while Triskel in Cork (Dec 6) is already sold out, you can catch them at venues such as Vicar Street, Dublin (Dec 5) and Roisin Dubh, Galway, (Dec 6).

NCH EXTRAVAGANZA:

One of the most interesting announcements of recent weeks has been the line-up for an event entitled Perspectives 2015 at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Opening on January 21, the series of gigs will include Philip Glass playing his Études; Lambchopperforming their Nixon album; and jazz artists Tomasz Stanko and the Bad Plus.

There are numerous other genre-bursting collaboration and performances, with Caoimhin O’Raghalliagh among several Irish musicians appearing.

COMEDY CAPERS:

Ross Nobleis at Cork Opera House on December 7, while Jason Byrneplays the same venue on January 22.

Tommy Tiernan continues his tour of Cork over the next week, taking in Corrin Event Centre in Fermoy on Wednesday; Springfort Hall in Mallow on Friday and Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, on Saturday.

Noel Fielding is at the Olympia in Dublin on December 11 and 12.


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