Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

MUSIC NEWS: You may have seen poor Florence Welch sitting on a stool for her performance with The Machine on Later With Jools on Tuesday (longer version on BBC Two tonight). Apparently she broke her foot while leaping off the stage at the Coachella festival in the US. 

Thankfully, she should be back to her bouncing best by the time her Electric Picnic appearance comes around.

Apparently, poor Eamon de Valera is spinning in his grave with the news that his favourite Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar has been promoting healthy salads. NME reports that he’s been signed up by health food company Sweetgreen, most particularly for a beetroot and kale creation called ‘Beets Don’t Kale My Vibe’, which is a take on Lamar’s track, ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’.

There were two exciting bits of news for fans of quality dance music this week: the definitive Frankie Knuckles collection on the House Masters series from Defected has been released; and St Germain have promised an announcement on Monday, presumably details of a new album, the follow-up to Tourist, from all the way back in 2000.

Finally, after Hozier put Wicklow on the map, Tara Lee looks to be the latest native of the garden county to make an impression. She’s just signed to BMG Chrysalis, and will also be honing her acting skills in the next series of The Fall.


GIG WISE: News has been filtering out this week about the Songs From A Safe Harbour festival for Cork in September. It’ll be officially announced next week, but it’s all to be curated by Bryce Dessner of The National, with a myriad of acts including the Gloaming; Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire; and a selection of Icelandic musicians.

We’ve also been hearing about the first names for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

The big act is bass player Marcus Miller, a man whose collaborations include Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Paul Simon. He’s at the Everyman on October 24, while GoGo Penguin will play Triskel on Oct 25. The latter band, from Manchester and signed to Blue Note, will also deflect some of the criticisms levelled at last year’s event about the lack of progressive young acts on the bill.

Editors have announced a gig for the Olympia in Dublin on October 10, while Hollywood star Michael Cera will be showing his musical side at the Workman’s Club on June 30 when he plays with Alden Penner of the The Unicorns.

And, while a former AC/DC drummer deals with his legal hassles in New Zealand, the current incumbent, Chris Slade, will be boosting his bank balance with a drum clinic at Whelans in Dublin in advance of the band’s July 1 gig at Lansdowne Road.

According to Hot Press, tickets for the Welshman’s session will be €180, though you do get a t-shirt, a picture and various signed merchandise.

FILM TIPS: Highly rated Irish drama Glassland is still showing in many cinemas this weekend, while homegrown suicide-related tale, I Used To Live Here, is at Triskel in Cork from Sunday. The same venue also has Canadian film Mommy.

In Dublin, Lenny Abrahamson will introduce a screening of Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona next Wednesday.

ALL AND SUNDRY: The Sonic Vigil event takes place in St. Anne’s Church, Shandon, in Cork tomorrow. Among the events taking place around the sonic experimentation gathering will be the launch of a new book, Performance Art in Ireland: A History.

The inaugural ARTiculation Ireland final takes place at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork next on Thursday, a public speaking competition which promotes the discussion of art in secondary schools. Pigtown Scratchings at Dance Limerick on Thursday is described as a “creative performance event” featuring artists of various disciplines.



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