MUSIC NEWS: You’ll be hearing a lot of Jamie xx in the coming weeks, with his appearance at Forbidden Fruit tomorrow coming just a day after the release of his much anticipated album, In Colour.
From the couple of tracks we’ve heard so far from what is his debut solo effort, it sounds rather promising.
The Ivor Novello Awards are a big deal in Britain for songwriters, and Belfast-based producer David Holmes was among the winners at the recent event in London.
He got it for his soundtrack on Troubles-set film, 71, while recent Irish visitor Albert Hammond also took an award for Outstanding Song Collection.
Another popular musician to play these fair shores recently is Ryan Adams, who has vowed to continue his tour despite breaking a rib in an unspecified accident.
He may have to ditch the harmonica, though, as playing the instrument makes him want “to throw up a fireball of pain”.
When I play harmonica or move too fast my body wants to quit.
This truly is some deep pain shit, yall. How am I supposed 2 skate like this?— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) May 27, 2015
GIG WISE: Forbidden Fruit is one of two biggies this weekend, with Fatboy Slim and Wu Tang Klan leading a hip hop/dance-heavy lineup at Kilmainham.
For those who like their music a bit more guitar-orientated, Foo Fighters headline a bill at Slane tomorrow that also includes Kaiser Chiefs and Hozier.
Who's up for Slane on Saturday??? We're on stage at 2pm...don't be late!!!! pic.twitter.com/qqWWDDKUL7— The Strypes (@The_Strypes) May 28, 2015
Tickets for the Vital concert near Belfast on August 30 are now on sale, with The Script, Kodaline and Clean Bandit among the headliners.
Tom Baxter’s gig at the Sugar Club in Dublin tonight is sold out, but there are some available for his appearance at The Pav in Cork on Tuesday. The ecently re-opened venue also has Mundy tonight, and Declan Sinnott next Friday.
Anybody familiar with Taylor McFerrin’s output on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label will be interested in his upcoming Irish gigs with highly-rated drummer Marcus Gilmore.
McFerrin’s family moniker will probably tell you that he has a strong musical pedigree (his dad is ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’/ ‘Thinkin’ About Your Body’ vocalist Bobby McFerrin), and these live performances mix his jazzy hip-hop keyboard workouts with Gilmore’s beats.
The duo are at Cyprus Avenue in Cork on July 2 and Sugar Club in Dublin on July 3. Well worth checking out.
FILM TIPS: Al Pacino was live in Ireland last weekend, and from today you can see him in his more familiar on-screen incarnation in Danny Collins, the tale of an ageing rocker who gets a late career revival.
We also get the inevitable summer disaster movie this weekend, as Dwayne Johnson tries to save California in San Andreas.
The programme at Triskel in Cork this weekend includes Orson Welles’s 1964 film, Chimes at Midnight; and Rosewater, the directorial debut of Jon Stewart from The Daily Show, pictured above.
GALWAY ARTS: Even amidst the glut of summer festivals, Galway usually manages to stand out, and the recent announcement of its 2015 programme indicates another dinger in store this year.
Running from July 13-26, theatre offerings including premieres by Frank McGuinness and Enda Walsh, while there’s also music from St Vincent, loads of visual art and a 100ft long flying Skywhale. Check it out at www.giaf.ie
ALL AND SUNDRY: Graffiti Theatre Company in Cork premieres its new sensory show for small children (0-3), Gile na Gealaí — Melody of the Moon, next Friday at its HQ in Blackpool.
Also on Leeside, the Rubber Bandits bring their Continental Fistfight show to the Everyman on Sunday.
Cork Midsummer Festival is launching with a ‘flash street party’ led by Lords of Strut on Friday, June 12, and anyone wishing to get involved can learn the moves via the event’s website.
Anybody near Killorglin this weekend should check out the Kerry town’s K Fest for live music, arts, etc.
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