Des O’Driscoll shares what’s happening in the arts scene this week
MUSIC NEWS: Judith Hill has given a chilling account of the overdose Prince suffered while on a plane a few days before his death in April. The singer told the New York Times that she and the only other passenger on the plane, a friend of the star, noticed that he had gone unconscious and immediately informed the pilot. After an emergency landing, Prince received an injection to reverse the effects of an opiod overdose and was rushed to hospital. As he recovered, he told Hill: “I remember hearing your voices from afar and saying to myself, ‘Follow the voices, follow the voices, get back in your body, you gotta do this’.” Meanwhile, Steely Dan fans can take heart from the news that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have begun a tour in the US, complete with support from Steve Winwood. There’s no sign yet of anything in the offing on this side of the Atlantic. Sigur Rós jumped on the slow TV bandwagon earlier this week by providing the soundtrack to footage of a 24-hour drive along a 1,300 miles coastal route in Iceland. They are playing in Kilmainham on Sunday. It’s exactly as you’d expect — dashboard camera, pretty scenery, ethereal music — and the four hours currently up on YouTube could become a cult hit among really dedicated couch dwellers. Those very same horizontal people will be feeling smug to avoid the traffic and mud of Glastonbury this weekend, with BBC providing coverage of some of the main sets over the next few days. Among the biggies are Muse tonight; Adele tomorrow; and ELO and Coldplay on Sunday.
GIG WISE: The Coronas take to the stage at the Marquee in Cork tonight and tomorrow, with Don Henley next up on Wednesday. In Bundoran, the Sea Sessions have possibly their best lineup ever, with Tinie Tempah and Gavin James among the headliners over the weekend. Anyone heading to Rod Stewart in Kilkenny tomorrow should be aware that he’s due on stage around 8pm. Highly-rated instrumental rock outfit Overhead, The Albatross are in Cyprus Avenue in Cork tomorrow.
FILM TIPS: For some time we’ve been watching the Netflix schedules for The Siege of Jadotville, but it looks like getting its first outing at the Galway Film Fleadh from July 5. The tale of how a contingent of Irish UN troops held out against far superior forces in the Congo in 1961 stars Jamie Dornan as Commandant Pat Quinlan. The critics may hate Independence Day: Resurgence, but you’d imagine it will still be the big draw in cinemas this weekend. Elvis & Nixon is also showing at selected cinemas; and When Marnie Was There, the latest (and last?) offering from legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli has also got a limited release. At Triskel in Cork from Sunday, there’s a season of digitally remastered films from the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, including his 1972 sci-fi classic Solaris, and Australian film, The Daughter.
ALL AND SUNDRY: Frank O’Connor adaptation, God Bless The Child, returns to its native city for a run at Cork Opera House from June 28 to July 2. American comedian Will Franken is in City Limits in Cork tomorrow, while the Apres Match crew take their topical footie banter to Vicar Street in Dublin tonight.
ON THE TELLY: The completion of the group stages at Euro 2012 will open up a few gaps in the schedules, but with holiday season looming, none of the networks seem keen to fill them. Top Gear show their Dingle escapades on Sunday night, and the redeemed Game of Thrones has its season finale on Monday. But from there? New period drama The Living And The Dead may provide a diversion over the next few Tuesdays, but perhaps you really should take up a hobby to keep you occupied until September.
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