Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

Des O’Driscoll’s got all the home-grown music and entertainment news you need to know rounded-up right here.

Music news

With gigs in Belfast and Dublin already sold out for May, it isn’t surprising that The Cranberries are also releasing an album. Something Else, out on April 28, will feature new versions of old hits such as ‘Zombie’ and ‘Linger’, as well as three new tracks.

At least the Limerick outfit have the backing of BMG for their endeavour, a fate not shared by Laura Mvula. The Brummie singer wasn’t happy at how she was dropped by that label’s parent company, Sony. NME reports that the British singer told the BBC she was told her time with the major had ended via email.

“To be treated like that doesn’t feel quite just,” said Mvula, who had released two albums on Sony.

NME also relates that Johnny Marr is to finally be reunited with... drum roll... Matt Johnson! OK, it’s not quite The Smiths reunion we’ve all prayed for, but the guitarist’s work with The The did have its moments. They’ll release a new single for Record Store Day on April 22.

Also on the release trail at the moment are two of Cork’s beatmakers: Fish Go Deep have the dubby grooves of their What EP available via Bandcamp; and Edwin James, aka Corrugated Tunnel, tips his hat to the US cities of the dance world on ‘NewYorkHouse ChicagoHouse’ .

Gig wise

The Electric Picnic (September 1-3) may have sold out before a lineup was even announced, but those who are just going for the craic may also enjoy a roster that leans towards hip-hop and retro. The xx look like a bunch of kids in comparison to fellow headliners A Tribe Called Quest and Duran Duran.

The xx will play Electric Picnic on the Friday of the three-day event.
The xx will play Electric Picnic on the Friday of the three-day event.

Meanwhile, Kasabian have been an impressive live force on their visits to Ireland in recent years, and tickets went on sale this morning for their gig at the Olympia in Dublin on April 22. Craig David has also announced an Irish gig, and will play at 3Arena on April 7.

Veteran singer Alison Moyet is one of the few stars to venture further than the capital and, as well as an Olympia gig on October 28, she will play Cork Opera House the previous night. Also in Cork, anyone interested in going to see Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill at Live At St Luke’s on June 2 should probably get a ticket soon — it’s likely to sell out in advance.

Film tips

We love to know how much other people earn, and The Hollywood Reporter says Emma Watson has been paid at least $3 million to take on the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast, a figure that could rise to $15m depending on box office takings.

Mel Gibson is also a man who’s earned a fair wad over the years, and the father-of-nine seems to be spending some of it on buying back some karma following his drunken anti- semitic rant in 2006. Zane Buzby of the Survivor Mitzvah Project, which helps impoverished Holocaust survivors, told American TV show Extra that Gibson has quietly been contributing the charity.

Get Out.
Get Out.

Satiric horror Get Out, pictured above, has created a big word-of-mouth buzz recently, and remains in most cinemas for the week ahead. Unfortunately, less kind words have been said about Jim Sheridan’s film, The Secret Scripture, which opens today. It does have an impressive cast that includes Eric Bana, Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara.

All and sundry

Kilkenny Arts Festival (Aug 11-20) has announced some of its highlights, with a particular focus on Handel and Schubert, as well as the premiere of a new version of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis performed by Stephen Rea.

The Sirius in Cobh tonight has a show featuring the aural delights of the people who made the superb Soundstories show on RTÉ radio. Cork guitar heads may want to check out the collection of Robert Quinlan of Freya Guitars at Cork School of Music tomorrow from noon. He will be talking about the various features of his 50 vintage guitars.


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