Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

Here’s your round-up of all the latest news from the world of music, film and showbiz. 

MUSIC NEWS: Forget the prestige. There are eight million reasons why Bob Dylan would do well to deliver his Nobel Lecture while in Sweden this weekend... all of them kroner.

That sum – which converts to €837,500 – can only be collected if the winner of the literature prize actually does deliver a lecture. While the singer is unlikely to fulfil this task this weekend when he meets the members of the academy to receive his award, they are still holding out hope for a recorded version at a later date.

Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol has taken to Instagram to hail a “breakthrough recording session” that has put the band in the home straight for their new album, #SP7.


For the folks asking about the new snow patrol album, #SP7. here’s the news. we had a breakthrough recording session in feb and are on the home straight. The awesome jacknife lee is in the producer’s chair as usual and we have more time with him in the studio in may/june and will be finished at the end of june. hopefully that gives us plenty of time to bring the album out this year. that is the plan. Plans are fallible but we’ll damn well try our best. there have been a few false starts so i didn’t want to post something until i knew we were on the right track. we are. it’s sounding mighty. i’m very proud of what we’ve done so far and cannot wait for you all to hear it. thank you all for your patience and support. 6 years is a bloody eternity between albums we know so the fact people are still asking when it’s coming means a lot to us. we’ll post updates from the studio from late may onwards. big love good people. gL.x

A post shared by Gary Lightbody (@garysnowpatrol) on Mar 25, 2017 at 1:22am PDT

No release date was mentioned, but their California-based Irish producer Jacknife Lee is again overseeing the album.

Another interesting collaboration has resulted in Planetarium, an album from the combined forces of Sufjan Stevens and The National’s Bryce Dessner, along with contemporary composer Nico Muhly, and James McAlister. The record will be released in June.

GIG WISE: We heard two more announcements for Live At The Marquee in Cork: Walking On Cars (June 26) and Emeli Sandé (July 10).

Tickets for both gigs went on sale this morning.

Also in Cork, the Townlands Carnival has confirmed the July 21-23 dates for its third incarnation at Rusheen Farm near Coachford.

Tom Jones and Jess Glynne will headline the Punchestown Music Festival (July 29-30), while Tiesto tops the bill at the Vital Festival in Belfast on August 26. There are just a handful of tickets left for Jack L at Cork Opera House tomorrow, while Mary Black’s gig tonight is totally sold out.

Glasgow’s finest house veterans, Slam, have announced a set for Cyprus Avenue on April 28. The duo are fondly remembered in Cork for at least three Sir Henry’s classics, ‘Soma’, ‘IBO’ and ‘Positive Education’.

FILM TIPS: Free Fire is one of the more interesting films opening today, with Cillian Murphy and Brie Larson among the stars of 1970s-set crime thriller.

At Triskel in Cork, there’s a series of Japanese films from Sunday, with offerings including a documentary on Tokyo’s famous fish market, two dramas and an animated coming of age tale.

The much lauded Personal Shopper, with Kristen Stewart, is also showing at the venue. Cork Cine Club next Thursday at St John’s College has Spanish comedy drama, El Olivo (The Olive Tree).

THEATRE NIGHTS: The revival of Dublin By Lamplight is just coming to the end of a widely-praised run at the Abbey in Dublin, and the national theatre is following it with Pat Kinevane’s trio of one-man plays. To varying degrees,

Forgotten, Underneath and Silent have been among the most impressive works of modern Irish theatre, and the Cobh man’s plays really are a must-see for anybody who hasn’t taken them in on previous tours. They run on various dates until April 15.

At the Everyman in Cork, Educating Rita has two more performances, and one of the other promising upcoming productions at the theatre is a version of John B Keane’s Many Young Men Of 20, from April 20-29. That play was first produced by the Southern Theatre Group, in Father Mathew Hall in Cork in 1961.

Also in Cork, veteran actor Des Keogh, 83, stars in The Quiet Land at Cork Arts Theatre from April 11-13.

ALL AND SUNDRY: “Not suitable for clergy, politicians, bankers and economists,” is the wonderful tagline David McSavage has for his current standup show, A Sacred Cow. No doubt, he’ll be milking the applause at the Everyman in Cork on Sunday.

If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t seen Carrie Fisher in Catastrophe yet, it’s because the late actress doesn’t actually make an appearance until the final episode on Tuesday.


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