Des O’Driscoll shares the latest news from the world of entertainment.
FILM TIPS: Blade Runner 2049 has been in cinemas since yesterday and you haven’t seen it yet? The follow-up to the 1982 classic features the return of 75-year-old Harrison Ford, while sprightly Ryan Gosling further boosts the star power of a film that’s already been getting rave reviews. Meanwhile, upcoming documentaries at Triskel in Cork include Wish You Were Here: The Redbarn Story (tomorrow); and Tawai (Sun-Weds), from Tribe TV series presenter Bruce Parry.
MUSIC NEWS: If you’re heading to New York in the next few months, the show to catch could be Springsteen on Broadway. The man they call The Boss is about to embark on a mammoth run that will see him play five solo shows a week until February at the 975-seats Walter Kerr Theatre. “My show is just me, the guitar, the piano, and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung, all of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal — to communicate something of value,” said Springsteen.
Most of the seats are already sold out, but a lottery for each performance will decide which 26 punters get to pay $75 for the remaining tickets. Elsewhere, the UK got its very own MC beef earlier in the week when Dizzee Rascal and Wiley got rather nasty via social media. Threats, allegations of underage sex, and all sorts of other jibes flew between the former friends and collaborators. It should all make for an ‘interesting’ MOBO Awards ceremony at the end of November. Finally, as the leaves begin to fall from the trees, the amount of new albums dropping also seems to have increased. Liam Gallagher brings forth a new issue today (review in these pages tomorrow), while St Vincent, Robert Plant, and Beck are among the biggies next week.
GIG WISE: And they’re off! The first big summer gig announcement — Billy Joel at the Aviva on June 23 — has quickly been followed by news of Roger Waters at the 3Arena on June 26. “It’ll be a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things,” said Waters. Tickets went on sale this morning for Kendrick Lamar’s appearance at 3Arena on February 7. Support to the rap superstar comes from the wonderful James Blake, one of his collaborators on Damn, so the next question is obviously whether the album’s other guest star, Bono, will show up for a duet?
Dublin hero Rejjie Snow is also starting to make some ripples in the rap world, and his UK and Ireland tour includes a visit to the Olympia on March 12. As mentioned, St Vincent has a new album on the way, and the artist formerly known as Annie Clark plays the Olympia on Oct 20-21. In Cork, one of several interesting gigs coming up at Cyprus Avenue is Americana singer-songwriter Micah P Hinson tomorrow; while emerging Leeside talents Minnie Marley and Jay Ronic share a bill next Saturday (13) to showcase their homegrown hip-hop and soul sounds.
COMEDY CAPERS: Jimmy Carr has been a regular visitor to Ireland in recent times, and the Londoner returns in the first half of 2018 for nine dates that include Cork Opera House (March 16), and INEC Killarney (July 1). Sean Lock has announced two dates at the Olympia in Dublin for November 12-13, while Fred Cooke is in De Barras in Clonakilty, Co Cork, next Friday.
THEATRE NIGHTS: Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer returns to the Everyman in Cork from Tuesday for a five-night run. Dublin Theatre Festival continues in the capital with The Second Violinist, by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh, among the biggies over the weekend.
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