Looking for plans for the weekend? Here’s a list of what’s on and where.

MUSIC NEWS: The Meteor Song of the Year nominees were announced earlier this week, with The Script (‘Superheroes’), Kodaline (‘One Day’), The Coronas ‘All The Others’ and Hozier ‘From Eden’ among 10 songs on the list to be voted for by the public. It would have been interesting to get the views of the late Edgar Froese on any of those tracks, but the electronic music pioneer best known for his work with German band Tangerine Dream passed away earlier this week at the age of 70.

Meanwhile, his Italian counterpart, Giorgio Moroder, 74, is still going strong, and the electro disco maestro is currently working on tracks for Lady Gaga’s next album. Blink-182 have had quite a tumultuous week, with the departure of guitarist Tom DeLonge being followed by a public slagging match with his other two bandmates.

Sam Smith has also been in the music papers after settling a copyright claim over the similarity of ‘Stay With Me’ to Tom Petty’s 1989 single ‘I Won’t Back Down’. Despite claiming he was never familiar with Petty’s hit, the British star has agreed to pay 12.5% of royalties from his song to the American.


Start your engines. The perfect barometer of the Cork public’s musical tastes has been provided with the Opera House’s announcement of two big summer gigs: St Vincent (July 13) and Don McLean (June 4). Both will sell out, but which will go first?

Ms Vincent, aka Annie Clark, has been showered with praise over the past year for her self-titled album, and is also playing Dublin and Galway around that time. McClean, 69, is a perennial favourite for songs such as ‘American Pie’ and ‘Vincent’.

Another interesting announcement this week was Arcade Fire’s Will Butler for Whelan’s in Dublin on April 25. The summer festivals have also been getting into gear, with Longitude (Marlay Park, July 17-19) releasing a lineup that includes the Chemical Brothers, Alt-J, Hozier and Caribou.

Forbidden Fruit (Kilmainham, May 29-31) has Fatboy Slim and Wu Tang Clan. Tickets (€65-€75 +bf) also went on sale this morning for Van Morrison at the Marquee in Cork on July 9. Also down south, Scottish singer Eddi Reader’s tour takes in Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick on Feb 20; the Abbeystrewry Church in Skibbereen on Feb 21; and Ballymaloe Grainstore on Feb 22.

FILM TIPS: Big Hero 6 had its Irish premiere at the Cork Film Festival last year, and had some people wondering why they hadn’t seen the previous five instalments. The enjoyable animated film is on general release today, as is Inherent Vice from Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood). Triskel in Cork this weekend has Reece Witherspoon in Wild, and Chilean film The Dance of Reality.

COMEDY CAPERS: Tommy Tiernan has added a fifth gig to his run at Cork Opera House and will now appear at the venue from Feb 25 to March 1. David Sedaris is more a humorist than a comedian, but the American writer and broadcaster has a reputation for carrying an impressive live show. Bookings are already open for his appearance at the Everyman Palace in Cork on May 30.

ALL AND SUNDRY: Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre is a most welcome addition to the county’s arts scene, and gets its official opening in Skibbereen tomorrow with an exhibition of work by nine artists, including Maud Cotter and Mark Garry. Manchán Magan will be teaching a six-week course in travel writing in the Dublin Writers Centre from next Tuesday.


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