MUSIC NEWS: Anyone going to Electric Picnic this weekend may have been worried to see music press headlines along the lines of ‘LCD Soundsystem cancel tour’.
Fear not, tomorrow night’s headliners have only pulled the plug on a forthcoming trip to Asia and Australia, revealing that they’re going to record a new album instead.
An Irish gig that has been affected by a tour cancellation is Selena Gomez at 3Arena on November 3, as the unfortunate 24-year-old takes time off to battle the mental health issues she says have resulted from being afflicted with auto-immune disease, lupus.
Meanwhile, Bon Iver have a new album on the way at the end of the month, and main man Justin Vernon has whetted appetites by putting out the first two tracks via Twitter.
Anyone passing the public toilets on the Grand Parade in Cork recently may have noticed the giant poster of Kurt Cobain. Created from a picture taken by NME photographer Ed Sirrs at Nirvana’s gig in Sir Henrys 25 years ago, it was placed at the site by the Circa ’91 group who organised the recent fanzine exhibition at Cork City Library.
GIG WISE: Not surprisingly, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have added a second gig to their Dublin visit, and will now play the 3Arena on December 20 and 21.
Incidentally, the band’s bass player Flea has been singing the praises of Frank Ocean. He told NME that he was excited about the recently-released Blonde, because of the profound effect its predecessor, Channel Orange, had on him.
“I had a real emotional connection to it, I listened to it a million times,” he revealed.
Choice Cuts should get some sort of special ‘Q’ mark for the quality of the acts they bring to Ireland, and among their upcoming offerings are classic jazz-funk outfit The Headhunters at the Sugar Club on September 15.
Unfortunately, Herbie Hancock no longer plays with the group. The same promoters are also doing one of their art-meets-music events with David Holmes at the Royal Hibernian Academy on October 7.
FILM TIPS: A Date For Mad Mary is the latest quality Irish film to hit cinemas, with rising star Seána Kerslake playing the role of the ex prisoner on the hunt for a date for an upcoming wedding.
Another movie with an Irish connection opening this weekend is sci-fi thriller Morgan, from Ridley Scott’s son Luke, which was filmed on this fair isle.
Anthropoid may not be Irish, but the presence of Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy means we can almost claim it. On Monday, these pages will carry an interview with Murphy talking about his role in the WWII thriller that opens this day next week.
At Triskel in Cork from Sunday, the roster includes Almost Holy, a documentary on the fascinating Ukrainian figure Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a man who’s willing to go to some fairly extreme measures to get young addicts out of their situations and into his rehabilitation programmes. The IFI in Dublin also has an impressive line-up of factual films for its documentary festival on September 23-25.
Cork Opera House has had to cancel its planned showing of the Nick Cave album-launch film, One More Time with Feeling, but several venues in Dublin and Galway will have it on Thursday.
THEATRE NIGHTS: On September 20, Ballymaloe Grainstore has a screening of West End favourite One Man, Two Guvnors, a production that has James Corden reminding us he was a fairly decent actor before he made it big in America. Tommy Fleming returns to Cork Opera House next Friday for a two-night run of Paddy — The Musical, the story of a young
Tommy Fleming returns to Cork Opera House next Friday for a two-night run of Paddy — The Musical, the story of a young emigrant heading to London in the 1960s. The Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival runs for two weeks from next Saturday.
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