MUSIC NEWS: Beyoncé has bounced back after her post-baby break and has already been booked to play at the Super Bowl in February.
In the meantime, Billboard reports that the 31-year-old singer has promised she will release some new music before her appearance at America’s biggest sporting event. Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Amy Winehouse’s home in Camden has been sold for £2.8m, a million less than the original asking price. We’ve been mentioning Johnny Marr’s debut solo album over the past few weeks, and various bits of it are available for a listen over the interweb. If you’re quick, you can also go to Dermot O’Leary’s page on the BBC radio site to hear Marr perform a version of the Smiths’ tune ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’. The Kaiser Chiefs have done what no band should ever do — they’ve lost a really useful drummer. Main songwriter Nick Hodgson, above, took to Twitter to confirm he has moved on. Finally, a minute’s silence for Dave Brubeck, the 91-year-old composer of ‘Take Five’ who passed away earlier this week. He had visited Ireland on at least one occasion for an appearance at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in 1991.
GIG WISE: Christmas present problems were solved yesterday for many people when tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s appearances in Limerick (Jul 16), Cork (Jul 18) and Belfast (Jul 20) went on sale.
There’s a limit of six tickets per booking, and for the Munster gigs, you’ll pay €90-€100 +bf. Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott play a gig at Vicar Street on Jan 8 for the Peter McVerry Trust. At 76, reggae king Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry makes all of the above veterans look like a youngster, and he returns to Ireland on Feb 16 at the Button Factory in Dublin. At the same venue, Laurent Garnier plays a DJ set on Feb 9.
In Cork, an even bigger turntable legend, Grandmaster Flash, is at Cyprus Avenue tonight. For those willing to venture across the water, Kraftwerk have announced a series of gigs at the Tate Modern in London next February. On each of the eight nights (Feb 6-14), the German innovators will play a different album from their back catalogue.
FILM TIPS: Cork Cine Club at St John’s College finishes its current season on Thursday with The Kid With a Bike (Le Gamin au Vélo), the tale of a young boy left in a state-run youth farm. The Dardenne brothers’ film won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes last year.
There’s also a French offering at Triskel Christchurch from Sunday with Untouchable, while British director Gerald Fox will be present on Sunday for a screening of his Mother’s Milk, an adaptation of the novel by Edward St Aubyn.
POETRY CORNER: Trinity College next Friday will probably host Ireland’s biggest ever gathering of John Milton fans as his Paradise Lost gets a full reading from 10am to 10pm (albeit with a break for lunch). Séamus Heaney, right, and David Norris are among the readers. Other budding poets have until the end of this month to enter the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, in conjunction with The Moth magazine.
Entries cost €6 per poem, with the eventual winner getting €5,000 plus two nights B&B and dinner at Ballymaloe House.
ALL AND SUNDRY: Canadian comedian Glen Wool is at City Limits comedy club in Cork tonight. In Waterford, seasonal sounds will abound at De La Salle College Chapel on Dec 13 for a concert by choral octet Vocalis, a group made up of former members of the National Chamber Choir and Anúna. Led Zeppelin fans should watch out for a broadcast of the band’s 2007 London concert on BBC Two tomorrow at 10.45pm.
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