PICK OF THE WEEK
Composer/impresario Dylan Rynhart’s monthly salon at the Wellington is rapidly assuming unmissable status for those looking to know where creative music is headed in Ireland these days. This month there’s spoken word from Billy O Hanluain; a Terrry Riley tribute from cellist Kate Ellis and her new quartet; songs from pop adventuress Abigail Smith; Laura Hyland’s experimental Clang Syne group; and audiovisuals from composer Anna Murray. So many performers will leave precious little room left for the audience, so note the early start time – and arrive even earlier. ART The Enhanced Eye
FESTIVAL FEVER How do you get a ticket for a sold-out festival? That’ll be the problem facing many a sad-faced punter today, with two cracking line-ups on offer in Westmeath and Donegal, and big fat “sold out” signs spattered across both. And anyone else who isn’t Fleetwood Mac, and is curious as to why no one is at their gig, will be wondering where they should be throwing their shade.
In the wilds of Donegal – well, Fundoran is wild enough – Sea Sessions will be praying for cracking weather to give its lineup a proper beachy buzz. In the line-up are Example, Maverick Sabre, Black Grape, Le Galaxie, Jape, local heroes Little Hours and Wyvern Lingo.
Back in the midlands – which does the country’s best festivals – Body and Soul will be celebrating the summer solstice in particularly sparkly fashion. It’s reputation needs no further burnishing here, thanks to a line up that this year that includes Savages (above), Asgeir, Natalie Prass, Super Furry Animals, Matthew E White, James Holden and Soak. Our tip for the weekend? Don’t miss Brandt Brauer Frick and check out their unreal track Ocean Drive for a taste of what to expect.
As for those who don’t have tickets? Commit for the love of Goat. Scour twitter, especially #ticketfairy on the day (fair play Nialler9 for giving us that beaut); Facebook is your friend; and remember, last-minute tickets always crop up as people cancel their plans, especially those lazy sods who have wangled on to the guest list. The Ticket will be there all weekend, so keep an eye on irishtimes.com for full coverage.