TUES­DAY 13.06.17

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BAND Ar­cade Fire

Ormeau Park, Belfast 6pm £49 bel­sonic.com Also Wed Malahide Cas­tle, Dublin Six­teen years af­ter form­ing in Mon­treal, and 10 years af­ter their cross­over sec­ond al­bum, Neon Bible, Ar­cade Fire may have lost some of their once sub­stan­tial pulling power, but they re­main a po­tent mu­si­cal force, equally at home with the build­ing blocks of a rock band and the multi-in­stru­men­tal tex­tures of a trav­el­ling road­show of in­tu­itive mu­si­cians. They also are im­mensely pro­fi­cient at how to raise an au­di­ence from sense of ex­pec­ta­tion to full re­al­i­sa­tion. Their fol­low-up to 2013’s Re­flek­tor is due to land soon, so ex­pect some new ma­te­rial as well as songs you know and love. Spe­cial guests in Belfast are The Kooks; in Dublin, it’s Colom­bian group Bomba Es­tero.

THE­ATRE No’s Knife

Abbey The­atre, Dublin. Jun 10-17 7.30pm ¤13-¤45 abbeythe­atre.ie These days Samuel Beck­ett the prose writer is more likely to be revered than read. In re­cent years though, his es­tate’s zero tol­er­ance at­ti­tude to­wards the trans­po­si­tion of that work to the stage has thawed, partly un­der the per­sua­sion of the­atre artists who have proven as re­spect­ful as they have been sly (we’re look­ing at you, Pan Pan). Fol­low­ing the Gate’s near mo­nop­oly on Beck­ett’s work and its spar­ing adap­ta­tions, the aus­tere and rev­er­ent pre­sen­ta­tions of Gare St Lazare Play­ers, and the stun­ning ad­ven­tures of Pan Pan, Lisa Dwan now ce­ments her rep­u­ta­tion as a new cus­to­dian of Beck­ett’s words. In a co-pro­duc­tion be­tween the Abbey and the Old Vic, she and di­rec­tor Joe Mur­phy stage Beck­ett’s short prose col­lec­tion Texts for Noth­ing, a disembodied en­quiry into roil­ing con­scious­ness and the murky depths of the self, de­liv­ered by a sin­gle speaker sus­pended from a precipice. Com­mand­ing Beck­ett’s ideas has al­ways been pre­car­i­ous, but Dwan has earned a sure foot­ing. Peter Craw­ley

CLAS­SI­CAL Great Mu­sic in Ir­ish Houses Fes­ti­val

Var­i­ous venues, un­til Sun­day, great­mu­sicinirish­houses.com The Great Mu­sic in Ir­ish Houses Fes­ti­val’s of­fer­ings range from an open­ing night of Bach solo cello suites in the exquisitely tiny space of the Casino in Marino (Marc Coppey, long sold out), through French pi­anist Cé­dric Tiberghien and friends in the quin­tets com­bin­ing pi­ano and wind by Mozart and Beethoven at Kill­rud­dery House on Thurs­day , to Satur­day’s per­for­mance at the Royal Col­lege of Physi­cians of a work whose pop­u­lar­ity was so great it irked its com­poser — Beethoven’s Septet, from the Car­ducci Quar­tet and friends. The fes­ti­val con­tin­ues its re­defin­tion of an Ir­ish “house” on Satur­day with a mid­day con­cert by Hugh Tin­ney and the Heath String Quar­tet at the Airbnb In­ter­na­tional Hub. And Sun­day of­fers a three-con­cert “Dublin Mu­si­cal Saunter” where the fo­cus firmly on the voice with ros­ter of singers cel­e­brat­ing the 90th birth­day of the in­de­fati­ga­ble Veron­ica Dunne.

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