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.