GIG WISE: We had predicted David Byrne would be on the roster for one of the big summer festivals, and while we were wrong on that, the former Talking Heads frontman has announced a gig for 3Arena on October 24. Recent sets have featured a mixture of solo material and classic Talking Heads tracks. And if you can plan into next year, tickets went on sale this morning for Nicki Minaj and Future at 3Arena on March 15. Bell X1 are at the Marquee in Cork tonight, followed by Gavin James tomorrow and Chic on Sunday. . It’s huge weekend for gigs in Dublin, with Taylor Swift, The National and Future Islands all rocking the capital. Finally, the latest in First Music Contact’s series of discussions takes place in Cork today, addressing the issue of how to maintain what seems to be a resurgence in music in the city. Panellists at Crane Lane at 3pm today include Joe Kelly of Live at St Lukes, and Ashley Keating of the Frank and Walters. Trad fans are in for a treat next week for the Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival in Glengarriff. Sharon Shannon, Iarla O Lionaird are among the headliners for the event which runs from Thursday to Sunday.
MUSIC NEWS: Frances Bean has been getting plenty of media attention this week after she shared some of her music on social media. The 25-year-old daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love put a tune on Instagram that sounds unsurprisingly grungey, and hinted that she’d hope to release something more “palpable” in the future. Meanwhile, Moby is in the process of selling his record collection for charity. On sale since yesterday via lp.reverb.com, the collection includes hundreds of 12-inch singles from his DJ days, as well as test pressings and signed copies of his own work. All money raised goes to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an organisation that promotes healthy living and ailment prevention, rather than medicine-based treatments. One record definitely not in Moby’s collection is Both Directions at Once, the ‘lost’ album from John
Coltrane which will get a June 29 release. The late saxophonist recorded the material in 1963 with his classic quartet, and a tape of the sessions has been languishing in his family’s possession all these years.
FILM TIPS: Ocean’s 8 hasn’t exactly been getting the critics excited, but Monday’s release of the female-dominated heist movie will probably draw relatively decent crowds in this rather fallow season. If you do go along, don’t expect to see Matt Damon, despite the fact that he shot a cameo for the movie. Director Gary Ross has stressed that the Damon scenes just ended up on the cutting-room floor, and were not a response to the petition calling for a dropping of the actor following his remarks about the #MeToo movement that there was a “spectrum” of bad behaviour. From Sunday, Triskel in Cork has a season of films dedicated to Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, including Whatever Happened To Baby Jane (1962).
ON THE TELLY: If you’re not into soccer, there are slim pickings on the terrestrial channels at the moment, and you really might be better taking up a hobby. The Graham Norton Show has Rihanna, pictured, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett tonight, while Later Live With Jools Holland finishes its current season tomorrow with extended sets from the likes of Chic, and Nathaniel Rateliff. HBO has given the thumbs up to a prequel to Game of Thrones, just as production nears the end on the last instalment of the hugely popular series. The yet-untitled new show will be set millennia before the age of the Starks et al, and it’ll be at least two years before we see it.
David Byrne tickets now on sale.