What’s in The Ticket today – and your plugs
The best in movies and music every Friday until the sky falls in and the wolves take over
Oxegen: as the Punchestown Racecourse event attempts to move from a diet of big rock and indie acts to reinvent itself as a dance and DJ-fest, is this a breath of fresh air or a last gasp?
Knockanstockan: why you should go to see Enemies at the small, local and green fest on the banks of the Blessington Lakes. Plus other acts to catch in west Wicklow.
Britpop: ahead of Blur’s visit to Dublin next week, Ian Melaney wishes that scene would just pack up its Fred Perry tops and go away again
Frances Ha: “the coolest actress on the planet” Greta Gerwig on female friendship, showing your true colours and co-writing and starring in new comedy Frances Ha
Pussy Riot: director Mike Lerner talks about Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, his film on the Russian art-punk group and why they are “an incredible lightning bolt for young people”. Plus a preview of next week’s GAZE Film Festival.
Plus CD reviews (including Selina Gomez, Half Moon Run, Omar S, Soft Metals, Luke Haines, Thinkerrs, Zorch, MacKenzie Scott, Torres, Nils Landgren Funk Unit, Alexi Tuomarila Trio, Aoife O’Donovan etc), film reviews (Francis Ha, The Wolverine, Dial M for Murder 3D), games, apps, listings, movie quiz, news and much, much more.
That’s your winning Ticket in The Irish Times today in print, online and the best of The Ticket on the app.
Glider plug: if it’s the last Friday of the month (and payday), it’s time for Glider at the Workman’s Club, Dublin 2. Playing this, that and the other upstairs from 10pm and downstairs from 11.30pm will be Jonny Tiernan, Cillian, Tanya and myself. Admission is free.
Banter plug: we’re chuffed to bits to welcome the legendary Peter Hook to Banter. The man who has seen, said and heard it all with Joy Division, Factory Records, New Order and the Hacienda will be talking about all of the above and much (much) more at the Twisted Pepper next Thursday (Auugust 1) from 6pm. Tickets are available here.
The OTR plugs service is now open for business. Please feel free to plug and recommend stuff away to your heart’s content, but remember some simple rules: (a) declare an interest where one should be declared, (b) plugs are accepted on the whim of OTR and may be edited for length/clarity/common sense and (c) plugs which mention a commercial sponsor are really ads and will probably not be published in this slot. We’re giving the nod to Kilkenny (sorry feans) and Galway (sorry Davey)