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A good weekend on the hurling pitches with Tipperary and Dublin reaching the Munster and Leinster finals. The final score from Limerick probably flattered the victors a bit, given how much of a challenge Clare posed in the first half, …

Mon, Jun 20, 2011, 09:34


A good weekend on the hurling pitches with Tipperary and Dublin reaching the Munster and Leinster finals. The final score from Limerick probably flattered the victors a bit, given how much of a challenge Clare posed in the first half, but Tipp powered on helped by those rake of goals. As they head off to face Waterford, the most worrying aspect from yesterday is probably those dozen wides – time for Tipp to relearn some supersharpshooting skills. And the less said about the awful, woeful, cliche-ridden commentator on TV3 on Sunday the better. Dublin skinned Galway with great panache in Tullamore on Saturday night to set up a re-do with Kilkenny, who will probably come swinging into that match with points to prove. For now, though, kudos to a very fine Dublin side for getting there, though it was a very poor, uninspiring performance from Galway, who probably wish they were back hurling in Connacht on that display. Perhaps sticking this article on the dressingroom wall backfired?

Hard Working Class Heroes returns to the streets of Dublin from October 6 to 8 for the festival’s ninth outing. Bands and photograpgers who would like to participate can apply here. Keep an eye on OTR this week for more HWCH-related news.

More, more, more: latest additions for this year’s Castlepalooza festival (Tullamore, Co Offaly from July 29 to 31) include Mercury Rev (last year’s headliners back for more), Krystal Klear (check out Declan Lennon’s fantastic “Tried for Your Love” for All City from late last year, especially the brilliant HudMo remix), Andy & Jez from Doves (doing a spot of Big Top DJ-ing), Dry the River (one of the acts who really impressed me at Eurosonic earlier this year), Somadrone, The Kanyu Tree, Ghost Estates and tons more. Two-day tickets including camping are €74 and three day tickets are an extra €15 (prices exclude service charges).

What James Murphy did next. Next thing you know, dude will be appearing on Come Dine With Me.

From the “you can’t keep a good man down” department: Vince Power is planning to get some stock exchange love this month (£6.5 million worth of love) for his Music Festivals company with its interests in the Hop Farm Music Festival, Benicassim and London Feis, which happened at the weekend. Power has no plans to do a festival in the aul’ sod, leaving 1993′s Fleadh Mor in Tramore as the only Irish festival entry in his back-pages.

The Reich Effect is a five day bash at Cork’s Opera House from July 27 to 31 marking the 75th year of Steve Reich with performances from Kronos Quartet (the Irish premiere of WTC 9/11), London Sinfonietta, Synergy Vocals, Efterklang, Daniel Bjarnason and their Messing Orchestra, the Johann Johannsson Ensemble, Crash Ensemble, Íarla Ó Lionáird and Gavin Friday. As part of the festival, there is also the Reich Drumming Remix Competition open to musicians, DJs, producers, remixers and Reich fans who want to create their own original Reich Effect. Full information on the remix competition here.

The book every live music promoter – and live music fan – should read this summer.

You think you’re a mad-for-it festival head-the-ball because you did Primavera in May, Body & Soul at the weekend and are probably hitting the Electric Picnic in September? Amateur hour! Say hello to IQ magazine editor Greg Parmley who plans to motorcyce to 26 festivals in 13 countries in 30 days starting at Glastonbury next weekend. Wonder how many bands he’ll get to see – and how many he’ll see more than once?

One of the festivals not on Parmley’s itenary is our old friend Italia Wave, which is upping sticks and moving from Tuscany to Puglia. On the bill for one of our favourite European summer fests this year: Jimmy Cliff, Paolo Nutini, Lou Reed, Kaiser Chief and dozens more. If you want to head to Lecce to check it out, it takes place from July 14 to 17 in the city’s football stadium, airport and beaches.

Note for the Law & Order fans in the audience (and I know there’s lots of you): Patti Smith made her TV debut last night in a a ripped-from-the-headlines Criminal Intent episode based on Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark.

Hit the north-west! Some must-see events at this year’s Earagail Arts Festival in venues all over Donegal from July 9 to 24 include the amazing Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, Breathe Owl Breathe (with Little Wings), the Crash Cabaret and Lisa Hannigan, playing a date on her never-ending Irish summer tour.

Mo’ festivals: like the sound of some of the Culture Works talks on the schedule for Kinsale Arts Week, especially the ones on how to make a living from writing, art and cultural entrepreneurship. Kinsale Arts Week runs from July 9 to 17.

Behold, the world’s highest paid musicians! And they’re Irish, begorrah. Cue radio producers and researchers shoehorning this and the planned Glastonbury protest next Friday into a 10 minute package sometime this week.

You dancin’? You askin’? Your favourite indie snobs’ indie snobs swear by monthly club-in-a-pub bash Glider, which happens next Friday night (June 24) at the Workman’s Club, Dublin with AU magazine duo Jonny Tiernan and Chris Jones joining the indie/alt/shoegaze/electro fun. Admission is free.

How Web Sherrif is cleaing up town, one polite email at a time.

The story behind Penny & The Quarters’ “You and Me” as featured in the movie Blue Valentine:

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