Published 02/07/2016 | 07:00
What not to miss this week.
The show: Foals
Fresh from storming Glastonbury, the jittery post-punk crew bring their bombastic sound back to Ireland. Splicing heavy metal and punk-funk, the Oxford band are proof you can win a mainstream audience while remaining musically interesting. Live at the Marquee, Cork, Tuesday
The event: Castepalooza
There's a beefed-up line-up for the County Offaly festival, with Polica (Friday), Jurassic Five (Saturday) and Cat Power's Chan Marshall (Sunday) among the headliners. Plus, Tommy Tiernan tops the comedy bill and there's a dedicated dance stage. The picturesque backdrop of historic Charleville Castle is a cherry on top. Tullamore, Co Offaly, Friday-Sunday
The play: Once
John Carney's 'Sing Street' bombed in America and the UK - but he, and we, will always have 'Once'. Enda Walsh's stage adaptation of Carney's heartfelt low-budget musical fleshes out the romcom undertones, with Glen Hansard's sensitive-dude songs anchoring the story of unlikely love in pre-recession Dublin. From Saturday, Olympia Dublin
The TV Show: Top Gear
The final episode of the show's post-Jeremy Clarkson reboot. Audience reaction to new hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc has been mixed, to put it mildly, and with the two rumoured to be not getting on off camera this might be your last chance to see the unlikely tag-team. BBC2, Sunday 8pm
The book: The Girls, by Emma Cline
The year's most hyped debut novel is loosely inspired by the Manson family killings, with insecure teenager Evie sucked into a murderous cult in late 60s California. All a bit grim and po-faced but Cline's weightless prose transcends the subject matter.
The boxset: Love, Netflix
How dark do you like your black comedy? This Judd Apatow-produced tale of addiction, romance and toxic narcissism is as hilariously bleak as its contemporary Los Angeles setting is airy and sun-kissed. Paul Rust is a nerdy school teacher who falls for Gillian Jacobs' tom-boy addict.Season one on Netflix now.
- Ed Power