Tuesday 24 April 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


My Dad Wrote a Porno
Arcade Fire
Orange Is The New Black Season 5
MP Jo Cox. Photo: PA

Meadhbh McGrath

Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.

Going out?

The outdoor gig

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

In what is sure to be one of the gigs of the year, the Canadian rockers will headline Belfast's Belsonic festival, before staging a huge outdoor show in Malahide Castle. Win Butler and co released a couple of singles in the past week, including the sprawling 'Signs of Life', and their new album is due out later this year.

Tuesday, Ormeau Park, Belfast and Wednesday, Malahide Castle, Dublin

The festival smash



Lynda Radley's award-winning play explores identity crises during the last gasp of a travelling freak show. After taking the Edinburgh festival by storm, Tom Creed directs the Irish debut at the Cork Midsummer Festival, before transferring to Dublin's Project Arts Centre.

Previews from Tuesday, The Everyman, Cork

The literary celebration

Bloomsday Festival

Traditionally marked on June 16, the Joycean celebration has stretched to a week-long festival. This year's events kick off in Dublin with a street party on North Great George's Street on Sunday, before launching into a programme offering a virtual-reality Ulysses experience, Joycean pub crawls, food trails and walking tours across the city.

From Sunday, various locations, Dublin

Staying in?

The documentary

Jo Cox: Death of an MP

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MP Jo Cox. Photo: PA

This week marks the anniversary of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox at the height of the UK's Brexit referendum campaign. A new documentary explores the West Yorkshire Police's investigation, with contributions from her family, eyewitnesses and those who knew her killer, Thomas Mair.

Tuesday, 9pm, BBC Two

The podcast

My Dad Wrote a Porno

My Dad Wrote a Porno

The cult comedy podcast returns for its third season, and it's well worth catching up. Each episode chronicles a chapter from the erotic novel Belinda Blinked, written by host Jamie Morton's Northern Irish father, with astute analysis by fellow hosts Alice Levine and James Cooper. The trio will play Dublin's Vicar Street in September.

The box set

Orange is the New Black

Orange Is The New Black Season 5

Will Daya pull the trigger? After an agonising wait, the hit prison dramedy is back for its fifth season.

Available on Netflix now

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