Friday 24 November 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


Chris Martin of Coldplay.
Chris Martin of Coldplay.
Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Liam Neeson narrates 'How To Defuse A Bomb'.
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Ed Power

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

Going out?

The indie underlings



Against any reasonable expectations, quirky UK three-piece Alt-J have become one of the biggest forces in alternative rock, winning the Mercury Prize along the way. With third album Relaxer just released, they play one of their biggest Irish shows yet. Tuesday, Trinity College Dublin

A little bleat of what you fancy


The soft-rockers who ate the world, it's been years since Coldplay played Ireland. They return with a bang, however, to a sold-out Croke Park. Cue excitement unparalleled since the last time a referee gave a decision against the Dublin football team.

Saturday, Croke Park, Dublin

The Folk Fest

Fleet Foxes
Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

After a six-year hiatus, "nu-folk" leaders Fleet Foxes return and are kicking off their world tour in Cork, with dates at Dublin's Iveagh Gardens later in the week. Inspired by an F Scott Fitzgerald essay, comeback LP The Crack-Up is perhaps their strongest yet, chronicling a long dark night of the soul experienced by retiring frontman Robin Pecknold.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Cork Opera House, Thursday, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

Staying in?

The podcast


If the world needs anything right now, it's another American true crime podcast. But Crimetown is different (ish) - each episodes focuses on the underworld shenanigans of a different US city.

The box set

Orphan Black

This below-the-radar cult series goes from strength to strength as it enters its final season, with a new episode released on Netflix every Monday. Tatiana Maslany adopts a multitude of looks and accents as she plays a group of clones who slowly become aware they are part of a murky government conspiracy.

Available now on Netflix

The TV show

How to Defuse A Bomb

Liam Neeson narrates 'How To Defuse A Bomb'.

Liam Neeson narrates the 'couldn't make it up' story of a New York Police Department bomb disposal expert who became a key participant in the Northern Ireland peace process.

Monday, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

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