Wednesday 24 January 2018

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Charleville Castle bound: Tommy Tiernan
Charleville Castle bound: Tommy Tiernan
Emma Cline

What not to miss this week.

Going out

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

Staying in

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

Irish Independent

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