Monday 19 February 2018

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Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
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What not to miss this week

Weird and wonderful

HMLTD

These outrageous Londoners would be the hottest new thing in rock - if anyone actually cared about rock nowadays. Instead, they must settle with a cult fanbase, drawn to their mash-up of Duran Duran fashion, preening alternative pop and occasional segues into industrial noise.

  • Workman's Club, Dublin, tonight

Diamond geezer

Neil Diamond

The veteran crooner is so middle of the road it's a wonder a dotted white line doesn't run down his forehead. Yet, as a songwriter he's peerless, having given us some of the great popular hits of the past 50 years (this tour celebrates his half century in music). At 76, he shows little inclination of slowing down.

  • 3Arena, Dublin, Tuesday

All that jazz

Galway Jazz Festival

The capital of the West will be remade as a swinging jazz town for the weekend, with the Koko Ensemble and the acclaimed Emil Brandqvist Trio among the headliners.

  • Until Sunday, galwayjazzfest.ie

The video game

Fifa 2018

The quick-dribbling gorilla in the video game universe returns with Ronaldo as cover star and literally hundreds of teams updated. As ever, all the League of Ireland sides are included too, though soccer hipsters will prefer taking charge of obscure outfits from the South Korean league etc.

The TV show

Snowfall

The "crack cocaine drama" is the creation of John Singleton, best known for directing the 1991 South Central LA movie Boyz N The Hood. As with that film, the setting here is the sprawling neighbourhood of Compton, with the focus on the crack epidemic of the Reagan era and its devastating impact on the African-American community.

  • Sunday, BBC2, 10pm

The box set

Suburra

This Italian original series from the streaming giant has been described as a southern Europe House of Cards. The setting is Rome, where power players from across the political, corporate and criminal spectrum jostle for pre-eminence.

  • Netflix, from today

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