Monday 18 June 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

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

Going out?

The gig


Hyped as the hot new thing in electronic music before he had even sat his Leaving Cert, County Kildare's Jack Colleran finally got around to releasing a debut album, Luneworks, this year. It will be interesting to see how he recreates its fuzzy beats and downtempo textures at Kilkenny's Alternative Arts Festival. Brewery Corner, Kilkenny Sunday

The festival


Editors and Bell X1 head a strong line-up as the country's biggest small festival returns. You can almost overlook the presence of Walking On Cars, aka Irish music's lab-grown answer to Mumford and Sons. Deer Farm Mitchelstown, Friday to Saturday


Bill Burr

Burr's boorish onstage persona could be mistaken for that of a stand-up Donald Trump. Actually, the American comedian's bigoted white guy schtick is a cunning misdirection - he isn't being offensive so much as commenting on the things we do and don't take umbrage at. Roisin Dubh Galway, Tuesday

Staying in?

The book

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II

The latest Potter is, in fact, a play - the official "script book" of the new West End show by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. It takes up the story of the 37-year-old "boy" wizard, today an overworked Ministry of Magic employee and harried dad. Behold Harry Potter: The Midlife Crisis Years. Available from Monday

The show

The Bastard Executioner

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'Game of Thrones' meets cult biker drama 'Sons of Anarchy'. We're off to 14th-century England, where warrior Wilkin Brattle embarks on an alternate career as journeyman executioner. Produced by Kurt Sutter (showrunner of the aforementioned 'Sons of Anarchy') and notable for a cameo from ginger warlord Ed Sheeran (yes, be afraid). History Channel Tuesday

The box-set

Penny Dreadful, Seasons One and Two

Shot in Dublin, Showtime's baroque romp recently finished its third and final run of episodes. A good opportunity to revisit, via this new two-season bundle, the adventures of 19th-century mystic Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) as she battles vampire, werewolves and the Irish weather.

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