Arthur’s Day Celebrations
With the success of last year’s celebrations to mark 250 years since the signing of the lease on Guinness’s St James’s Gate brewery, it’s not surprising that Arthur’s Day is returning again this year. Festivities kick off with a global toast “to Arthur” and his legacy at 17.59 on the 23rd of September and to prepare you, we have come up with a guide to just some of the events taking place around the country.
St James’s Gate – Dublin
One of the best places to be this Thursday will be right where it all started. 2,000 lucky ticket holders can expect performances from Snow Patrol, Manic Street Preachers, Biffy Clyro plus “very special guests”.
Vicar Street – Dublin
From 3.55pm, Vicar Street will host gigs from British pop/rock band The Hoosiers, popular singer/songwriter Eliza Doolittle, The Courteeners and more.
Folan Quay – Galway
Multi-platinum selling artist David Gray will be headlining the celebrations at Galway’s Folan Quay. He will be accompanied by a host of acts, including Dublin-born blues singer Imelda May and Sharon Shannon.
As well as taking over some of the country’s biggest music venues, official Arthur’s Day celebrations will be held in 28 pubs across the country. Tickets only cost €5 and attendees can expect an “intimate surprise gig from a studio artist”. Here are our picks for the best of the pub gigs.
Crane Lane Theatre – Cork
18-year-old Gaswegian singer/songwriter Carly Connor and up-and-coming Irish acts Keywest and DeBurca will be playing at the Crane Lane Theatre in Cork’s city centre.
Roisin Dubh – Galway
Along with the secret performance, the gig at this legendary live music venue will feature local indie/folk group A Band Called Wanda.
Baggott Inn – Dublin
One of Ireland’s best exports, David Kitt, will be playing at the city centre’s Baggott Inn, along with indie folk duo, Heathers.
Doheny and Nesbitt – Dublin
This atmospheric pub in Dublin 2 will be celebrating Arthur’s Day with Corkonian folk singer/songwriter John Spillane and Scottish rock artist Colin McLeod, who is better known as The Boy Who Trapped the Sun.
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