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Paint It Black
They say the smaller the room, the bigger the party. Thirty thousand punters bouncing around a field? We’re there in a heartbeat. But there’s nothing quite like being close to the stage. Not only can you see the whites in the artist’s eyes, you can make out what brand of underwear they’ve got on....
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 21 Sep 2012
It’s little wonder that the folk behind Ireland’s biggest musical bash has decided to keep things small this year. Arthur’s Day shows in grand venues like Dublin’s Olympia and Belfast’s Ulster Hall always went down a storm, but the most legendary gigs in the celebration’s four-year history all took place in someone’s local – Tom Jones at the Brazen Head, Kelis in The George, Kasabian in the Church, Calvin Harris in Mickey Martin’s and Seasick Steve in The Old Oak were just a few of the highlights.
Over 500 pubs provide the location for Arthur’s Day 2012; from Donegal’s Teach Jack to Skibbereen’s Paragon Bar, from Wexford’s Sky And The Ground to Ballina’s Broken Jug, Guinness will be covering a whole lot of ground on September 27.
The line-up for 2012 is bigger and more diverse than ever; folk pop giants Mumford and Sons, rock legends Primal Scream, chart-topping beatmaker Example, superstar DJ Fatboy Slim and soul diva-in-waiting Jessie Ware make up the unofficial Hot Press wishlist, so we tracked every last one of them down for a pre-gig chinwag.
And that’s just for starters; also painting the town black this year will be UK rap’s smoothest operator Tinie Tempah, pop’s golden girl Ellie Goulding, musical peacock Mika, hard-hitting hip hopper Professor Green, pop rock stalwarts Texas, guitar-toting singer-songwriter Amy MacDonald, genre-hopping rogues Fun Lovin’ Criminals and scores of others from at home and abroad.
All you have to do is grab a bunch of mates, hot-tail it down to your favourite drinkerie and expect the unexpected...
On top of all this “organised pandemonium“ (guess which Arthur’s Day-bound star spoketh those words?), Guinness have lined-up a further eight shows in unique pub surroundings in Dublin, Cork and Belfast, which will be recorded for broadcast on national TV in Ireland and in over 100 countries worldwide. Fancy bagging yourself a spot in the audience? Music-lovers can apply for passes to the Arthur’s Day TV Specials at facebook.com/GUINNESSIreland.