Bands celebrate 250th anniversary of Irish beer in Dublin
The acts came together at the St James’s Gate Brewery for the main Arthur’s Day show, part of a series of gigs being held across the Irish capital to mark 250 years of the stout.
With the drinks flowing, creating the preverbial ‘piss-up in a brewery’, the bands performed on a makeshift stage in Hop Store 12 at the west Dublin complex, marking the 250th anniversary of Arthur Guinness signing a 9,000-year lease on the site.
Jones opened the event after a toast to the Guinness founder at exactly 17:59 (reflecting the year the brewery opened), followed by Estelle, who had the crowd jumping around to the likes of ‘American Boy’.
Opening with ‘Underdog’, the Leicester band played a sharp 35-minute set which featured ‘Empire’, ‘Club Foot’, ‘Fire’ and closer ‘LSF’.
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‘Shoot The Runner’
At the same time as the main show, a series of gigs were staged across the Irish capital, featuring over 60 artists playing in 33 venues, ranging from concert halls to tiny pubs.
Events to mark the anniversary were also taking place across the globe, with Sean Paul playing in Lagos, while Black Eyed Peas were in Kuala Lumpur. A Guinness show was also held in New York.