Events: Arthur’s Day 2012


Wow, that was a quick 12 months. Arthur’s Day (27th September), Guinness’ celebration for their founding father, is back and has a changed format for 2012. Firstly, there’s no tickets to buy this year and gigs will take place in 500 pubs across the 32 counties. Big acts like Example, Tinie Tempah, Mumford and Sons, Primal Scream, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Ellie Goulding, Mika, Professor Green, Fatboy Slim, Texas and Amy Macdonald will join home grown talent and they could play in your local. How? Simply vote for your local on the Facebook app. To date, over 55,000 people have but voting closes on the 16th September so get your skates on. The winning pubs will remain a secret to the public until the night itself so you never know who might walk through the door. The Arthur Guinness Fund supports social entrepreneurs in Ireland (like Decisions for Heroes) and around … There’s more

Arthur’s Day 2011 in photos

At 17:59 on 22nd September international acts including The Stereophonics, Scissors Sisters, Calvin Harris, The Saturdays, Paolo Nutini and Kelis as well as home-grown talent Bell X 1, Royseven, The Divine Comedy, Bressie and Ryan Sheridan took to stages in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Belfast followed by a surprise intimate pub gigs. We were at the Hopstore 13 to shoot the red carpet and see Paulo Nutini kick things off in front of a sell out crowd. He’s got some brilliant sing-along tunes and the sold-out crowd loved him. We had to grab a cab soon after Paulo’s performance to O’Donoghues on Merrion Row where we caught Bell X1′s surprise gig. The place was jammed and the crowd sang along throughout the entire set. All funds raised on the day go the Arthur Guinness FTo Arthur!

Interviews: Carl Barat and Bressie – Arthur’s Day 2011

Wednesday the 21st September, Arthur’s Day eve, I met with Carl Barat and Bressie who were both on their way to Cork to kick off the Guinness birthday celebrations. There was a short stop taken in the Morrison Hotel where with thanks to the really nice people of WHPR, Guinness and the Arthur’s Day team the call came to ask if I’d like to stop by for a chat. My thanks to Bressie and Carl who were both sincerely absolute gentlemen. Indiviual notes of thanks also to Julie and Ruth of WHPR and to’s very own Sinead for looking after me pre/ during and after. Thank you.

Arthur’s Day 2011 tickets go on sale

Ryan Sheridan performing at the launch (video courtesy of @darraghdoyle) UPDATED @ 16:25 05/08 to take account of sold out gigs Tickets have gone on sale today for the Arthur’s Day 2011 (22nd September) gigs in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Limerick across studio and pub venues. Earlier today, Guinness announced that, The Enemy, Seasick Steve, DJ Fresh, Labrinth, Yasmin and Maverick Sabre among a host of others have been added to the line up. As well as playing in the studio venues each of the studio artists, such as Stereophonics and Paloma Faith, will also turn up in a pub for a surprise, intimate performance on the night. Tickets are priced at just €15/£13.50 for studio venues and €7.50/£7 for the pub venues plus booking fee and are available on (we’ve got individual links below) Guinness are also giving bands in Ireland and across the globe the chance to … There’s more

Ad Nauseam: Poll – Your Favourite Guinness ad here

It struck me today that I let Arthur’s Day pass by last week without theming Ad Nauseam accordingly. How remiss of me, dear readers. Let me make amends by dedicating this weeks post to the black stuff. Now, everyone knows that Guinness have been producing advertising par excellence for the best part of 80 years, ever since the days of the iconic posters created by John Gilroy featuring steel-beam carrying workmen, toucans, seals and of course, the proclamation that “Guinness is Good for You”. I know that my favourite part of the Guinness Storehouse is the section dedicated to their advertising (coming in a close second is the cooperage exhibition which is strangely hypnotic) and I’ve spent hours trawling through the brilliantly archived displays there. The brand are famous for making epic, big budget, “big idea” TV ads and boy do they win awards for it. In fact, their 1999 … There’s more

New artists announced for Arthur’s Day

We wrote about the return of Arthur’s Day for 2010 back in June but since then there’s been a lot happening in preperation for it. Tickets went on sale last month and promptly sold out across the 7 studio venues and 28 pubs in Dublin, Cork and Galway. Fear not though! Culch has learned that extra tickets for the studio venues will be going on sale tomorrow morning (24th August) on Studio tickets and the outdoor Galway music event will cost €10 and the 28 pub venues will cost €5 with proceeds benefiting the Arthur Guinness Fund. Along with announcing the additional tickets an additional 15 artists have been added to the lineup. They include: rock legends Manic Street Preachers, Irish fans favourite David Gray, Dublin singer-songwriter Cathy Davey and Oscar-winning actor turned musician Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band. The new additions to the line up also … There’s more

Arthur’s Day is back for 2010

After an amazing Arthur’s Day last year to celebrate the 250th anniversary, Guinness are back with events taking place in Dublin, Cork and Galway on Thursday 23rd September. The three flagship venues will host acts like Snow Patrol, Paolo Nutini, Heathers, The Magic Numbers, The View and a load more. In a unique twist for this year, 100 up and coming acts can be a part of the festivities. Every Thursday from mid July through to early August, Guinness are running events called ‘My Thursdays’ (, in pubs across the land giving acts the chance to showcase their talents. From those 100 acts, three will be chosen to feature in Hopstore 13, Cork and Galway alongside the biggest acts on the bill. Not a bad prize eh? Proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to the Arthur Guinness Fund, which has assigned one million euro to social entrepreneurs so … There’s more

The Culchie Catch-Up (2)

You may have noticed that we’re very busy little Culchies in here these days.  But with so many posts and so little time we appreciate that you are busy too. So now, each week we will bring you the Catch-Up, a snap-shot of the weeks posts all condensed into one nice pretty list. We luv lists. Movies New Culchie Niall talks about the virtues of 3D movies. What’s your view? 3D or not 3D? Niall also discusses Disney’s forthcoming  2D (remember that?) movie The Princess and The Frog. Darren concluded Beatles week with his Beatles movie post. Keleher takes a view on the movies of M. Night Shyamalan. Music Check out Darragh’s post & video of their new single, S.E.C.R.E.T. It’s been a long while since the The Delorentos fabilis and awesome first album ‘In Love With Detail‘ and I am very much anticipating their second album “You Can … There’s more

Competition: Tickets to see David Gray, Lisa Hannigan and more at Arthur’s Day

I’m delighted to be able to bring you this exclusive competition, thanks to Guinness. So, Arthur’s Day is September 24… (but I may have told you that already) Here’s the blog post featuring the full line-up for each venue Here’s the chat with Simon from The Chapters, one of the bands who’ll be playing Here’s the chat with Mik Pyro from Republic of Loose about their plans for the day Here’s the chat with Bresy and Lynchy from The Blizzards about their gig on the day Here’s the post announcing the ticket sales Here’s the post about Arthurs day and its launch So, we’re giving tickets to one lucky reader to one of the best – sold out – gigs of the entire celebration. You could win two tickets to Whelan’s of Wexford Street, Dublin 2 to raise a Guinness to Arthur at 17:59 that evening and see the … There’s more

The full venue and pub line up for Arthurs Day on September 24

I was sent this via email today (as were loads of other bloggers, might I add) but here is where each band are performing on Arthurs Day on September 24, as part of the Guinness 250 celebrations. With just seventeen days to go until the Arthur’s Day celebrations begin in Dublin on the 24th of September, GUINNESS is today revealing the latest impressive line-up of artists, A-list presenters and international broadcast partners taking part, as the countdown begins to the global festivities. In Dublin, 33 events will take place simultaneously, including a major performance at the St James’s Gate Brewery and four studio venues as well as 28 intimate gigs at pubs around Dublin hosting local acts and surprise guest artists from the A-list line-up. See below for the full line-up in each venue. There are still some tickets available!

Finding out about Republic of Loose with Mik Pyro

Mention Republic of Loose to most people in Ireland and like them or not, they’ve heard of them. A seven to fifteen member strong band, they’ve taken the music that they like – a lot of American soul, funk, blues, rap and hip hop and blended it into a fairly unique sounding style that gets the heart racing, feet moving and head bopping along. Since their first album – This is the tomb of the Juice – in 2004, right through Aaagh! in 2006 and last year’s Vol IV Johnny Pyro and the Dance of Evil, they have consistently proven themselves to be one of Ireland’s most versatile, random and hard working bands. I sat down with lead singer Mik Pyro to chat about the origins of the band, their musical style, supporting U2 at Croke Park, their next album, touring Ireland and their upcoming gig for Arthur’s Day on … There’s more

Finding out about The Chapters and their Arthurs Day plans

One of the many great acts for Arthur’s Day, coming on Thursday, September 24 as part of the Guinness 250 celebrations is up and coming Dublin band The Chapters. The Chapters are a five piece band comprising of singer Ross McNally, guitar player Simon Eustace, keyboard player Turlough Gunawardhana, drummer Ciaran Fortune and Offaly base player Michael Murphy. Among the many people they’ve played support for are Neil Young, Chuck Berry, the Coronas and Cathy Davey. I first saw them at the launch of Arthur’s Day and was really impressed by the melodic sounds, the enthusiasm of the group and their understanding of what it takes to get a crowd going. They also played the recent Horse Show Hustle for Brainwave, Castlepalooza and Oxegen 2009 as well as a rake of other gigs. Certainly a band I want to know more about. Their debut album, Perfect Stranger is out now … There’s more