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.

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2011

I’m not exactly an expert when it comes to jazz music but I know the sound of a good festival and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (28th-31st October 2011) is shaping up to be just that. The opening act is none other than Damon Albarn, along with his band, Another Honest John’s Chop-Up, a collective of musicians who take inspiration from jazz funk and southern soul. The Kyle Eastwood Quintet is another outstanding act who will be performing. Son of actor/director Clint Eastwood, Kyle has made a name for himself on the jazz scene, releasing eight albums and composing numerous scores for his father’s films including Gran Torino and Million Dollar Baby. Other noteworthy acts on the schedule include; Randy Brecker, the acclaimed trumpet player, Tia Fuller, the saxophonist, who not only has her own highly successful band but also plays alongside Beyoncé and Richard Galliano, the renowned accordionist. Galliano’s … There’s more

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: Terrible Song (for a mobile phone ad)

You know when you really like a band and then one of their songs gets used in an ad and you feel kinda cheated? Well that’s how I felt when I saw the new Vodafone ad which uses the song Terrible Love by The National. It’s partially (okay well, mostly) the music snob inside of me rearing her ugly head. “How dare they…” she humourlessly pontificates “…use a song with such depth of meaning to soundtrack an ad for a mobile phone company”. What Little Miss Music Snob actually means is “Oh no, this vaguely non-mainstream band which I have loved for years will now become known by lots of people with generally worse taste in music than me and they’ll refer to them as ‘that band who had that song on the Vodafone ad’ and my previous love of them will somehow become diluted by this bigger audience of … There’s more

Ad Nauseam: Toothy Smiles All Round

Greetings readers. I hope you are all shiny happy people this Wednesday. I hope you have big toothy grins on your faces and I especially hope that there aren’t any rotten teeth in our midst. That’s because this weeks post is all about advertising in the exciting area of dental hygiene! I know, you just can’t contain yourself, can you? I’m not sure why, but I have a bit of a thing about dental ads. It’s probably because they are on telly all the time. No matter what the economic climate, people still have to brush their teeth (unless they’re Shane McGowan who by all appearances has never knowingly walked past a toothbrush), so advertisers have to keep on convincing us there’s a reason to buy Colgate over Aquafresh. Toothpaste manufacturing is a pretty recession proof business come to think of it. Let’s put it on that list alongside fast … 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

Guinness Storehouse – Free in for all Paddies

The Guinness Storehouse have big celebrations planned for St. Patrick’s Day as part of their 10 year anniversary celebrations, and in honour of the day they are offering free admission to anyone called Patrick or Patricia, or derivitives thereof, known as VIP passes (Very Important Patrick Pass). Bring some official ID to prove your VIP status. They’ll have street performers and Arthur Guinness greeting you on the way in, and inside entertainment includes the U2 cover band Rattle & Hum; Jimmy Smyth; Sliotar; The Gravel Walk, DJs and a ceili mor.   Naturally you also get to do the Guinness tour and they’ll also be serving Guinness brown bread and samples of two variants of Guinness. For the rest of us non-Patrick mortals, tickets are €15 with 10% discount for online purchases.  St. Patrick’s Day opening hours are from 9.30 to 7pm.

Three on Tour #2: From Grain to Glass

Last Tuesday, began a set of posts on being a tourist in your own town with the panto. Our coverage of the mini adventure continues this week with a review of our trip to the Guinness Storehouse, home of the black stuff… We arrived at Guinness after walking for an hour and a half from Fitzwilliam Square (some of us being slower than others). Twenty minutes early for our tour, we had a bit of a sit outside the Digital Hub and a reading from The Book (await you all the round-up post for the explanation of that one) before meeting Stephen, the friendliest and most knowledgeable tour guide in all the land, for an education.

Competition: Cork Jazz Festival tickets

***COMPETITION NOW CLOSED, THANKS FOR YOUR ENTRIES*** We were very lucky here at to get our hands on 1 pair of tickets for the Friday night Guinness Festival Club in Cork’s Metropole Hotel. The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is running this weekend in the city from tomorrow 23 Oct until Monday 26 October. You can have a look at the full weekend line up of gigs, workshops and fringe events here. The line up for Friday night’s Festival Club is as follows: 9.45PM Rouge Captain’s Blues & Viper Jive Sound of Seventeen Big Band John Donegan Trio 11PM Foyer Jazz 11.45PM Jim Hart Trio/Louis Stewart Souldriven Harry Connolly Band May Day Jazz Band Here’s a little taster of one of the acts, the May Day Jazz Band from New Orleans. If you like the sound of that line up or you’d like to try out some jazz, leave a … 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