Catch Tom Jones in your local
Further details of Arthur’s Day – the musical celebration that will take place around the world on September 24th to commemorate the 250th birthday of Guinness – were announced this week.
As previously reported in this column, a number of high-profile acts will play venues in the brew’s hub city of Dublin, as well as in New York, Kuala Lumpur, Lagos and Yaoundé. Previouslyannounced performers for Dublin include Kasabian, The Enemy, The Undertones and Estelle. They will be joined by Tom Jones, David Gray, Razorlight, The Kooks, Sugababes, Calvin Harris, David Holmes, Jamie Cullum, Mystery Jets, Richard Hawley, Reverend & the Makers, Noah and the Whale, and more. A number of Irish acts, including Imelda May, Mick Flannery, Republic of Loose and The Blizzards, will also participate.
Gigs will be split between four main venues in Dublin (The Academy, Vicar Street, Tripod and Whelan’s) as well as 28 other pubs around the city and a special venue, Hop Store 13, at the Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate. Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster from next Tuesday, and are ¤9.99 and ¤17.59.
Details of acts and the studio venues will be announced early next week, but the line-up for the pub gigs will be kept under wraps until the end – meaning that there’s a good chance you may catch Tom Jones in a cosy setting for under a tenner.
A fourth and final date has been added to Leonard Cohen’s Dublin run next week. A limited number of Thursday tickets are now on sale. Basement Jaxx have enlisted some big names for their forthcoming album. Yoko Ono, Lightspeed Champion, Sam Sparro and Santigold will all appear on Scars, released in September. The duo play Electric Picnic.
Victoria “Little Boots” Hesketh has said that she will provide the soundtrack to a major film this year. She’s working on the project with Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard.
With just seven weeks to go to Electric Picnic, the comedy line-up is taking shape. Sean Hughes is on the Stradbelly Laughs stage, where he’ll be joined by fellow Perrier winner Phil Nichol. Also performing will be Brendon Burns, Kevin Bridges, Joe Rooney, Gavin Webster and Eric Lalor.
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