Hop to Arty’s party

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

It would be fair to say that Dublin has never seen any­thing like it. Arthur’s Day, the event that cel­e­brates not only 250 years of Guin­ness but also the es­tab­lish­ment of the Arthur Guin­ness Fund (which will help em­power com­mu­ni­ties world­wide), will fea­ture big mu­sic acts in small mu­sic venues, in­ter­na­tional names per­form­ing in tra­di­tional Dublin pubs, and Ir­ish acts play­ing all over the city.

The action kicks off next Thurs­day at 5.59pm (17.59, ged­dit?) at Hop Store 13, where the likes of Estelle (pic­tured), Kasabian and Tom Jones per­form. Af­ter this, things get truly hay­wire, with four main venues host­ing the likes of The Kooks and Richard Haw­ley (The Academy), David Gray and The En­emy (Whe­lan’s), Calvin Har­ris and Jamie Cul­lum (Tri­pod), and Ra­zorlight and Su­gababes (Vicar St). At each of th­ese venues any of the fol­low­ing could also be there: Soul II Soul, Paolo Nu­tini, The Bl­iz­zards, The Un­der­tones, Mon­grel, The Wom­bats, Black Swan Ef­fect, Imelda May, The Hot Rats, Rev­erend and the Mak­ers, Repub­lic of Loose, Lisa Han­ni­gan (and that’s not tak­ing into ac­count a rake of lesser-known Ir­ish acts).

And that’s not all, folks: the doozy event of the evening will take place in some 30 city pubs, where ev­ery one of the afore­men­tioned acts will take to the (small) stage for a 30minute per­for­mance. The trick is to find out which pub will be host­ing your pre­ferred act – ex­cept you won’t know un­til you’re there. If this critic is shoul­der-to-shoul­der with Ra­zorlight in the Brazen Head, he will be very, very an­noyed.

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