THE identity of the act to play in Limerick for Arthur’s Day remains shrouded in mystery, but the city has been promised “something special” by organisers.
Top international acts such as Mumford and Sons, Primal Scream and Fatboy Slim are up for grabs and they could be playing in any one of 20 pubs in Limerick on Thursday night.
While a spokesperson for Guinness refused to reveal exactly which act will be travelling to Limerick to play the surprise gig, they promised it would be one of the headliners, which also include Example, Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, Mika, prolific UK rapper Professor Green, Texas and rising star Amy MacDonald.
“It is part of the surprise on the night that they just turn up,” said a spokesperson for the Arthur’s Day celebrations.
“However, I can say Limerick will definitely be getting something special on the night,” she added.
The night has changed slightly in format from last year, when Calvin Harris and a host of acts played in the Milk Market and surprise gigs in pubs around town. This year there are no tickets on sale and punters have been encouraged to vote for their favourite local pub, with the most votes deciding where the big name act will play.
More than 20 Limerick pubs are in the running to host one of the headline acts.
“Due to its huge popularity among Irish pub goers and publicans alike, Guinness has significantly expanded the Arthur’s Day celebrations since last year to include live music events in local pubs across Ireland,” explained the spokesperson.
Pubs across the city have elected to programme live music themselves, with a range of gigs taking place on Thursday night.
Two time Choice Music Prize winner Jape will perform in Dolan’s Warehouse with local rockers Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters and Protobaby; Le Galaxie and Windings perform in Bourke’s Bar; the Herbaliser takes to the decks in Mickey Martins along with a slew of local DJs; while Acoustra, Birdthistle and Yvonne McCarthy perform in Paddy Frawley’s.