Limerick pubs need your votes for Arthur’s Day ‘12

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK music fans will have the chance to vote for their favourite pub and give them the chance of hosting top international music talent such as Fatboy Slim, Texas, Professor Green or rising star Amy MacDonald as part of Arthur’s Day 2012.

LIMERICK music fans will have the chance to vote for their favourite pub and give them the chance of hosting top international music talent such as Fatboy Slim, Texas, Professor Green or rising star Amy MacDonald as part of Arthur’s Day 2012.

Guinness have announced that Arthur’s Day would return, on Thursday, September 27, with a slightly different format this year.

There will be no tickets on sale and no large scale gig such as the one that graced the Milk Market last year and saw Calvin Harris headline the event. This year just one big name act will be coming to Limerick, with Guinness are offering fans the chance to vote for their favourite local pub, with the most votes deciding where a top international act will play.

On offer so far are Example, Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, Mika, prolific UK rapper Professor Green, Fatboy Slim, Texas or Amy MacDonald.

More than 20 Limerick pubs are in the running to host one of the headline acts, with the pub or venue that receives the most votes to get the act.

“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 a spokesperson.

“This year there are no tickets on sale, just grab some mates and head to one of 500 free Arthur’s Day music events taking place in local pubs across all 32 counties. It promises to be a remarkable night of live music featuring hundreds of home grown artists but, as usual, Arthur’s Day will also be a night full of surprises,” they added.

Voting is now open, but, “in keeping with the spirit of Arthur’s Day” - say organisers - the winning pubs will remain a secret to the public until the night itself. See www.guinness.com.