Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Whether it’s wearing green, painting their face, sitting down for a pint of Guinness, listening to live trad music or attending a parade, Paddy’s Day is one of few holidays that is truly global, making people around the world gather together to celebrate all things Ireland.
Birmingham is one of the cities that knows how to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. With a rich history that reaches all the way back to the 1800s, Irish culture has long been a part of Birmingham’s culture.
In recent history, Birmingham Irish culture was reflected in the city’s Irish quarter, Digbeth, sometimes called the ‘spiritual home of the Irish in Birmingham’, where Birmingham’s St. Patrick’s Day parade was held. The event attracted nearly 100,000 people, who gathered on the streets of Digbeth to celebrate Birmingham Irish culture, but has unfortunately been unable to go forward in recent years, with smaller events being hosted to mark the holiday.
This year, Páirc Festival is proud to be able to host Birmingham’s biggest celebration of Irish music and culture, allowing families, friends and loved ones to gather together in their green, wearing their face paint and enjoying a pint of Guinness while they watch performances from legendary Irish musicians and the best of Birmingham’s local Irish scene.
Our lineup knows how important Paddy’s day is and are celebrating in style! Páirc Festival headliners The Waterboys are continuing their European tour and Nathan Carter is celebrating right here in Birmingham at Symphony Hall, while new Páirc act and highly anticipated Sunday performers The High Kings are joining in with the St Patrick’s celebrations in New York, playing a set from the Empire State Building!
The legendary Van Morrison also joined in St Patrick’s Day celebrations by releasing Green Rocky Road, a song from his latest album, Moving on Skiffle, and the iconic band filling Páirc’s legend spot this year, The Fureys shared a St Patrick’s message to their fans along with a throwback to their song Through the Eyes of an Irishman.
We can’t wait to see every one of these acts take to the stage over at Páirc Festival and we hope everyone attending Páirc will be able to make special memories and celebrate all things Irish music and culture over the August Bank Holiday weekend!
Tickets for Páirc Festival are available now: https://paircfestival.com/buy-tickets/