There’s never a dull moment at Páirc Festival and that was well and truly proven this Saturday when The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood joined Van Morrison on the Páirc main stage.
The legendary guitarist joined the Saturday headliner as well as rock and blues singer Chris Farlowe during Van’s Saturday headline set to the shock and delight of the thousands in the Páirc crowd!
Together all three iconic performers played a number of songs to a Páirc crowd that was in full voice and enjoying every second of the magic they were witnessing first hand here in Birmingham.
The surprise capped off an incredible day of music with performances from Irish national treasure Mary Black, country music golden boy Derek Ryan, festival favourites Mary Coughlan, All Folk’d Up, Danny Darcy and more.
Páirc was overwhelmed with the support received this year. It was amazing to see the community come and celebrate music and culture together. People travelled from far and wide to come to Páirc Festival and the organisers were truly grateful for each and every one who bought a ticket and supported the festival.
The weekend saw 7,000 festival goers arrive daily to celebrate Páirc, where they could explore the festival grounds enjoying street food, market stalls, face painting, bars, beer tents and more. Attendees were also able to experience the first ever Forged Stout festival bar, from the Páirc Festival VIP Area sponsor.
Headline charities Betel UK and Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity were also in attendance, collecting donations to support their causes and speaking to the Páirc Festival audience on the Páirc mainstage.
The culture was well and truly celebrated with a host of outstanding trad performances on the Páirc Trad Stage, programmed by the team at Birmingham TradFest. The stage attracted huge crowds that enjoyed performances from Irish Dance Schools alongside the TradFest lineup.
Inside the New Irish Centre, Páirc was delighted to be joined by Carl Chinn MBE who expertly spoke on Irish Birmingham culture. The day also saw more performances from incredible Irish trad performers and instrument workshops.
With the weekend wrapped up, planning for next year’s festival has already begun and Páirc Festival organisers are ready for Páirc to return even bigger and even better in 2024:
“It has been a massive pleasure to bring the best of Irish performances to Birmingham, the team have worked really hard, we will have a short rest, and then it is straight back to work to make 2024 even better.”
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