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Thank you from Páirc Festival!

Páirc Festival wants to extend a huge thank you to everyone who bought their tickets for Páirc Festival 2023 and celebrated with us over the August bank holiday weekend! 

We were very excited to see the thousands of attendees arrive at the outdoor grounds of The New Irish Centre for the biggest celebration of Irish music and culture in the UK.

There’s never a dull moment at Páirc Festival and that was well and truly proven this weekend. Saturday saw a surprise performance from The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood as he joined headliner Van Morrison on the Páirc stage. The legendary guitarist played a number of songs alongside Van as well as rock and blues singer Chris Farlowe. The headline performance 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.

Sunday also brought the mighty craic. The Páirc crowd was in full voice as they experienced performances from new talents Ceol, the incredible The High Kings who wowed the crowd with songs from their new album as well as a number of Irish classics, a legendary set from The Fureys and a performance from Páirc favourite and 2022 headliner Nathan Carter. Páirc 2023 finished on a high as iconic folk rock band The Waterboys took to the Páirc main stage, rounding off an amazing weekend of music, culture and craic with an electric headline performance.

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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