Three-day festival celebrating Irish music and culture this weekend

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Irish music lovers head to Kings Heath this weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, the Páirc Festival will transform the outdoor grounds of the former Stadium Club, the New Irish Center at Kings Heath, and Ocean Color Scene will kick off the event on Friday evening.

On Saturday, Imelda May performs with fellow Irish legends Hothouse Flowers, Beoga, who co-wrote Ed Sheeran’s hit Galway Girl, Damien Dempsey and Hermitage Green taking the stage, while The Father Teds and Lampa, based in Birmingham, complete the line-up.

On Sunday Finbar Furey and Nathan Carter will headline, joined by Irish icons The Sharon Shannon Trio, The Dublin Legends and The Kilkennys, alongside local talent and Birmingham Irish bands On The Sesh and Bang On The Ear .

Birmingham’s Irish Music and Culture Stage will showcase traditional music and arts on Saturdays with performances from the Kidd School of Irish Dance in the afternoon. Local band LAMPA will take the stage in the evening, followed by a trad session with Twang’s Ash Sheehan and Rigmarole!

On Sunday, the Scanlon School of Irish Dance will present its performers in the afternoon, followed by groups Cairdre, On The Sesh and Sereno will continue the entertainment until the early evening.

The Birmingham Irish Association is the official charity of this year’s festival.

Professor Carl Chinn MBE will deliver his popular Birmingham and Was There a Peaky Blinder Connection speech on both days.

Visitors will also enjoy the street food village of Páirc and the market stalls celebrating local makers and traditional Irish produce. Expect outdoor bars and beer tents, plus food from BA-HA Vegan, Tap and Tandoor, Nicki Fabulous, plus cuisine from around the world courtesy of FeastStreet.

Judith Cassidy, of Tourism Ireland, which supports the festival, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to support the Páirc Festival, the event will showcase the vibrant musical and cultural offerings of the island of Ireland to audiences in Birmingham, highlighting Ireland’s rich cultural heritage as one of the many reasons potential visitors to Britain should consider the destination for their next short break or holiday.”

Ciaran Healy, co-owner of The Old Crown in Digbeth and a member of the Páirc Festival organizing team, said: “The Páirc Festival is about celebrating the long-standing traditions of the UK-based Irish community.

“We want to create a party centered around Irish music, dance, food and culture, but we also want to work with our community to ensure we can support the incredible work undertaken by organizations such as Tourism Ireland.”

Ian Rogers, Solihull Summer Fest organizer and member of the Páirc Festival organizing team, also said: “We hope that the Páirc Festival will provide a great opportunity for people to come together and celebrate in the best way possible, and we look forward to bringing a true blend of the best of Birmingham and Ireland.

For tickets and more information about visiting the festival www.paircfestival.com or on social media @paircfestival on Instagram and Facebook.

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