Páirc Festival Birmingham line-up: Saturday headline act confirmed as Imelda May

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Organisers have revealed the full line-up of Páirc Festival 2022 for August Bank Holiday and confirm Imelda May as headline act of Saturday

Páirc Festival is all set to bring the biggest names and best talent from Birmingham and Ireland to the outdoor grounds of the former Stadium Club - the New Irish Centre in Kings Heath.

All the action for the inaugural event is taking place over August Bank Holiday on 26th-28th August 2022. The organisers include Solihull Festival managers and The Old Crown in Digbeth.

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Páirc Festival organisers have announced that Imelda May will join Páirc Festival hot off her Made To Love tour, which finished last week in the UK (April), and is now starting its Ireland leg.

The Dublin-born musician’s latest album in 2021, 11 Past The Hour, saw a duet with Oasis singer Noel Gallagher, and featured the Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood!

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Imelda May | Páirc Festival

What else is happening at Páirc Festival?

Páirc Festival will bring multiple performances which will celebrate the link between Birmingham and Ireland across a three day celebration!

Launching the weekend is one of Birmingham’s biggest musical exports and Britpop legends Ocean Colour Scene, who headline the Friday launch event. Joined by Birmingham’s hotly tipped for success four-piece indie band The Clause, 7 piece band and Ocean Colour Scene tour veterans Marquis Drive who appeared on the 2021 UK Tour and features Ocean Colour Scene Drummer Oscar’s son Leon Harrison on vocals, followed by Killglass in support.

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Saturday will showcase the best of Birmingham and Irish talent with Imelda May and fellow Irish legends Hothouse Flowers, Beoga who co-wrote Ed Sheeran’s hit Galway Girl, Damien Dempsey and Hermitage Green taking to the stage, and TheFather Teds and Lampa heading up Birmingham’s offering to the bill.

Sunday will round off celebrations with Finbar Furey and Nathan Carter headlining, joined by Irish icons The Sharon Shannon Trio, The Dublin Legends and The Kilkennys, alongside homegrown talent and Birmingham Irish bands On The Sesh and Bang On The Ear.

Attendees can also enjoy Páirc’s street food village, Irish Dance School, market stalls celebrating local makers and traditional Irish produce, plus outdoor bars and beer tents!

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Ocean Colour Scene | Ocean Colour Scene

What have the Páirc Festival organisers said about the bank holiday event?

Ciaran Healy co-owner of the Old Crown in Digbeth and part of the Páirc Festival organising team said; “ We are thrilled to reveal our Saturday Headline act, it wouldn’t be the biggest celebration of Irish music and culture without an artist like Imelda May as the star act for our Saturday’s celebrations.

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“We already had a really strong line up, and Imelda May really has made a huge impact on the music scene in Ireland, UK and beyond so it’s a massive pleasure to have her headlining our first year of Páirc Festival.”

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Nathan Carter | Pairc Festival

Ian Rogers, Solihull Fest organiser and part of the Páirc Festival organising team also said:  “We are really pleased to launch Páirc Festival, and can’t wait to see everyone come together this summer for a celebration like no other.

We hope Páirc Festival will offer people a great opportunity to come together and celebrate in the best way possible, we look forward to bringing a real mix of the best from Birmingham and Ireland.”

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The Father Teds | Páirc Festival

How do I get tickets and how much do they cost?

The Launch Offer Ticket has now sold out, but Early Bird tickets are now on sale and currently start at £40 for an adult day ticket, £67 for an adult weekend ticket, and £105 for a three day adult ticket, which includes the Ocean Colour Scene event, taking place on the Friday of Páirc Festival. Family and VIP tickets are also available for the weekend.

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For more information about the festival, please visit the websitepaircfestival.com or social media @paircfestival.

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