Páirc Festival is the exciting new outdoor summer event for Birmingham celebrating the special link between the UK and Ireland.
The new Irish festival will be held in the grounds of the New Irish Centre in Kings Heath, in the former Stadium Club on Wheelers Lane, from 26 to 28 August 2022.
The festival is being organised by The Old Crown in Digbeth co-owners and Solihull Festival organisers who say: “Pairc (“Park”) Festival promises fun for all the family, with a street food village, over 50 market stalls, outdoor bars and beer tents to accompany the celebrations.” It follows the exciting homecoming gig from Ocean Colour Scene the night before.
What is the line up?
Páirc Festival organisers have announced that Imelda May will join Páirc Festival on Saturday hot off her Made To Love tour, which finished in the UK in April, and has now started 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!
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.
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 The Father 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.
Saturday, August 27 Main Stage set times here
12.20pm to 1.20pm - Lampa
1.50pm to 2.50pm - The Father Teds
3.30pm to 4.20pm - Hermitage Green
4.55pm to 5.55pm - Damien Dempsey
6.30pm to 7.30pm - Beoga
8pm to 9pm - Hothouse Flowers
9.30pm to 10.30pm - Imelda May
Sunday, August 28 Main Stage set times here
11.50am to 12.20pm - Killglass
12.45pm to 1.30pm - Bang On The Ear
2pm to 2.45pm - On The Sesh
3.15pm to 4.15pm - The Kilkennys
4.45pm to 5.45pm - The Sharon Shannon Trio
6.15pm to 7.15pm - The Dublin Legends
7.45pm to 8.45pm - Finbar Furey
9.15pm to 10.30pm Nathan Carter
What else is happening at Páirc Festival?
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!
What have Páirc Festival organisers said about the event?
Ciaran Healy, co-owner of the Old Crown in Digbeth and part of the Páirc Festival organising team 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 still have lots of exciting news to share, with our Saturday headline act still to come - a name we are pretty excited about bringing to Birmingham!
“There is such a strong Irish community here in Birmingham and we hope that they will come out in full force and support this brand new festival.”
Ian Rogers, Solihull Festival organiser and part of the Páirc Festival organising team also said;“ We can’t wait to bring the biggest celebration of Irish culture and music to Birmingham this summer.
“We hope Páirc Festival will offer people a great opportunity to come together and celebrate in the best way possible and what better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day - with the first release of our lineup!”
Are tickets available and how much to they cost?
To further celebrate, organisers have released the first Early Bird tickets at a special launch price - attendees are encouraged to book now to be part of a commemoration of Birmingham, Ireland and beyond this summer!
Prices currently start at £35.00 for an adult day ticket, £63 for an adult weekend ticket, and £90 for a three day adult ticket, which includes the Ocean Colour Scene event, taking place on the Friday of Páirc Festival. VIP tickets are also available for the weekend.
For more information about the festival, please visit the website paircfestival.com or social media @paircfestival.
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