Pairc Festival brings talent from Brum & Ireland to New Irish Centre, 26th-28th August 2022

Páirc Festival is 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, on 26th-28th August 2022.

Páirc Festival will bring multiple performances which will celebrate the link between Birmingham and Ireland across a three day festival in the New Irish Centre in Kings Heath.

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.

Organisers of Páirc Festival have confirmed local organisation, Birmingham Irish Association, as the official charity for this year’s festival. Birmingham Irish, based in Birmingham’s Irish Quarter in Digbeth, are the Midlands’ leading charity providing support and cultural services to the Irish community.

In partnership with Birmingham Irish Association the festival organising team will deliver a second stage, ‘The Birmingham Irish Music and Culture Stage’ which will showcase traditional music and arts on the Saturday seeing performances from the Kidd School of Irish Dance in the afternoon. Local band LAMPA will take to the stage in the evening, followed by a trad session with the Twang’s Ash Sheehan and Rigmarole!

On Sunday, Scanlon School of Irish Dance will showcase their performers in the afternoon followed by bands Cairdre, On The Sesh and Sereno will continue the entertainment until early evening!

The day will also bring Brummy historian Prof Carl Chinn MBE who will be delivering a talk on ‘Birmingham & Was There a Peaky Blinder Connection’ on both Saturday and Sunday!

Páirc Festival will bring a day of fun for all the family, attendees can enjoy Páirc’s street food village and 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 all around the world courtesy of FeastStreet!

The Páirc Festival organising team are working with local and national organisations to deliver a world class festival. Independent family run Builders Merchants Mahoney’s are supporting the VIP area of the festival and James Mayor Furniture are the official wristband sponsors; to name just a few of our partner organisations.

Tourism Ireland, who are currently promoting their Press the Green Button campaign to drive overseas visitors to Ireland, are also supporting the festival.

Judith Cassidy, Tourism Ireland’s Deputy Head of Great Britain, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to support Páirc Festival, the event will showcase the Island of Ireland’s vibrant music and culture offering to audiences in Birmingham, highlighting Ireland’s rich cultural heritage as one of the many reasons prospective GB visitors should consider the destination for their next short break or holiday”.

Ciaran Healy, co-owner of the Old Crown in Digbeth and part of the Páirc Festival organising team said;

Páirc Festival is all about celebrating the long standing traditions of the Irish community based in the UK.

We want to create a party which is centred around Irish music, dance, food and culture, but we also want to work with our community to ensure we can support the amazing work undertaken by organisations such as Tourism Ireland.”

Ian Rogers, Solihull Summer Fest organiser and part of the Páirc Festival organising team also said:We hope Páirc Festival will offer people a great opportunity to come together and celebrate in the best way possible, and we look forward to bringing a real mix of the best from Birmingham and Ireland.”

Tickets are still available and currently start at £50 for an adult day ticket and £80 for an adult weekend ticket. Family and VIP tickets are also available for the weekend.

For more information about the festival, please visit the website or social media @paircfestival on Instagram and Facebook.

For more information about the festival, please visit the website or social media @paircfestival on Instagram and Facebook.