The Countdown is on Only a Matter Of Days Until Pairc Festival comes to Birmingham UK

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-27th August 2023.

Páirc Festival will support two charities this year, following an anonymous donation from a local Irish businessman. The anonymous donor passed the opportunity to two deserving charities, Betel UK and the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Betel UK is an independent charity supporting individuals facing addiction and homelessness. Betel UK raises funds through donations and a wide range of non-profit businesses. The Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity exists to support the 90,000 sick kids treated at the hospital, from across the UK, every year. The charity is raising money for the iMRI Appeal, supporting the life saving and transformative treatments they can offer to patients with a brain tumour or epilepsy.

The much-anticipated celebration of Irish music and culture, will bring multiple performances celebrating the link between Birmingham and Ireland across a two day celebration!  

Line Up includes headliners Van Morrison (Saturday), and The Waterboys (Sunday) with support coming from; Mary Black, Nathan Carter, The Fureys, The High Kings, Derek Ryan, All Folk’d Up, Ceol, Mary Coughlan, The Legend of Luke Kelly and Danny Darcy it is set to be an unmissable party! Local acts also include  The Father Teds, Bang on the Ear, On the Sesh, and Cairde.

Organisers are also pleased to confirm a second  traditional music stage, programmed in partnership with Birmingham Irish Association and the Birmingham Trad Fest. The second stage will feature performances from; Anthony Davis, Ciaran Cooney, Liam O’Sullivan, Orlaith and Brogan McAulifee with Stephen McKee, The Canny Band, Niall and Rachel Hanna, Shane McCarta, Aoife Cunningham, Ciaran Clifford and the Sarah Markey Trio with even more acts to be announced!

Ciaran Healy, Páirc Festival co-owner and  organising team said: “We are thrilled to bring Páirc Festival back to Birmingham later this month. We are excited to bring huge names like Van Morrison, The Waterboys, Mary Black, Nathan Carter and many more!  

It’s a massive pleasure to bring the best of Irish performances to Birmingham, Páirc is about celebrating culture, music and traditions and we hope as many people come out to support the festival . 

We are really thankful for the support we have received from the community, and the businesses who have come out to support the festival. We have been touched to see support return from Tourism Ireland alongside new faces Flannery, Forged Stout, and HCD Developments. This year is going to be special and we can’t wait to show everyone what we have been working on.”

Saturday will be a showcase of Irish talent with Van Morrison headlining and fellow national treasure Mary Black taking to the stage. Also joining Páirc Festival on Saturday is Irish country music’s golden boy Derek Ryan.  Joining the stage will be Galway singer-songwriter Mary Coughlan and All Folk’d Up, who will be playing their eclectic mix of classic Irish sounds with their own modern twist. Birmingham Irish talent for Saturday will be represented by performers Danny Darcy, On the Sesh, Bang on the Ear and Cairde.

On Sunday, Páirc will be headlined by The Waterboys and returning country talent Nathan Carter. Playing the legends slot, will be beloved Irish folk band The Fureys, the group who have been entertaining audiences worldwide for more than 40 years with iconic hits I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16 and The Green Fields of France. Sunday will also see The High Kings take to the Páirc stage. The Dublin band have enjoyed enormous success in their careers so far, including a recent performance on the Empire State Building for St Patrick’s Day and the release of their latest album “The Road Not Taken”.

Sunday’s celebrations will also include a special performance from The Legend of Luke Kelly, created and performed by the renowned Chris Kavanagh that takes audiences on a journey through Luke’s music as well as exciting new Irish talents, Ceol. The day will be rounded off with performances from Birmingham Irish performers The Father Teds.

Attendees will also enjoy Páirc Festival’s street food village, the Forged Stout VIP Area, trad stage, Irish dancing, market stalls celebrating local makers and traditional Irish produce. Plus outdoor bars, beer tents and the Páirc Awards, a ceremony honouring those that have made exceptional contributions to the Irish community in Birmingham.

Organisers encourage attendees looking for accommodation over the festival weekend to book with the official festival hotel partner, The Regency Hotel.

Tickets for Páirc Festival are available on the Páirc Festival website, however, organisers are expecting a sell out and attendees are encouraged to purchase now to avoid disappointment 

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