Tag: Arthur’s Day

The Irish call it their unofficial national holiday, cobbled pavements are packed out with cheery folk of all ages and professions cheerily toasting ‘sláinte’ clinking a pints of the world famous dark creamy beer in memory of Arthur Guinness.

Arthur's Day at St James's Brewery

The international celebration of Arthur’s Day was kicked off with a worldwide toast ‘to Arthur’ at exactly 17.59 yesterday across Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Jamaica to celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Arthur Guinness.

Artists headlining the Dublin event ranged from Maverick Sabre and Labrinth to Carl Barat and Kelis. For the list of the lengthy line up visit the official Arthurs Day artists here.

Barrels of Guinness lining the red carpet


Paloma Faith on the red carpet

A selection of venues across the city of Dublin were selected to host the toast, including The Olympia and The Hop Store, and other top secret ‘surprise’ gigs and a handful of pubs all over Dublin throughout the evening, with musicians not knowing which pub they were meant to be popping up in until the hour before!

Paolo Nutini performing

Each venue across Dublin housed a stellar line up to boast the toast. We were lucky to have our 17.59 celebration in the Hop Store countdown courtesy of a slightly off-timed Rick Edwards and a wobbly Paolo Nutini who rose his glass and sunk it before performing his classic swoonful ballads such as Jenny don’t be hasty and Loving You followed by local well-tuned unknown Irish band, then a slightly off key performance by the Saturdays rounded of by a heartily received set from the Stereophonics.

Ed Sheeran performing

Other highlights included a lovely personalised performance by Ed Sheeran, who performed his entire set acapella accompanied by 2 microphones and his humble guitar without a backing singer or  band member in sight and got the crowd involved to provide the bridge for  You need me I don’t need you. The Scissor Sisters rounded of a spectacular evening with a slightly emotionally performance to celebrate their  10 year anniversary in the business but bouncing with infectious energy nonetheless, with lead singer Jake Shears provocatively peeling of his rubber shirt and flinging it along with half drunken bottles of water into the screaming audience.

The Arthur Guinness  fund isn’t just about guzzling a tasty brew, it is indeed a programme to support social entrepreneurs around the world, and was launched in 2009 to mark the 250th anniversary of the signing of the lease for the St James’s Gate Brewery, which aims to support social entrepreneurs globally with the skills and support required to bring a transformational change to communities everywhere.


Who’s Jack caught up with the freshly tattooed red head pre secret gig in Dublin to talk opening his own Lego land and jogging on Wandsworth Common.

How does it feel to have your first album go straight to number one?

It’s an amazing feeling, I can’t describe it. It’s surreal, I didn’t expect it to happen and I’m so grateful for everyone who went out and brought it.

How did you celebrate, there is rumours you got tattoo?

I did. I also brought the millennium falcon logo, star wars logo. Harry from One Direction brought me an imperial star fighter in lego and ate pizza. I got the tattoo done in my mangers house, it’s a bit wonky as I drew it myself and it fucking hurts, it’s so painful! I had it done, then did a radio interview for 2 hours and then came back and decided to get some colour on it too, and it was already starting to heal so it opened up again.

Ed Sheeran's celebratory tatoo

What have you got planned for your next release?

The next single, I was speaking to Wretch(32) earlier, now we’ve both got our albums out its not really about chart performance anymore just releasing good music. The next single is called Lego House, it hasn’t got Lego involved, but quite a good actor involved in the video, who’s British but I’m not telling you anymore!

You’ve collaborated with many artists such as Mikill Pane and Wiley, is there anyone else you would like to work with?

Erm I would of said Screwfizzer , but I’ve already put him on a mix. There’s a guy called Smiler who’s really good, and been speaking to gigs the other day so I would like to get that done.

How have your fans that have been with you since before you were signed reacted to the album, has it been well received?

Do you know what the weird thing is the album got really mixed reviews from publications, as I think some people don’t really understand the hype, or they don’t like it in general. I’ve tried to read every single tweet and I haven’t had a single bad one about the album, so the reviews in the album doesn’t really mean anything as they are only going to listen to it once and do a 5 minute review, they didn’t buy it or going to talk about it. The fans that brought it and are going to live with it for years like it, and that what matters to me.

Have you visited Ireland before?

I haven’t been on Arthur's Day before, but I have a ton of family, there is a lot of Sheeran’s about in Dublin tonight. I am technically half Irish as my granddad is from northern Ireland and my grandmother is from south.

Can you fill us in on your performance schedule whilst you’re in Dublin?

I’m doing an unannounced gig with my cousin Laura and tomorrow and I’m doing Olympia with Alooe black, The Scissor Sisters and Floris and after that I’m playing a duet with Yasmin.

Is Guinness your pint of choice?

Yes I love Guinness its wonderful drink, but other than Arthur's Day I don’t drink,  so my drink of choice would be a peach Robinsons fruit and barley.

You have a lyric ‘I’m up and coming like I’m fucking in an elevator’, have you ever had any akward moments with anyone in an elevator?

Erm, Where was I, I was in New York and I got into an elevator with Mos Def, and then I didn’t say anything. So that wasn’t really an awkward moment, I just should of said something.

Me and Mr Sheeran