Arthur’s Day will be back this year – and of course it nicely coincides with the first annual Irish Pubs Global Conference. For anyone who was under a rock last September, Arthur’s Day is the global celebration celebrating the anniversary of the Guinness Brewing Company. It was first held last year, celebrating the quarter-millennial mark of the company, which was founded in 1759 – yep, the 250th anniversary!
It was a marvellous day that packed the pubs from Dublin to New York to Lagos to Kuala Lumpur. Along with numerous musical acts, the highlight was raising a pint at 17:59 – “To Arthur!” resounded all over Ireland and rippled throughout the world. It was just like this:
And this year it’s happening again. Sure it’s the 251st anniversary, but who’s going to let the lack of a nice round number going to get in the way of a good party?Already bands such as Snow Patrol Paolo Nutini, José González, The View, We Have Band, MILK, Broken Records, Mick Flannery, The Rags, John Spillane, Jay Sean, The Hoosiers, Slow Club, The Maccabees, The Magic Numbers, Sharon Shannon, The High Kings, The Chapters, The Dirty 9’s, Heathers and Dirty Epics. Events here in Ireland will take place in Dublin, Cork and Galway.
And the best bit? It’s taking place on 23 September – right at the close of Irish Pub Global’s first annual conference. If you come for the conference, you’ll surely stay for a pint.
Here’s a sneak preview: