Global gigs planned to celebrate 250 years of Guinness
Wednesday 13 May 2009
Hip hop favourites Black Eyed Peas and rockers Kasabian are among music stars lining up for a clutch of global concerts to toast 250 years of Guinness this autumn.
The gigs celebrating the birth of the black stuff take place on September 24 in Dublin, New York, Lagos, Cameroon and Kuala Lumpur.
Irish punk legends The Undertones and classic British dance chart-toppers Soul II Soul are also set to raise their glasses to the drink's founder Arthur Guinness.
The Irish event will, of course, form the centrepiece with the main party at Dublin's legendary St James' Gate Brewery, where Guinness signed his 9,000 year lease a quarter of a millennium ago.
Brian Duffy, the drinks company's global brand director, said the year marked a momentous occasion for the world-renowned pint of plain.
"I am so proud to be a part of the 250th celebrations, and look forward to raising my glass to a truly inspirational man, Arthur Guinness," he said.
While the precise line-up of all the global concerts have yet to be finalised, the Dublin gig will include performances from The Undertones, Soul II Soul, The Enemy and Mystery Jets.
Estelle, Kasabian, The Wombats, D'Banj, renowned Belfast DJ David Holmes, Mongrel, Noah & the Whale and Johnny Flynn have also been signed up.
The main concert will take place at the Guinness Storehouse and will be streamed live via Sky television to thousands of pubs throughout the UK on the day.
There will be other events at bars and clubs in Dublin while the Black Eyed Peas will be playing at the Asian gig.
Celebrities including Sir Bob Geldof, Guy Ritchie, Jerry Hall and Sophie Dahl have also been lined up to raise a pint at 17.59 (Dublin time) in recognition of the achievements of Arthur Guinness and his family.
Guinness will also set up a five million euro (£4.5 million) Arthur Guinness Fund for good causes to mark the milestone.
Taken from the Belfast Telegraph.
Art Piece taken off website amid 'severe security alert'
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Academy criticised after no non-white actors nominated
tvAn expose of hooliganism masquerading as an ideological battle
artLee Hadwin can't draw when he's awake, but by night he's an artist
‘Remember the attackers are a cold-blooded, crazy minority’, says Blek le Rat
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness
Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
Benedict Cumberbatch says Hollywood is better for black British actors: 'I think as far as coloured actors go it gets really difficult in the UK'
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction
Pixie Geldof signs recording deal with Stranger Records
Sia apologises for 'Elastic Heart' music video that sees Shia LaBeouf wrestle 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd