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At precisely 17:59 Irish-time on Thursday 26th September, a toast will commence in cities across the world as glasses, mostly pint-sized, are raised to the memory of Arthur Guinness, the man who founded the Dublin brewery back in 1759. The annual Arthur's Day celebrations may be another remarkable advertising coup by Guinness but, in an age when excuses for merry-making have been few, raising a pint to the creator of our most famous export is surely good for you.

The Arthur's Day line-up will see a variety of artists play in pubs across the island of Ireland, from the best and brightest of Ireland's musical talent including The Script, James Vincent McMorrow, The Original Rudeboys, Girl Band and Bouts; to internationally acclaimed artists such as Manic Street Preachers, Emeli Sandé, Janelle Monae and the legendary Bobby Womack. Further artists will be announced soon.

As always Arthur’s Day will be a night full of surprises with acts turning up unannounced to perform in pubs. Additionally, some acts will also perform at one of five ticketed music events, taking place in pubs across Dublin, Belfast, Limerick and Cork. Tickets, priced at €10, will go on sale via on 4th September, with proceeds going to the creative and cultural initiative, Arthur Guinness Projects.

*Arthur’s Day celebrations are strictly over 18's events.