We're only four days into January, so St. Patrick's Day is probably the last thing on people's minds, but the folks over at the St Patrick's festival are already hard at work planning this year's programme of events.
The theme for this year's festival is a snapshot of contemporary Ireland, and the first two gigs have just been announced. On Saturday 18th March, Hare Squead, Rusangano Family and Stephen James Smith will perform in the National Concert Hall at Young Blood - The Beat and Voices of our generation. This evening of music, rap, poetry and storytelling will showcase Ireland's evolving cultural identity and emerging creative producers.
On the same night, in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Music for 18 Machines will take place. This unique event curated by Simon Cullen and Somadrone reimagines Steve Reich’s minimal 1976 piece Music for 18 Musicians on its 40th anniversary with a modern day twist. 18 synthesisers will replace the 18 musicians and specially commissioned light projections set to the music means it’s sure to be a night of musical magic in one of the city’s most iconic settings.
These events are in addition to the festival's usual programme including the ceili on Earlsfort Terrace and the St. Patrick's Day parade.

For more details http://stpatricksfestival.ie/