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Friday 1 August 2014

Paolo Nutini at Arthur's Day launch

Paolo Nutini played a gig to launch the celebrations for Arthur's Day

Paolo Nutini has revealed he plans to play until he drops when he toasts the birth of world-famous stout Guinness.

The Scottish performer played an intimate gig in a Dublin city centre pub to launch the global celebrations for Arthur's Day, to be held on Thursday September 23.

"Happy days, we get to come back and ring it in again," he said. "Last year was jumping. Everybody was saying the party was bigger than Paddy's Day."

"We're trying to come up with as many places to play as we can so we can play as much as we can on the night before we drop," he added.

Arthur's Day last year marked the legacy of Arthur Guinness, the pioneering brewer and philanthropist who signed the 9,000 year lease on the famous St James's Gate Brewery in 1759.

World class performers turned up in venues and pubs across the capital, with Nutini and Tom Jones among the surprise acts in the more traditional Stag's Head.

Snow Patrol, Jose Gonzalez, the View, the Magic Numbers and The Maccabees are among 40 big names already confirmed to play in 29 venues in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody said the band really wanted to be part of the celebrations.

"Our pub will be filled with some amazing acts and we're looking forward to stripping things back and playing in an intimate setting ourselves," he said.

"Ireland has, and has always had, one of the best music scenes in the world, so we're really excited about helping to find emerging bands to play around the country on the day, one of whom will play alongside us in Dublin."

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