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Arthur's Day: Snow Patrol, Biffy Clyro and Westlife help Guinness celebrate

By Andrew Scott

Some of the biggest names in music joined in the Guinness Arthur's Day celebrations yesterday with gigs in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

A 3,000 strong crowd watched the main event at St. James' Gate in Dublin, which saw performances from Westlife, Biffy Clyro and the Manic Street Preachers. One of Northern Ireland's most successful acts, Snow Patrol, were the first band to take to the stage after the toast to Arthur.

Other major acts, such as Brandon Flowers, Newton Faulkner and Paolo Nutini performed as part of the celebrations. There was also a homecoming performance from chart-toppers The Script, who were raised on James's Street where the brewery is located.

In addition, there were around 1,000 different events organised throughout the country, with several major acts playing intimate secret gigs at selected bars. Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins even made a special appearance with his band, The Rogues Gallery.

The Arthur's Day toast was held at 17:59, reflecting the year Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on the St. James's Gate brewery, which at the time was abandoned. Up to 10 million pints of Guinness are downed every day in 150 countries.

Proceeds from the events go towards the Arthur Guinness Fund, which provides social entrepreneurs with the skills and resources needed to transform communities throughout the world.

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