Line Up: Paolo Nutini / The Minutes
Third Arthur's Day for me. A celebration of all things Guinness. Yes maybe it is great marketing from Diageo but the thing is, they do it so well. They have managed for three years to combine great music with their own brand and national treasure. I admit it helps that two of my favourite things are music and a pint of the black stuff and combining the two means I'm in my own version of heaven. However I still believe it is a great achievement by Guinness to have continued the buzz into a third year.
Like last year I decided on Dublin's oldest pub; The Brazen Head, as the best location for the night. On that occasion the surprise guest was Plan B (who it has to be said was rather excellent) and this year I was hoping for another major act. There were a few bands that would have been great to see in the pub atmosphere but like previous years it seems to be a lottery as to what artist will turn up where. There are always rumours flying around as to who it will be.....and usually they are all wrong.
After the obligatory 17.59 toast to Arthur (not done right at all by the way...it's 'To Arthur' not 'Happy Birthday Arthur', do these people know nothing!) first band up were Irish trio; The Minutes. An already great rock band from Dublin whose song Fleetwood blows me away every time. I would highly recommend their debut album Marcata for those that have yet to experience their sound. They had the guitars turned up loud tonight and I for one thought they were excellent.
After a few hours drinking and chat the crowd noticed a TV Camera appear from nowhere. As the excited chatter grew the guessing game was over for another year as in walked a group of musicians led by Paolo Nutini. I'm not overly familiar with his music but I have to say that he really got the crowd moving from the very first. Finishing with the wonderful Pencil Full Of Lead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLpkNzBdhs8) he left the crowd on a high and afterwards there was a definite buzz in the air.
Another enjoyable Arthur's Day for me then. I’m sure it got messy for some people drinking into the wee hours. Me? I was tucked up in bed at 11.30 after 5 hours of drinking Guinness safe in the knowledge that a great evening of music was had.
I was now just in need of some serious sleep.
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