Go Green or Go Home – St. Patrick’s Day Festival is Back Again
By Brendan Power . March 4, 2019
The St. Patrick’s Day Festival (aka the drunkest day in March) is back at its new home, Birgit&Bier.
Now into their 8th year, the festival is back on the 16th of March with a killer series of jigs, reels, DJs and all the finest Paddywhackery you’ve come to expect from the boys and girls in green.
€3 EARLYBIRD TICKETS are still available 🐥 and, most importantly, €1 from each ticket sold will be donated to a Berlin climate change initiative. Now, that’s pretty green.
As was the case last year, the final of the 6 Nations rugby tournament will provide a wonderful backdrop to the day, but there’s so much more going on.
Main Stage (Hof)
▶ 15:00 Opening ceremony with Ireland’s Deputy Ambassador, bagpipers from The Berlin Pipe Company and an Irish dance performance from Jigs & Reels Irish Dance Academy Berlin.
▶ 15:45 The Snakes are Back in Town (set 1) -> Sean (guitar), David (hurdy-gurdy) and Rory (fiddle) blasted out the Irish tunes to close out last year’s festival, so it’s only fitting they get things going this time around.
▶ 17:30 The Broken Jug Ramblers -> A foot-stomping ensemble of incredibly talented live musicians: Jon (vocals, banjo), Tob (vocals, guitar), Alex (vocals, fiddle), Feix (vocals, washtub bass) and Tuz (vocals, spoons, melodica) will be joined on stage for the first time by female vocalist Jessica for this special performance. This old-time whiskey music with strong Bluegrass roots is sure to get the crowd going with a mixture of traditional songs and their own thumping tunes.
▶ 19:30 The Sunbeams -> Germany’s favourite Irish pub band, Sam (vocals), Nick (bass) and Andy (drums) will blow the socks off the place with their unique blend of rock-pop-punk-funk-soul-hiphop-reggae-dancin’ kind of music!
▶ 21:00 The Snakes are Back in Town -(set 2) > The lads will be back on stage for us again later in the evening for a final blast of cracking Irish ballads.
Wilder Garten Stage (Wohnzimmer)
Wilder Garten presents an interactive, cross-disciplinary, creative environment, showcasing art, music and jam sessions. With so many musicians knocking around the place, expect plenty of surprises on stage.
▶ Confirmed: Kilkelly, Chris Rogers, Joe Marshall, Simon Fagan,
Fírinna Ka and Suzanne Linehan as “Siar an Bóthair”, Saraï Merodio Ogara, Eva Pech, more tba..
▶ Midnight until late -> DJ Sara Miller
Markthalle – Six Nations Rugby
The final day of one of the greatest sporting competitions in the world. All three games will be shown live on a huge screen in the ridiculously long market hall:
▶ 13:30 Italy vs France
▶ 15:45 Wales vs Ireland
▶ 18:00 England vs Scotland
Setanta Berlin GAA will be making the Werkstatt space their own for the day, with Gaelic games exhibitions and activities for the kids. There’ll also be a huge merry-go-round just outside.
▶ Children’s Ceilidh (traditional Irish dance)
▶ Storyteller Chris Rogers will have the kids captivated once again this year with his beautiful tales of old.
Just in case things get a bit too cosy in the Markthalle, the Rummel will be used for overflow during the rugby. Outside of that, expect to find artists displaying works in a chilled atmosphere. Perfect for taking a load off on the comfy sofas with a creamy pint of the black stuff!
▶ 18:00 The Brave Believing Dreamers– An Irish electro punk opera with accompanying visual effects.
▶ 22:00 DJ Le Fox
Street-food, Coffee and Cake
HelloGoodFood Catering will have their delicious stews on offer again this year (Roast vegetables & lenti (vegan) / Beef & Guinness) alongside tasty burgers. They will be joined by the good people down at Neukölln’s Crazy Bastard Sauce, offering potato cakes with hot sauce and curry-cheese chips (vegan).
An Siopa Berlin will be selling a range of Irish goods, including groceries, crisps (Tayto of course), sweets, biscuits and tea bags. They will also have Irish fashion and souvenir items available, plus hot cups of tea and scones.
The resident Rolling Barista will also be on hand, providing delicious cakes at the Setanta stall again. PRO Berlin GAA will also be joining in on the day.
In conjunction with Berlin start-up Plan A, the festival will be contributing €1 of all ticket sales and 5% of sponsorship raised to fund a new permanent binee collection point for electrical waste in Berlin.
Earlybird tickets are on sale now for €3 (+ handling fee). Children are welcome free of charge.
See you there for a Guinness, a jig and maybe a cheeky vomit over the fence.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Birgit&Bier
March 16th, 13:00-4:00