Celebrating Irish pubs across the country

Live and rising

At Guinness we’re celebrating the best of the pub and the exciting role it plays as home and host of incredible experiences. Together with talent from the worlds of music, food, sport and the arts, we are launching Guinness Live & Rising, an exciting series of events that showcase the unique creativity, culture and craic that can only be found in a pub. 


Guinness Live & Rising launched with a very special performance by global superstar Dermot Kennedy, performing on the rooftop of the Guinness Storehouse, overlooking Dublin city. Dermot invited rising stars Gemma Dunleavy and JYellowL to also perform on the night.

The launch continued the following day with Dermot performing surprise gigs in three iconic Dublin pubs – Devitts, The Long Hall & Toners.

Over the next 12 months, Guinness Live & Rising will roll out a series of pop-up music, food and sport events in pubs across the country, highlighted below. All designed to showcase the unique creativity, culture and craic that can only be found in an Irish pub.


O’Connell’s Galway – Black & Irish Collaboration

Live & Rising kicked off earlier this month on Thursday, 8th June at O’Connell’s pub in Galway City.

 As part of a collaboration with Black & Irish, a community driven organisation that aims to highlight the successes and struggles of black and mixed-race Irish communities, this special event put the spotlight on three subsections of rising talent across Black Irish Creatives, including Afro-Irish, Caribbean Irish, and Afro Brazilian Irish, all while celebrating Irish pubs across the country, showcasing the exciting role they play as homes and hosts of incredible experiences.

 Leon Diop, founder of Black and Irish, lead an exclusive panel discussion featuring special guests and there was plenty of food to feast on with curated dishes inspired by Afro Brazilian and Caribbean flavours. Live performances came from Galway up and coming rappers Marco x Kelvo and DJ, R3D.


On Thursday June 15th - we brought a GAA themed Guinness Live & Rising event to Jerry Flannery’s Bar in Limerick, hosted by award winning sports broadcaster, Valerie Wheeler.

 The unique experience brought together GAA fans from the world of sport, music and food. As part of the event, Valerie led an immersive panel discussion with presenter Louise Cantillon, former Limerick hurler Barry Hennessy, Olympian hockey player Roisin Upton and one of Limerick’s rising stars, rapper, God Knows.

 The food for the evening was provided by Limerick chef, and owner of local food company Country Munch, Eoin Sheehan. Eoin produced an ‘elevated take’ on the classic ‘GAA sandwich’.

 Musical performances came from the trad-rock collective, Ispini na hEireann and God Knows, who performed an extended DJ set.


Guinness Live & Rising began July with a trip to Belfast's Common Market Bar for a dynamic collaboration with Irish DJ Tara Kumar. Using the iconic Belfast space, Tara hosted an old school block party, bringing together local Belfast talent from the worlds of music and food.

The event came alive with musical performances by Belfast's own singer-songwriter Yenkee and the electrifying R&B sensation Leo Miyagee. Then, the DJ duo Ponyhawke took over, unleashing a pulsating DJ set that kept the beats thumping into the night!

Satisfying the crowd's cravings, Common Market's resident food trucks served up a tantalizing fusion of Irish and South Asian flavors, paying homage to the cultures that inspire Tara.

Adding to the excitement, Tara brought a limited-edition pop-up shop all the way from Dublin. Trend-setting vintage store Tola Vintage set up a stall for the day, showcasing not only classic Guinness merch but also captivating pieces reflecting Tara's personal style.


We recently brought an art/food themed Live & Rising event to J.M Reidy’s bar in Killarney. This remarkable occasion celebrated the fusion of art, food, and music, with Dublin artist, Maser, at its centre. What followed was a showcase of his artistic prowess and the flourishing contemporary art scene in Ireland.

During this special occasion, Maser's artwork graced the walls of the renowned Killarney pub, enveloping guests in a captivating sensory experience. The menu cards proudly showcased his pieces, allowing attendees to carry a piece of Maser's artistry home with them, serving as a memento of the event.

Intimate conversations unfolded among artists from diverse disciplines as Maser was joined for a panel discussion that included Dublin DJ, Mango, singer Suil Amhain, singer songwriter Chloe Agnew & the band - Cooks But We’re Not Chefs. Each artist graciously shared their personal stories of inspiration and the impact that the pub has had on their creative journeys.

Guests were treated to delectable food samples from chef, Diarmuid Murphy, infused with the essence of Guinness, each dish paying homage to Maser's evocative artwork. The night was then brought to life with vibrant live performances from Mango, Suil Amhain, Chloe Agnew & Chefs But We’re Not Cooks, with each act bringing their own distinct musical individuality to the stage.


Live & Rising made its way to Rearden’s pub in Cork for a special event with Erica Cody on Thursday, August 17th.

Erica & Friends hosted a throwback R&B themed experience, inspired by the nineties, bringing together local talent from the worlds of music and food.

Throughout the evening, guests fully immersed themselves in Erica’s world as she gave a live performance of her hits. Her set was followed by London-born, Dublin-raised singer Soulé, who remixed old school classics and played some of their current hits. Cork legend, DJ Stevie G, kept the tunes going into the night with some throwback hits, and guests even took to the stage themselves, with a karaoke playbook curated by Erica, featuring her favorite nineties hits. Last but not least, delicious Guinness-infused American cookout-style food samples were served throughout the night for guests to enjoy.


On September 23rd, Danny O’Reilly hosted a new Live & Rising event in the very unique surroundings of The Church, on Henry Street, Dublin. We partnered with the Irish singer-songwriter to help curate the ultimate match day watch party, bringing together rugby fans with some familiar faces from the world of sport and music, including Hermitage Green’s Barry Murphy and sports storyteller and presenter Christina Mahon and special guests, for a vibrant experience with live performances, rugby chats with a twist, as well as a few surprises along the way.

The Landmark Dublin – Wild Youth

On Thursday 19th October, Guinness Live & Rising hosted an unforgettable event at The Landmark in Dublin.

 Irish pop band Wild Youth hosted a Jazz-inspired evening, treating guests to musical performances from themselves and special guests such as neo-soul artist Qbanaa and TBL8 Brass band. The latter provided an exciting mix of Jazz, Funk, and Pop with instrumental brass flips while Qbanaa's music combined pop and jazz elements. Guests also indulged in delicious New Orleans-style cuisine served throughout the night. This exceptional experience offered a preview of what was to come at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

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