Music / March 11, 2021

A guide to music at St. Patrick’s Festival 2021

Music / March 11, 2021

A guide to music at St. Patrick’s Festival 2021

Words: Dylan Murphy

Here’s your comprehensive guide to the music events taking place as part of this years St. Patrick’s Festival.

Running from Friday 12 March right through to Wednesday 17 March it has a host of virtual events streaming across St. Patrick’s Festival TV (SPF TV), an online TV channel at and a host of television channels which you can find here.

Accessible from across the globe, the six day online celebration bringing the Irish diaspora together to enjoy the art, community and culture that binds us together in a time we need it most.

With Irish music being in rude health, The SOUNDS programme is made up of the rising acts pushing boundaries as well as the experienced artists who have held it down for a minute. We’ve highlighted the essential music events that you need to view this year.

Friday 12 March

22:00 Homebeat presents Transitions with Polytunnel

Polytunnel is the first of a number of Irish acts to showcase their skills in a series of 30 minute shows presented by Homebeat. Other acts throughout the week include Sorca McGrath, New Jackson, Simon Cullen, Polytunnel and Gareth Quinn Redmond. With the difficult 12 months they’ve had to endure, each act will also provide a short accompanying written response to the idea of transition.

22:30 I.NY House Party: B+ & Peter Curtin

Legendary hip hop photographer B+ dials in to link up with Limerick-based DJ Peter Curtin for some crate digging fun.

Saturday 13 March

20:00 Pillow Queens, Gemma Dunleavy at Guinness Storehouse

Presented by 2FM’s Tara Stewart and featuring two Choice Music Prize-nominated artists from Guinness Storehouse, it promises to be an absolute whirlwind of music from two acts at the fore of contemporary Irish culture.

21:05 Homebeat presents Transitions with New Jackson

Close your eyes and dream of clubs again with New Jackson.

21:30 The Soundtrack to Ireland’s Future: Part 1 of 9

Brought to you by First Music Contact, The Soundtrack To Ireland’s Future, is showcasing a whopping 39 emerging artists from all corners of Ireland. On Saturday Galway rapper and singer Celaviedmai, country-pop superstar CMAT and more take to the stage.

22:00 Mother presents: Queer Space

Old school club night Mother presents Queer Space: We Will Dance Again, a mini-doc focussing on queer spaces and what they mean to the LGBTQI+ community, followed by tunes from the Mother DJs celebrating Irish artists.

Sunday 14 March

18:10 The Soundtrack to Ireland’s Future

Px Music’s Hazey Haze and Burner Records freewheeling indie starlet Local Boy are amongst the names ready to shell the stage on Sunday.

18:15 Untitled by Adam Mohamed

18:30 Homebeat: Transitions with Gareth Quinn Redmond

21:00 Varo & Friends

21:45 The Cobblestone Sessions at The Complex, Dublin

Recreate the atmosphere of the pub with Ireland’s finest traditional musicians and dancers.

Monday 15 March

20:00 Homebeat presents Transitions with Sorca McGrath

20:20 The Soundtrack to Ireland’s Future

From Lost Lane The Soundtrack To Ireland’s Future, brought to you by First Music Contact, will showcase an eclectic lineup of 39 emerging artists from all corners of Ireland across St. Patrick’s Festival weekend. Monday sees Rachael Lavelle, Pow Pig, Reevah, R.S.A.G and RUNOFFBROKE take the stage. 

20:40 Outside History featuring Mark Smith

21:30 Pomes Penyeach from MoLI, Dublin

Watch the premiere Pomes Penyeach, an innovative musical event featuring the poetry of Joyce, produced by Matthew Nolan and Adrian Crowley in collaboration with Lisa Hannigan, Sean Mac Erlaine, Kevin Murphy and Cora Venus Lunny.

Tuesday 16 March

18.08 XTRACTED Bars

An ongoing collaborative project that pairs relatively new and already established hip-hop artists with beat makers and musicians in Ireland. Featuring JAH1, Jordxn, Vida and more.

20:00 Seoda: Gruff Rhys, The Breath & Brìghde Chaimbeul

Filmed across three different locations Seoda: Celtic Connections is celebrating traditional music through a myriad of stunning live performances. Featuring Armagh singer Ríognach Connolly, Manchester guitarist Stuart McCallum, award-winning Scottish folk musician Bríghde Chaimbeul and SuperFurry Animals’ Welsh frontman, Gruff Rhys. BBC presenter Huw Stephens will also be on hosting duties.

21:00 The Soundtrack to Ireland’s Future

Tebi Rex, Wynona Bleach, Varo and 1000 Beasts amongst the names in Tuesday’s edition of The Soundtrack to Ireland’s Future.

21:20 Poetry Films: Beautiful Young People

21:35 Homebeat presents Transitions with Simon Cullen

22:00 The Big Romance

Wednesday 17 March

15:00 The Saint Patrick Show: A Musical & Visual Tale

Directed by Belinda Murphy of Riverdance, Vikings and Disney’s Disenchanted fame, The Saint Patrick Show features Grammy-nominated Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten, Matthew Campbell from the Shamrock Tenors, soprano Mary McCabe, and many other Irish artists.

21:02 Solas x Soulé: at The Complex, Dublin

In an SPF exclusive, composed of mostly brand new and yet to be heard music Diffusion Lab’s Soulé is hosting an immersive audio-visual experience. Filmed at the The Complex, it’s a performance with one eye on what the future of Irish music sounds like.

22:30 I.NY House Party Round Midnight

Click here to view all the events going on over the course of The St. Patrick’s Day Festival.