Cheers! Dermot Kennedy Puts On World-First Top Gig

Picture: Andrew Rose

Dermot Kennedy has become the first person to perform on the roof of the Guinness Storehouse.

The Dublin singer helped launched Guinness Live & Rising – a new initiative celebrating Irish pubs across the country.

The 12-month programme of pop-up music, food, and sports events, has been specially designed to showcase the “creativity, culture and craic that can only be found in an Irish pub,” according to a press release.

The Home of Guinness provided an epic backdrop for the launch, with incredible views across the Liberties, an area renowned for its brewing and distilling history.

Later Dermot continued the show in the iconic Gravity Bar performing more of his hits, after rising stars Gemma Dunleavy and JYellowL had taken to the same stage earlier in the night with electric performances.

“I’m delighted to support the launch of Guinness Live & Rising, which spotlights the incredible talent surging in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish pubs who have always been a champion of emerging talent. There’s a contagious energy in the pubs of Ireland, there’s nothing like it anywhere in the world, and the pub is somewhere I still love to play when I’m home. It’s a place where I get together with friends and family over a pint of Guinness to share stories and connect through music, sports and food. It was an honour to share the stage with Gemma Dunleavy and JYellowL last night in the Guinness Storehouse, two amazing artists,” said Dermot Kennedy, who like so many of Ireland’s musicians, began his career performing in pubs throughout Ireland.

Ahead of the performance, the Guinness Storehouse brought Dermot Kennedy together with Dublin street artist, Aches, to collaborate on a brand new artwork celebrating the launch of Guinness Live & Rising and the promise of an exciting summer ahead.

Kennedy’s lyric ‘We’ll be Dancin’ in the Sun’ is now across the bridge above the famous Storehouse gates for everyone to view at the Home of Guinness throughout the summer.

Check out Guinness social channels to find out more about Guinness Live & Rising.

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