Published Friday, 28 September 2012
Tinie Tempah performs a surprise gig in White's Tavern. (© Getty)
International music artists played at secret small gigs across venues in Northern Ireland and the Republic to mark Arthur's day, named after the creator of Dublin export Guinness.
Top British rapper Tinie Tempah turned up at White's Tavern in Belfast's city centre for a secret gig, after votes were taken from the public on which venue they would like to see artists play.
The 'Frisky' artist headlined one of the main events at The Botanic Inn in south Belfast.
"What a night! We surprised the crowds and really kicked off the Arthur's Day celebrations with a bang. Thanks for letting us be part of this Ireland," Tempah said after the gig.
Also making a surprise appearence was Professor Green, who turned up in south Belfast and posed for snaps before performing a secret gig at the Errigle Inn on the Ormeau Road.
Speaking after he headlined at Lavery's Bar, he said he had an "incredible" experience playing to the packed out venue.
Other acts who performed in the Republic included Mumford and Sons, Primal Scream and Fun Lovin' Criminals.
There were no tickets on sale- music fans had to turn up at local pubs to make sure they were part of one of the 50 events across Northern Ireland.
The day event supports social entrepreneurs in Ireland and around the world who are in the business of changing communities for the better