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Dropkick Murphys have announced the first annual Shamrock-N-Roll Festival. The touring festival will feature Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs, Chuck Ragan, The Mahones, The Parkington Sisters and local bands, as well as additional yet-to-be-announced national acts performing on two alternating stages. A boxing demonstration and signing with special guest, renowned boxer "Irish" Micky Ward (The Fighter), will also be featured at the family friendly, all-ages festival.

The Dropkick Murphys Shamrock-N-Roll Festival will kick off with the September 8 and 9 sold-out hometown shows at Boston's Fenway Park and will visit Bangor, ME; Altamont, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Columbus, OH; Portsmouth, VA; Rochester, NY and Philadelphia, PA. Dropkick Murphys Shamrock-N-Roll Festival will feature a main stage and acoustic stage, along with kid-friendly activities. The full lineup will be announced soon.

Dropkick Murphys Dropkick Murphys photo by Kerry Brett

Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday or Saturday. For the previously announced Fenway Park shows, 18,000 tickets sold out in just 45 minutes. Go to to purchase tickets and for full details about Dropkick Murphys Shamrock-N-Roll Festival. $1 from every ticket sold will benefit the band's charity, The Claddagh Fund ( In addition, $1 from every ticket sold for the September 11 show in Altamont will be donated to 9/11 charities.

Dropkick Murphys' founder/bassist/vocalist Ken Casey explains why the band decided to create their own festival: "We wanted to put a different spin on the idea of an Irish music festival—instead of focusing on the Old World folk tradition, we're showcasing the ways that tradition has woven itself into newer music—while still maintaining a family-friendly environment and Irish cultural perspective. Our fans cross so many generations, and not all of them want to see a Dropkick Murphys show in a punk rock venue. The Shamrock-N-Roll Festival will give more fans an opportunity to experience our live show, and to hear the unique ways that the other bands on the festival bring that Irish influence into their modern music."

The critically-acclaimed Dropkick Murphys—known for their complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk and American rock 'n' roll—are touring in support of their Going Out In Style CD (Born & Bred Records/ILG), which debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200—the group's highest chart debut to date.

Catch Dropkick MurphysAl Barr (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, whistle, vocals), Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar), Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, vocals), James Lynch (guitar, vocals), and Scruffy Wallace (bagpipes)—on the road in the following cities:

Wed. 7/27Sayreville, NJStarland Ballroom
Thu. 7/28Montclair, NJWellmont Theatre
Fri. 7/29Essex Junction, VTMidway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo Center
Sat. 7/30Syracuse, NYKrockathon
(NYS Fairgrounds)
Mon. 8/1St. John's, NLGeorge Street Festival
Wed. 8/3Halifax, NSMultipurpose Centre
Thu. 8/4Moncton, NBOxygen Nightclub
Fri. 8/5Montreal, QCMetropolis
Sat. 8/6Collingwood, ONWakestock
(Millennium Park, Collingwood Harbour)
Fri. 8/12Püttlingen, GermanyRocco Del Schlacko
Sat. 8/13Eschwege, GermanyOpen Flair
Sun. 8/14Rothenburg, GermanyTaubertal
Fri. 8/19St. Pölten, AustriaFrequency Festival
Sat. 8/20Lüdinghausen, GermanyArea 4
Sun. 8/21Großpösna, GermanyHighfield

Shamrock-N-Roll Festival:

Thu. 9/8Boston, MAFenway Park*
Fri. 9/9Boston, MAFenway Park*
Sat. 9/10Bangor, MEBangor Waterfront
Sun. 9/11Altamont, NYAltamont Fairgrounds
Mon. 9/12Pittsburgh, PATrib Total Media Amphitheatre
Tue. 9/13Columbus, OHLC Pavilion
Thu. 9/15Portsmouth, VAnTelos Wireless Pavilion
Sat. 9/17Rochester, NYMain Street Armory
Sun. 9/18Philadelphia, PAElectric Factory Lot
*with special guests the Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Tue. 10/11San Diego, CAHouse Of Blues
Wed. 10/12San Diego, CAHouse Of Blues
Fri. 10/14Las Vegas, NVHard Rock Casino
Sat. 10/15Los Angeles, CAThe Palladium

Wed. 2/8Liverpool, UKO2 Academy
Fri. 2/10London, UKThe Roundhouse
Sat. 2/11Glasgow, ScotlandBarrowlands