Man City Square set to host Irish Hooley! The Scattering to perform as part of tour.

Manchester Irish Festival 2017

Manchester City's Etihad Stadium is set to be a sea of green as they mark the St Patrick's Week celebrations.

Rochdale Band Celtic Rock band 'The Scattering' will be headlining Manchester City's 'City Square' on Sunday, 19th March to mark the St Patrick's Week celebrations. They will be playing before the top of the table football clash between Manchester City and Liverpool which takes place at The Etihad Stadium. This prestigious gig, set to take place in front of thousands of fans is part of their 'Five Drunken Night's Tour' which also takes in Albert Square, The Flying Horse Hotel, Rochdale and the Farmer's Arms, Burnage.

Andy Kelly from The Scattering, whose family hail from Draperstown in County Derry said, "St Patrick's Week is going to be our busiest ever and playing at City Square is going to be extra special. We were so pleased when we were approached by Man City to do the gig. It's going to be great because City are playing Liverpool - a club with so many Irish links. I'm sure it'll be a brilliant atmosphere. We loved playing in the Manchester Irish Festival last year are delighted to have doubled our number of gigs this time."

The Scattering were formed in 2015 and is made up from musicians from the Rochdale and Middleton area. The 6-piece outfit describe themselves as an 'Irish Country Rock' band mixing traditional Irish songs with country, rock and contemporary - all done in their own individual style. Made up of Drums, Bass, 2 guitars, Accordian and Fiddle / Mandolin, with vocals shared out between them - all the group work in the music industry.

The band will also making their debut in south Manchester where they play the Farmer's Arms in Burnage on Saturday, March 18th. Manager Tony Harte from Cork said, "Our customers are really looking forward to the ultimate celtic rock party. The Scattering come with a reputation as such a lively live act. It's going to be a great, raucous end to our Irish Festival celebrations. Their gig at The Farmer's Arms will also be a great warm up for their Man City gig."

This is not the first time that football has marked St Patrick's Day in the city. In 2013 nearly 68,000 spectators at Old Trafford joined a mass rendition of the famous Irish folk anthem Dirty Old Town.

For more information about the gig or to book The Scattering - please call Andy Kelly on 07947 609 277.

THE SCATTERING ARE:

Jeremy Sleith - Drums
Cliff Woodworth - Violin & Mandolin
Chris Wilkinson - Accordion
Chris Addington - Guitars & Vocals
Dan O Wah - Guitars & Vocals
Andy Kelly - Bass & Vocals

FIVE DRUNKEN NIGHTS' TOUR:

Sat 11th March - Albert Square 8pm
Thur 16th March - Albert Square 7pm - 10.30pm
Fri 17th March - The Flying Horse Hotel, Rochdale - 10pm - late
Sat 18th March- Albert Square - 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Sat 18th March - Farmers Arms, Burnage - 9pm - late
Sun 19th March - City Square, The Etihad Stadium 2pm