The International Day of Rock N Roll is because of the Irish!

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Did you know that the Irish can claim the International Day of Rock ‘N’ Roll?

Today, the 13th of July marks the celebration of the International Day of Rock ‘N’ Roll. It’s a day to celebrate the best music and the Rock ‘N’ Roll lifestyle. Rock music originated in America in the 1950s, and has shaped every generation since.

However, some of you youngsters may not know but the international Day of Rock ‘N’ Roll originated to celebrate the memory of July 13th 1985, the day the Rock Giants raised their instruments and £30milllion for charity. Live Aid was organized by Ireland’s very own Bob Geldof with guest performances by rock giants like The Who, Status Quo, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Madonna, Queen, David Bowie, BB King, Mick Jagger, Sting, Scorpions, U2, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and Black Sabbath. The event planned to raise €10million and tripled that showing the real power of music.

Today is a special day for rockers around the world, but the Irish get to celebrate it in a special way as it’s named after an initiative driven by Irish Rock N Rollers. That’s ours and even if Live Aid was in Wembley that day would not have happened without Bob and the Boomtown Rats.

So what should you do to celebrate?

Watch this video. We’d say it’s experiencing a surge of views today.

Spotify is also celebrating the day of rock! Go listen to our latest playlists here

Would you like to know more about Irish Music and it’s colourful history? Then we suggest you visit Dave Fanning’s Story of Irish Rock Music

We also feature memorabilia from many Irish bands here in the Irish Rock Museum. Book online for a 10% discount and learn more about Irish music on our guided tours.

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