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Dropkick Murphys Announce 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Stream

In keeping with their annual tradition, Celtic punk legends Dropkick Murphys have announced that they will unite fans once again from around the globe with their 2021 “Still Locked Down” virtual St. Patrick’s Day stream on Wednesday, March 17 at 11 PM UK time.

The show will be a free online streaming concert, with no one in the audience, and will be simulcast world live via the DKMstream.com. The stream will be presented by Boston-area tech company Pega, a leading provider in digital transformation software, and will be sponsored by you, the fans.

Dropkick Murphy’s frontman Ken Casey explains;

Instead of charging for tickets, we’re going to ‘pass the virtual hat’ so you can donate what you’d like to help support us in our efforts to keep paying our employees. When we did the first two free live streams for charity, our fans were super generous and we raised lots of money for good causes. But frankly, we’ve been out of work for over a year, so this one, we’ve gotta make about us. Of course, a portion will also go to charity, as always! 

The fans who donate in advance during the stream will see their names being scrolled across a ticker at the bottom during the ‘Still locked Down’ show. The setlist will feature a variety of fan favorites, as well as some select songs for the bands new upcoming studio album, which is due out soon. Look for details about the new album to be released sometime next week.

After last year’s Streaming Outta Fenway and Streaming Up From Boston live stream performances, Dropkick Murphys are now focusing on bringing fans the show they’d expect to see in person. The St. Patrick’s Day 2021 streaming event will feature Dropkick Murphys performing socially distanced on an arena-sized stage with a full LED screen and a brand new video show directed by the band’s longtime friend Josh Adams from Mindpool Live. Josh has also directed two Dropkick Murphys concert films and is the director of live concert video productions for Foo Fighters.

Dropkick Murphys have a long history of giving back and finding creative ways to connect with fans, and they’ve continued this tradition throughout the pandemic. On St. Patrick’s Day 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was hitting critical mass in the United States, Dropkick Murphys held their Streaming Up From Boston live stream event in lieu of their normal Boston Blowout St. Patrick’s Day celebration. To date, it’s been watched more than 13 million times across platforms, was featured on CBS This Morning Saturday, CNN, NBC Nightly News, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and in the Wall Street Journal, and raised more than $60,000 through the band’s charitable organization, The Claddagh Fund.

In May 2020, they masterminded the historic Streaming Outta Fenway presented by Pega. Taking the infield at Fenway Park instruments in-hand, it stood out as the first-ever music event without an in-person audience at a major U.S. sports venue, and the first music performance directly on the infield at Fenway. Bruce Springsteen joined on the Jumbotron for a two-song “Double Play” of DKM’s “Rose Tattoo” and his “American Land.” Most importantly, they hauled in $700,000-plus to benefit charities such as Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America®, and Habitat for Humanity, Greater Boston.

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