The 12th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday with two stages featuring performances by a number of acts including Greenwich Meantime, Neck, Carbon Leaf; Enter the Haggis, The Tossers and Barrage.On Saturday, the festival continues from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with more than 20 performances on four stages, including Great Big Sea, Seven Nations, Gaelic Storm and Hair of the Dog. WHAT:           12th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival – A Two-Day Event WHERE:         Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, N.Y. WHEN:           5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 DETAILS:       The 12th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival expands its Celtic punk rock festival on Friday night. On Saturday, the festival rocks on with more than 20 performances on three stages, with a fourth stage dedicated entirely to Celtic dance and pipe bands.·         FRIDAY performances include: Greenwich Meantime, Neck, and Carbon Leaf, Enter the Haggis and The Tossers and Barrage. ·         SATURDAY performances include: Great Big Sea, Gaelic Storm, Seven Nations, and Hair of the Dog.·         PLUS: Celtic Kids Family Fun Area that features games and rides. The festival also has a wide variety of refreshments and Celtic crafts. ADMISSION:   Tickets for Friday only are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets for Saturday only are $15 in advance and $18 at the gate. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free.  A two-day pass is $30 in advance sales ONLY. There is a $3 parking fee. Advance-sale tickets are available online at www.irish2000fest.com, and at all Price Chopper Supermarkets. Price Chopper customers receive an additional $1 off one-day tickets and $2 off two-day tickets purchased at the supermarkets when they show their AdvantEdge Card. FREEBUS RIDES:   In conjunction with Albany County DWI, Irish 2000 is providing free bus transportation between 9 and 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, and Saturday, Sept. 20, from the Altamont Fairgrounds.The bus will make two stops -- the Howard Johnson Inn and Suites at 1614 Central Avenue in Colonie and the Albany Irish-American Center at 375 Ontario Street.Cabs will be available at both locations so that passengers may continue to their homes.   

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Call 1-888-414-3378 or visit the Web site at www.irish2000fest.com. ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS:The not-for-profit Irish Music and Arts Festival, Inc., with headquarters at the Albany Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Irish Cultural Center in Albany, organizes the annual festival.  Since its inception, the festival has donated more than $300,000 to a variety of charities.MEDIA CONTACT: Kathy CondonCondon Communications P.O. Box 4208 Albany, NY 12204 PH: (518) 436-1103