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August 26, 2018

Dropkick Murphys to Perform at the 2018 Great New York State Fair

Celtic-influenced rockers Dropkick Murphys will perform at the 2018 Great New York State Fair on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 8 p.m. on the Chevy Court stage. The band takes the place of Dickey Betts, who suffered what was reported to be a mild stroke that forced the cancellation of his date at the Fair.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring Dropkick Murphys to the Fair. This is going to be a great night, one of the best party nights of the year at the Fair, and it’s a night not to be missed,” said Troy Waffner, Acting Fair Director.

About the Dropkick Murphys

After twenty years, Dropkick Murphys remain bigger than ever, having sold over 6 million albums worldwide. The band continues to sell out venues around the world. They've headlined Boston's Fenway Park and have been personally invited to share the stage with everyone from Foo Fighters to Bruce Springsteen to Mumford & Sons. The group's single "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" -- from 2005's Certified Gold The Warrior's Code -- has sold nearly 2 million copies. With lyrics penned by Woody Guthrie, the song gained mainstream notoriety after being prominently featured in Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning film "The Departed." It can be commonly heard at sporting events and on television as a theme song for many sports teams around the world.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 22 to September 3, 2018. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "FIND YOUR GREAT," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, on Snapchat at nysfair and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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