New Year’s Eve always has the potential to be an expensive disappointing night out. Each year we make plans to have the most amazing night with friends. Sadly, more often than not, you will find yourself in an extremely packed bar or club, unable to get a drink, and with no idea where all your friends are. The more romantically inclined may think they will have their own New Years Eve scene from “When Harry Met Sally”, best to burst that bubble now.
Let’s not get tied down with all this negativity though, as there is a better alternative than spending your New Years alone and unloved in Dublin’s nightclub scene. A new and exciting 3-day citywide festival from “New Year’s Festival Dublin” will run on December the 30th to January 1st. The event will be packed with the best Irish art, music, culture, and live entertainment, having a bit of something for everyone.
There will be a range of free activities and events, but others will require you to purchase a ticket. If anything particularly catches your eye, it’s recommended you buy your ticket now as some events, like the Ruby Sessions, are already sold out.
With 3 days packed full of activities, what should you to try to make a beeline for? On the 30th you can go to a “Poets vs Rappers” in The Workmans Club, see a range of bands, singers, choirs all around Dublin, or have a disco lunch in Brasserie Sixty6. “Luminosity” will use 3D projecting mapping technology to make the Iveagh House at Stephen’s Green come alive as they celebrate some of our Irish heroes.
For those who want to try break a world record attempt, grab your bodhrán, register online, and get yourself to St. Stephens Green North at 6.30pm on the 31st. There will also be a music street fest from the likes of “Le Galaxie”, “All Tvvins” and “Wyvern Lingo” with tickets costing 7.50. What about the all important countdown though? The “Three Countdown Concert” with “The Coronas” and special guests “Fatboy Slim”, “Kila”, Ryan Sheridan, and “Little Hours” will ring in the New Year at the 3Arena on the North Wall Quay.
With all this entertainment, chances are you won’t have a throbbing hangover from over indulging in champagne. On January 1st brush off your running shoes and join the Tom Breannan memorial 5k run at 12pm in Phoenix Park. If you wish to do something a little less energetic, then get to Parnell Square as the Lady’s Choral Society will join with the Dublin Handelian Orchestra for a free performance of Handel’s Messiah. There is also a Children Storytelling and Art Workshop for 6-12 year olds, great for any art loving kids.
Save that bottle of champagne for another time, and try something different this New Years! You can find out more information about the festival and how to get tickets here.