Dublin City is blazing into party overdrive for its New Year’s Eve Festival. The Countdown Concert is going to be one giant House of Fun!
The Ultimate Gathering
When the clock strikes 12 on December 31 The Gathering will come to a close. What a year it's been! From the Town of a Thousand Beards, to the Riverdance world record success and all the other whacky Gatherings in between. The Gathering brought out the very best in Ireland. Naturally, we're going to finish this momentous year in style with the Ultimate Gathering. Introducing The Gathering's grand finale: NYE Dublin.
Lonely Planet knows a good festival when they see one. That’s why they selected Dublin City in their top five best destinations for New Year’s Eve (NYE). Couple that with the fact that Dublin City has been voted Europe’s friendliest city, not once, but twice (according to Tripadvisor)!
The Countdown Concert December 31, 8:30pm, College Green, Dublin
There’s no two ways about it, Dublin is a rock ‘n’ roll city. The NYE 2014 Countdown Concert is set to shake, rattle and roll Dublin City into the New Year. This year’s going to be mad…literally. We’ve got the sultans of ska, the kings of swing: Madness headlining this epic gig and they’re set to turn the entire city into one, giant House of Fun.
County Cavan kids The Strypes have been carving out a rocket-fuelled path across the music world this year. They shook Glastonbury to its core and they’re lining up to do the same for the Countdown Concert. Future rock legends in the making!
Joining Madness and The Strypes, we’ve got a musician who stormed onto the music scene in Ireland and internationally: Ryan Sheridan. Fresh from reaching number one in the German iTunes charts, Ryan’s hook-filled, guitar stompers are sure to get the crowds jumping. And that's not all! MKS (original Sugababes) are also on the bill to add some pop music mayhem to the proceedings. Enjoy this stellar line-up for a mere €25, which has got to be the bargain of the year! What better way to see in the New Year than with rockin’ tunes and a feel-good party atmosphere all over Dublin’s Fair City! The countdown to The Countdown Concert is on!
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. December 30 and 31 have spectacular events of their own...
#LoveDublin Day December 30, live music from 12pm - 6pm
We love Dublin! And we think you will, too. Right now, there’s a fresh and buzzing energy about the city. And we want you to jump in the mix.
Introducing #LoveDublin Day. This will be day of off-the-wall events in some of the city’s coolest spaces. Poetry slams, historical walks, political debates, pop-up cinemas and scientific explorations are just some of the treats in store. Oh yeh, did we mention it’s all free? And as if that's not enough, to mark #LoveDublin Day Dualway, who operate the red Dublin City Sightseeing Tours is also offering a massive 50% discount on all city and day tours giving you the opportunity to get under Dublin's skin and see why everyone really loves Dublin! Prepare to swoon for Dublin!
But we're not finished yet! The best of up and coming Irish bands from the legendary Hard Working Class Heroes Festival will be playing in bookshops, restaurants, coffee shops…everywhere! They’ll be playing their hearts out with intimate acoustic performances as part of #LoveDublin Day. And you guessed it, it’s all free! And don’t forget, you can always pop into the home of the black stuff: The Guinness Storehouse. Between December 27 and 31 a regular entry ticket gets you all sorts of of extra special goodies and entertainment. The Guinness Storehouse will be buzzing with live music, festive fun and tasty treats for all.
As we said, we want you to fall in love with Dublin too. After #LoveDublin Day, you may find it hard to leave.
People’s Procession of Light December 31, 6:00pm, from Stephen's Green
On December 31 a magical event will takes place through the streets of Dublin City: The People’s Procession of Light. The city will twinkle and sparkle as hundreds of participants and performers illuminate Dublin with dazzling light displays, music and dance. This is a free family event and will be the perfect start to your NYE in Dublin.
The Big Brunch! January 1 11:00am - 5:30pm, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar
When the morning sun shines out over Dublin City on January 1st 2014, you might think the festivities have ended. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We have the perfect event to kick-start 2014: The Big Brunch!
The Big Brunch has everything you need to revitalise after the night before. Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square will transform into a delicious food market with lively entertainment to boot.
Youtube sensations Seo Linn will get you rocking again with their Irish language versions of modern pop hits. Then, just like a scene from the Great Gatsby, the Vintage Tea Dance will have you dancing the two-step, charleston and jiving. All to the jazz beat of the Swinging Cat Blues Band. There’ll also be glamorous dancers in full costume to show you how it’s done.
Did you know that traditional Irish dancing is a known cure for late nights out? You didn’t!! See, that’s why we’ve organised an interactive Electric Ceilí. Meeting House Square will morph into a dancehall complete with traditional Irish musicians.
So join in the craic. Don’t know the steps? Who cares? It’s all about taking part.
Here's to you 2014
It's going to be a real challenge to top 2013. But that's exactly what we're going to do. We've gotten a taste for being the festival capital of the world. So expect bigger and better things in Ireland for 2014.
Now the only question left is: when are you booking?