Party Like Its 2019 at New Year’s Festival Dublin

New Year’s Festival Dublin have announced three events to ring in 2019 in celebratory style.

Now in its seventh year, the Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council initiative shall host what organisers are calling a spectacular line up of Irish music and entertainment. Taking place in the heart of Dublin, the iconic Custom House will be the location for NYF Dublin’s unique countdown events.

The Irish capital will shine bright with the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment, as well as its family-friendly equivalent, the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Matinee. Both are making a highly anticipated return this year and are free to attend. However, tickets need to be booked in advance.

For the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Matinee, families and friends of all ages can ring in the new year together with entertainment starting at 6pm leading to the earlier countdown spectacle at 7pm. Kids can watch in delight and amazement as laser lights and aqua beams dance through the sky in perfect rhythm with music.

Later, one can celebrate the final moments of 2018 with a bang under a canopy of sparks with the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment. This lighting spectacle will be performed against the backdrop of the Custom House. It features ‘thrilling’ laser choreography and aqua beams, accompanied by live DJs and percussionists.

The musicians will perform on the water in perfect harmony with the lights illuminating the midnight sky over Dublin City. The free event starts at 11.30pm building to a crescendo as the clock strikes midnight.

We are very excited to be bringing New Year’s Festival to the streets of Dublin once again,” said Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin in a statement. “This year promises to provide a bigger and better party than ever for locals and visitors alike, while also providing an opportunity to showcase our beautiful city on a global stage.”

Nothing proves the Lord Mayor’s point more than the 3Countdown Concert, taking place between the light shows. Kicking off at 8pm, platinum selling artist Gavin James has been announced as the headliner, along with special guests folk duo Hudson Taylor, punk band Wild Youth and rock and rollers Inhaler.

Singer-songwriter and pop star James won the Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year award in both 2013 and 2016. His latest record Only Ticket Home was released this year and reached the top five in the Irish album charts.

Produced and promoted by MCD Productions, tickets to the over 18’s concert cost €29.90 including booking fee. They can be purchased in Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and include entry to the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment event.

“A highlight in our festival calendar, we are delighted to work with Dublin City Council and MCD Productions once again on the New Year’s Festival to deliver a fresh, fun and exciting programme of events to celebrate,” said Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland, in a statement.

“Festivals and events are crucial to the tourism sector and give overseas visitors to Ireland a unique opportunity to experience the very best of our culture, people and places. This event is part of our strategy to grow off season tourism. With all eyes on New Year celebrations in major cities across the world, NYF Dublin is a great opportunity for us to showcase the capital and Ireland as a fantastic visitor destination and a top location to ring in the New Year to an international audience.”

Reiterating Fáilte Ireland’s CEO’s point was Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, who said: “I’m delighted to see such a fantastic line up of events announced for the New Year’s Festival. Once again, it promises to be a great celebration of both the New Year and our capital city. Not only does it provide a boost for the tourism industry in Dublin – with international media in attendance, it will highlight all that Ireland has to offer to visitors around the globe.”

Booking details for the festival’s free events can be found here. On the site also is a promotional video for the celebration, showcasing previous years’ dazzling firework displays.

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