New Year’s Festival Dublin

What better way to bring in the New Year than by gathering together with family and friends to enjoy some of the best talent that Ireland has to offer at the New Year’s Festival Dublin. Now in its third year, the festival just keeps on growing. Last year’s festival attracted over 20,000 international visitors and this year promises to be even bigger with a host of free and family friendly events – from concerts, to walking trails, pop-up street performances and more – that are all guaranteed to engage, entertain and excite from 30 December to 1 January.

“This year the theme is ‘More than a Midnight moment’  and  there is a wide range of new and exciting events over the three days such as the New Year’s Day concert and many free arts, cultural, and pop up events taking place all over Dublin,” said Head of Dublin with Fáilte Ireland, Keelin Fagan, at the launch of this year’s event. “Once more, we look forward to welcoming many local and international visitors to Dublin at the end of this year.”

Those visitors will be greeted by the amazing sight of Luminosity at the Custom House all through the festival. For three days, one of Dublin’s most iconic buildings will transform into a magical story each evening thanks to stunning 3D light projections. On New Year’s Eve, Fidget Feet will integrate with Luminosity to perform their spectacular Sky Dance. Aerialists and abseilers will fly across the building and overhead during this spectacular, jaw-dropping free outdoor aerial performance that is not to be missed.

Other early highlights of the festival include Ré with Tunes at St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Lingo NYF Poetry Slam, which both take place on 30 December. Ré’s star studded line-up includes the hugely talented Dublin piper Maitiú Ó Casaide and Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K), a highly celebrated traditional singer and fiddle player, while founding members of the Hothouse Flowers, Liam Ó Maonlaí and revered songwriter Peter O’Toole will be joined on stage by Brendan Begley. The Lingo NYF Poetry Slam will be hosted by comedian Colm O’Regan. This high-energy event is an eclectic mix of everything from the comical to the contemporary, bringing some of Ireland’s best and most exceptional spoken word performance to the live stage.

Of course, you’ll need somewhere to go to countdown the New Year and where better than the 3 Countdown Concert? Taking place on Stephen’s Green South, join The Blizzards, Brian Deady, Little Hours and headliners Walking On Cars for a spectacular gig that will ring in 2017 in style. Tickets to see the cream of Irish talent on New Year’s Eve are just €27.90 and are available from

The fun doesn’t stop when the clock strikes 12 though as there is a full programme of events on New Year’s Day. Enjoy a free family concert at St Stephen’s Green in the afternoon, featuring the Garda Band and the amazing Dublin Gospel Choir. Probably the only act in the world to collaborate with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Damien Rice, Rod Stewart, Outkast, Take That and Kodaline, The Dublin Gospel Choir have amazed audiences all over Europe with a brilliantly adaptable repertoire of songs. Their annual slot at Ireland’s internationally-acclaimed boutique festival Electric Picnic is now legendary. Their creative interpretation of contemporary pop and rock numbers are a joy to behold and are a perfect way to sooth the soul and wash away any New Year’s cobwebs.

The Garda Band have performed at many international events and have represented the country on a number of occasions at police festivals and concerts in Switzerland, Germany and Northern Ireland. They also have a long association performing at Ireland’s rugby and soccer internationals, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin and the Rose of Tralee Festival.

Later that evening, it’s time to head to the historic Christchurch Cathedral for the Sunday Assembly. Presented in partnership with the mental health arts festival First Fortnight, the Sunday Assembly will help get your New Year off to the perfect start, with an evening of pure singalong classics, incredible talks and a celebration of life. Hosted by Sanderson Jones (Radio 4, BBC, CNN) with music from Paddy Cullivan (Late Late Show), the Mellow Tonics Choir join NYF Dublin and First Fortnight for an inspirational evening of music, comedy and poetry.

These great events, along with Mura Masa and Bonzai, The NYF Dublin Music Trail, pop-up street performances, guerrilla gardening in the city, unusual walking tours, and a whole host of exciting cultural events make Dublin the place to be this New Year as the city says out with the old and in with the new at NYF Dublin.

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