30th Dec 2019 in Nightlife

We’ve reached the final days of the year and the decade!

What a year it has been in the Cathedral Quarter – highlights for us have included Belfast Restaurant Week (which is back in February!), the Young at Art Festival, Culture Night and the first ever Culture Day, the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Festival of Fools, the Belfast International Arts Festival, Pride 2019, Outburst Queer Arts Festival, the Belfast Photo Festival… in fact, too many to list here!

We hope you’ll continue to come into the Cathedral Quarter whether you’re looking for arts and culture, entertainment, food and drink, history and heritage, family fun or business activities. Here’s to another great year ahead in 2020.

To bring us out of the old year and into the new, we have picked out five things to enjoy in the CQ this week. Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tag us in your pics and videos if you are ringing in the new year in the Cathedral Quarter!

Winter Circus 2019

Monday 30th December – Thursday 2nd January, 3pm @ Tumble Circus Big Top, Writer Square

Another wildly successful run of Tumble Circus’ Winter Circus is drawing to a close, and what better way to see out the old year or see in the new one?

The circus show will be all human, all skill and all thrill event. Expect modern, high skilled acts, including acrobats, aerialists and jugglers. A spectacular circus with an inspiring modern soundtrack, international circus artists and comedy characters that both young and old can enjoy.

Tickets have just sold out online, but worth a check to see if any are available on the door if you are passing!

I Heart NYE – the roaring 20s

Tuesday 31st December, 8.30pm @ The MAC

Don those flapper dresses or get suited and booted as The MAC rings in the New Year – and the new twenties – in style.

Expect bubbles at midnight, swanky art deco décor and dancing until late with the house band as you welcome in 2020 and a brand new decade. Tickets are £17.

Bedlam Bazaar NYE blowout

Tuesday 31st December, 8.30pm @ The Black Box

2019 is dead! It’s so dead! And Bedlam Bazaar is going to through it the best wake ever!!!

The Black Box invites you to laugh and play and dance your way into 2020 – sure what have you got to lose? Bedlam Bazaar is a cabaret club showcasing performers of the ridiculous, the absurd and the bold. They’ll bring you a heady mix of comedy, music, circus, clowning and full-on dance party guaranteed to blow your mind and detox your soul this New Year’s Eve.

Tickets are £17 for non members and £14 for members.

NYE: The Night Institute x Ulster Sports Club

Tuesday 31st December, 9pm @ The Ulster Sports Club

The Night Institute is seeing out 2019 with a New Year’s Eve affair in one of their new favourite venues, Ulster Sports Club.

After a cracker party earlier in the year with Twitch, they were delighted to be invited back for what is a much rarer visit to the City Centre for us than previous years.

Timmy and Jordan will be back to basics with a five hour set in the main room, with Ponyhawke doing the same in room 2. Tickets are £10 + booking fee.

Last Ever Hooley Hootenanny

Tuesday 31st December, 9pm @ The Oh Yeah Centre

Terri Hooley will present his last ever Hooley’s Hootenanny on New Year’s Eve, 2019.

He’ll be playing records at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast, rocking into the New Year with his legendary wit, humanity and fine company. Terri started DJing at the age of 13 in church halls in east Belfast. His Hootenanny will take place a week after his 71st birthday. That’s 58 years of singular joy. “I’d rather go out with a bit of a bang than just fade,” he says. “when there’s a big crowd and everybody’s having a good time, and you’re bouncing about the stage like a three year old – it’s just an amazing feeling”

The Hootenanny will also be the start of the Goodbye Vibrations Tour 2020. Terri will say his farewells to the Irish music scene with 20 DJ nights across the year in various Irish locations. This will be a victory lap for the man whose life and achievements were celebrated in Good Vibrations, the film and then the sold-out stage play at the Lyric Theatre.

Don’t miss your chance to see the man in his natural habit, surrounded by great tunes, playing the soundtrack to a remarkable, intoxicating life. “It’s the greatest drug in the world for me!” he confesses.




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