Dublin City To Come Alive In Spectacular Style For New Year’s Festival Dublin

by Aishling Conway
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Tickets For The Divine Comedy and The Scratch On Sale Now

Ring in 2024 with New Year’s Festival Dublin, Ireland’s Biggest New Year’s Celebration – this year’s programme spans 4 days of city-wide celebrations with over 40 acts performing across 3 iconic venues from 29th December 2023 through to 1 January 2024. 

Dublin City will come alive in celebratory style as New Year’s Festival Dublin returns, bigger and better than ever with a host of music and family-friendly entertainment events, This year, experience the 4-day New Year’s Festival Dublin in the stunning surrounds of Dublin Castle, the historical National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks and the award-winning architectural space Meeting House Square, in the heart of Temple Bar. 

New Year’s Festival Dublin have just announced The Divine Comedy and The Scratch for headline shows at National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks.

The Divine Comedy have been announced to headline the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks on 29thDecember with special guests The High Kings and Amble.Tickets from €39.90 including booking fee go on sale today, Wednesday 15th November.

The Scratch, Sharon Shannon, Gemma Dunleavy and Hermitage Green will ring in the New Year at National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks on 31 December. Tickets from €29.90 including booking fee. Over 18s event. Tickets on sale today, Wednesday 15th November.

Other acts just announced across the additional stages at National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks include All Tvvins, Lucy McWilliams, Big Sleep, Aonair, DJs Ed Smith, Sally Cinnamon & Kelly-Anne Byrne, Ispíní na hÉireann, Lemoncello, Anamoe Drive, Krea and DJs Nialler9, Claire Beck & Blood Donor (DJ set). 

On Friday, December 29th – National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks 

New Year’s celebrations kick-off at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins’ Barracks with live performances across three stages from headliners The Divine Comedy, with special guests The High Kings and Amble. Other acts just announced across the additional stages include All Tvvins, Lucy McWilliams, Big Sleep, Aonair and DJs Ed Smith, Sally Cinnamon & Kelly-Anne Byrne. Tickets from €39.90 including booking fee. Over 18s event. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday 15th November.

On Saturday, December 30th – National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks 

Celebrate on December 30th at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks – with live performances across 3 stages from headliner Dec Pierce’s Block Rockin’ Beats and special guests Chasing Abbey, Ryan Mack, Jen Payne, HamSandwich, R.S.A.G, Sinead White, Chubby Cat and DJs Emma Power, Shelly Gray & Fergal D’Arcy. Tickets from €29.90 including booking fee on sale now. Over 18s event.

On Sunday, December 31st – Dublin Castle (Matinee and Countdown Concert)

Rising Irish artists Moncrieff, Lea Heart and Lucy Gaffney have been announced for the Midnight Moment Matinee on December 31st in Dublin Castle. Share a magical moment on New Year’s Eve together with family and friends at the very special earlier countdown event for all ages. Children will be enchanted as they ring in the new year in the stunning surroundings of Dublin Castle with some of Ireland’s best musicians. Tickets on sale now priced €22.90 including booking fee for a family of up to 2 adults and 2 children with €7.90 for additional / individual matinee tickets. Maximum 4 people with minimum 1 parent/guardian.

Irish band Picture This will headline the Countdown Concert at Dublin Castle as part of the New Year’s Festival. The skies above Dublin Castle will light up with an aerial visual pyrotechnics show and singers Moncrieff and Lea Heart will also take to the stage as the opening acts. Tickets from €49.90 including the booking fee on sale now. Over 18s event.

On Sunday, December 31st – National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks 

Ring in the New Year at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks with performances across three stages from headliners The Scratch, with special guests Sharon Shannon, Gemma Dunleavy and Hermitage Green and performances from Ispíní na hÉireann, Lemoncello, Anamoe Drive, Krea and DJs Nialler9, Claire Beck & Blood Donor (DJ set). Tickets from €29.90 including booking fee. Over 18s event. Tickets on sale Wednesday 15th November. 

On Monday, January 1st – Dublin Castle and Meeting House Square

After welcoming in the New Year, make it a full day of celebrations with family and friends and hop between concerts across two venues Dublin Castle and Meeting House Square. Join the festivities at the New Year’s Day Concert in Dublin Castle with live performances from Jerry Fish, Dublin Gospel Choir, Code Of Behaviour & The New Brass Kings. Experience some of Ireland’s best traditional and folk musicians in Meeting House Square at the New Year’s Day Concert on 1 January 2024 with performances from Rónán Ó Snodaigh and Myles O’Reilly, Dani Larkin, Niamh Bury and Sola. Both of these events are free, non-ticketed family friendly events.

With Many more events to be announced soon

Speaking at the official launch, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD said

“I am very pleased to officially launch Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival Dublin programme today. Festivals and events are an important part of the Irish tourism offering and essential for supporting local businesses and communities all year round. These fantastic events are delivered under the strategic partnership between Fáilte Ireland and the Office of Public Works, and I am confident this year’s New Year’s Festival Dublin will encourage more domestic and international visitors to come and explore our capital city over the New Years’ period. This will drive important economic benefits for the city and enhance the work of the Night-Time Economy taskforce.” 

Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan added:

“We are very proud to partner with the festival, and to welcome people in their thousands to ring in the New Year in some of our truly spectacular locations. As the custodians of these historic buildings for the state, the Office of Public Works is dedicated to the care, protection and promotion of our built heritage. Being able to celebrate Christmas and New Year together again after so much time apart is so important, for children, families, loved ones and friends at this special time of year. We are committed to our strategic partnership with Fáilte Ireland and look forward to hosting more events in 2024. We value the economic driver of tourism within the economy and are eager to welcome even more people to OPW sites in the New Year.”

Orla Carroll, Head of Product Development at Fáilte Ireland, said

“Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival is back again this year with a fantastic line up of music and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Festivals are crucial drivers of tourism in Ireland and New Year’s Festival Dublin is no exception. It’s a flagship event in Fáilte Ireland’s Winter in Dublin programme as we expect to welcome almost 50,000 visitors to Dublin City over four days, including over 11,000 from overseas. This will be key in supporting jobs and generating revenue for local businesses and communities during the shoulder season. Working with our partners in the Office of Public Works, we are planning a spectacular four-day programme of events that will position Dublin as a must-visit destination for both a winter break and to celebrate the New Year.”

Assistant Secretary General, Head of Heritage & Capital Works Delivery, Office of Public Works, Rosemary Collier said:

“The OPW is proud to look after Ireland’s rich national heritage portfolio and we want to share that with as wide an audience as possible, celebrating the transition from 2023 to 2024, listening to a star line-up of Irish bands and musicians. Dublin Castle has witnessed so many seminal events in Irish history. It is an iconic place where we welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and it presents a great setting to gather together after such a challenging few years apart.”

New Year’s Festival Dublin will run from 29th December 2023 to 1st January 2024 and includes a host of ticketed and non-ticketed events for the whole family to enjoy across Dublin Castle, National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks, and Meeting House Square. Tickets are on sale now at www.nyfdublin.com.

New Year’s Festival Dublin is a Fáilte Ireland initiative, produced and promoted by MCD Productions, in association with the Office of Public Works.

NYF Dublin is part of the Winter in Dublin Programme, an initiative of Failte Ireland. 

Visit http://www.nyfdublin.com/ and www.visitdublin.com for more and keep up to date with news about all upcoming events and ticket details by using the hashtag #NYFDublin and following @NYFDublin on Twitter and Instagram. 

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