IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOOOWN….
Yes, we’re singing. But it’s what everyone will be singing on 31st December – and I bet you’re humming already.
It’s only 48 days until New Year’s Eve, and I think you can tell we’re excited. Let me show you why.
In the last couple of years, Dublin has dramatically upped its game on its New Year’s Eve offering. Perhaps it was watching the ball drop among all those crowds in New York’s Time Square, or the fireworks exploding over the Sydney Opera House – Dublin wanted a piece of the action.
It decided to show all those big cities that there was a new New Year’s gig in town. So it set the stage – literally – with a festival. A parade, concert, lighting show and, the explosive icing on the cake, a firework show.
Times Square and Sydney harbour still looking appealing? Well, we have another trick up our sleeve.
How will we top last year’s two-day festival? By making it part of a year-long, biggest-ever, country-wide festival. Yes, we really did come prepared. The Gathering will kick off and get its kicks as part of Dublin’s sparkling New Year’s Eve. This translates as a bigger, louder party and, we imagine, brighter fireworks.
The Countdown Concert near Temple Bar will be HQ, where the big name bands will play their little hearts out in front of amazing lighting projections. You’ll need a ticket for that, but really the whole city will feel like a street party. Free festival zones will be pocketed around the city, with live bands, DJs, animated lighting (we’re not sure what it is, but we like the sound of it), dancers and street performers.
We like the cute touch of the Big Brunch – a family affair on “the morning after the night before”.
Sooooooooooo… pretty convincing package ain’t it? And not even New York or Sydney would dare question Dublin’s ability to throw a party.
It’ll be the biggest one of the year – of both years! – so it’s about time you made the resolution to enjoy yourself this New Year’s Eve.
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