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Saturday 16 December 2017

Coronas count down to perfect new year's festival

Michele McGrath and The Coronas (from left, Conor Egan, Dave McPhillips, Danny O'Reilly and Graham Knox) at the launch yesterday of the New Year's Eve Countdown Concert in Dublin
Michele McGrath and The Coronas (from left, Conor Egan, Dave McPhillips, Danny O'Reilly and Graham Knox) at the launch yesterday of the New Year's Eve Countdown Concert in Dublin
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

DUBLIN city chiefs are splashing the cash in an attempt to make a New Year's Eve street party a success -- and a regular draw for party-goers and tourists.

On January 31, the city will play host to the biggest party in the country, with an inaugural 'Countdown Concert' in College Green, featuring headline indie rockers The Coronas.

The 5,000 capacity outdoor concert is all part of a €180,000 three-day festival taking place from December 30 to January 1.

Also gracing the stage is Damien Dempsey, Paul Brady and Bressie, while the stand-out performance is undoubtedly the Riverdance troupe who are set to put on a toe-tapping performance.

Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council are going all out to make it a celebration to remember and hope the hype surrounding the event will bring a much-needed New Year boost to the city.

"The idea is two-fold. In the longer term it's to make Dublin the place to go for that New Year festive vibe," said one of the organisers.

"It's also to provide a civic celebration which residents can enjoy, coupled with an drive to try and lure more business into the city centre.

"Dublin is unusual in that to date there hasn't been a civic, outdoor celebration, geared specifically for New Year -- so that's where the idea came from.

"There will be a bar so people can drink. But we're not worried about whether there will be trouble, because the event is aimed at a very mixed audience.

"It finishes just after midnight. Hopefully all concerned can have a mature celebration of New Year's Eve in Dublin,'' he stressed.

Specially constructed 'Seasonal Markets' will be erected in a number of locations including Dame Court, where flea markets, vintage record stalls and clothes swap stalls will offer the perfect place to bag an early 2012 bargain.

There will also be a number of 'micro festival hubs' peppered around the city, while a colourful array of street performers, including stilt walkers, mime artists, a clown policeman, jugglers, and fire daredevils will get in on the act.

Tickets for the Countdown Concert are €10 and are on sale from www.nyedublin.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie.

Irish Independent

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