Divine Comedy Heads NYE Fest

Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival Dublin 2023 was launched by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD.

The Divine Comedy and The Scratch join the line-up for the four-day, city-centre celebration which runs from 29th December 2023 to 1st January 2024. This year, for the first time, the festival will be delivered in partnership with the Office of Public Works. Events will be hosted across three Dublin venues: Dublin Castle; the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks; and Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. This year’s programme has over 40 music and entertainment events, including family-friendly shows.

The Divine Comedy will headline the National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks on 29th December with special guests The High Kings. Picture This will headline the Countdown Concert at Dublin Castle on 31st December, while The Scratch, Sharon Shannon and Gemma Dunleavy will ring in the New Year at National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks.

Other acts just announced include All Tvvins, Lucy McWilliams, Big Sleep, Aonair, DJs Ed Smith, Sally Cinnamon and Kelly-Anne Byrne, Ispíní na hÉireann, Lemoncello, Anamoe Drive, Krea and DJs Nialler9, Claire Beck and Blood Donor (DJ set). Full details available at www.nyfdublin.com.

Part of Fáilte Ireland’s “Winter in Dublin” programme, the New Year’s Festival aims to establish Dublin as a must-visit destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve. This year’s festival is expected to attract almost 50,000 domestic and international visitors to the capital city, driving an estimated €8 million in tourism revenue and additional economic activity.

Speaking at the official launch, Minister Martin said:

“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.”

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

“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.”