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Ring In 2019 with New Year’s Festival Dublin As Three Spectacular Countdown Events Announced

Now in its seventh year, New Year's Festival Dublin (NYF Dublin) have announced 3 spectacular New Year’s Eve events to ring in 2019 in celebratory style. A Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council initiative, produced and promoted by MCD Productions, the festival will play host to a spectacular line up of Irish music and entertainment. Gather together in the heart of Dublin with your family and friends as The Custom House, Dublin’s iconic landmark, will be the centre for NYF Dublin’s three countdown events - Liffey Lights Midnight Moment - Matinee, the 3Countdown Concert and the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment.

Dublin City will light up with excitement as world-class events Liffey Lights Midnight Moment and the family-friendly Liffey Lights Midnight Moment – Matinee make a highly anticipated return this year with brand new countdown spectacles set to amaze audiences. These are FREE events but tickets will need to be booked in advance. Booking details will be announced on www.nyfdublin.com at the end of November.

Celebrate the final moments of 2018 with a bang under a canopy of sparks as the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment signals the end of 2018 and the arrival of the New Year. This dazzling lighting spectacle will be performed against the backdrop of the Custom House and features a thrilling choreography of lasers and aqua beams. You'll be amazed as live DJs and percussionists perform on the water in perfect harmony with hundreds of lasers and lights as they illuminate the midnight sky over Dublin City. The free event will start at 11.30pm with excitement building to a crescendo as the clock strikes midnight. This performance is not to be missed.

New Year's Festival Dublin have announced the return of their very special family-friendly countdown event - Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Matinee.Families and friends of all ages can ring in the New Year together with entertainment starting at 6pm leading to the earlier countdown spectacle at 7pm. Your little ones will watch in delight and amazement as laser lights and aqua beams dance through the sky in perfect rhythm with the music as you count down to the New Year together.

Get ready for a New Year's Eve night to remember as platinum selling artist Gavin James has been announced as the headliner for the 3Countdown Concert at Custom House with special guests Hudson Taylor, Wild Youth and Inhaler. Tickets (which include entry to the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment event) are priced €29.90 including booking fee and go on sale Monday 5 November at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and www.ticketmaster.ie. subject to license.

Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin, said: “We are very excited to be bringing New Year’s Festival to the streets of Dublin once again. This year promises to provide a bigger and better party than ever for locals and visitors alike, while also providing an opportunity to show case our beautiful City on a global stage. Let’s “Ring” in the New Year as only we can!”

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, said:“I’m delighted to see such a fantastic line up of events announced for the New Year’s Festival. Once again, it promises to be a great celebration of both the New Year and our capital city and not only provides a boost for the tourism industry in Dublin but with international media in attendance, it will highlight all that Ireland has to offer to visitors around the globe.”

Paul Kelly, CEO, Fáilte Ireland said: “A highlight in our festival calendar, we are delighted to work with Dublin City Council and MCD Productions once again on the New Year’s Festival to deliver a fresh, fun and exciting programme of events to celebrate the New Year in our capital city.

Festivals and events are crucial to the tourism sector and give overseas visitors to Ireland a unique opportunity to experience the very best of our culture, people and places, and this event is part of our strategy to grow off season tourism. With all eyes on New Year celebrations in major cities across the world, the New Year’s Festival is a great opportunity for us to showcase Dublin and Ireland as a fantastic visitor destination and a top location to ring in the New Year to an international audience.”

For additional information on all other NYF Dublin events please visit www.NYFDublin.com. Keep up to date with news about all upcoming events by using the hashtag #NYFDublin and following @NYFDublin on Twitter and Instagram.

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