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4 events for... doing New Year's Eve with a difference

Don’t know how you’re ringing in 2018? You could do worse than any of these…

Source: nyfdublin

IT’S THAT TIME of year when people are asking each other, “What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?” in hushed tones. New Year’s Eve always poses a dilemma – stay in and watch the Hootenanny or brave the madness in town?

If you don’t fancy staying in this year, here are four events going on around the country.

Mother Presents: New Year’s Eve feat Le Boom, The Hub, Dublin

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When: December 31st, 10.30pm – 3am

Where: The Hub, Eustace Street, Dublin 2

Le Boom are undoubtedly one of the breakout acts of 2017. The electro-pop duo have been performing shows all over the country and established themselves as one of the most exhilarating live acts in Ireland. If you like Le Galaxie, you’ll love ‘em.

They end the year by teaming up with Mother for their annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. It’s a fairytale end to a surreal year for the band’s Christy Leach.

“In a lot of ways, when I think back on the year, it feels like it could easily have all just been one big mad dream,” he says. “In January, we had no fans, no manager and were literally begging for every show we got. Then 2017 happened and we’re here looking back on it now saying, ‘What the f**k was that?’”

“When we are on stage we are going to go absolutely go mental,” says his bandmate Aimie Mallon. If you want to ring in 2018 with a dance party of the highest order, you know where to go. Tickets are on sale now.

Liffey Lights Midnight Moment, Dublin

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Don’t fancy ringing in the New Year by standing bumper to bumper with strangers in a sweaty nightclub? Head along to Liffey Lights Midnight Moment, a stunning aerial display taking place on George’s Quay. Expect an acrobatic, aquatic, light extravaganza like nothing the city has been before.

The event is being organised by New Year’s Festival Dublin and there’ll be two separate shows – a matinée for those unable to stay awake until midnight and another at 11.30. The event is free but ticketed and you can get more info here.

Turning Back Time, Franciscan Well Brewery, Cork

When: December 31st, all day

Where: Franciscan Well Brew Pub, Cork

Franciscan Well opened their eponymous pub in 1998 and will celebrate its twentieth anniversary next year. To celebrate, the Cork haunt is pulling a Cher and turning back time. For one night only, pints will cost €3.50 all day and all night just as they did in 1998. Additionally, there’ll be live music from Domesticated Animals.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Extravaganza, Limerick

When: December 31st, 8.30pm

Where: King John’s Castle, Limerick

Limerick will mark the end of 2017 with a dazzling fireworks display. There will also be music and a specially commissioned video projected onto the walls of King John’s Castle, turning it into a tapestry of sorts. All in all, it promises to be a feast for the senses.

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