Dublin is gearing up for its most significant New Year’s celebration yet as Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival Dublin 2023 makes a triumphant return, promising a star-studded lineup and an unforgettable four-day experience. The festival, officially launched by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media Catherine Martin TD, is set to take place from December 29, 2023, to January 1, 2024.
This year’s festival boasts an impressive array of performers, with headliners including The Divine Comedy, The Scratch, The High Kings, Sharon Shannon, and Gemma Dunleavy. Over 40 acts are set to grace three iconic Dublin venues: Dublin Castle, the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks, and Meeting House Square in Temple Bar.
The Divine Comedy will kick off the festivities at the National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks on December 29, joined by special guests The High Kings. The Countdown Concert at Dublin Castle on December 31 will be headlined by Picture This, while The Scratch, Sharon Shannon, and Gemma Dunleavy will ring in the New Year at the National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks.
Additional acts announced for the festival include All Tvvins, Lucy McWilliams, Big Sleep, Aonair, DJs Ed Smith, Sally Cinnamon & Kelly-Anne Byrne, Ispíní na hÉireann, Lemoncello, Anamoe Drive, Krea, and DJs Nialler9, Claire Beck & Blood Donor (DJ set).
This year, Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival Dublin has partnered with the Office of Public Works (OPW), expanding the event’s reach and showcasing Dublin’s rich heritage. The festival will unfold across these historic venues, enriching the overall experience for attendees.
Part of Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Winter in Dublin’ program, the New Year’s Festival aims to position Dublin as a must-visit destination for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Anticipated to draw nearly 50,000 visitors, both domestic and international, the festival is expected to generate an impressive €8 million in tourism revenue and additional economic activity.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Catherine Martin highlighted the importance of festivals and events in supporting local businesses and communities. She expressed confidence that this year’s festival would attract more visitors, driving economic benefits for the city and contributing to the Night-Time Economy taskforce’s goals.
The festival’s partnership with the Office of Public Works was commended by Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan, emphasising the importance of celebrating the New Year in Ireland’s spectacular locations and the economic impact of tourism on the country.
Orla Carroll, Head of Product Development at Fáilte Ireland, emphasised the significance of festivals as drivers of tourism and highlighted the expected economic boost for local businesses and communities during the festival.
New Year’s Festival Dublin, running from December 29, 2023, to January 1, 2024, promises a spectacular celebration, marking the transition from 2023 to 2024 with a stellar lineup of Irish bands and musicians. Tickets are available for both ticketed and non-ticketed events here, and further information can be found on the festival’s official website and social media channels using the hashtag #NYFDublin.