A galaxy of stars light up Waterfront and Ulster Hall new season

Published on : Friday, August 22, 2014

Waterfront-300x123A stellar line-up of music maestros, kings of comedy, sensational showpieces and Christmas crackers are just some of the many highlights taking place during Belfast Waterfront and The Ulster Hall’s bumper new season, from the beginning of September through to the end of 2014.

Music headliners…
Music legends don’t come any bigger than Robert Plant, who is joined by his band, The Sensational Space Shifters on 23 November. Acclaimed as one of popular music’s most influential singer / songwriters, Elvis Costello (17 October) is an Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s highlight. Imelda May (13 December) has won critical acclaim for her infectious fusion of rockabilly, jazz and blues. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott (27 October) and David Gray (9 December) will both perform new music as well as fan favourites.


The Specials (4 November) will unite old fans and new with iconic hits such as Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town. Chas & Dave (22 November) are not only great musicians – they know how to put on a fabulous show! The legendary Dr Hook Featuring Ray Sawyer (23 October) celebrate 40 years with their best known classics.


The spotlight also falls on three of Irish Celtic and folk music’s biggest stars. Clannad (31 October) will delight fans with their haunting songs, mesmerising vocals and captivating sound. Cara Dillon (11 October), owner of one of Ireland’s finest folk voices, will perform songs from her new album. Phil Coulter (20 September) is joined by Donaghadee Male Voice Choir for a special one-off concert.
World class opera and ballet…
This autumn the spotlight falls on glittering opera and ballet showpieces. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (26 October) is one of the world’s most popular operas. This award winning traditional production features the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria, One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet. On 12 November the internationally acclaimed Moscow Ballet La Classique performs Nutcracker, one of the jewels of classical ballet, set to Tchaikovsky’s magical score!
Mulholland Grand Organ tops the bill…
Organic Lunches – lunchtime concerts by popular organists playing The Ulster Hall’s iconic Mulholland Grand Organ – return, this time featuring Colm Carey (3 October), David Adams (24 October) and Emma Gibbons (28 November).
Also to look forward to is a full programme of Ulster Orchestra concerts in The Ulster Hall.

Kings of comedy…
Comedy Club at the Waterfront and Ulster Hall continues to showcase stand-up’s biggest names and the finest new talent. The new season’s unbeatable line-up includes Jon Richardson (18 October); Jimmy Carr (14 and 16 November); Dave Gorman (29 November); Frank Skinner (4 December); Chris Ramsey (6 November) and Alan Davies (12 December).
Golfing great…
Ryder Cup and golfing legend, Tony Jacklin (16 September), has inspired a generation of fellow golfing greats, including present day stars like Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Justin Rose. Tony will talk at length about his extraordinary golfing career and give a golf swing master-class!
Popular writers…
The ever popular Literary Lunchtimes return to The Ulster Hall with more bookish adventures featuring readings by popular writers and specially themed literary events. The impressive line-up for the new season includes writers Órfhlaith Foyle (24 September); Alice McCullough (15 October) and Eimear McBride (3 December).
Must see theatre…
Captivating theatre returns to the Waterfront in the shape of Brassneck Theatre Company’s The Holy Holy Bus (21 – 31 October) – part of Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s. This bittersweet comedy about love, happiness, disappointment and faith comes from the producers of A Night With George and Man In The Moon.


Festival for older people…
Older people can get creative, be inspired and make new friends at Imagine Arts Festival 2014 – the only event of its kind in Northern Ireland – on 5 November. Highlights include traditional tea dancing, a wide range of workshops offering opportunities to learn new skills and brush up on old ones, storytelling, poetry, theatre, live music and much more!
Christmas crackers…
Christmas is all wrapped up at the Waterfront and Ulster Hall with a wide selection of festive special events for all tastes!


Starring Peter Corry with special guests Andrea Begley and Ian McElhinney alongside an incredible cast, The Music Box – Home for Christmas (18 – 20 December) will take audiences on a magical journey through a selection box of seasonal music, song and dance.
Jack and the Beanstalk (27 November – 4 January) is this year’s Christmas pantomime. Packed with everyone’s favourite panto characters, this enchanting and spellbinding tale with a twist will guarantee panto fun for everyone!


The Christmas Movie is Rise of the Guardians (23 December). Enjoy this epic adventure on the Waterfront’s big, big screen and come dressed as your favourite Guardian or villain!
Grab your dancing shoes and get in the festive spirit during The Ulster Hall’s Christmas Tea Dances (22 December: 12 – 2pm and 3 – 5pm) and Christmas Retro Dance (22 December: 7.30pm).
These are just some of the highlights of a packed new season at Belfast Waterfront and The Ulster Hall. Full details of all events are listed in Front Row – the events guide for Belfast Waterfront and The Ulster Hall, now available from all usual outlets and directly from the Waterfront and Ulster Hall Box Offices.


There is a Credit/Debit card handling charge of £1.00 per ticket for bookings made by telephone. Online bookings attract a charge of just £1.50 per transaction. A fee of 50p per booking is payable for tickets forwarded by post.


Source:- Belfast Waterfron


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