We’ve got a pretty amazing choice of where to go to amuse ourselves in Belfast this week – from spectacular gigs, the ever-popular Oktoberfest and Bellylaughs Comedy Festival.
That’s before we event mention the BabyDay extravaganza hitting Belfast on Sunday…
1. Riots Upstairs
The Bar With No Name, Friday 25th Sept 9pm, £5
the launch of Riot Upstairs‘ latest single, ‘Lost At Sea‘. The Derry band are travelling down from Stroke City to bring their own brand of indie-rock to Belfast.
Support comes from Palm Tree Dynamite & Susie-Blue.
2. Bellylaughs Comedy Festival
Sep 23 – Oct 4, Locations throughout Belfast
Friday 25 September, 8pm, Crescent Arts Centre
One of the strongest established acts on the Irish comedy circuit, Neil is a regular compère and headline act in comedy clubs throughout the UK, having supported both Patrick Kielty and Tommy Tiernan.
Sunday 27 September, 8pm, The Black Box
Leading local comic, Tim McGarry is probably best known for his role as ‘Da’ in Give My Head Peace however he also hosts shows on BBC Radio Ulster and panel show, The Blame Game, on BBC.
Tuesday 29 September, 8pm, Belfast Barge
Local comedian Rory competed with over 200 comedians from across the UK in the Hobgoblin Comedy Award 2014 and was picked as one of 21 ‘bloody good comics’ by the judges.
Wednesday 30 September, 8pm, The Black Box
A member of the NI comedy group Hole in the Wall Gang, the resulting comedy television series Give My Head Peace made McKeever a household name in Northern Ireland.
Wednesday 30 September, 9pm, Queen’s Comedy Club
Nominated for best show at the 2014 Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards and winner of the 2014 Chortle Breakthrough Award, Sara has appeared on Stand Up for The Week, as well as The Thick of It and Being Human.
Sunday 4 October, 8pm, The Black Box
Paul stormed the Edinburgh Fringe back in 2009 and has since gone on to appear on BBC’s Live at the Electric and gained a fan base that includes some of the UK’s comedy A-listers such as Stewart Lee, Tony Law and Tom Stade.
Limelight, 25 Sept 7pm, £14 (+ booking fee)
Wheatus return for 15th anniversary UK tour playing debut album in full and more!
Due to huge demand the Wheatus show has been upgraded to the Limelight 1 venue.
Lead singer, Brendan B Brown had this to say to all the fans, “We haven’t played Belfast for 15 years…what a crazy welcome back it was so sell out so quickly…and then to suddenly be asked to play a bigger room because of demand, well, now it kinda feels like Jaws. We’re gonna need a bigger boat n’ all that. What have we gotten ourselves into, Belfast?”
4. Oktoberfest Belfast
King’s Hall, 25 Sept – 17 Oct 5pm – midnight, free entry first day, all other days £3.50
After the success of the German beer tent at the Christmas market in Belfast, it’s no secret that the people of Northern Ireland, love good quality German beer. Oktoberfest 2015 offers the full German experience with quality beer, music, food and Heidi girls.
Oktoberfest 2015 will have a full range of beers to meet your palate, including Paulaner Oktoberfest Lager which is only brewed for the Munich Beer Festival. All the food and beer will be delicious and served by friendly staff in traditional Bavarian costumes. As is tradition in Bavaria the beer will be served in 1 litre glasses (steins).
5. Belfast BabyDay
Locations throughout Belfast, (City Hall at 5pm for the grand finale), Sun Sept 27
There will be over 70 events all over the city at venues including the MAC, the Crescent Arts Centre, Duncairn Cultural Centre, Skainos, Spectrum Centre, Oh Yeah Centre, the Black Box, Easons and BabyDay will take over the whole of City Hall both inside and out.
As well as events for the very tiniest, there’s stuff for older kids and even just for adults, with lots of events suitable for all the family.
Check out ‘BabyDay Is Coming To Belfast’ to find out more, or head to belfastbabyday.com for more info and more cute pics!