Remember, remember, events in November. Here’s a huge selection to choose from, especially for those who have decided to go out over the door again having stayed Sober in October.
Lyric Theatre (Naughton Studio) Nov 5 8pm
Set in New York’s Lower East Side on the eve of Hurricane Sandy, The Flood plays out between two couples gathered to weather the tempest outside as a hidden tragedy stirs up yet another storm within. A play about the things we’re afraid to say and the prices we pay for not saying them.
Winner of the award for excellence in playwrighting at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. The cast includes John Duddy, James Russell, Kimberlee Walker and Sarah Stephens.
The Limelight Nov 6
Mercury Prize nominated British electronic act Hot Chip have six albums to their name and are set to visit our shores to ask the question ‘Why Make Sense?’ Are you ready for the floor?
Forestside Nov 6-15
The 10 day event will be jam-packed with superb local produce, talented chefs and an array of tasting and sampling opportunities with the centre’s own retailers.
Hosted by renowned local chef, Stephen Jeffers, the Festival will be a celebration of food from Forestside and beyond with daily demonstrations from the purpose-built mall kitchen.
Stephen will be joined by some of the province’s highly acclaimed chefs including Andy Rea (Mourne Seafood Bar), Jonny Phillips (Coppi, Il Pirata), Stephen Chisholm (BBC Radio Ulster, Belfast Cookery School and Great Irish Bake Off winner) to name a few.
Crescent Arts Centre Nov 6 9.30pm
Welcoming readers of all styles and experiences, from first timers to old pros. Purely Poetry fosters an open, laid back and encouraging atmosphere, for people to read their work, and to listen in comfort. To take part, just sign up at the start of the night.
Victoria Sq Nov 7 from 3pm
Victoria Square will stage its biggest ever Christmas parade as over 500 dancers, musicians and circus acts from across Northern Ireland will perform at the official Christmas light switch on. Face Painters, balloon modellers, caricaturists and a real life reindeer will be spreading cheer from 3pm.
The spectacular parade at 6pm will ignite the Christmas spirit in the city while showcasing the rich talent Northern Ireland has to offer; from the Ballet School of Dreams dancing the Nutcracker Waltz of the Flowers to the Hilcroft Special Needs School Makaton Choir signing Frosty The Snowman. Of course no Christmas event is complete without the main man and this year Santa brings a special guest, Mrs Claus, who will help do the all-important task of turning on the lights of the infamous Victoria Square Christmas tree.
Lyric Theatre until Nov 8
Presented by Decadent Theatre Company and based on the Booker Prize winning novel of the same name by DBC Pierre, Vernon God Little is a riotous, irreverent adventure with a fast-talking fifteen year old who cruelly ends up on a version of death row driven by the rules of reality TV.
Various locations until Nov 8
Belfast Design Week is a series of specially curated talks, workshops, events, pop-ups and exhibitions to promote and celebrate design and the creative economy in Belfast and beyond. It will showcase emerging and established talent and aims to create new connections across island-wide industries.
SSE Arena until Nov 8
The new Feld Entertainment production features Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater and the crew of Disney Pixar’s Cars on the ice. To book tickets visit ssearenabelfast.com or ticketmaster.ie
The Belfast Barge Nov 7 7pm
The Mad Dalton launches his eagerly-awaited debut EP with a live performance of original material on The Belfast Barge along with special guests.
T13 Nov 8
The event will feature a range of health and wellbeing exhibitors, practitioners, workshops and talks.
Tickets for the TONIC Health & Wellness Festival are £5 per person (£3 concession & £12 Family ticket – 2 adults 2 kids) and available from www.ticketmaster.ie
SSE Arena Nov 10
WWE Live is a unique blend of sport and entertainment, combining in-ring match action with dramatic entertainment. Bursting with all the drama and energy of a rock concert, in a fun, lively and exciting environment, WWE live events are the ultimate in family entertainment.
Don’t miss this chance to see your favourite WWE Superstars and Divas Live in action including John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, Bray Wyatt, Big Show and Luke Harper. Parents with small children are advised to purchase tiered seating. Line up subject to change.
St George’s Market Nov 11 6-11pm
The historic market will be transformed into foodie heaven where visitors will be able to feast on some of the unique food elements that make up Belfast’s upcoming and thriving food sector.
There’ll be a wide selection of local pop up restaurants and food producers, all combined with entertaining chef demonstrations, food tastings, chef talks and live music and DJs.
City Hall Nov 14 to Dec 20
It’s the ultimate springboard destination for discovering Belfast in the lead up to Christmas, or if you’re happy enough staying in the one location all night there’s plenty to keep you fed, watered and entertained within the grounds of City Hall.
Various locations Nov 6-14
There are 27 events in nine days in a festival that showcases new talent, veteran punks, electronic acts, traditional music and urban artists. Events are taking place at the Mandela Hall, Lavery’s, The Pavilion, Voodoo, The Ulster Hall, The Empire and the Bar With No Name.
This year’s programme starts with an intimate gig from Bronagh Gallagher (Nov 6) and it ends with the Northern Ireland Music Prize and the presentation of an Oh Yeah Legend Award to the Divine Comedy (Nov 14).
It also involves Stiff Little Fingers, The Lost Brothers, Ciaran Lavery and Ryan Vail, Billy Harrison from Sixties legends Them, plus new acts such as Jealous Of The Birds and Sister Ghost. There will be a Belfast premiere for Emma-Rosa Dias and her international mod documentaries and a special Youth Conference, showing pathways into music and featuring panelists such as Phil Taggart from BBC Radio1.
Various locations Nov 12-21
In its most ambitious programme yet, the ninth Outburst Queer Arts Festival runs for a jam-packed 10 days in venues across Belfast.
Supported by Arts Council NI, Belfast City Council and DSD, OUTBURST is Northern Ireland’s acclaimed celebration of cutting edge international and local lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer Arts and this year our partnership events invite a whole new audience to step into a world of Q-riosity.
SSE Arena Nov 13-14
Michael McIntrye returns with his hotly anticipated brand new stand-up show Happy & Glorious. Michael’s previous tour Showtime was the biggest selling comedy tour in the world in 2012, playing to over 640,000 people including a record-breaking ten-night residency at London’s O2 Arena matching the pop-superstar Rihanna’s 2011 record.
City Hall Nov 14 6.45pm
The Gruffalo is coming out of the deep dark wood to see Lord Mayor switch on Belfast’s Christmas Lights on Saturday November 14.
Entertainment at the ticketed event will also include an appearance from Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from the Octonauts performing their mini show ‘To Your Stations’ and an extract from Cinderella, Belfast Waterfront’s Christmas pantomime.
Free tickets are available from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, 9 Donegall Square North. Tickets, which are limited to a maximum of four per person, can be collected in person or booked online at www.visit-belfast.com
Limelight 2 Nov 14
Evil Scarecrow gear up to hit the road for their ‘Boldly Going Anywhere‘ tour and will be taking their unique brand of metal, mayhem and madness across the UK and Ireland. It’s going to be a very busy end of year for the guys & gal and without doubt it’s going to be fun and chaos in equal measures! Bring party poppers!
Waterfront Nov 16
The Modfather is back on the road again having released his 12th studio album, Saturn’s Pattern, in May. Extra tickets have been released so you might be lucky enough to get a seat for gig that had previously been sold out.
SSE Arena Nov 17
Supporting their new album ‘Smoke + Mirrors’, US chart phenomenon Imagine Dragons play ten UK arena shows this November.
Live, the band are fast becoming one of the best in the business. Having last toured the UK in 2013 (playing three sold out Brixton Academy shows, Glastonbury and Reading/Leeds), they garnered some amazing reviews with the Standard saying they were on ‘citadel storming form’, Q that ‘the anticipation resembled a typhoon in a sardine tin’ and The Times that they were ‘in a class of their own’ in their 5* review.
SSE Arena Nov 18-19
U2 play back to back sold out shows in the SSE Arena featuring songs from the album that everyone got for free even if they didn’t want it.
Waterfront Nov 18
Twenty years ago Britain’s favourite publican (and politician) Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, embarked on his one man mission as the King Cnut of Common Sense, holding back a tide of bottled beer and ninny state nonsense. To celebrate this milestone, join this icon on his twice extended sell-out tour One Man, One Guvnor.
Ulster Hall Nov 19-21
4000 people are expected to attend over three days as they bid to drink the Ulster Hall dry.
For lovers of real ale and cider it’s a must, but if your rubber arm needs any more twisting check out our 10 reasons to attend.
Custom House Sq until Nov 21
From Bangkok to Belfast the Lady Boys of Bangkok are moving back into town with their latest production.
Prepare to dance the night away as the stars return to Custom House Square Belfast, in ‘Beauties and the Beats’ – their brand new cabaret infused show.
SSE Arena Nov 20-21
Kevin Bridges is back in the SSE Arena following two top notch performances there in October with Romesh Ranganathan as the star support. With that in mind, check out our round up of some of Bridge’s funniest moments.
Waterfront Nov 26-29
The BAFTA and British Comedy Award winning comedian, author and chat show supremo returns to his stand up roots with his hilarious take on life. An extra date has been added due to demand on Sunday November 29.
Ulster Hall Nov 28
LA actor Miles Allen brings his unique take of TV sensation, Breaking Bad to The Ulster Hall. One Man Breaking Bad – the Unauthorised Parody is a super-charged ride through the smash hit series, featuring hilariously accurate renditions of all of the iconic characters, including Walter White, Jesse, Saul, Skyler,Hank, Walt Junior, Mike and Gus Fring.
Lyric Theatre Nov 24 to Jan 10
Belfast 1992 – no Agreement, no Assembly, and no Accommodation at the Inn or anywhere else… Meet Mackers – a Belfast cabbie who’d rather work Christmas Eve than suffer the celebrations. Half the city needs to be somewhere else – trouble is, not everyone’s in the mood for a merry Christmas, and those who are full of the festive spirit are, well, full of the festive spirit.
They’re all out tonight, from a superstitious Santa with a sackful of Poitín, to Mr Dunne who’s struggling to make it out of the pub to get the turkey home to his wife. Throw in a cheating husband, an abandoned Granny, some serious shoppers, an upper class English actor who may be the world’s most unlikely choice to play a paramilitary leader, and a squaddie who just wants to go home to his girlfriend, and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable Belfast Christmas Eve.
It’s written by Marie Jones and directed by Dan Gordon – the creators of last year’s smash hit Mistletoe and Crime.
Limelight 2 Nov 26 7pm
Signed to Island Records and promoting their debut album release, ‘The Way Back Up’, Prides are embarking on a UK and Irish Tour. The band performed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony in Glasgow with the track ‘Messiah’.
Crumlin Rd Gaol Nov 29 5pm
A charity event supported by nearly 30 local tattoo artists where you can get a tattoo for as little as £30. Proceeds will go to Post 19, Autism NI and Alzheimer’s Society.