Madness to headline Three New Year’s Eve Dublin Festival 



Ryan Sheridan joined Madness fans Roz Purcell, Karena Graham and Tiffany Stanley in Dublin today for an impromptu street performance in celebration of the launch of the Three New  Year’s Eve Dublin Festival. Iconic ska band Madness will headline what promises to be the biggest New Year’s event to hit Ireland. The Three NYE Dublin Festival, which is the official  closing event for The Gathering 2013, boasts an exhilarating two day schedule kicking off on 31st December.

Now in its third year, The Three NYE festival’s main highlight is the highly anticipated Countdown Concert on New Year’s Eve at College Green and Dame Street. This year organisers are  excited to announce an eclectic musical line up including Madness and Ryan Sheridan, with more exciting performers unveiled in the coming months.

Tickets for the Countdown Concert will be available from Thursday 26th September online at and in selected Three stores nationwide. Tickets priced at €25.00 (+€2.50 booking fee).

Last year’s event saw crowds of over 50,000 on the streets of Dublin and contributed to Dublin’s nomination as one of the Lonely Planet’s Top 5 New Year’s Eve Destinations in the world. This New Year’s Eve, Dublin city will be transformed in true festival fashion with free events such as The People’s Procession of  Light. Continuing with the free theme, New Year’s Day will see many events including a Big Brunch, Family Day & Ceili at Meeting House Square from 11am until 6pm.

The Three NYE Dublin Festival, is a Fáilte Ireland/Dublin City Council Initiative, supported by The Gathering Ireland with Dublin City Bid (Business improvement District) and is produced and promoted by Davis Events.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn said,I’m calling on all Dubliners and visitors to our city to come into Dublin City Centre to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style.  The two day festival will have family-friendly events spread over the two days throughout the city centre.  This year’s Countdown Concert promises to be very special  with internationally renowned band Madness and Irish favourite Ryan Sheridan leading the celebrations.  College Green will definitely be the place to be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st”

Elaine Carey, Three’s Chief Commercial Officer, said “We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Three New Year’s Eve Festival. This is an exciting move for Three and we are looking forward to working with Davis Events to ring in an exciting year and make this the biggest and best News Year’s Eve Ireland has ever seen.”

Speaking at the launch, Jim Miley, Project Director of the Gathering Ireland 2013 said: “We opened an exciting year of gatherings with NYE Dublin and we are delighted to close this wonderful year of Gathering celebrations with the Three NYE Dublin Fesival. We are working with our tourism partners to enhance this year’s festival for overseas visitors. We look forward to a bigger and better festival than ever and one which will secure Dublin’s position as a top global destination for New Year’s.”.

Anne Griffin, NYE Dublin Project Manager said,“We are delighted Ryan Sheridan could join us here today at the launch of the Three NYE Dublin Festival 2013/2014, The Ultimate Gathering. We had a hugely successful event last year with over 1.3 million people tuning in to the RTE broadcast and over 50,000 people attending the event. We also welcome the addition of Three this year and are delighted to announce their sponsorship of this event. The atmosphere was electric last year and we are going for an even bigger and better event this year to truly celebrate the New Year in style.”

For more details on the concert and to purchase tickets for the Countdown Concert visit  Tickets for the Countdown Concert are priced at €25.