REBLOG: (quick flashback) LAST SUMMER! Wonder if we can top it this year!
Wow where did the summer go!! What a whirlwind of music, colour and theatre I have experienced in the last few weeks I don’t know where to start and tell you all about it. Also I have so much to tell you about great things to come for Autumn/Winter…
So to start Team GG finished the summer months in style attending the Tennent’s Vital gigs in Boucher Road Playing fields. My highlights; the amazing The Script (I got within inches of Danny O Donoghue at one point!!), a superb Dj set from Annie Mac when the sunshine decided to peep out behind the clouds and I felt I was in Ibiza and not Belfast. The gorgeous tones of Kodaline floating in the warm summer air as I caught up with my wee sister in the pit. And I can’t even put into words the amazing atmosphere caused by the energetic and mesmerising set and pyro’s of Mr. Calvin Harris. I have never been so excited, energised nor have I giggled, danced and had so much fun over the two nights. I’m ready to book my tickets for next year already!!
Before Vital I popped into the Belfast Mela in the Botanic gardens. I always enjoy the festivities and parade. There is something to suit everyone and on this year’s gorgeous sunshine filled day I was attracted to the colour and pomp of the performers as well as being intrigued by the well-being and meditation tents. If your where there I would love to hear your highlights? I wish I could have spent more time in botanic but will definitely try and explore more of this side of the arts in Northern Ireland.
(Actually it put me in the mood to try and catch up with a lot more experiences over Culture Night this year. Always a highlight in my book, I never mark a path but just love to get into the cathedral quarter and find out what intrigues me following sounds and smells.)
You would think after all of that life would slow down and I would go back into the mundane, if you thought that you don’t know me very well. I am always on the go and if you follow my twitter feed or see any of my posts on nigossipguy you will see I like to pop up in strange and wonderful places!
So after the amazing Tennent’s gigs I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of Dancing at Lughnasa in the Lyric Theatre. Brian Friel is a playwright whom I studied for years in school, university and beyond. I also love the fact most of his plays are set very close to the townlands that I grew up. So with this in mind I took my seat in a packed audience holding my breath with anticipation. I have never seen this play performed with such an uneasy undertone, it really brought out the themes of religion, community appearance and family. The actors excelled at conveying these feelings with a bubbling of what could have been exploding out once or twice. The set from the slate floor to the mirrored lighting made this small cottage setting feel even more enclosed and almost other worldly. My theatre companions embraced the play and after we had a long lengthy discussion of favourite parts, accents and how we loved the eerie soundtrack. I think it did exactly what the director and writer set out to do; it caused a stir. It’s another performance that will stick in my head for a few more years or until I pick up the play once again. This new production, which marks the 25th anniversary of the play’s premiere in Dublin runs until the 27th September in the Lyric get tickets at Go and tell me your opinion see if it starts a debate between you and your friends??
After Lughnasa I popped into the launch of Belfast Fashion Week, I’m not a fashionista or an IT girl (as much as I get teased by some colleagues) but I do like to keep a track of trends. I always feel Belfast Fashion Week is a great night out, getting friends together and discussing likes dislikes and putting together a wish list for the coming season. The launch was no exception; I picked up some ideas for the next coming months from suede skirts to gorgeous bright eye-popping faux fur coats as well has having a quick munch, gossip and sipping a nicely chilled West Coaster Cooler. If you would like a quick catch up of what went on pop over to YouTube and check out the BFW channel, a film of how highlights which just popped up online this week. Oh and get your fashion week tickets at
Oh what else dear reader there is so much going on I don’t know where to curtail myself…ok staying on the theme of fashion. I also had a quick breakfast meeting with Lidl NI this week launching their new autumn/winter collection (it hits stores 10th September). I took a really liken to their big bobble hats pointing them out to the gorgeous Grainne Maher whom I met at the event (a woman who knows all about accessories check her out!).And I love love Lidl’s new Chelsea boots!! Get to Lidl now!! I think Il be first in line to top up my dwindling wardrobe!!
Ok last but not least as I have realised this has turned into the world’s longest post…I wont to highlight two little things which have made my very proud in the last week.
The first being the launch of the George Best Movie crowd funding. Northern Ireland’s media, acting talent and top football enthusiasts gathered at the iconic Titanic Belfast building to be part of telling the story of another Belfast icon, George Best, in a crowdfunding event for George Best, The Movie. The fundraiser, hosted by presenter Pete Snodden in conjunction with director John Paul Davidson and producer Stephen Evans, aimed to kick start the phenomenal £500,000 target. I think this is a great project making the people of Northern Ireland, fans of George Best and Man United fans play a pivotal part in the production of the new movie. There are so many movies being made in our wee country it’s amazing at the moment and to be able to play even just a little tiny part it gave me Goosebumps pop over to for more details.
Ok If your still reading I’m almost finished with my ranting I promise I just want to highlight one other little production that I am currently working on. Ladies and Gentlemen I present Gulliver!!
This is a production which I have been working on with Big Telly Theatre Company as part of a co-production with the MAC. I have an insider’s view to this one but IL shall give you a tip it’s not to be missed. Think tiny sheep, BIG people, Small people all sorts of people?? Just expect the unexpected!! Check out www. for more details…
Wow I need to blog more often I have so much to get off my chest, but if you got to the end of this one I love ya!
Emer D xx