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Thursday 23 October 2014

Kelly's the venue for Smirnoff's Nightlife Exchange Ulster debut

The Smirnoff Co., brought a flavour of Buenos Aires to the centre of Belfast to celebrate the launch of the first Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange in Northern Ireland which will take place at Kellys Portrush on Saturday, 14th May 2011

In less than a fortnight Smirnoff's Nightlife Exchange comes to Northern Ireland for the first time.

Saturday, May 14 will see Smirnoff bring the best of Argentinean nightlife to both Kellys and Lush! for what will be an access all areas event. The initial phase of the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange in November 2010 saw 14 countries swap global nightlife on the same night. Ireland swapped with Argentina.

The Nightlife Exchange continues at Kellys with the best sights, sounds and flavours of South America.

The entire club will be transformed into an Argentinean carnival with stilt walkers and tango dancers performing throughout the night.

Kellys and Lush! will be lit up by fire-eaters and inspired theatrical acts. Visitors to the venue will be welcomed at the door by Paka the fire-breathing horse. More than 200 metres of fabric will be used to dress the venue, creating a stunning sea of light blue and white, the colours of Argentina.

The music acts will also draw on the best of Argentinean culture. DJ David De Valera represented Ireland in Buenos Aires in November.

He will bring a fusion of UK dance music mixed with the best beats from South America. Joining him on the bill will be Lush’s resident DJ Col Hamilton who will play crowd-pleasing tunes with an Argentinean twist. Completing the line up is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular DJ’s, Cool FM’s Connor Phillips.

David De Valera said: “I can’t wait to get to Kellys, to play alongside Col Hamilton and Connor Phillips and to bring a flavour of Buenos Aires to Portrush. The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange creates one off, fantastic occasions and I am looking forward to being part of this one on May 14.”

The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange will give visitors the opportunity to sample South American inspired drinks including an Argentinean take on the Smirnoff Mule. There will be golden tickets up for grabs on the night with each one giving exclusive access to a VIP area where Smirnoff Argentinean cocktails will be served.

Admission is £7. Doors open at 10pm. Visit for further information on the Nightlife Exchange Project.

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