Nathan Carter and DJ Paul van Dyk are not names you might expect to see on the same concert line-up - but country and dance music fans are in for a treat when they open Northern Ireland's newest music venue.
The Lanyon Hall in Cookstown will open its doors to the public for the first time with the help of country music star Nathan Carter and Grammy-winning international DJ Paul van Dyk.'
The state-of-the-art multi-purpose live arena, inspired by venues in New York and Nashville, will have its grand opening weekend on December 11-12.
Lanyon Hall is named after renowned architect Charles Lanyon who designed prominent buildings on Molesworth Street in the 19th century.
Prior to becoming a popular nightclub, the venue started out as a live music establishment in the 1970s - so history has now turned full circle.
The launch of the Molesworth Street venue, formerly the site of Clubland, kicks off with a bang on Friday December 11 with a live DJ set from Germany’s Paul van Dyk.
And on Saturday December 12, Ireland’s biggest country star Nathan Carter rides into town with his band to take to the Lanyon Hall stage.
Liverpool-born Carter has taken the country music scene by storm since his single Wagon Wheel and album, of the same name.
His fifth album ‘Where I Wanna Be’ recently took the Number One position in the Irish music charts.
Lanyon Hall will provide a significant boost to the local economy, with an initial investment of £1m and the creation of 25 full and part-time jobs.
Owner Patrick Scullion is excited about the opening of the new venue which he believes will fill a massive void for a top quality live venue in the area.
He said: “There is nothing quite like live entertainment and I think the Mid-Ulster region has been crying out for a top quality live arena for a long time now.
“In Lanyon Hall, the area will proudly boast a new venue that will be amongst the finest in Northern Ireland, and indeed the island of Ireland, hosting the best in live music, from country and rock to the biggest DJs on the live circuit.
“We’re thrilled to be opening our doors with two of the biggest stars in their respective fields. Paul van Dyk is one of the biggest superstar DJs on the planet and we know he is very excited about being the first act to rock the new venue, while Nathan Carter is one of the hottest live acts on the circuit at the moment.
"Whether you’re a big country music fan or not, you can’t fail to be entertained by Nathan’s live show."
Other acts lined up to appear at Lanyon Hall in the near future include Bagatelle on Saturday December 19, the reformed Bay City Rollers, currently enjoying a huge revival, and crowd favourites Smokie in 2016.
The Lanyon Hall will also lend itself to a range of other live events with plans to bring top comedians to the venue, as well as indoor sports such as boxing and darts.
The capacity ranges from 400-1400 guests depending on the nature of the event,
Owner Patrick believes the venue will attract customers from both far and wide.