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What's on: 9 things to do in Northern Ireland, Jan 8-14 - from Jake O'Kane to Bagatelle

With Christmas behind us, there's still loads happening across Northern Ireland to help keep away the January blues - from comedy gigs to great music, and the ultimate tour for foodies.

1. Out To Lunch Arts Festival 2018

  • Belfast, January 5-28

Now in its 13th year, the utterly unique and totally boutique Out To Lunch serves up a feast of music, comedy, spoken word and theatre with a thrilling mix of familiar favourites and fresh talent.

Line-up includes Andrew Maxwell, Cat Stevens and Joanne McNally.

For the full programme of acts and dates visit

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2. Jake O'Kane

  • Belfast Waterfront, January 10-13

Jake O'Kane, Northern Ireland's top comic and star of the BBC panel show 'The Blame Game', brings his brand new show entitled 'Still Sittin' on the Fence' to the Waterfront.

In his traditional end-of-year review show, Jake will be casting a satirical eye over the preceding 12 months, combining stories and pictures from the Irish News with the madness of the Internet to debunk the great, the not so great, and himself.

For more information, visit

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3. Foil, Arms & Hog - OinK

  • Ulster Hall, Belfast, 11 January

Former children and regular eaters Foil, Arms & Hog are back with the Northern Irish premiere of their new show on the Ulster Hall stage.

OinK is a fast paced sketch show featuring a collection of songs for the elderly, a baggage handler's interpretive dance and a shop that naively sells only balaclavas.

For more information, visit

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4. Secrets From the Government Files: 1992

  • Belfast, January 11

Dr Eamon Phoenix, a political historian and Irish News columnist, and Sam McBride, the Political Editor of the News Letter and the Northern Ireland Political Editor for the i newspaper, will reveal the secrets behind the news headlines from government files of 1992 at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

This event is free, but booking is necessary.

For more information, visit

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5. Bagatelle

  • Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, Janaury 11

They’ve inspired U2 and shared the stage with Bob Marley after their humble beginning in a small bar in the Co Wicklow town of Bray, veteran Irish rockers Bagatelle are preparing to celebrate 40 years on the road.

Tickets are priced from £14.50-£22

For more information, visit


6. David O'Doherty: Big Time

  • Ulster Hall, Belfast, January 12

David O'Doherty is delighted to present an evening of his latest jokes and songs at the Ulster Hall.

David has spent the last year on tour around America with Flight of the Conchords and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Over Christmas he sold out a record-breaking eleven nights at Whelan's, and has just completed his largest ever UK tour.

For more information, visit

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7. Brown Bonds Hill Fine Food Tour

  • Belfast – Derry~Londonderry, January 13

Browns Bonds Hill has been a firm fixture on the foodie map since 2009 - foodies can enjoy dining at three of the groups award winning restaurants; Browns Bonds Hill, Browns in Town & Ardtara Country House Hotel as part of this food tour.

Tour departs Belfast at 9am and returns from Derry~Londonderry at 6pm, providing breakfast, nibbles and dinner with a glass of wine.

Tickets cost £75.

For more information, visit

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8. Frances Black & Kieran Goss

  • Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, January 13

Frances Black and Kieran Goss have both enjoyed huge international success in their respective solo careers, but it was the inspired pairing of these two unique talents as a duo in the early nineties that first caught the imagination of the Irish public.

Twenty-five years later and they are embarking on a nationwide Reunion tour.

Tickets are priced at £25.

For more information, visit


9. Wizarding Weekend

  • Carrickfergus Castle, Co Antrim, January 13-14

Carrickfergus Castle will be transformed into a fantasy world filled with potion making, broomstick and wand training and fantastical creatures.

This is an opportunity for children and adults of all ages to journey into an enchanted world and uncover their magical powers.

For more information, visit

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