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Out To Lunch plans some tasty treats at birthday festival in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter

By Joanne Sweeney

A musical tribute evening to the late BBC presenter Gerry Anderson is one of the top attractions at the 10th Out To Lunch Festival in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter.

Such a Night: A Last Waltz For Gerry will feature local band The Four Of Us, musicians Anthony Toner and Matt McGinn with a celebratory performance of songs from The Band's Last Waltz album, with all proceeds going to Foyle Hospice.

While the festival organisers announced the line-up for the winter festival for January, there were warnings of the impact on funding cuts on the arts sector on its sister event, the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in May.

Festival director Sean Kelly said: "It's been tough, but we're delighted, not to say relieved, to have pulled it off for our landmark 10th Out To Lunch.

"But we may have to contemplate a potentially reduced Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in May."

The Gerry Anderson event is on January 10 and is viewed as a last tribute to the former bassist with The Hawks band.

The line-up for the popular winter festival, which covers music, comedy and literature, also includes a performance from 1960s blues giant Booker T Jones, who is best known for the classic Green Onions hit.

The event will run from January 2-25 and features the Edinburgh Festival smash shows, one woman comedy Cutting off Kate Bush and Austentatious, an improvised Jane Austen novel comedy play.

Along with comedy from Robin Ince, Tom Stade, John Shuttleworth and Tony Law, singer Christine Bovill will perform The Songs And Life Of Edith Piaf.

Mercury Music Prize Winners Young Fathers also make their Irish debut at Out To Lunch.

Noirin McKinney from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the festival's principal funder, said: "The Out To Lunch Festival is a major attraction for locals as well as visitors to the city."

Top five events

Such a Night: A Last Waltz For Gerry - January 10 at 8pm, Black Box

Booker T Jones - January 10 at 8pm, Black Box

Cutting Off Kate Bush - January 7 at 1pm and 7pm, Black Box

My Dining Hell with food critic Jay Rayner - January 8 at 8pm, Black Box

Young Fathers (Scottish hip hop band) - January 16 at 9pm, Black Box

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