Three years ago, when I added The Outing, the unique LGBT spin off event to the original Lisdoonvarna Festival, I had a fair idea that this would be popular. However, the event, now in its forth year and arguably the world’s first LGBT Dating Festival is now bigger than ever with an ever growing number of attendees from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities around the world.
This is the fastest growing off shoot of the the historical Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival and this year, it will feature pop-up clubs, drag performances, comedy, live music, arts , Literary/Film Festival (GAZE) and interactive events. It is a guaranteed craic-filled weekend for the revellers with a fusion of music, comedy, ceilí bands and some of Ireland’s & International best Dj’s, Performers and drag artists.
Our very own Hydro Hotel is the recommended hotel of choice if you are in town and attending The Outing. According to the official website of The Outing, Hydro Hotel has been:
‘Completely modernised and has 110 bedrooms. It also boasts original 19th Century features, bars, a restaurant and Lisdoonvarna’s only nightclub – soon to be venue to many of The Outing’s events!’
The Outing Schedule for 2016 begins on the 7th of October 2016 at 14:00 pm at the Hydro Hotel features a warm welcome at check in
where you will get your hotel key and then directed to The Outing desk where you will receive your Day/Weekend Wristband Pass.
Then at 18:00 pm guests will enjoy welcome drinks and a DJ session with our cocktail and happy hour to start the weekend off in The Hydro Hotel & Ballroom Bar. After this, guests will visit the Burren Storehouse for a film festival. After that, after a short visit to enjoy traditional Irish music at the Roadside Tavern, they will return to The Hydro to take part in the traditional matchmaking conducted by Fourth Generation Matchmaker Willie Daly,
Willie will be on hand all weekend to help guests find that special someone in his special Irish style. Strictly no dating apps or website is allowed here!
At 22:30, The Hydro Ballroom will welcome the sounds of Céilí Gay hosted by Eddie McGuinness and will also feature Sheila Fits-Patrick and Madonna Luciacome.
Then at 00:00, The Outing will have its very own version of ‘Blind Dates hosted Brendan Courtney with Jonny Woo. Alongside, there will also be a Masquerade Ball with John Sizzle. Guests will bring their own masquerade mask and also try and unmask the object of their affections. DJ, performer and original HOT MESS, John Sizzle who is famous for playing at SHED and notorious clubs and parties around London town will add the F to Fun at this great event!
This is just a taster and great activities and events will follow at the Hydro Hotel on the 8th and 9th of October as well!