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Out to Lunch Festival 2016 Lifts Off!

OTTThe Eleventh Annual Out To Lunch Festival swings back into action early in the New Year with a packed month of events (mostly) in the Black Box.

A mouth-watering menu of live music, comedy, spoken word, literature and theatre (and food) will be served up during the lunchtimes and evenings of January to sustain fun lovers and festival goers in the dreaded post-holiday lull.

The OTL musical line-up features such gems as Villagers, The 2 Bears, folk legend Dick Gaughan, Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin, Mercury Prize-nominated East India Youth, Belfast’s own post-punk pioneers Girls Names, the free-wheeling genius of Beardyman, former CQAF artist in residence Ciaran Lavery & the amazing Emily Barker and The Song Writing Circle Tour (feat. James Yorkston, Withered Hand and The Pictish Trail).

Nouvelle Vague’s Marc Collin Presents BRISTOL: Re-Inventing 90’s Trip-Hop as a 60’s Movie Soundtrack, Matthew E White makes his Belfast debut while Hazel O’Connor, Lindi Ortega, The Strypes, Jim “The King” Brown and NI Opera (Opera, Literature and Lunch) make hugely welcome returns to the Out to Lunch fold…

The Out to Lunch comedy programme includes Sarah Kendall, Francesca Martinez, Sean Hughes, The Boy with Tape on his Face and Isy Suttie, reading from her new book (and fresh from the success of the final series of Peep Show). Hot on the high heels of her last Edinburgh smash (What Would Beyoncé Do), Festival favourite Luisa Omielan returns to Out to Lunch with her acclaimed follow-up Am I Right Ladies?!

The Black Box boards will be trod to a thread, with theatrical highlights including Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Lance – the acclaimed one man rumination on that cyclist, Strolling Through Ulysses, the hilarious, heartbreaking My Name is Saoirse, A Wine Goose Chase – with free wine-tasting of course, and a unique retelling of Kafka’s Metamorphosis featuring music from Colin Reid (of Third Policeman Fame) and visuals by comic artist, Debbie McCormack.

There is spoken word, serious thinking and a few surprises in store from Attila The Stockbroker, Irish Times columnist Roisin Ingle holding forth on Public Displays of Emotion, the Tenx9 Storytellers who present an evening of tales around the theme of food and Secret Cabaret, which returns to a top secret locale near you and Black Moon Shakedown, by those number one performers in the Gallop poll – Ponydance.

This year OTL also offers family-sized bites with All Ages Out to Lunch – a programme of events curated by our own Seedhead Arts, including Real Sketchy, (not-so) Mid Week Magic and Belfast Food Tours vs Seedhead Street Art Walking Tour.

Gluten free, protein rich and bursting with vitamins, Out to Lunch 2016 has something for everyone, and then some.

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Writer and Editor for Gigging NI.