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The Outing Lisdoonvarna LGBT Music & Matchmaking Festival Co. Clare Ireland, October 7th – 9th 2016. Now in its fourth year, the fast growing offshoot of the historical matchmaking festival is back and bigger than ever. With pop-up clubs, drag performances, comedy, live music, arts , literary/Film Festival (GAZE) and interactive events, it’s a guaranteed craic-filled weekend away on Ireland’s stunning west coast of Ireland on The Atlantic Way.

B*Witched Live at The Outing….

Irish girl group consisting of twin sisters Edele and Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou and Sinead O’Carroll. Originally active between 1997 and 2002, they enjoyed success in both Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America between 1998 and 2000, releasing two albums and eight singles, all of which made the UK Top 20. Their first four singles, ‘C’est La Vie’, ‘Rollercoaster’, ‘To You I Belong’ and ‘Weatherman’, all reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. In 2002, having sold over 5 million albums worldwide, B*Witched were dropped by their record company. Soon afterwards, when O’Carroll decided to leave, the group split up. On 18 October 2012, it was announced that B*Witched would reunite for the Hit ITV2 reality-documentary series, The Big Reunion. The show followed six of the biggest pop bands of the late nineties as they reunited for the first time in a decade and rehearsed ahead of a comeback performance at the Hammersmith Apollo on 26 February 2013. Due to the huge success of the Big Reunion, B*Witched along with the other Big Reunion bands embarked on 2 sell out Arena tours of the UK and Ireland.

In May 2013, B*Witched unveiled a new song called “Love and Money”. During a radio interview in October 2013, Edele Lynch confirmed that the group would be releasing new material in September 2014. In December, they announced via PledgeMusic that they had recorded their first ever EP, entitled, Champagne Or Guinness, which was released on 28 September 2014.

2016 sees the release of the bands C’est La Vie – The Collection, Delux CD, and as the band travel all over the world touring and playing live B*Witched prove that they are a band who have sustained and will be around for many years to come.


 “High Queen of Ireland” and “National Fu*king Treasure” Panti Bliss here for the 4th year in a row at The Outing Lisdoonvarna! So what is not to Love!

This LGBT weekend in Lisdoonvarna was SO much fun over the last two years so I am really looking forward to doing it all again this year. Who’d have thought bringing a bunch of gays down to a small country village in the West of Ireland would have been such great craic?!! Oh that’s right… everybody. Last year I even got to try my hand at a bit of matchmaking and my success rate wasn’t too shabby. And this year we will be C’est La Vie’, ‘Rollercoaster’, ‘To You I Belong’ and ‘Weatherman’ with B*Witched  will be on hand to sing at any shotgun weddings so potentially I could pull off something big! Lisdoonvarna’s own legendary matchmaker Willie Daly has some overly-madeup competition. No, not Brendan Courtney! I mean me. Though Brendan will be there too setting up some blind dates so if anything goes wrong I’ll just blame him.

Ireland’s greatest drag queen leaves the city behind and embraces her glamorous culchie roots with us: Since 1996, Panti has been the hostess of the annual Alternative Miss Ireland pageant, and is widely hailed as the High Queen of Drag in Ireland. She performs, hosts and DJs, and has regularly been MC at the annual Dublin Pride celebrations. As pub landlady at Pantibar, she’s built a beloved gay-owned venue on the Dublin scene. Her Sunday Service and Saturday night ‘Panti Show’ is a staple attraction and comes with her on tour to The Outing Lisdoonvarna

Alan Hughes (TV3)  ‘Blind Date’

Alan Hughes is an Irish television star. He works for TV3 and appears on Ireland AM. He is the host of Family Fortunes.[1]

His first break was in a television advertisement for ESB Electric Ireland in the 1980s.

In the 1990s, RTÉ gave him his big break hosting prime time quiz show Talk About for 3 years.[2]

Alan is also known as Sammy Sausages, a hugely popular character in The Cheerios Panto which has been an annual smash hit since 1998.

With his own style and flair Alan Hughes will be on hand to bring back ‘Blind Date’ Cilla Black style to the heart of The Outing Lisdoonvarna, in The Hydro Hotel. After last years Blind Date Event which was a great hit we are making it even better this year with Alan on hand with his ‘Sammy Sausages’ touch. ‘It’s All About Love ‘ this year and he will help you find ‘Love’ or just a good time….Thanks to Gaydar…

Jonny Woo

Queen of London’s Alternative Drag Scene

Branded “Shoreditch’s Ringmaster” by the New York Times, Jonny Woo has established himself as the quintessential name on London’s drag scene.

Woo is host of London’s summer festival, LOVEBOX; artist in residence at Bistrotheque; and a star of the UK new cabaret scene. Disciplined in theatre and dance and inspired by New York performers, he has been instrumental in bringing alternative drag and cabaret to mainstream audiences. He regularly hosts the riotous Gay Bingo at the ICA and has just performed his own night ‘Jonny Woo’s Ballo in Mascara’ at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

A tranny superstar – When it comes to alt-drag, performance art and modern cabaret, Jonny Woo owns them all.
***** Time Out

Jonny Woo’s live show of alt-drag performance nuttery will be throughout the festival weekend at The Outing Lisdoonvarna.

Le Gateau Chocolat!

Le Gateau Chocolat has a story to tell… Featuring a repertoire ranging from Wagner to Whitney Houston,

Le Gateau Chocolat is not the typical performer you would expect to see in drag, but then this larger-than-life singer is anything but typical…

Le Gateau Chocolat is the earth-shattering-baritone-drag queen-diva star of La Soiree with a penchant for being wrapped in body-hugging lycra and a passion for laughter. His outrageous show, which sees him deliver moving renditions of opera, pop, jazz and musical theatre, has garnered acclaim around the globe from The Royal Opera House in London to the Spiegeltent in Australia.

For more information please take a look at his website.

Rudi Douglas & Jonny Woo ‘The Big Gay Song Book’

The Big Gay Songbook, is an up-lifting old school pub sing-a-long given a heart warming and joyous kick up the proverbial back side. Super talented pianist and singer Rudi Douglas leads the singing whilst Jonny Woo hosts and contributes witty interjections throughout. The Big Gay Songbook, celebrates the amazing music from several decades of the gay scene and beyond, so with hits from artists such as Tina Turner, Madonna, Whitney and Cher, it’s a catalogue which everyone knows.
‘These are the songs that made us gay’ cries Woo, ‘Or just seem a bit gayer when we sing them’ adds Rudi. So expect covers from Girls Aloud and Kylie, but also enjoy versions of songs by artists such as Lauren Hill, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder or unexpected dance hits given a piano make-over. The Big Gay Songbook covers songs from the 60’s through to the current charts so its a chance to reminisce as well as to scream along to your new fave hit.
The Big Gay Songbook packs new super cool performance pub The Glory each Sunday with regulars referring to it as ‘church’. This night comes from a place of love for the music we grew up to and continue to dance too. It’s a fun inclusive night where everyone is invited gay, straight or just plain greedy.

Willie Daly

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker

Fourth-generation Matchmaker, Willie Daly, has the gift that made Lisdoonvarna famous for over 150 years as the place to find love. Willie’s was ready last year to add some LGBT couples to his famously enormous book of matched names and he did it with Panti by his side. Willie will be on-hand all weekend for you to meet and chat with.

“Matchmaking has always been about love”

As renowned for its magic touch restarting the “honeymoon period” for existing couples, as it is for assuring the bright future of new ones, Willie’s book is waiting for your name!

Willie Daly will be matchmaking in The Outing Lisdoonvarna on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so why not sit down and have a chat with Willie and see can he help you find love.

An RÍl DÍl

The band’s name is An Ríl Díl which translates as The Reel Deal and is pronounced Unreal Deal.
The band members currently are Peadar Reilly (Flute and various whistles), Tara Howley (Concertina, Uillean Pipes, Fiddle, Harmonica, Vocals etc), Paul Stafford (Guitar and Vocals). The missing member is Tara’s sister Sharon who is busy with her own musical career these days.

An Ril Dil @ Fitzpatricks Bar – Doolin

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Darren Roddy

Unemployed Busker trying to not be a busker.

One man and a guitar, covering a wide array of songs from The Beatles to Sia. He has been gigging for over decade and has supported many musicians including Mundy, Kiera Dignam, and The Flaws. He feels weird writing his own bio in the third person.

Gar Cox

Carlow man Gar Cox has charmed audiences all over Ireland and Europe with his songs.  Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always warm and inclusive, Gar’s songs come from the folkie side of life, with a little disco and a twisted tail-feather shaken in.  Last spring, he released his E.P. “Support Your Local Bookshop”.  Critics loved it (“Beguiling […] Top-notch tunes” – Hot Press; “Brilliantly mixes humour, pathos and reflections of queer life” – GCN), and Gar took it on the road for a very special tour of Ireland’s independent bookshops, bringing the songs to the people and places they were inspired by.

Gar made his Lisdoonvarna debut at The Outing last year, where the special atmosphere and high spirits made for one of his all-time favourite shows.  He’s delighted to be coming back in 2015 to share new tunes and new stories, and he promises singalongs, sparkly good humour and maybe even a few misty eyed moments for everybody.

Actress/Comedian/Writer/Producer/Business Woman

“Funniest Woman to ever come from these shores”

Sunday World

“So funny we I needed three changes of pants and an oxygen mask”

Sunday Mirror

“Incredible comic sensibility and off the cuff improvisation”

Sunday Times

“An absolute Hoot”

6 years and 8 hit TV series under her belt.

But who is Katherine Lynch….

Let’s start with a few facts about Katherine Lynch: 8 smash hit RTE comedy series in row, a number one Christmas DVD and a string of sell out shows, not bad at all for a wee girl from Mohill, County Leitrim. See her live at The Outing Lisdoonvarna

Katherine’s TV and live shows intertwine the fantastical lives of her menagerie of slightly weird yet strangely lovable characters. Lynch’s left of field attitude and playful disregard for political correctness has so far done her proud. Her shows have focused on those elements of society that are often marginalized and in turn unrepresented in comedy. It’s Katherine’s philosophy that comedy should always be inclusive; to exclude any one section of our culture from the joke is in itself discrimination.

Cool Against My Skin

Cool Against my Skin

Clare band, Cool Against my Skin, were formed in May 2014.  The band is made up of Clare natives’ Alison Hurley on lead vocals and guitar, Sue Kelly on bass and harmonies and Galway lass Lorraine Hughes on percussion.   Cool Against my Skin have entertained audiences in the Clare/Galway area over the last year with their eclectic mix of alternative rock, indie rock and folk music.  Playing largely originals with a sprinkle of covers, expect a diverse range of sound and music from to suit all tastes.

Their debut album is set for release in early 2016.

Chris MM Gordon

Chris usually goes on after the disco.

His self confession is that he doesn’t know all that many chords. But with the chords that he does know, he’s likely to keep you entertained.

This is the third year that he brings his guitar and voice to Clare, keeping the show on the road until dawn breaks.

Chris has MC’d events at home and abroad, bringing his unique talent to Lisdoonvarna playing the acts that don’t appear on the schedule. You can usually check Chris out, after everyone else has gone home.