Bryan Adams / SSE Arena / May 2022

SO HAPPY IT HURTS TOUR ANNOUNCED FOR BELFAST AND DUBLIN IN SUMMER 2022

29 May: The SSE Arena, Belfast

TICKETS GO ON SALE AT 9AM THIS FRIDAY, 15 OCTOBER 2021

Monday 11 October 2021: Platinum selling and Grammy Award winning musician Bryan Adams has announced live arena shows for Belfast and Dublin in summer 2022 with a headline tour.

Tickets for The SSE Arena on 29th May and 3Arena on 30th May go on sale at 9am on Friday 15th October.

Widely considered one of the most iconic rock musicians in the world, Adams has countless accolades and awards and has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide. 

The tour is in support of his 15th studio album set for release in March 2022, aptly titled So Happy It Hurts.

BRYAN ADAMS 2022 UK AND IRELAND TOUR DATES:

MAY

13 May               Brighton, Brighton Centre

14 May               Birmingham, Utilita Arena

15 May               Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena

17 May               Manchester, AO Arena

18 May               Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena

20 May               Newcastle, Utilita Arena

22 May               Aberdeen, P&J Live Arena

23 May               Glasgow, SSE Arena

26 May               London, The O2 Arena

29 May               The SSE Arena, Belfast

30 May               3Arena, Dublin

JULY

5 July                   Durham, Emirates Riverside

6 July                   Kelso, Floors Castle

8 July                   Norwich, Blickling Estate

Catch Bryan Adams live in concert in Belfast and Dublin next summer.

Tickets go on sale at 9am this Friday at www.Ticketmaster.ie

Disney On Ice is back!

Experience unforgettable feats of strength and heart in

Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero

A magical medley of  classic and modern tales including Moana, Tangled, and Frozen!

The SSE Arena, Belfast: 3rd December to 5th December 2021

Tickets on sale Friday 15th October at www.ticketmaster.ie

Disney On Ice is back with a magical adventure for the whole family! Audiences will discover what it truly means to be a hero as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends from around the Disney Kingdom come together to take families on a journey through timeless tales when Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero skates into the UK. Featuring more than 50 Disney characters this production includes something for everyone, from modern tales to timeless classics!

The production will premiere in Birmingham on the 28th October, before travelling throughout the UK visiting Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Sheffield, London and stopping at The SSE Arena, Belfast in time for festive fun from Friday 3rd December to Sunday 5th December.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 15th October from www.ticketmaster.ie

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza in Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero. See how far Moana will go when she embarks on an action-packed voyage with mighty demigod Maui in a quest to save her island, become a wayfinder, and find her own identity. Unleash the magic with royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman, Olaf, as they sing captivating songs like “Let it Go” and “In Summer.” Life is the bubbles when Sebastian strikes up his hot crustacean band and the Daughters of Triton make a splash as they introduce Ariel in an ‘80s pop montage. Get tangled up with a chorus of rowdy inhabitants of the Snuggly Duckling when they get a visit from the spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally, Flynn Rider, on their journey to see the floating lights. Relive a “Tale as Old as Time” when Belle opens her heart to new adventures and the Beast’s enchanted objects take center stage for a dazzling skating spectacle inviting audiences to “Be Our Guest.”.

“We’re excited that Disney On Ice will be returning to the UK following the shutdown and providing families the opportunity to make memories and experience live family entertainment, “said Kenneth Feld Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “We were the first live touring family entertainment company to come back at a reduced capacity in the US, with over a million people attending our live events since October 2020. We’ve been learning and leading the way to return to full capacity in a responsible manner for our fans, staff and the industry.”

Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero brings beloved characters to life through cutting edge figure-skating, eye-catching costumes and stunning set designs. Innovative lighting, thrilling special effects, high-flying jumps and breathtaking skating make Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero an experience the whole family will treasure forever!

Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero will be skating across the UK from the 28th October 2021 to the 2nd January 2022. For the complete list of tour dates, head to www.disneyonice.co.uk Stay current on the latest developments through social media by visiting:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIceUK   

Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce

YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce  

Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

Customer wellness is our top priority, and we are working hard with our trusted partners to ensure the highest standards of safety and wellness when it comes to live experiences. Please check the venue website to review venue policies.

Forest Fitness Adds Fun To Outdoor Exercise

Forest Fitness brings outdoor experiences of getting fit and enjoying fresh air to new levels on its 30-acre forest site near Carrickfergus, on the Causeway Coastal Route.

From personal training to team activities, there is a full range of activities suitable for all levels of fitness, including assault courses, combat sports, inflatables, mud mayhem obstacle runs, bushcraft classes, boot camp experiences and more besides, with many specially crafted together for great value, package experiences.

Founded by Lea Vaughan, he believes that the variety of entertainment and fitness activities available can benefit everyone.

“I’ve always been an outdoor exerciser,” he said. “I originally started my business in Carrickfergus town centre to bring people outdoors, to introduce people to a different type of fitness class using, for example, logs or tyres for weights.”

“With gaining access to the forest, many more different outdoor activities were born, and my business could be fully realised.”

There are six different purpose-built forest assault courses, including a new inflatable assault course for 2021 with 100 meters of inflatables, offering various levels and types of activity depending on fitness and interests, plus personal training on a one-to-one basis or with a small group.

Besides the fitness aspect, he wants to encourage both children and adults to experience the great outdoors as it is beneficial for both physical and mental health.

There is also a growing group of people who head to Forest Fitness for Mud Mayhem. Popular Tv shows like Ninja Warrior peak people’s interest in trying out these more extreme activities.

“Obstacle course racing is big right now,” Lea explained. “It’s tough like Spartan racing and people travel all over for them.

“I’ve had people come here from Omagh, Dungannon and elsewhere in the province to take part in our mud run, which uses one of the assault courses.”

A feature of the combat sports on offer is Skirmish 51 Airsoft, created by a team of veteran-airsoft professionals with the training and first-hand experience to deliver the ultimate combat simulation to their customers, whether you are an experienced airsoft veteran or completely new to it.

“We create live scenarios with regular briefings and Intel updates as the missions’ progress with the outcome dependent on the players,” Lea explained.

To make scenarios more lifelike and to further immerse players, the Airsoft range features a double-decker bus called Everest. Players will also be surprised to find an abandoned tank in the middle of the forest.
“The aim is to provide military combat scenarios in a safe and controlled environment and ensure the maximum enjoyment for participants.

“I’d love kids to get off their Xboxes and Playstations and do it for real because when they come along, they have a true life experience where they’re getting to exercise and not glued to a screen or sitting on their rear ends.”
“We take them through the skills and drills in the forest and show them how to do it for real using a fully-licenced, non-lethal firearm.”

Other combat sports on offer include archery tag, Nerf and Nerf wars, plus soft archery. In addition, there are bushcraft classes, with children’s bushcraft camps regularly available.

Families and groups can enjoy fun activities as part of team building sessions or packages. They can book the Airsoft, have some outdoor fitness, or even learn about bushcraft. The activities centre has several party packages available, like Nerf Wars Party Package, Hunger Games The Viking, The Punisher and several kids packages.
Itineraries can be selected by individual or group interests and can be tailor-made to fit any group size, including families, friends, schools, churches and community groups alike. They also cater for parties, hen and stags and team building. 

Staff are fully trained to make sure all activities operate within strict safety requirements and guidelines.

Breaking a sweat has never been so fun! For more information and bookings, visit Forest Fitness NI on forestfitnessni.com.

Snow Patrol announce two acoustic shows!

Waterfront Hall: Tuesday 5 October 2021

Millennium Forum: Thursday 7 October 2021

Tickets on sale today at 6pm

www.Ticketmaster.ie 

We are happy to announce two acoustic shows next week in our homeland Northern Ireland. Next Tuesday Oct 5th at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast and Thursday Oct 7th at the Millennium Forum, Derry. 

We have desperately wanted to add some NI shows onto this tour that we are currently on. We didn’t think we were going to get a chance to play in NI on this tour but the opportunity has presented itself so we jumped at it. Sorry about the short notice but the only way we could make the shows happen.

We’re really looking forward to them both!

Hopefully see you there. SP.x

Snow Patrol Acoustic

Tuesday 5 October: Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Thursday 7 October: Millennium Forum, Derry

Tickets on sale today at 6pm from: www.Ticketmaster.ie 

For more information, visit
www.snowpatrol.com
www.facebook.com/snowpatrol
www.instagram.com/snowpatrol
www.twitter.com/snowpatrol
www.youtube.com/snowpatrol

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Snow Patrol announce two acoustic shows

Waterfront Hall: Tuesday 5 October 2021

Millennium Forum: Thursday 7 October 2021

Tickets on sale today at 6pm

www.Ticketmaster.ie 

We are happy to announce two acoustic shows next week in our homeland Northern Ireland. Next Tuesday Oct 5th at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast and Thursday Oct 7th at the Millennium Forum, Derry. 

We have desperately wanted to add some NI shows onto this tour that we are currently on. We didn’t think we were going to get a chance to play in NI on this tour but the opportunity has presented itself so we jumped at it. Sorry about the short notice but the only way we could make the shows happen.

We’re really looking forward to them both!

Hopefully see you there. SP.x

Snow Patrol Acoustic

Tuesday 5 October: Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Thursday 7 October: Millennium Forum, Derry

Tickets on sale today at 6pm from: www.Ticketmaster.ie 

For more information, visit
www.snowpatrol.com
www.facebook.com/snowpatrol
www.instagram.com/snowpatrol
www.twitter.com/snowpatrol
www.youtube.com/snowpatrol

Waterfront Hall: Tuesday 5 October 2021

Millennium Forum: Thursday 7 October 2021

Tickets on sale today at 6pm

www.Ticketmaster.ie 

We are happy to announce two acoustic shows next week in our homeland Northern Ireland. Next Tuesday Oct 5th at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast and Thursday Oct 7th at the Millennium Forum, Derry. 

We have desperately wanted to add some NI shows onto this tour that we are currently on. We didn’t think we were going to get a chance to play in NI on this tour but the opportunity has presented itself so we jumped at it. Sorry about the short notice but the only way we could make the shows happen.

We’re really looking forward to them both!

Hopefully see you there. SP.x

Snow Patrol Acoustic

Tuesday 5 October: Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Thursday 7 October: Millennium Forum, Derry

Tickets on sale today at 6pm from: www.Ticketmaster.ie 

For more information, visit
www.snowpatrol.com
www.facebook.com/snowpatrol
www.instagram.com/snowpatrol
www.twitter.com/snowpatrol
www.youtube.com/snowpatrol

Post-Furlough Options Available For Those Who Lose Jobs

Recruitment agency says there are employers hiring right now

Tyson Wilson Recruitment has today (Friday October 1) said that the ending of the government-backed furlough scheme will cause stress for many workers, but there are plenty of options available.

Michelle Tyson, director of the agency said that while some employers may not be able to retain staff most will be able to continue with staff employment.

“It is an extremely stressful time for those who have not yet received reassurance that their employment will continue,” she said. 

“With 36,000 on furlough by the end of July it is inevitable that some businesses will not be able to keep all the staff who were on furlough.

“If you are in that situation, you will naturally be concerned but options remain open.”

Ms Tyson said that it is an opportunity to look at what career path you wish to take.

“The reality is that a lot of sectors are experiencing staff shortages,” she explained. 

“Across hospitality, retail, call centre, haulage and the care sectors there are vacancies.

“While many may not think you have the skills in these areas, or others, many are offering training for new recruits.”

Ms Tyson also said that for many they may not want to take on a new permanent post until they have assessed what next.

“We know that there are full time and part time temporary positions open in many sectors, and it may suit to look at a temporary job until the employment picture becomes clear.

“The Bank of England has said there may be a small rise in unemployment, for those affected we can assure them there are jobs open right now.”

The government’s furlough scheme was set up to support employers by paying 80% of wages, and in August and September it was reduced to 60%, with businesses paying 20%.

“The reality is that some businesses will close or reduce the number of staff but for those that have lost their job they need to remember that the position may became available again. And, it is important that they retain good relations should they need a reference.”

Ms Tyson said that they currently have a range of jobs across Northern Ireland for people to apply for immediately.

“We want to support those who have found themselves out of work at this time,” she said.

“Our team will walk you through the next step in your career journey, and make sure you find the post that is right for you and right for your circumstances.”

Established in 2015 Tyson Wilson Recruitment has developed its services for prospective employees and those with staffing requirements, including not charging a fee until appointment of successful candidates.

To apply for a post or to find out more about how we can help please visit tysonwilsonrecruitment.co.uk

For further information please contact Tina Calder, Excalibur Press, 07305354209 tina@excaliburpress.co.uk

Cathedral Quarter Bid Gets Backing For A Further Five Years

Members vote overwhelmingly for business improvement district to continue

Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District, Destination CQ, has received an impressive vote of confidence with members voting for it to continue operating for a further five years and implementing its new business plan.

All business improvement districts across the UK are required to poll their members every five years if they are to continue to operate.

When the votes were counted it emerged that 86% had voted Yes. CQ BID Manager Damien Corr said that “the team are delighted and humbled that businesses have voted Yes so emphatically”.

He added: “This gives us a fantastic mandate to deliver the Business Plan over the next five years.

“Our Directors and staff are keen to get started in the delivery of the plan. There are green shoots of recovery emerging but much remains to be done. We hear your concerns about the physical infrastructure of the area and we are already working on this.

“We will monitor and evaluate the Business Plan as we go to ensure that it remains relevant to your business needs in a rapidly changing landscape. We rely on and very much welcome your input and feedback and we will make good on our commitment for better communication and engagement.”

However, Mr Corr also acknowledged not all members engaged with the ballot..

He explained: “We appreciate that not everyone voted yes and we very much welcome the opportunity to better engage with this cohort to outline the benefits that have accrued to date and to explore how we can make the BID more relevant to them.

“We planned for a Yes vote, so there will be no break in service delivery. It’s onward and upwards from here on.”

Chair of Destination CQ, Paul McErlean welcomed the vote of confidence from the businesses and organisations throughout Cathedral Quarter. 

He said: The yes vote is a welcome validation of the hard work and dedication of my fellow Directors and Staff over the last five years. 

“This entire BID team has put considerable time and effort into making our area the best place in the City in which to do business and to socialise.” 

Mr McErlean also issued an invitation to any business owner who thinks that they can make a difference in the area to come and join the Board of Directors. 

Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Kate Nicholl also welcomed the yes vote.

She said: “Belfast Improvement Districts play an important role in supporting businesses and encouraging a sense of cohesion and shared ownership in the city’s success. 

“As we continue on our Covid recovery journey, the work of BIDs is more important than ever in helping businesses to navigate whatever challenges may lie ahead. 

“I congratulate Destination CQ on securing such a ringing endorsement from our business community, and wish them every success as they embark on the next five years.”

To find out more about the work of Destination CQ BID and read the five year business plan, go to cathedralquarterbelfast.com or contact Damien Corr on 02890 314 011.

Don’t Rush Post-Furlough Staff Decisions Urges Recruitment Specialist

Tyson Wilson Recruitment has urged employers to not make hasty staffing decisions as the government-backed furlough scheme comes to an end.

Michelle Tyson, chief executive of the agency said it was a worrying time, not helped by the lack of news of any further support for businesses.

“It is an incredibly stressful time for those wanting to ensure continuity of trading,” she said.

“At the end of July there were 36,000 people on furlough and there will be those that chose not to return to full-time working and those that have found another position.

“Add into that the sudden increase in staffing costs means tough choices will have to be made, but the important thing is not to rush into snap decisions.”

Michelle said that it was a time to consider all scenarios.

“It could be that you are left with a staff shortage,” she explained. 

“The good news is there are still people looking to get back into work. For those that need a little time to see how the books are balancing it may be that recruiting temporary staff is an option.”

The recruitment specialist said it was deeply disappointing that further measures had not been put in place to mitigate the increased costs at a time when so many businesses had lost so much revenue during lockdown.

“While the furlough scheme and other reliefs such as rates holidays have helped it would have been preferable if the government had taken a step down approach,” said Michelle.

“Yes, employers knew it was coming, but a gradual progression in a range of mitigations would have allowed more time to adjust.

She added that during these times of business uncertainty the option of employing temporary workers could be an essential tool in the business armoury.

“We have a pool of candidates who have been registered with us and who are ready, willing and able to work,” she said. 

“We can carry out the interviewing, screening and other checks to make sure we have the right person to fill any gaps, or to keep your business operating until the picture is clearer.”

Established in 2015 Tyson Wilson Recruitment has developed its services for prospective employees and those with staffing requirements, including not charging a fee until appointment of successful candidates.

To apply for a post or to find out more about how we can help please visit tysonwilsonrecruitment.co.uk.

Council support for Christmas Community Toy Scheme

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is pleased to support a Christmas Community Toy Scheme across the Borough this year. 

New or pre-loved toys and gifts can be donated to participating schemes where they will be passed on for other families to enjoy. Christmas is a costly time for everyone and so often families have many unwanted toys and gifts that are no longer used.  This initiative is the perfect opportunity to donate these items so they can be distributed to those families in need. This in turn will ensure more families have a better Christmas whilst also helping reduce waste.

Following a successful School Uniform re-use scheme earlier this year a number of the community organisations involved have shown an interest in delivering this scheme. These groups will receive funding of £500 and include;

  • Listening Ear (Macedon DEA)
  • Fit moms and kids (Glengormley DEA)
  • A Safe Space to be Me (Airport DEA)

Last year the Council ran a Pre-loved Christmas Toy Collection pilot scheme through the Recycling Centres. The Council, in partnership with local charity, Habitat for Humanity, provided collection points at each of the five Household Recycling Centres for the donation of pre-loved toys for families at Christmas. Following the success of this scheme it will also return this year.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb said “I am pleased the Council is supporting these great initiatives. Christmas can be difficult for many families and particularly in these uncertain times. This is a great opportunity to support those in need by donating unwanted gifts and toys so other children and families can enjoy them.”

Details of the Community Toy and pre-loved Christmas Schemes including dates and donation points will be made available on council website and social media in the run up to Christmas.

Enchanted Winter Garden returns to Antrim Castle Gardens!

Northern Ireland’s premiere Christmas event, Enchanted Winter Garden, is returning to the award -winning Antrim Castle Gardens.

Enchanted Winter Garden 2019

In 2019 this Christmas spectacular welcomed a staggering 85K visitors to our Borough. This year’s event will run for an extended period of 18 nights from Saturday 27 November until Tuesday 21 December, from 4pm – 9.30pm. In addition to a longer run, we have also reduced the number of sessions and the capacity for each session. Bookings will be available every 30 minutes from 4-5pm and 6-7pm, allowing a one hour break to help maximise customer enjoyment.

The gardens will become a place of enchantment for families and friends to enjoy the magic of Christmas.  Dazzling illuminations, the marshmallow fire pit, artisan food stalls, walkabout characters and star attractions, including the Big Wheel, Helter Skelter and The Wonderland Wood, all making a welcome return.

An Evening of Inclusive Enchantment will run on both Wednesday 1 & 8 December with reduced numbers, lighting and sound levels, Sensory & Quiet room, ideal for children and adults with additional needs.

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb said “I am pleased that Enchanted Winter Garden is returning to Antrim Castle Gardens. In 2019 it attracted an incredible 85K visitors to our Borough and I hope this year we can encourage these visitors and more to return. The event has something to offer for all ages and it is a great way to spread some festive cheer with family and friends.”

Tickets will go on sale from Thursday 7 October at 10am; with tickets priced at £6 adult, £4 child, £18 family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) and under 2s free. Tickets will be available online at enchantedwintergarden.com. Our new Arts and Culture Customer Hub service, which includes a live chat facility and direct telephone number T: 0300 123 7788 (calls charged at local rate) can assist with ticket queries if customers are unable to book online. The Customer Hub operates Monday – Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. Pease visit antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk for more details.

Light up your Christmas with a visit to Enchanted Winter Garden and make memories with family and friends.

Please note this event is subject to NI Executive Guidelines.

BBC Digital Cities Virtual returns in October with three days of fantastic FREE events for the creative industries

Digital Cities Virtual (DCV) is back on Tuesday October 12th, Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th October with a full and varied schedule of masterclasses, panels, skills and insight sessions for people working in or interested in a career in the creative industries. To see the full schedule and book a FREE place simply go to www.bbc.co.uk/digitalcities/

Sport is a big theme this month with two fantastic sessions to choose from. BBC Sport NI presenter Nicola McCarthy hosts a session on how they’ve been using the latest digital innovations, streaming and social platforms to provide more sports coverage than ever – whether its women’s international football matches streamed live on BBC iPlayer, or more analysis, interviews and issues being discussed on TV, radio or podcast, digital technology is helping to grow audience. Birmingham’s Create Central, BBC Asian Network’s Noreen Khan will be hosting their session on how you can be part of the Commonwealth Games in 2021 – definitely not to be missed!

Digital Skills sessions from The BBC Academy this month will focus on Everything you need to know about reaching audiences on: Facebook, Twitter & InstagramShooting and Editing on Tik Tok; and a deep dive into how BBC Sport has created engaging short-form over 2021’s Summer of Sport. The Academy team will also be bringing you the latest insights on shoppable TV when BBC Click’s Lara Lewington hosts the Digital Innovation: Shoppable TV with Love Island panel session and Radio 1’s Katie Thistleton will be full of Instagram insights in her session: Instagram – What it takes to make it – with Angels of the North.

Industry experts Screen Skills are backwith three great sessions including an unmissable round-up of the latest Jobs, Schemes & Opportunities for the creative Industriesan Insight session on How to be Set Ready; and an opportunity to find out about creating an eye catching portfolio in How to get your portfolio ready for jobs in screen. They’ll also be delivering a bonus event live from Leamington Spa on Saturday 16th for those interested in careers in the games industry.

The BBC Academy Digital Cities Virtual is supported in Northern Ireland by BBC Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen, Screen Skills, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast Media Festival, Film Hub NI, Into Film, The Royal Television Society NI, RTS Futures NI, Ulster University, North West Regional College, Belfast Metropolitan College and Belfast City Council.

Follow #digicities and @BBCAcademy on Twitter for updates.