Don't call it a comeback: Terri Hooley's NYE disco
THIS time last year, irrepressible Belfast music scene stalwart Terri Hooley was seriously ill in hospital. A benefit gig was organised in his honour, with the likes of Tim from Ash, Nathan from Snow Patrol, Duke Special and Ulster punk royalty The Defects and The Outcasts all turning out to play a special show at The Limelight that raised £10,000.
"I have to start to take it easy," said the Good Vibrations man in an official statement.
"There will be no birthday party this year, no Boxing Day party and a lot less all night raves for a while. Don't panic – normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. Once a hooligan, always a Hooleygan.
"Keep her lit. One Love."
Indeed, it seems there's no keeping him down: following a respectable period of time on the sidelines, the Hooleygan is now looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.
Thus, those looking for a rowdy New Year's Eve in the company of Terri and his record collection should waste no time in purchasing a ticket for his upcoming New Year's Eve Hootenany at Oh Yeah in Belfast.
Patrons are advised to expect "good music, almighty craic, prizes and surprises", although it will come as no shock to anyone when Terri invites/demands that everyone take to the dancefloor for "our national f***ing anthem", Teenage Kicks.
You would be ill-advised to turn him down.
:: Tickets £10 from Oh Yeah or Eventbrite.co.uk, doors 9pm.