Out To Lunch festival brings music, comedy, film and literary events to Belfast

Badly Drawn Boy will play at the Out To Lunch festival next month

BELFAST'S Out to Lunch festival will return in the New Year with another packed programme of arts and cultural entertainment running from January 3 to 26.

Musical highlights will include performances from Badly Drawn Boy, DJ Yoda, Seth Lakeman, Tim Burgess (DJ set), Nine Below Zero, Jane Weaver, The Utopia Strong featuring Steve Davis, Jacqui Dankworth, Deven Green & Ned Douglas, Turin Brakes, Jonah Tolchin, The 4 of Us, Dea Matrona, The Darkling Air and more.

There will also be comedy from the likes of Abandonman, Ian Saville – Marxist Magician, Gary Delaney – Gagster's Paradise, The Delightful Sausage and Joanna Neary + Paul Currie, Emer Maguire's Hilarious Humans, Eleanor Conway in You May Recognise Me from Tinder, the mighty Cassetteboy and Craig Hill's Bottoms Up!

Best-selling crime fiction writer Val McDermid and acclaimed Chocolat author Joanne Harris will be highlights of 2020's literary programme, which also features Cerys Matthews discussing her new book Where The Wild Cooks Go, an afternoon of Irish poetry from Stephen Sexton and Leontia Flynn and teen activist and writer Dara McAnulty in conversation with Marie-Louise Muir.

The OTL Cinema Season (supported by Film Hub) includes screenings of Jason and The Argonauts (with a stop-motion animation workshop), the movie version of EM Forster's Maurice, reggae documentary Inna Da Yard, Jacob Frössén's documentary The Heart is a Drum about Krautrock legend Klaus Dinger, Linda Ronstadt doc The Sound of My Voice and Pip Piper's Last Shop Standing sequel The Vinyl Revival.

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