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Weekend Plans? Bruce Springsteen, punk rock, big baubles and fun with fungi

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (James Manning/PA)
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (James Manning/PA) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (James Manning/PA)

Tired of the same shenanigans every weekend? We’re here to help you with our guide on what to watch and where to go.

MUSIC

Hungry Heart, Empire Music Hall Belfast, November 11

Fancy a night of non-stop Springsteen this Saturday? Hungry Heart at the Empire Music Hall promises a bumper-to-bumper Springsteen session that will have you dancing in the dark. Relive the Glory Days by listening to Bruce’s epic back catalogue, including niche versions, live concert tracks as well as the big hits.

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Onóir, The Playhouse, Derry, November 11

Join contemporary Irish folk group Onóir for a different type of concert. Formed in 2020, Donegal musicians; Tom McHugh, Declan Gaughan, Deane Connaghan and Diarmaid McGee, joined forces to create a contemporary version of the famous Irish folk ballad; The Auld Triangle, the video went on to be seen by over 3 million people worldwide.

Their distinctive vocal styles, musical arrangements and harmonies set them apart from other folk groups. It promises to be a show full of laughter, joy and excitement.

Belfast Punk Music Walking Tour, Grand Opera House Belfast, November 10

The mural pays homage to Belfast’s ‘Godfather of Punk’ Terri Hooley
The mural pays homage to Belfast’s ‘Godfather of Punk’ Terri Hooley The mural pays homage to Belfast’s ‘Godfather of Punk’ Terri Hooley

Explore the story of punk music in Belfast. Hear about the role of Good Vibrations record shop and label set up in the late 1970’s and discover some of Northern Ireland’s own contemporary punk bands.

Meeting at the Grand Opera House, the tour begins at 3pm and takes two and half hours with tickets costing £18.


CULTURE

Outburst Queer Arts Festival 2023, Belfast, November 10

Belfast’s annual explosion of new queer art, performance, film, music and literature is back. From November 9 until 18 in venues across Belfast, including Black Box, Lyric Theatre, Queen’s Film Theatre and lots more.

From the world premiere of Conor Mitchell and Mark Ravenhill’s stunning new opera, The Headless Soldier, to readings by acclaimed authors like Sean Hewitt, Outburst celebrates the best in innovative new work that explores ideas around sexuality, gender and everything in-between.

Big Bauble Showcase, Craft NI Gallery Royal Avenue Belfast, November 10

The annual Big Bauble Showcase displays a wide range of handmade baubles in limited ranges or one-offs coming in all shapes and sizes, from porcelain and felt to handblown glass. The perfect opportunity to find something different to add to your collection of Christmas decorations.

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The Headless Soldier: An Opera Triptych, Lyric Theatre Belfast, November 9 to 11

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast (Paul Faith/PA)
The Lyric Theatre in Belfast (Paul Faith/PA) The Lyric Theatre in Belfast (Paul Faith/PA)

 An operatic first from Mark Ravenhill (Shopping and F**king) and Conor Mitchell (Abomination: A DUP Opera) that looks beneath the perfect lives of Helen, her husband, Thomas, and their haunted son, Zach – finding a hidden, much closer war.

Fungify Me Workshop, Banana Block, November 11

Join urban farmer Terry and his team as they unveil the mushroom lifecycle from spore to harvest.

Enjoy some mushroom based delicacies such as tea, coffee, jerky and chocolate and savour some delightful oyster mushroom pies for lunch and leave with your own mushroom grow kit.

FAMILY

Victoria Square Santa’s Grotto, November 11

It’s that time of year again. Make sure your little ones have their lists ready before going to see Santa in Victoria Square’s winter wonderland of twinkling lights, festive décor and the warmest of welcomes from the big man himself.

Two for one weekend at Belfast Zoo, All weekends in November

Grab a coat and a decent pair of walking shoes and enjoy 55 acres of beautiful scenery whilst trying to spot all 1,200 animals that live in Belfast Zoo. Visitors will receive two tickets for the price of one when purchasing a zoo adult or child concession ticket. 

WATCH

Lawmen: Bass Reeves, Paramount+, first two episodes available from November 5

New from Taylor Sheridan, the mind behind smash hit Yellowstone, comes the story of the legendary lawman Bass Reeves, one of the greatest frontier heroes and one of the first Black deputy U.S. marshals west of the Mississippi River.

Robbie Williams, Netflix, available from November 8


After a successful, 25-year solo career, pop star Robbie Williams reflects on his rise to stardom and a lifetime spent in the spotlight in this four-part documentary.

Culprits, Disney+, available from November 8

The new eight-part Disney+ series follows a crew of elite criminals three years on from a high-stakes robbery in London, picking up where many heist television series end.

 007: Road to a Million, Prime Video, November 10

Nine pairs of everyday people are unleashed on an epic global adventure through a series of Bond-inspired challenges, for a shot at winning a life-changing £1,000,000 prize.

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The Marvels, Cineworld, November 10

Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. However, unintended consequences see her shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with two other superheroes to form the Marvels.