Country star and Superstar DJ to launch NI’s newest live venue

NORTHERN IRELAND’s newest live venue will open its doors to the public for the first time in December with performances from country music star Nathan Carter and Grammy-winning international DJ Paul van Dyk.

Lanyon Hall in Cookstown is a state-of-the-art multi-purpose live arena, inspired by venues in New York and Nashville, and its ‘Grand Opening Weekend’ will take place on December 11-12.

The launch of the Molesworth Street venue, formerly the site of one of the province’s best-loved nightclubs Clubland, kicks off with a bang on Friday December 11 with a live DJ set from Germany’s Paul van Dyk.

One of the first true superstar DJs, the musician and record producer has twice been named the World’s number one DJ and continues to pack out venues all over the world with his electronic performances.

Then on Saturday December 12, Ireland’s biggest country star Nathan Carter rides into town with his band to take to the Lanyon Hall stage.



Liverpool-born Carter has taken the country music scene by storm since his single ‘Wagon Wheel’ and album, of the same name became huge hits.  His fifth album ‘Where I Wanna Be’ recently hit the coveted Number One position in the Irish music charts and a new ‘Live in Concert’ DVD is set to be a big hit this Christmas.  However, fans will be eagerly waiting to see Nathan in the flesh at Lanyon Hall, a venue that is perfect for his fantastic live shows.

Lanyon Hall is the latest venture from fast-growing leisure group 1 Oak Leisure Ireland Ltd and will provide a significant boost to the local economy, with an initial investment of £1M and the creation of 25 full and part-time jobs.

Owner Patrick Scullion is excited about the opening of the new venue which he believes will fill a massive void for a top quality live venue in the area.

There is nothing quite like live entertainment and I think the Mid-Ulster region has been crying out for a top quality live arena for a long time now,” said Mr Scullion.

In Lanyon Hall, the area will proudly boast a new venue that will be amongst the finest in Northern Ireland, and indeed the island of Ireland, hosting the best in live music, from country and rock to the biggest DJs on the live circuit.

We’re thrilled to be opening our doors with two of the biggest stars in their respective fields.  Paul van Dyk is one of the biggest superstar DJs on the planet and we know he is very excited about being the first act to rock the new venue, while Nathan Carter is one of the hottest live acts on the circuit at the moment.  Whether you’re a big country music fan or not, you can’t fail to be entertained by Nathan’s live show,” added Patrick.

Other acts lined up to appear at Lanyon Hall in the near future include the ever-popular Bagatelle on Saturday December 19, the reformed Bay City Rollers, currently enjoying a huge revival, and crowd favourites Smokie in 2016.

In addition to being a multi-genre music venue, the design of Lanyon Hall will also lend itself to a range of other live events with plansto bring some of the top comedians to venue, as well as indoor sports such as boxing and darts.

With capacity ranging from 400 to 1400 guests depending on the nature of the event, Lanyon Hall will be equipped with the latest in sound and lighting technology with specific attention paid to acoustics, such a crucial factor of the live music performance.

Patrick Scullion believes the venue will attract customers from all over the North as well as artists from around the world.

We believe that Lanyon Hall will be a totally unique venue in Northern Ireland,” he said.  “A place where artists and sportsmen will ultimately want to play and perform, and that people from all over the province, and even further afield, will want to visit for a fantastic night out.

It’s hard to beat the electricity and atmosphere of a live performance and we are investing heavily to make sure that Lanyon Hall is equipped to provide the perfect live entertainment experience,” concluded Patrick.

Lanyon Hall is named after renowned architect Charles Lanyon who designed prominent buildings on Molesworth Street in the 19thcentury.  Prior to becoming a popular nightclub the venue started out as a live music establishment in the 1970s, so history has now turned full circle.

Work on the new venue was carried out by local company Oakleaf Contracts Europe Ltd.

1 Oak Leisure Ireland Ltd has made a huge impact on the Northern Ireland social scene since it opened its first nightclub in 2012.  The leisure group now boasts a portfolio of venues that includes TIME BAR + VENUE, one of the province’s most popular nightclubs, The Black Horse Bar in Cookstown, Johnny Foxes near Magherafelt, as well as Rubys Nightclub and The Harp & Fiddle Bar in Strabane.