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From the cosy intimacy of traditonal music sessions at small city centre pubs to full-scale arena concerts, there's more than enough choice to keep you entertained. There's a fine selection of annual open-air concerts and music festivals too, but book early to avoid disappointment! 

Belfast and the surrounding area also has a rich music heritage so be sure to take the musical bus tour of the city to find out how it influenced acts such as Van Morrison, Snow Patrol, Ruby Murray and many more. 

See below for some of Belfast's top music experiences.

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Places To Visit

Belfast Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Belfast Waterfront is an award-winning, purpose-built conference, arts and entertainment centre offering a variety of facilities. The venue offers a varied events programme, ranging from classical music, opera and ballet to comedy and rock music.

Ulster Hall, Belfast

Built in 1862, the Ulster Hall has been entertaining the citizens of Belfast for more than 150 years. Fondly known as Belfast's 'home of music' the venue was completely restored in 2009.

Whites Tavern, Belfast

This historic 17th-century tavern is in Winecellar Entry, an old trading alley where Mercury newspaper was founded in the 1850s. It enjoys an established reputation for fine home cooking. Live music.Listed in A Taste of Ulster Guide.

Robinsons Bar, Belfast

Relax and enjoy a drink in the Saloon bar before tapping your feet in Fibber Magees - enjoy free folk and traditional music 7 nights a week. Enjoy a meal in the Bistro, Karaoke in the spotlight in BT1 or party in Roxy nightclub.

McHugh’s Bar & Restaurant, Belfast

McHughs is within a grade A listed building, built between 1710 and 1720, making it officially the oldest building in the city of Belfast, enjoying a long history and a sometimes colourful reputation.

The Belfast Empire, Belfast

A converted church in the heart of Belfast, boasting the city's most diverse offering of entertainment. Regular gigs include the Comedy Club, Blues Club and Supper Club.

Limelight 1 & Limelight 2, Belfast

Established as one of the most famous venues for live music in the country, The Limelight Complex has recently enjoyed a multi-million pound refurbishment. The venue, now encompasses The Limelight & Limelight 2 venues, as well as Katy's Bar.

The SSE Arena, Belfast, Belfast

The SSE Arena, Belfast hosts an array of concerts, comedy and family shows, sports events and exhibitions and conferences.

Belfast Music Exhibition and Tour, Belfast

Explore Belfast's proud musical heritage with a dedicated exhibition and guided bus tour.

Black Box, Belfast

A home for live music, theatre, literature, comedy, film, visual art, live art, circus, cabaret and all points in between.

Ulster Orchestra, Belfast

This year, the Ulster Orchestra is pulling out all the stops for a Golden Season – the Orchestra’s 50th - as it heads into a new season of concerts in Ulster Hall, Belfast Waterfront and regional venues, from September 2016 to May 2017.

Katy Dalys, Belfast

Katy's Bar is at the hub of Belfast's most exciting music venue. In 2012 along with the whole complex the always welcoming Katy's Bar enjoyed a simple, subtle refurb. This was followed by The Rock Garden, a brand new roof terrace.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast

Oh Yeah Music Centre is a converted warehouse in the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. In a short space of time it has become a focus for music making and music enterprise in Northern Ireland.

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