Belsonic, Belfast.
Belsonic,Belfast.
The Limelight, Belfast

Unmissable Music

If you're planning your next break around music then Northern Ireland is the place to visit. With a scene that crosses all genres and tastes, Northern Ireland's music is vibrant, exciting and cutting edge.

Check out a traditional session in the local pub or catch a rock gig at one of our bigger venues. If classical is your thing, then the Ulster Orchestra at the Ulster Hall will be just the ticket.

For clubbers, Northern Ireland plays host to some of the world's best DJs at venues including Shine and Lush .

Northern Ireland is home to annual festivals in many unique venues. From bluegrass in the Ulster American Folk Park to rock music in the Sperrin Mountains, traditional music in the beautiful forest park at Castlewellan to the best international and local pop music at Belsonic in the centre of Belfast.

While you are here, there are lots of hands-on opportunities to learn about our musical past including the Belfast Music Exhibition and Tour or try your hand at learning a traditional instrument or attending a ceili at Culturlann Ui Chanain in Derry/Londonderry.

All Tvvins

Saxon

30 October, Belfast

The Battering Ram World Tour:

Saxon have never dealt in half-truths or incomplete missions.

With Sacrifice they filled your heads with heavy metal thunder, and now Saxon want nothing more than to crush them with their very own, ...

Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka

14 October, Belfast

British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka is pleased to announce his return to Belfast on Friday 14 October at The Limelight 2. The 2012 BBC Sounds poll winner returns with his new album 'Love & Hate'.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

03 December, Belfast

From a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with The Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right in 2014, the past ten years has seen The Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet...

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

18 November - 19 November, Belfast

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Giovanni, the original Don Juan, seduces his way irresistibly across Europe.

Nickelback

Nickelback

10 October, Belfast

Multi-platinum selling rock band Nickelback are set to embark on a massive headline tour in 2016 with support coming from fellow Canadian rockers Monster Truck.

Foy Vance

Foy Vance

10 December, Belfast

One of the finest singer/songwriters Northern Ireland has ever produced, Foy Vance announces a headline show at the Ulster Hall, Belfast on Saturday 10 December.

Foy Vance knows how to write a song.

seamusheaney

Seamus Heaney HomePlace Opening Weekend

30 September - 03 October, Co Londonderry

Marking the opening of Seamus Heaney Home Place with a celebratory weekend of events, featuring music, theatre, poetry, song, readings, talks and tours.

The Bjorn Identity at Stormont Hotel

The Bjorn Identity at Stormont Hotel

28 December, Belfast

The BjÖrn Identity are delighted to be performing this Christmas at Stormont Hotel.

They continue their success and are now firmly established as Ireland's top Abba tribute show; exceeding all expectations with a live and authentic ABBA in ...

Level 42

Level 42

01 October, Belfast

One of the most successful British bands of the 1980s, Level 42 have released 14 studio albums, 7 live albums and 6 compilation albums and sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

The Wedding Present and Guests

The Wedding Present and Guests

26 November, Belfast

British indie rock legends The Wedding Present are pleased to announce a return to Belfast on Saturday November 26 at The Limelight 2.

Going, Going… will be the title of the ninth Wedding Present studio album.

Aida

Aida

08 November, Belfast

A spectacular new interpretation of the classic opera, starring international French soprano, Olga Perrier, as Aida and celebrated mezzo from the Romanian National Opera, Liza Kadelnik, as Amneris.

This tragic story of war, jealousy and ...

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Obie Trice and Guests

30 September, Belfast

World renowned American rapper and songwriter Obie Trice announces a Belfast headline show at The Limelight 2 on Friday 30 September 2016.

Foy Vance

Foy Vance

05 December, Belfast

Join Foy Vance and Guests on 'The Wild Swan World Tour 2016' - Second date added due to overwhelming demand!

Due to overwhelming demand, Foy Vance has added a second Belfast show at The Ulster Hall to his 'The Wild Swan' world tour! The second ...

All Tvvins

All Tvvins

30 October, Belfast

Dublin duo All Tvvins announce a Belfast headline show in The Limelight 2 on Sunday 30 October 2016. Conor and Lar of All Tvvins started making robotic interstellar synth-pop music together in the summer of 2013.

Roe Valley Folk Festival

Roe Valley Folk Festival

28 October - 30 October, Co Londonderry

The Festival is renowned for its mix of folk music, dance and traditional sessions. This year's line-up has reflected the many changes in the folk music scene.

Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project

Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project

13 October, Belfast

In 1916, Roger Casement was hanged in Pentonville Prison. Knighted for exposing human rights abuses in the Congo and Amazon, his support for Irish nationalism during WW1 was a British scandal.

His sex with men was even more scandalous.

Chas and Dave

Chas and Dave

17 December, Belfast

Pianist Chas Hodges and guitarist Dave Peacock were widely experienced around the British rock scene of the 1960s and early 70s before teaming up with drummer, Mick Burt, to form the group.

Chas had worked with the legendary producer Joe Meek, ...

Bollywood Dance Night

Bollywood Dance Night

15 October, Belfast

Enjoy a Bollywood dance night in the heart of Belfast city at Solo Kitchen and Bar, where east meets west. For one night only, feast on an authentic three course Indian meal using the very best locally sourced food and beverages suppliers.

Against The Current

Against The Current

26 September, Belfast

Against the Current are a pop-punk band that formed in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2011.

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Tom Odell

02 November, Belfast

Ivor Novello and Brit Award winning English singer/songwriter Tom Odell is pleased to announce a return to Belfast at The Limelight 1 on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

Buzzcocks

Buzzcocks

04 November, Belfast

Buzzcocks, one of the most important and influential bands ever, are proud to announce their 40th Anniversary Tour is coming to Belfast's Limelight 1 on Friday 4 November 2016.

Bowie Experience

Bowie Experience

04 February, Belfast

Bowie Experience, the most successful David Bowie tribute show in the world, hits the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday 4 February 2017.

The 4 of Us

The 4 of Us

05 November, Co Londonderry

The 4 of Us present their critically acclaimed acoustic show, showcasing songs from their brand new album Sugar island, due for release this Autumn, as well as songs from their extensive back catalogue.

Elton John

Elton John

02 December, Belfast

In his five-decade career, Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has had more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No.

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart

14 November - 15 November, Belfast

Rod Stewart has announced he is adding a Belfast date to the 'From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits 2016' arena tour that will feature his biggest hits from 1970 to 2016.

Katie Markham - Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook

Katie Markham - Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook

06 October, Belfast

Touring UK theatres for the very first time, Someone Like You (The Adele Songbook) is an immaculate celebration of one of our generation's finest singer-songwriters.

Hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton's BBC Adele Special, the ...

Johnny Brady in Concert

Johnny Brady in Concert

16 December, Co Down

Johnny Brady has become a household name on the Country Music scene in Ireland with his live band, and energetic performances, the ‘Johnny Experience’ is a must see with fans flocking from all over to see him live.

Alabama 3

Alabama 3

11 November, Belfast

Brixton band Alabama 3 are pleased to announce the '20 Years of Alabama 3 Tour' is coming to Belfast's Limelight 1 on Friday November 11 2016.

Ulster Orchestra: The 50th Birthday Concert with Barry Douglas

Ulster Orchestra: The 50th Birthday Concert with Barry Douglas

30 September, Belfast

On 28 September 1966, the bright and optimistic sounds of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro rang out in Belfast.

Belfast Community Gospel Choir Christmas Show

Belfast Community Gospel Choir Christmas Show

11 December, Belfast

Get in the festive spirit with BCGC at the Belfast Waterfront.

This show will feature everything from Christmas classics to big gospel ballads.

City of Derry International Choral Festival

City of Derry International Choral Festival

19 October - 23 October, Londonderry/Derry

Created as a joyous celebration of choral music-making, the festival provides opportunities for competitive and non-competitive participation for singers across a wide range of styles, ensembles and ages.

Ulster Bank International Arts Festival

Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival

11 October - 30 October, Belfast

The Festival has announced two separate and major commissions for new creative works from internationally acclaimed artists, Taylor Mac (USA) and Amanda Coogan (Ireland) that will feature as signature events in the 2016 edition.

The Sinatra Years with James Huish and Band

The Sinatra Years with James Huish and Band

08 October, Belfast

James Huish, Northern Ireland's king of swing, and his 10 piece band perform a special concert celebrating the life's work of the one and only Sinatra, live at The Crum.

Tickets:
£20

Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8.30pm.
Bar service ...

Status Quo 1

Q the Quo - One Night Only

08 October, Co Down

As Status Quo prepare to hang up their electric guitars for good, Q the Quo is here to fill the void for visitors to NI who want to see a band which is as close to the original as you can get!

Smokie

Smokie

23 October, Belfast

Top ten smash hits like 'If you think you know how to love me', 'Don't play your rock 'n' roll to me', 'It's your life' and 'Oh Carol' gave Smokie their ticket to travel the world.

You could be forgiven for thinking they were a 1970s...

Thank You For Coming: Attendance

Thank You For Coming: Attendance

27 October - 28 October, Belfast

Show time: 7.45pm

Thank You For Coming is a series of works in which Driscoll extends the sphere of influence of performance to create communal space where the co-emergent social moment is questioned, heightened and palpable.

Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive

16 November, Belfast

The band's Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony, was released in February to critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone describing the album as 'pop with a timeless feel', and NPR announcing, '2016 will be the year Lake Street Dive becomes a ...

Andre Rieu

Andre Rieu

09 December, Belfast

André Rieu, together with his 60 piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and many international soloists, returns to Belfast to enthuse fans with his humorous and colourful new program.

The Dog Days Are Over

The Dog Days Are Over

14 October - 15 October, Belfast

Show time: 7.45pm

The Dog Days Are Over is a scorching performance make up of only one physical action: the jump.

Ruth McGinley at Portico

Ruth McGinley at Portico

01 October, Co Down

Derry-born Ruth McGinley quickly became a young star of classical music when she won the piano final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1994. Over the years she has performed with many world class orchestras; now hear her play in Portico.

Music Ideas & Suggestions

See where guitars are handmade in N.Ireland - www.georgelowden.com

Want to be a star – check out Open Mic Nights in N.Ireland - www.acousticshowcaseni.co.uk/#/acoustic-open-mic-nights/4566981137

Learn to play traditional instruments - http://belfasttrad.com/

Music News

Music Links

Belfast Music - www.belfastmusic.org

Belfast Odyssey Arena - www.odysseyarena.com

Belfast Waterfront Hall - www.waterfront.co.uk

Black Box, Belfast - www.blackboxbelfast.com

Gweedore, Londonderry~Derry - www.peadars-gweedorebar.com

Limelight, Belfast - www.limelightbelfast.com/

Millennium Forum, Londonderry~Derry - www.millenniumforum.co.uk 

Nerve Centre, Londonderry~Derry - www.nerve-centre.org.uk

Ulster Orchestra - www.ulsterorchestra.com