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.

Harpers Hollow

Cairncastle Bluegrass Musical Evening

17 June, Co Antrim

Cairncastle Bluegrass Musical Evening at the Halfway House, Ballgally starring Roni Stoneman and the Harpers Hollow Bluegrass Band.

The Ben Reel Band in concert

The Ben Reel Band in concert

15 June, Co Londonderry

Irish artist Ben Reel released his eagerly awaited new album in 2015 simply titled `7th’ featuring his great band. Like his previous album, '7th' was recorded & produced by himself in his home studio in Co. Armagh, Ireland.

SunflowerFest 2016

SunflowerFest 2016

05 August - 07 August, Co Down

SunflowerFest is a 3 day music and arts festival on Tubby's Farm just outside Hillsborough.

Tennent's Vital 2016 - Avicii

Tennent's Vital 2016 - Avicii

26 August, Belfast

One of the biggest names in contemporary music will head the bill on day two of Tennent's Vital, on Friday 26 August.

Global superstar, Avicii who wowed audiences with his sell-out Tennent's Vital appearance in 2013 will be back in Belfast to ...

AVA Festival 2016

AVA Festival 2016

04 June, Belfast

AVA Festival announces its return to Belfast's T13 venue after a hugely successful first year event in 2015.

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.

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 ...

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.

Belsonic 2016

Belsonic 2016

09 June - 27 August, Belfast

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets in recent years, Belsonic is relocating to a brand new bigger location at the iconic Titanic Belfast building, and boasting it's most ambitious line up to date.

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.

GI Jive

GI Jive

30 July - 05 August, Co Down

Now in its third year, the GI Jive festival is aimed at commemorating and celebrating the presence of the US Army Air Force based in the Kilkeel and Mourne area during the Second World War in the run up to D-Day.

Coasts

Coasts

29 July, Belfast

Critically acclaimed UK rock band, Coasts, announce a headline Belfast show on 29 July at The Limelight 2.

This five piece, who met while at university in Bristol, are proving to be a band who are relentlessly on the rise.

Buskfest

Buskfest

25 June, Co Down

BuskFest is an international busking festival which takes place in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. The event, which is now in its 13th year, attracts 6000+ people from across the globe to Banbridge Town Centre.

Belfast Music Tour

Belfast Music Tour

26 April - 19 July, Belfast

Take a bus journey through the heart of this rock and roll city. Sit back, relax, and enjoy tunes and tales from Them and Van Morrison

ACH Front

The Mark Trammell Quartet

10 September, Armagh

The Mark Trammell Quartet are one of America's premier southern gospel groups and ND Concerts are delighted to be the promoter bringing them to Armagh for their first ever visit.

Lisa Hannigan with Zoë Conway & John McIntyre

Lisa Hannigan with Zoë Conway & John McIntyre

16 July, Co Down

Singer, songwriter, and musician, Lisa Hannigan will play a venue with a difference, St Malachy's Church, Castlewellan will welcome Lisa with Zoe Conway and John McIntyre as they preview songs from her forthcoming third studio album.

Coleraine's Road to the Somme

Coleraine's Road to the Somme

30 June - 02 July, Co Londonderry

To mark the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, where many men from the Coleraine area valiantly served, there will be three days of events commemorating this significant period during WW1, that resulted in great loss of life.

Bad Manners 40th Anniversary Tour

Bad Manners 40th Anniversary Tour

26 June, Belfast

Ska legends, Bad Manners, announce a return to Belfast to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a show at The Limelight 1.

Formed in 1976 in Stoke Newington, London, Bad Manners went on to become heavyweight ska legends and a much loved 1980's ...

Kaz Hawkins Plays in Limavady

Kaz Hawkins Plays in Limavady

09 June, Co Londonderry

Danny Boy Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival 2016 Launch Night with Northern Ireland’s very own blues darling, Kaz Hawkins stages high energy and original shows. Kaz and her band launch this year’s Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival.

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'.

Airbourne

Airbourne

24 August, Belfast

Airbourne is the walking, talking, living, breathing, screaming, spitting, fist-pumping embodiment of all that hard rock has encompassed since the movement began.

Fun-loving, rip-roaring, hard-partying and filled with melodic danger and ...

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...

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.

Pride In Newry Parade

Pride In Newry Parade

03 September, Co Down

The Pride In Newry parade is a colourful spectacle full of fun and atmosphere with music, floats, inter-active street performers, family and children's entertainment and a free outdoor Gala concert.

An Evening of Causeway Delights

An Evening of Causeway Delights

17 June, Co Londonderry

An evening of Music and Variety designed to raise funds for two, very worthy causes. An inspirational evening of Causeway Coast Delights hosted by Neil and Paul McMaster. Featuring local talents from around the North Coast.

De La Soul

De La Soul

15 June, Belfast

Legendary American hip hop trio, De La Soul, announce a headline show at The Limelight 1 on 15 June.

Formed in Long Island, New York in 1987, De La Soul changed the landscape of hip-hop as we knew it, and are back with a new...

Flash Harry - The Magic Of Queen (26 Aug)

Flash Harry - The Magic Of Queen (26 Aug)

26 August, Belfast

David Hull Promotions presents Flash Harry - The Music of Queen at Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast.

Flash Harry have been celebrating the music of Queen all over Ireland and the UK for more than 20 years and still fans come to pay homage to the ...

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Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Fesitval 2016

18 June - 19 June, Co Antrim

Food, Drink, Live Entertainment, Heritage and Culture are all the themes for this year’s Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival.
This is a festival for all the family and will showcase many demonstrations to highlight the Year of Food and Drink.

Fiddler's Green international festival

Fiddler's Green International Festival

24 July - 31 July, Co Down

Come along and indulge in a week of musical and artistic enjoyment for the whole family, set to the magical backdrop of the to the foothills of the Mourne Mountains and shores of Carlingford Lough!

Ronnie Greer & Band – Tribute to Muddy Waters and the Chicago Greats

Ronnie Greer & Band – Tribute to Muddy Waters and the Chicago Greats

05 August, Co Down

Focusing on the Chicago blues style on this occasion, Ronnie and the band, which includes slide guitarist/vocalist Anthony Toner and keyboard wizard John McCullough, will recreate the searing intensity of blues songs including Muddy Waters and more .

The Iconettes in Concert

The Iconettes in Concert

16 July, Co Down

Northern Ireland’s only dedicated Motown & Soul Show - The Iconettes pay tribute to the most famous ‘girl groups’ and solo artists of the 60’s, 70’s. The Supremes, The Ronettes, Martha & The Vandellase, .. with glamour, style and musical influences.

Obie Trice & Guests

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.

Stendhal Festival

Stendhal Festival

12 August - 13 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art brings an all encompassing artistic experience to the Roe Valley, home of Danny Boy. Experience the syndrome with Stendhal Festival of Art.

Moving On Music Presents Yorkston, Thorne & Khan

Moving On Music Presents Yorkston, Thorne & Khan

06 August, Belfast

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan are an experimental group that includes James Yorkston, one of the most "influential singer/songwriters on the Scottish folk scene", Suhail Yusuf Khan, award winning sarangi player and classical singer from New Delhi and Jon ...

Farset Belfast

Farset Belfast

30 May, Belfast

The River Farset is hidden underground, flowing beneath our bustling streets. On Monday 30 May, the Farset will be celebrated in a series of free events at points in the city that grew around the river.

Lloyd Cole

Lloyd Cole

29 August, Belfast

The release of 2015's 'Lloyd Cole and the Commotions Collected Recordings 1983-1989' was received to universal warmth and acclaim, and it sold out far more quickly than UMG anticipated.

Chas & Dave

Chas & 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, ...

The Dead Daisies

The Dead Daisies

21 July, Belfast

Australian-American rock band and musical collective, The Dead Daises announce a headline show at The Limelight 1, Belfast on Thursday 21 July.

Dublin Gospel Choir in Concert

Dublin Gospel Choir in Concert

17 July, Co Down

Dublin Gospel Choir are a group of performers with a shared love of music and the joy it can bring. Versatile, professional, passionate and vibrant they uplift and energise with powerful voices and rich harmonies.

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.

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