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.

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.

Viennese Christmas Spectacular

Viennese Christmas Spectacular

18 December, Belfast

London Concertante is the UKs leading chamber orchestra, currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary season.

Masquerade at the Malmaison

Masquerade at the Malmaison

31 December, Belfast

Spend your last hours of 2016 enjoying the magical atmosphere of the brasserie, savouring the mystery of the well thought-out ingredients and move through to the Mal Bar where the stunning music, enchanting cocktails and fascinating company will ...

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.

Nine Lessons and Carols by Chamber Choir Ireland

Nine Lessons and Carols by Chamber Choir Ireland

17 December, Belfast

Join Chamber Choir Ireland this December for Nine Lessons and Carols, a very special concert featuring a selection of festive classics interspersed with traditional readings in the glorious surrounds of St Thomas' Church Belfast.

The Nine ...

Cinderella

Cinderella

03 December - 15 January, Belfast

The undisputed queen of panto, May McFettridge as The Fairy Godmother, leads a superb cast which includes singer-songwriter and Pop Idol Gareth Gates in the role of prince charming.

Lush Classical 2017

Lush Classical 2017

07 October, Belfast

October 2016 saw one of the most spectacular dance events ever held in Northern Ireland.
 
A phenomenal, first-of-its-kind event featuring a 60-piece classical orchestra, world-renowned DJs and live vocalists playing floor fillers from the past ...

HRSE Season Ensemble: While You Listen

HRSE Season Ensemble: While You Listen

16 December, Belfast

This concert will feature the premiere of another HRSE commission (with funds from ACNI), this time from Simon Mawhinney, a lecturer in the School of Arts English and Languages.

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, ...

The Twelve Days of Christmas with The Whistlin’ Donkeys

The Twelve Days of Christmas with The Whistlin’ Donkeys

15 December, Co Fermanagh

Hailing from County Tyrone, The Whistlin’ Donkeys, are described as Ireland’s favourite Irish traditional folk/rock band. Following their previous visit to The Ardhowen in December 2015, they are back for what is guaranteed to be another fantastic performance.

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 ...

Little Mix

Little Mix

07 November - 08 November, Belfast

Due to demand, Little Mix added an extra Belfast date to the Glory Days Tour 2017: 8 November 2017.

The world's biggest girl group are back! Little Mix have announced a major arena tour for 2017 including a Belfast date at The SSE Arena on 7...

The Bjorn Identity Abba Tribute Show

The Bjorn Identity Abba Tribute Show

29 December, Co Down

The Björn Identity Abba Tribute Show will undoubtedly exceed all your expectations and are widely known for their love of audience participation, Swedish humour, professionalism and commitment to the music of their tribute idols.

The King is Back (15 Apr)

The King is Back (15 Apr)

15 April, Belfast

Ben, a multi talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis's DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent, Ben started his journey as...

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 Elvis Tribute Night with Jim Brown

The Elvis Tribute Night with Jim Brown

06 January, Co Down

The Elvis Tribute night with Jim Brown, The King, and his music promises to be a night of many hits, dancing, and is an amazing live sensation with one of the greatest Elvis tribute acts working today.

Cinderella

Cinderella

12 January - 21 January, Co Fermanagh

Lakeland Players return to The Ardhowen for their 30th production with the biggest and the best pantomime of them all, ‘Cinderella’!

Festive Reflections with Phil Coulter

Festive Reflections with Phil Coulter

17 December, Co Fermanagh

Come and join Phil at The Ardhowen where he will perform new arrangements of all his favourite classic songs from ‘The Town I Loved So Well’ to ‘Steal Away’ along with a seasonal selection with his very special guest, Geraldine Branagan.

Terri Hooley's New Year's Eve Hootenanny

Terri Hooley's New Year's Eve Hootenanny

31 December - 01 January, Belfast

We had such a great NYE in 2015 with our good friend Terri Hooley, that we're doing it again this year.

2016 wasn't an easy one, so lets give it a collective shove out the door and welcome in the good vibes, health, happiness, peace and...

A Kirwan Family Christmas

A Kirwan Family Christmas

17 December, Co Londonderry

Dominic Kirwan, one of Ireland’s finest singers and entertainers brings you his Kirwan family Christmas show, featuring two of his sons, Colm and Barry.

Country Showtime

Country Showtime

28 December, Co Down

The Annual Country Show in the Iveagh Theatre with stars from up and down the country on stage helping to blow away the Christmas cobwebs! This is a charity event with an all-star line up of up and coming singers.

The Flax Trust Christmas Gala Competition

The Flax Trust Christmas Gala Competition

15 December, Belfast

The Flax Trust is proud to present the inter-community school choir competition and invites you to support the youth of North Belfast as they use music and song to take you on a magical journey this festive season.

Stayin' Alive

Stayin' Alive

11 March, Belfast

Bringing you closer to the music in the intimate theatre format...

Now in their 19th year as the worlds premiere tribute to the Bee Gees, Stayin' Alive continue to tour all corners of the globe with their Number one show dedicated to the magic ...

The Outcasts Xmas Party

The Outcasts Xmas Party

16 December, Belfast

Celebrating 40 years as a band in 2017, Belfast's The Outcasts bring the seasonal cheer once more with a fun packed Xmas party at Belfast's Black Box on Friday 16 December.

Ardú Vocal Ensemble and Friends

Ardú Vocal Ensemble and Friends

23 December, Belfast

Ardú Vocal Ensemble continue their Friends charity concert series with two concerts this December in aid of The Simon Communities of Ireland.

On Friday, 23 December, Ardú will be joined by renowned soprano Suzanne Savage and Capella from The ...

Ritchie Remo in Concert

Ritchie Remo in Concert

30 December, Co Down

Ritchie Remo is one of Northern Ireland's top country singer song writers and will be appearing with his country dance band at The Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch so dust off your dancing boots and get your tickets early.

Sean Cuddy Country Dance Night

Sean Cuddy Country Dance Night

26 December, Co Down

Shawn and his band are one of hardest working bands on the dance and concert circuit and work between Ireland, England and Scotland where he is now a household name so get you dancing shoes on and enjoy a night of country dance music at its best.

Jake O’Kane ‘Old Enough To Know Better’

Jake O’Kane ‘Old Enough To Know Better’

30 December, Co Fermanagh

Continuing his run of sell-out tours, Jake O’Kane is back with his new show, ‘Old Enough to Know Better’.

The 2017 Belfast Tattoo

The 2017 Belfast Tattoo

31 August - 02 September, Belfast

The 2017 Belfast Tattoo is now confirmed and will take place on Thursday 31 August, Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September.

The Belfast Tattoo is now firmly established as an annual event for the city, and the SSE Arena are delighted that they are ...

Mayor's Christmas Choral Gathering

22 December, Londonderry/Derry

Beginning at Guildhall Square the choral gathering will perform at Shipquay Gate then move to perform at Butchers Gate, Bishops Gate, Ferryquay Gate then return to the Guildhall Square and Guildhall Foyer and Main Hall for the finale.

Black Tie Gala Event

Black Tie Gala Event

31 December, Belfast

New Year's Eve celebrations at the Europa are second to none! With fabulous live music, fine food, fun and laughter, it's the perfect place to bring in the New Year in style. The traditional splendour is the backdrop for the Black Tie Gala Ball.

James Huish Christmas Spectacular

James Huish Christmas Spectacular

18 December, Belfast

James Huish makes a triumphant return to the Grand Opera House in time for Christmas 2016 with this 'swinging' Christmas spectacular, following his critically-acclaimed performances in previous years.

James has been taking the Northern Ireland ...

Sing For Life Christmas Concert

Sing For Life Christmas Concert

19 December, Belfast

Join the Sing For Life Community Choir for their annual Christmas Concert!
Hosted
by the Choir's patron Noel Thompson, come along and get in the festive
mood with classic carols and popular songs to mark the holiday season.

The Crescent ...

The Priests in Concert

The Priests in Concert

22 December, Co Down

We are delighted that The Priests will be at the Slieve Donard this Christmas singing much loved classics as well as cherised seasonal songs. The Priests are a classical musical trio made up of three Catholic priests from Northern Ireland.

Christmas Party Nights at the Grand Opera House

Christmas Party Nights at the Grand Opera House

08 December - 17 December, Belfast

As if Christmas parties weren't scandalous enough, May McFettridge has been invited along for some madcap Christmas party fun in the Baby Grand Studio! Your ticket for this memorable festive event includes a delicious three-course meal, ...

Elvis Show and All American Buffet at the Europa Hotel

Elvis Show and All American Buffet at the Europa Hotel

27 December - 29 December, Belfast

Join in between Christmas and New Year for one of the fabulous live Elvis tribute shows - or buy tickets as the perfect Christmas Gift! 'The King', Jim Brown and his band, Ireland's Premier Elvis Tribute Act, performing live at the Europa on ...

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.

Craig David

Craig David

06 April, Belfast

It has been the most talked about and relevant return to music by an artist in decades.

Burns Night with Ulster Orchestra and Friends

Burns Night with Ulster Orchestra and Friends

21 January, Belfast

The skirl of the pipes, the whirl of jigs and reels and the romance of the songs of 'The Bard' make the ultimate Burns Night celebrations! For this feast of dancing, choirs, singing and music, the Ulster Orchestra is joined by a host of special...

Take That Tribute

Take That Tribute

06 January - 07 January, Belfast

Totally Take That are unquestionably the busiest and best tribute to Take That in the UK.

Based in the north of England, but travelling across the whole of the UK and Ireland with their show, the ensemble consists of a number of singers, ...

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