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.

Salmon & Whiskey Festival

Salmon & Whiskey Festival

17 June - 18 June, Co Antrim

The Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey 2 day event celebrates the local culture, heritage and local produce. Bushmills is the ‘gateway to the Giant’s Causeway’ and home of world renowned Bushmills Distillery and the River Bush Salmon.

Harvest 2017 - Country Music Festival

Harvest 2017 - Country Music Festival

26 August - 28 August, Co Fermanagh

HARVEST 2017

The Portstewart Community Red Sails Festival

The Portstewart Community Red Sails Festival

23 July - 29 July, Co Londonderry

The Red Sails Festival brings a diverse range of musical events, children's entertainment, competitions, street theatre and dance to Portstewart. The grand finale is a spectacular fireworks display at 22:00 hrs on Saturday 29th July.

Vauxhall International North West 200

Vauxhall International North West 200

07 May - 13 May, Co Antrim

The Vauxhall International North West 200 attracts the finest line-up of road racers on the planet, drawing thousands of visitors to watch the festival of speed where stars like Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and John McGuiness thrill 85,000 fans.

Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival

Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival

19 October - 22 October, Co Antrim

A festival of scary tales and fine music taking place in the Glens of Antrim, an area rich in folklore. This unique festival celebrates the beautiful locality and our story telling tradition.

The Auld Lammas Fair

The Auld Lammas Fair

28 August - 29 August, Co Antrim

Visit Ireland's traditional oldest fair which takes place on the last Monday and Tuesday of August. The present day fair provides street entertainment and features more than 400 stalls.

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...

Heart of the Glens Festival

Heart of the Glens Festival

05 August - 13 August, Co Antrim

2017 is the 27th anniversary of Heart of the Glens Festival one of the most successful community festivals in Northern Ireland. The programme of events is as varied and entertaining as ever with something for all the family.

Craig David

Craig David

06 April, Belfast

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

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...

Elvis Does the Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Does the Jailhouse Rock

08 April, Belfast

Award winning Elvis Tribute Act Ciaran Houlihan brings his show to #LiveAtTheCrum this April.

The Little Shop of Horrors Musical

The Little Shop of Horrors Musical

28 March - 01 April, Co Down

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken

The Real Thing, Alex Charles of Heatwave and Jaki Graham

The Real Thing, Alex Charles of Heatwave and Jaki Graham

23 June, Belfast

Return to the glory days of jazz funk and soul with real dance music legends as GRT Entertainments present a soul-sational evening of non-stop, live dance floor anthems including 'You to Me Are Everything', 'Boogie Nights' and 'Set Me ...

Cappella Caeciliana

A View of the Cross – Concert for Palm Sunday

09 April, Armagh

Choral Concert of Music for Palm Sunday and Holy Week – Cappella Caeciliana with guest conductor Eamonn Dougan. Programme includes the Fauré Requiem and the Irish premiere of Stabat Mater by Alissa Firsova.

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 ...

Spring Picnic Twilight Market

Spring Picnic Twilight Market

09 May - 10 May, Belfast

Back by popular demand, the Twilight Market is set to return to St George's Market. Now an award-winning market, the Twilight Market is an established highlight in Belfast's calendar of events.

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City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival

27 April - 01 May, Londonderry/Derry

The festival, now in its 15th year will offer music lovers a fantastic programme of live music between 28th April and 5th May and is one of the region’s most anticipated and talked about social events of the year.

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys

20 May, Belfast

You can capsulise most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they have had and how many millions of albums they have sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you are assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band...

Roll With It - The Ultimate Oasis Experience

Roll With It - The Ultimate Oasis Experience

01 April, Co Down

`Roll with It' are the ultimate Oasis experience who capture the songs, sounds and swagger of the greatest band of the nineties. Their set list spans all seven albums and includes the hit singles right through to the acoustic B-sides.

EA SE Music Service Spring Concert at the Assembly Buildings

EA SE Music Service Spring Concert at the Assembly Buildings

01 April, Belfast

The bands and orchestras from the Education Authority South Eastern Region will perform a concert at the Assembly Buildings, Belfast.

The concert will feature bands and orchestras from Bangor, Castlereagh, Down and Lisburn along with the Youth ...

Vivaldi-Four Seasons and Handel-Dixit Dominus

Vivaldi-Four Seasons and Handel-Dixit Dominus

22 April, Belfast

Award-winning early music ensemble Sestina presents Music of the Grand Tour from Italy, to include the seminal Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, played by virtuoso Dutch violinist Johannes Leertouwer, the youthful early work of Georg Frederic ...

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

26 May - 04 June, Co Antrim

Come along and join in and help celebrate our rich and diverse maritime culture during the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

Ards and North Down Pipe Band Championship

Ards and North Down Pipe Band Championship

13 May, Co Down

Spend a day at the Castle Park in Bangor for a site to be seen. The Castle Park will transform with colour and the sounds of pipes for the annual Ards and North Down Pipe Band Championship which makes for a great opportunity for a...

Van Morrison After Dinner Blues

Van Morrison After Dinner Blues

13 August - 14 August, Co Down

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see Van Morrison 'up close and personal' at the magnificent Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle County Down on the 13th & 14th August 2017.

Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute Night

Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute Night

13 May, Co Down

Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute Show has been hailed the greatest and most exciting in the UK and Ireland with a fantastic live and energetic six piece band, including the award winning JP Mac as Johnny Cash.

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

08 October, Belfast

Live Nation and MCD Productions are honoured to announce - on his birthday - that musical icon, Grammy award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member, Neil Diamond will be extending his 50th anniversary tour to the UK and Europe in 2017.

Atlantic Sessions

Atlantic Sessions

16 November - 19 November, Co Londonderry

A feast of musical talent, featuring over 30 artists in over 20 venues, including bars, coffee shops, hotels and town halls across Portrush, Portstewart and Portballintrae, throughout 4 days. Most gigs are admission free.

Scarva Band Concerts

Scarva Band Concerts

02 April - 30 April, Co Armagh

Spring is in the air and with it comes the tremendous tones of Banbridge Accordion Orchestra in Scarva village on Sunday 2 April from 15:00 – 16:00 as the popular concert band series gets underway for another season.

Sunflowerfest

Sunflowerfest

28 July - 30 July, Co Down

The Sunflowerfest is delighted to announce their 2017 festival theme. Think sci-fi and space, string theory and the multiverse, a place like no other yet oddly the same, a massive upgrade of the status quo...

Banks of The Foyle Halloween Carnival

Banks of The Foyle Halloween Carnival

29 October - 01 November, Londonderry/Derry

As the veil is lifted for Hallowe’en night we ask you to join us for our 31st Anniversary party as supernatural beings and the souls of the dead flood into the City of Bones

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival

07 June - 11 June, Co Londonderry

The best of local, national and international musicians will perform in venues in Limavady town centre. The Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre will host ticketed events.

70th Anniversary Concert - Studio Symphony Orchestra

70th Anniversary Concert - Studio Symphony Orchestra

25 March, Belfast

The Studio Symphony Orchestra presents a very special 70th anniversary concert.

Twinkling Winter Twilight Market

Twinkling Winter Twilight Market

07 November - 08 November, Belfast

Back by popular demand, the Twilight Market is set to return to St George's Market. Now an award-winning market, the Twilight Market is an established highlight in Belfast's calendar of events.

Steps (14 Nov)

Steps (14 Nov)

14 November, Belfast

Steps return for 2017 with a large UK and Ireland arena tour, plus a brand-new single and album, marking their twentieth anniversary.

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne

29 July, Belfast

The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne was founded in the city whose name they bear: Cologne. The city that is famous throughout the world for its University of Music and its musical and instrumental teaching.

Garth Brooks Tribute Show

Garth Brooks Tribute Show

14 July, Co Down

The Garth Brooks Tribute Show is a live musical experience bringing to the stage many well known tracks to create that perfect night out.

Andy Cooney, On The Eighth Day

Andy Cooney, On The Eighth Day

06 April, Co Antrim

On the eighth day tour featuring star of New York’s Carnegie hall Andy Cooney coming to Ballymoney Town Hall direct from the USA.

Train

Train

25 October, Belfast

On the heels of the highly-anticipated release of their tenth studio album, a girl a bottle a boat, San Francisco-natives Train announced their Play That Song Tour will be heading overseas for an international run including dates for Belfast in ...

Johnny Cash Tribute Show

Johnny Cash Tribute Show

15 July, Co Down

Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute Show has been hailed the greatest and most exciting Johnny Cash Tribute in the UK and Ireland. If you’re a real Johnny Cash and June Carter fan, you cannot afford to miss this spectacular show in Newcastle.

Belfast Community Gospel Choir at the Grand Opera House

Belfast Community Gospel Choir at the Grand Opera House

20 May, Belfast

Join the Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) for an uplifting evening of joy, music and craic at the Grand Opera House!

Hailed as 'the soul of Belfast', BCGC is known for energetic performances, full of great music and even greater craic! ...

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