Belfast Music Week
Belfast Music Week

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.

Sound of Belfast 2014

Sounds of Belfast 2014

12 November - 16 November, Belfast

A special week-long music programme called Sound of Belfast will take place across the city from 12-16 November 2014 in association with the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

Belfast's flagship music centre has teamed up with a number of leading music ...

Pips concert flyer

PIPS Music Festival

13 September, Co Down

Beoga

Beoga

11 October, Co Fermanagh

Beoga (gaelic for ‘lively’) are a five-piece band based in County Antrim. Their unique sound features the twin dueling accordions of Damian McKee and multi-instrumentalist Seán Óg Graham, pianist Liam Bradley and four times All-Ireland bodhrán champion Eamon Murray. In 2005, the line up was complete with the addition Niamh Dunne, one of Ireland’s premier young talents, on vocals and fiddle.

Red Bull Music Academy Weekender

Red Bull Music Academy Weekender

25 September - 28 September, Belfast

A celebration of music,art & culture throughout the city with a special closing show at Belfast City Hall.

Cathedral Quarter will host four days of concerts, club nights, talks and film screenings at the inagural Red Bull Music Academy ...

Culture Night 2014

Culture Night Derry~Londonderry 2014

19 September, Londonderry/Derry

Culture Night in Derry~Londonderry 2014 promises to be unique cultural experience for visitors and locals alike, when venues across historic city will throw open their doors to invite the public inside to explore, experience and enjoy local culture.

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Cara Dillon with special guest Dan Tyminski

11 October, Belfast

Cara Dillon
Special Guest Dan Tyminski
11 October 2014

One of the world's best voices, Irish folk singer Cara Dillon performs songs from her new, critically acclaimed album 'A Thousand Hearts' together with a selection of favourites.

Cara ...

Members of internationally-acclaimed Derry-based chamber choir, Codetta

City of Derry International Choral Festival

22 October - 26 October, Londonderry/Derry

Gay McIntyre - Reminiscing

Gay McIntyre - Reminiscing

19 September, Belfast

Now in his 80's Gay McIntyre has enjoyed a fruitful career and still performs regularly today. The Clarinettist and Alto Saxophonist has maintained a successful career as a musician for six decades and is a veteran of Jazz in Ireland and Europe.

Roland Pontinen

Roland Pontinen

28 October, Belfast

Since his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in 1981, Roland Pöntinen has made soloist appearances with major orchestras across the globe, such as the Philharmonia Orchestra in Paris and London as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic in ...

Altan

Altan

04 October, Co Fermanagh

The legendary Donegal band named after a mysterious and deep lake behind Errigal mountain was formed in 1987 by the late Frankie Kennedy, a flute player from Belfast, and his wife, the charismatic singer and fiddler, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, who hails from Gweedore. Altan’s brand of music, inspired originally by Northern traditions and played with verve and heart, has matured down the years.

Modern Baseball & Guests

Modern Baseball & Guests

22 September, Belfast

Philadelphia punks Modern Baseball have announced a headlining tour which will hit the road this Summer, and take in Belfast on 22nd September at the intimate Voodoo on Fountain Street. Supporting the band will be Spraynard & Chewing On Tinfoil.

Belfast Swing Ball

Belfast Swing Ball

05 September, Belfast

Swing Patrol will host the Belfast Swing Ball to spread the love of Swing dancing across the United Kingdom and to celebrate the rising popularity of this great old vintage dance.

Belfast Tattoo 2014

Belfast Tattoo 2014

04 September - 06 September, Belfast

The Belfast Tattoo 2014 will take place at The Odyssey Arena, Belfast, and will now be an annual event for the City.

Harlem Gospel Choir

Harlem Gospel Choir

28 November, Co Fermanagh

The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir was formed in 1988 and made its highly successful debut at New York’s legendary Cotton Club the same year. The Choir draws its core singers from various black churches in the Harlem community, who share the common aim of bringing about a better understanding of African/American culture.

Sound Tracks Exhibition

Sound Tracks Exhibition 2014

16 May - 14 September, Co Fermanagh

This exciting travelling exhibition showcases music and life in County Fermanagh during the 1960s & 1970s. This exhibition looks at the music that people in County Fermanagh were listening to in the sixties and seventies and gives an idea of what might have been happening when these tunes were first out.

Phil Coulter Echoes Of Home Tour

Phil Coulter Echoes Of Home Tour

08 October, Co Fermanagh

He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones.
He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones.

Mick Flavin and Friends

Mick Flavin and Friends

10 October, Co Fermanagh

Mick Flavin is one of the most successful entertainers in Irish Country Music. His career has profiled the aspirations, and trials of life, in an unabashedly proud and instantly recognizable voice. Nicknamed “The Gentle Giant of Country Music” his stylish songs and roguish persona have created the legend that is Big Mick Flavin.

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

07 November, Co Fermanagh

Ballet Ireland is delighted to present a national tour of ‘Swan Lake’, one of the greatest love stories of classical ballet, to 26 theatres throughout Ireland.

This most famous of ballets, combines romantic themes, classical technique and ethereal imagery together with Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, to ensure this masterpiece’s immortality.

Red Molly at Bronte Music Club

Red Molly at Bronte Music Club

08 October, Co Down

Vocal trio Red Molly are known for their gorgeous harmonies and infectious song writing. Gracing stages from Denver, Colorado to Denmark they will be performing at the Bronte Interpretive Centre for a one night only concert.

The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

10 September - 11 September, Belfast

Mozart's hilarious fairytale opera tells the story of Tamino - a handsome prince on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Pamina from the clutches of the mysterious Sarastro.

Petunia & Nathan Godfrey

Petunia & Nathan Godfrey

29 November, Belfast

If ever there was a dream meant-to-be pairing it was when the colourful frontman of Petunia & The Vipers hooked up with renowned American old-time picker Nathan Godfrey.

The pair mine for nuggets from the US roots music back catalogue and ...

Barry Douglas In Concert

Barry Douglas In Concert

29 September, Co Fermanagh

Fermanagh Live presents Barry Douglas, winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano competition, world famous performer, composer and conductor, artistic director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival.

Tamikrest (Irish Premiere)

Tamikrest (Irish Premiere)

30 October, Belfast

Intoxicating Saharan Desert Blues.

Hey Harley & Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo

Hey Harley & Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo

29 October, Belfast

Award-winning singer-songwriter Lizanne Knott has been captivating audiences, including BBC's Bob Harris with her innate ability to capture those little snapshots of life with vivid imagery and understated music.  Blessed with a warm and unique ...

Muriel Anderson

Muriel Anderson

19 October, Belfast

Muriel Anderson is one of America's premier solo-acoustic guitarists.

CultureTECH

CultureTech 2014

15 September - 21 September, Londonderry/Derry

Now in its third year, CultureTECH has become Northern Ireland’s biggest and most exciting festival of creative innovation – covering everything from music to video games, animation to software and visual arts to TV production.

Swiss Ambassador's Award Concert - Trio Rafale (Irish Premiere)

Swiss Ambassador's Award Concert - Trio Rafale (Irish Premiere)

17 October, Belfast

The award-winning Swiss trio, Trio Rafale play their first concert in Ireland as part of this year's Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's.

Founded in Zurich in 2009 by Maki Wiederkehr (piano), Daniel Meller (violin) and Flurin Cuonz ...

Quercus Ensemble: Songs, Games and Dances

Quercus Ensemble: Songs, Games and Dances

22 October, Belfast

An evening of classical music inspired by the world's most romantic city.  Be transported back to the golden age of the Parisian salon, with love songs by Fauré, Saint-Saëns's gripping Danse Macabre, and Bizet's vibrant depiction of children's ...

Hannavas Free Family event

Hannavas Free Family event

25 October - 26 October, Belfast

The African Savannah Comes to Belfast.  Meet Twiga the Giraffe with her daughter Sambah and Tembo the Elephant with her calf Tembito.

Enter into the lives of these great, large-scale, mechanical, African mammals, each with a personality all of ...

Dungannon Summer Festival

Dungannon Summer Festival

25 August, Co Tyrone

Dungannon Park are celebrating their 25 birthday with a four day festival with Free Admission to all the events!

Celtic Soul

Celtic Soul

20 September, Belfast

As one of the truly great singer/songwriters of all time we are proud that Van Morrison is one of us. Belfast has honoured Van with the Freedom of Belfast.  Celtic Soul, a 7 piece ensemble, perform renditions of his classic hits and album tracks.

Celtic Soul The Music of Van Morrison

Celtic Soul The Music of Van Morrison

08 November, Co Fermanagh

Following a stunning debut in 2013, Celtic Soul return to the Ardhowen Theatre to pay homage one of the truly great singer/songwriters of all time: our own Van Morrison.

With more years than the band care to remember playing in blues, folk, traditional and jazz bands these musicians have the ingredients to combine and deliver Van’s music authentically.

Bettye LaVette (Northern Irish Premiere)

Bettye LaVette (Northern Irish Premiere)

20 October, Belfast

A big opening for this year's Festival Music Club, the great lady of soul Bettye LaVette is one of this generation's most vital and impactful soul singers with a career of over 50 years.

Since the 1960s Bettye LaVette has been filling the ...

Oliver!

Celebrating Music from Northern Ireland with Eamonn McCrystal

06 September, Belfast

Join tenor Eamonn McCrystal with Brian Kennedy, Rachel Tucker and a host of special guests for this celebration of music from Northern Ireland.

Neil Cowley Trio

Neil Cowley Trio

28 October, Co Fermanagh

In 2006, Neil Cowley Trio burst onto the scene with a debut that turned the concept of piano trio on its head. Fizzing with energy, their rip-roaring riffs and hook laden tunes sat side by side with heart shattering musical whisperings while their dynamic shows marked them as one of UK’s most exciting live bands.

The Night Dances (UK & Irish Premiere)

The Night Dances (UK & Irish Premiere)

01 November, Belfast

Explore the subtleties of Benjamin Britten's composition for cello through the lens of the American Poet, Sylvia Plath, considered one of the leading cultivators of confessional poetry.  Actress Charlotte Rampling reads in French and English, and ...

Gig in the Bann

Gig’n the Bann Festival

11 September - 14 September, Co Antrim

The Portglenone Cross Cultural Music and Dance Festival is recognised as one of the premier and much anticipated events on the festival calendar.

Northern Lights Mini Fest - Emma Morwood and Jonathan Fisher

Northern Lights Mini Fest - Emma Morwood and Jonathan Fisher

26 October, Belfast

Emma Morwood, described as 'a radiant Pamina' in Opera Theatre Company's Irish tour of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' (Sunday Times), is one of Belfast's rising operatic stars.  She has performed with leading UK orchestras (RLPO, CBSO, Philharmonia, ...

African Drumming Workshop - FLive 2014

African Drumming Workshop - FLive 2014

23 September - 24 September, Co Fermanagh

Get in the groove and have a blast learning to play traditional West African drums with exotic names like Djembe, Ken Keni, Sangba and Dununba. Experienced teacher and percussion specialist Ronan McKee of “Play Percussion” will introduce you to music and dance from other cultures while explaining its social context.

The Who Hits 50

The Who Hits 50

28 November, Belfast

"The Who Hits 50" 50th anniversary tour is coming this Autumn with hits such as Won't Get Fooled Again, My Generation, Baba O'Riley, Who Are You, I Can't Explain, Pinball Wizard, Behind Blue Eyes and many more
 
2014 sees The Who, one of rock's ...

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.cdcleisure.net

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

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

Ulster Orchestra - www.ulsterorchestra.com