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.

Inside Out Music Events

Inside Out Music Events

09 August - 30 August, Belfast

Belfast will be dancing to a different beat this month with a series of free unplugged gigs in the city centre.  The 'Inside Out' initiative is a pilot project by Belfast City Council and builds on the success of other council music initiatives ...

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 ...

Paracuellos in Spain Concert Choir and Musicians

Paracuellos in Spain Concert Choir and Musicians

26 August - 29 August, Co Fermanagh

Featuring the unique sound of the choir and musicians from Paracuellos in Spain the Pulse and Plectrum Orchestra and choir from the Town of Paracuellos de Jarama, will bring their unique sound in a whistle-stop tour of Fermanagh from 23rd to 29th August 2014.

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.

23rd Annual Bluegrass Music Festival

23rd Annual Bluegrass Music Festival

29 August - 31 August, Co Tyrone

23rd Annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival - A must for all fans of Bluegrass and American Folk music.

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.

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 ...

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.

Tamikrest (Irish Premiere)

Tamikrest (Irish Premiere)

30 October, Belfast

Intoxicating Saharan Desert Blues.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman

04 October, Belfast

Dubliner Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is both an established solo artist and a member of several acclaimed ensembles, including The Gloaming and This is How We Fly.

Ronnie Greer Band

Ronnie Greer Band

24 October, Belfast

One of the justifiable legends of the Northern Ireland music scene, Ronnie Greer is also one of its favourite performers.

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!

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Dr Hook Featuring Ray Sawyer

Dr Hook Featuring Ray Sawyer

23 October, Belfast

Let The Good Times Roll ...

The Modfathers

The Modfathers

19 September, Co Fermanagh

The Modfathers were formed in 2000 by band members, Colin Doyle, Alan Bates, Gavin Doyle, Colum Ashmore and Wayne Massey.
The band play the music of The Jam, The Who, Small Faces, The Kinks, The Creation, Paul Weller, The Blades and other Mod classics.

Furnace Mountain

Furnace Mountain

06 November, Co Down

The music of Furnace Mountain is the very best of authentic old-time American roots. It is at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki.

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.

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.

Talon The Best Of The Eagles

Talon The Best Of The Eagles

12 September, Co Fermanagh

Now in their seventeenth year together Talon have been recognised by the ‘Agents Association of Great Britain’ at the ‘National Tribute Awards’ as the ‘Official UK No. 1’ Eagles tribute show.

The Big Reunion

The Big Reunion

01 November, Belfast

Following the success of The Big Reunion, ITV has announced The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour. The acts will be heading to UK & Ireland this October & November for a 15 date tour, this time bringing along the seven boy bands from both series...

The Ulster Orchestra - A Fanfare to Fate

The Ulster Orchestra - A Fanfare to Fate

31 October, Belfast

Bringing together a selection of local musical talent with the Ulster Orchestra, world-renowned pianist Barry Douglas performs Beethoven's lyrical Fourth Piano Concerto whilst the work of local composer Simon Mawhinney (The Pot of Pulgarve), ...

Gay McIntyre Reminiscing

Gay McIntyre Reminiscing

06 September, Co Fermanagh

Gay McIntyre, 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. In that time his associations include Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Louis Stewart and Nat King Cole among many others.

Sidewalk Boogie

Sidewalk Boogie

13 September, Co Fermanagh

Sidewalk Boogie perform a discerning repertoire of classic Chicago blues and rhythm and blues, as well as blending the blues with related genres such as jazz, rock, ska and New Orleans funk to great effect.

The High Kings

The High Kings

29 December, Co Fermanagh

Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, renowned vocalists and musicians, have come together to create the most exciting Irish ballad group to emerge since The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem electrified the worldwide folk revival of the 1960s.

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.

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 ...

The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

04 September, Armagh

Northern Ireland Opera returns to the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre with Mozart's most popular opera, 'The Magic Flute'.
The Magic Flute features some of opera's most famous arias and a hilarious fairytale story of good and evil.

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 ...

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.

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

17 October, Belfast

Costello first emerged as a champion of the late Seventies New Wave music scene with the critically acclaimed albums, My Aim Is True and This Year`s Model - the latter ranked Number 11 by Rolling Stone magazine on its list of the best albums ...

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.

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

City of Derry International Choral Festival

22 October - 26 October, Londonderry/Derry

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.

Mary Byrne In Concert

Mary Byrne In Concert

24 October, Co Fermanagh

Mary Byrne and her 8 piece band tour Northern Ireland for the first time this year.
Her story is the stuff of fairytales and movies. Although she was pipped for a place in the 2010 X Factor final, Mary won the hearts of millions with her big, warm personality and powerhouse voice.

The Logues

The Logues

30 October, Co Fermanagh

Castlederg folk rock band The Logues will be coming to the Ardhowen Theatre to “lift the roof off the place!” singer Logan McCool promises.

MTV Crashes Derry

MTV Crashes Derry

19 September - 21 September, Londonderry/Derry

Major music event staged by MTV and Derry City Council in front of 10,000 people in Ebrington Square. Acts include Professor Green & NMEK.

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 ...

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