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.

Sleeping Beauty at the Courtyard Theatre

Grainne Duffy

24 January, Co Antrim

Grainne Duffy is a unique talent, raw and powerful, edgy and elegant. Growing up in Co.

UFO & Guests

UFO & Guests

22 April, Belfast

UFO & Guests
 
English heavy metal and hard rock band UFO formed in 1969 and became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

Dominic Kirwan in Concert

Hot Chocolate with special guests The Three Degrees

02 May, Belfast

Hot Chocolate are one of the most successful bands ever to come out of the 70`s and they are still performing today to audiences all over the world who love the Band`s classic hits and distinctive sound.

In 1970 Hot Chocolate, with Errol Brown ...

Belfast Music Week Showcase

Death From Above 1979 & Guests

21 February, Belfast

The high-energy, high-volume duo Death From Above 1979 made an immediate splash upon their debut in 2004 with You're a Woman, I'm a Machine.

Slow Club

Slow Club

20 February, Belfast

Slow Club is Sheffield boy-girl duo Charles Watson (guitar, vocals, piano) and Rebecca Taylor (drums, vocals, guitar).

Cathedral Quarter Out to Lunch Festival 2015

Cathedral Quarter Out to Lunch Festival 2015

02 January - 25 January, Belfast

Out to Lunch returns from January 2-25, 2015 serving up over three weeks of Theatre, music and comedy, all in your lunch hour and all served up with a delicious hot lunch for a mere £6.50.

This will be Out to Lunch's 10th wholesome helping...

X Factor Live Tour 2015

X Factor Live Tour 2015

13 February - 14 February, Belfast

You've taken the journey with them from the room to the arena, sat on the edge of your sofa during the dramatic six-seat challenge at bootcamp, travelled to judges' houses and will be tuning in to the studio shows; now is your chance to see...

Hairspray

Hairspray

15 January - 31 January, Co Londonderry

Award winning Ballywillan Drama Group brings the blockbuster Broadway musical HAIRSPRAY to Northern Ireland and the Riverside Theatre for sixteen exhilarating performances in January 2015. In another major coup for BDG this joyous family musical is guaranteed to please those of all ages with its well-known songs, wonderful dancing and infectious comedy and laughter.

Celtic Soul

Celtic Soul

31 January, 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.

Grainne Duffy

Grainne Duffy

13 February, Co Fermanagh

Grainne Duffy is a unique talent, raw and powerful, edgy and elegant. With early influences ranging from the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and the Pretenders, the subtle playing of Peter Green on such songs as ‘Need Your Love so Bad’ and ‘Albatross’, led Grainne to listen to other guitarists such as BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and, of course, Rory Gallagher.

Realta

Realta

26 April, Co Down

Described by Irish Music Magazine as “A full bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza”, Belfast based Réalta carries on the Bothy Band tradition of taking tunes by the scruff of the neck and firing excitement through them like hot flames!

With a sound based on the twin uilleann piping talents of Conor Lamb and Aaron O'Hagan, propelled by dynamic accompaniments on guitar, bouzouki and double bass, Réalta make full use of the intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make Irish music so loved throughout the world.

Having toured alongside Altan in Germany, Switzerland and Greece and won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections Glasgow, these young musicians have earned a reputation for delighting audiences with the enthusiasm, energy and passion they bring to traditional music.

New Years Eve Gala Ball Da Vincis

New Year's Eve Gala Ball at Da Vincis

31 December, Londonderry/Derry

Book your unforgettable experience and bid farewell to 2014 at our spectacular New Year's Eve Ball.

Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie

Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie

19 March, Belfast

With his emotional and gravel-coated bellow, vocalist/guitarist Chuck Ragan made a name for himself as one-fourth of the much-loved Gainesville post-hardcore outfit Hot Water Music before releasing his first solo album in 2007.

Ireland`s Greatest Voices -  The Three Tenors

Ireland`s Greatest Voices - The Three Tenors

21 February, Belfast

Magical hits and popular classics made famous by Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, The Dubliners and Pavarotti.

De Dannan

De Dannan

28 February, Co Fermanagh

Once described as ‘the Rolling Stones of Irish Traditional Music’, the legendary group De Danann, returned to the festival stage in 2009 with a new album and trips to Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and the USA. The band have found themselves once again in demand by promoters in Europe and North America.

Celtic Woman

Celtic Woman

25 January, Belfast

One of Ireland's most successful musical exports brings its unique, award winning show to the Odyssey in Belfast on January 25, 2015.

The Music Box - Home for Christmas

The Music Box - Home for Christmas

18 December - 20 December, Belfast

With Peter Corry and special guest stars Andrea Begley and Ian McElhinny.  The Music Box returns to the Waterfront following the incredible success of last years critically acclaimed performances with a new production, Home For Christmas.

This ...

Dominic Kirwan in Concert

An Evening with The Australian Pink Floyd

15 February, Belfast

Having sold over 4 million tickets in 35 countries, The Australian Pink Floyd Show is rightfully hailed as one of the country`s leading concert attractions.

Usher

Usher

21 March, Belfast

Global megastar Usher will take The UR Experience to 23 cities across the UK and Europe starting February 13. The tour features special guests Nico & Vinz and will visit Paris, Amsterdam, Belfast, Munich, Stockholm, and more.

Christmas Country Showtime" With the Stars

Christmas Country Showtime with the Stars

27 December, Co Antrim

The last big country night at The Braid of 2014.

Irelands Showbands - Do you come here often

Irelands Showbands - Do you come here often

08 January, Londonderry/Derry

‘Do You Come Here Often’ is the Showband Show featuring the original stars that takes you back to the days of first love, winkle pickers and beehives.
The world was a much more innocent place and ballrooms such as The Embassy, The Pallidrome, The Corinthian and The Borderland were truly ‘Ballrooms of Romance’.

The  Answer & Guests

The Answer & Guests

06 March, Belfast

The band released their last album New Horizon in September 2013 to critical acclaim and has just finished work on their new follow up record entitled Raise a Little Hell. The album will be released on March 9 in UK and Europe.

Hot on the heels...

Andrea Chenier Live From The Royal Opera House London

Andrea Chenier Live From The Royal Opera House London

29 January, Belfast

Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier (1896) presents a fictionalized account of the last years of the French poet André Chénier, guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794.

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

10 March, Belfast

Since his massive Tuskeegee Tour in 2012 delighted audiences across Europe, today the multi-platinum selling artist Lionel Richie will return for a 31-date tour that will see him perform in 12 different countries early next year including ...

Christmas at St George's Market

Christmas at St George's Market

19 December - 24 December, Belfast

This Christmas promises to be a special time at the historic St George's Market.

Dominic Kirwan in Concert

Methodist College Gala Easter Concert

19 March, Belfast

The award winning choirs (including the Girls Choir - 2012 winners of the 'UK Youth Choir of the Year' and RTE 'All-Island School Choir of the Year' titles), Big Band and Trad & Jazz Groups perform a varied programme in the first half of this...

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

05 July, Belfast

Neil Diamond, iconic Grammy Award®-winning Rock and Pop
Singer/Songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, will be
bringing his highly anticipated Neil Diamond Tour 2015 to Europe. 

Kicking
off in Cologne, Germany on 17th June and ...

Duke Special

Duke Special

07 February, Co Down

Those who know Duke Special for the platinum album 'Songs From The Deep Forest' and the hit song 'Freewheel' may be surprised by the breadth of his work. His journey so far has seen him taking on projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street to writing the music for and appearing in Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children at London’s National Theatre; from presenting a documentary on the life and times of Ruby Murray to being commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to write a series of original songs for an exhibition.

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Christmas Village at Ebrington

28 November - 18 January, Londonderry/Derry

Enjoy delicious festive food and drink from all over the world, not to mention live music and entertainment, at our atmospheric Christmas Market at Ebrington's Christmas Village.

Duke Special

Peace & Guests

19 March, Belfast

Based out of Birmingham, England, Peace create drifting, melodic indie rock that merges the crawling atmosphere of classic post-punk with the pop-oriented bounce of modern bands like Vampire Weekend.

An Evening With Dominic Kirwan

An Evening With Dominic Kirwan

24 January, Co Fermanagh

Dominic Kirwan, one of Ireland’s best and most popular concert performers, embarks on a nationwide concert tour with his excellent band to coincide with the release of his new album.

Princeton University Orchestra

Princeton University Orchestra - Featuring soloist Iarla Ó Lionáird

31 January, Belfast

The Belfast première of the Princeton University Orchestra tour features acclaimed Irish soloist, Iarla Ó Lionáird.
Conducted by Michael Pratt, musical arrangements of sean-nós songs for tenor and orchestra by American composer Dan Trueman.

Mayor's Christmas Concert

Mayor's Christmas Concert

21 December, Londonderry/Derry

The annual Mayor’s Christmas Concert will feature stunning performances from Codetta and the City of Derry Junior and Youth Choirs, as well as a live Orchestra and solo performances guaranteed to get you and your family geared up for the festive season!

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

30 June - 01 July, Belfast

Neil Diamond, iconic Grammy Award®-winning Rock and Pop Singer/Songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, will be bringing his highly anticipated Neil Diamond Tour 2015 to Europe. 

Kicking off in Cologne, Germany on 17th June and ...

Dominic Kirwan in Concert

Ireland`s Showbands

27 December - 29 December, Belfast

Do You Come Here Often' is the Showband Show featuring the original stars that takes you back to the days of first love, winkle pickers and beehives.

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

07 April, Belfast

Welsh 4 piece Catfish And The Bottlemen signed to Communion Records (Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, Deap Valley, Half Moon Run) last Spring, following a furious 18 month period which saw them play over 100 live shows both in the UK and abroad- ...

5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer

30 May, Belfast

5 Seconds of Summer will play first ever headline European Arena Tour including a date at Odyssey Arena.
 
The 'Rock Out With Your Socks Out 2015 Tour' will see them play to their army of dedicated fans over the course of two months in May and...

Simon & Garfunkel - Through The Years

Simon & Garfunkel - Through The Years

22 February, Co Down

Bookends return to Down Arts Centre following a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Receiving 4 stars from Broadway Baby the show sees Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel give their personal accounts of their rise to fame. Bookends perform as no other Simon & Garfunkel act can, with just a single guitar and two voices. Hear hits like Mrs Robinson, Homeward Bound, Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Boxer in this ‘must see’ show:

“Closing your eyes that could really be Simon and Garfunkel.” BBC Radio Nottingham

The Fureys

The Fureys

14 February, Co Fermanagh

Renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet Sixteen’, ‘The Green Fields of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare to Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal Away’ and many more, The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for many years.

Grant Nicholas

Grant Nicholas

01 March, Belfast

Feeder's frontman Grant Nicholas has announced a show at The Empire Music Hall for Sunday 1st March 2015.

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