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.

Brit Floyd

Brit Floyd

29 November, Belfast

Having performed to over one million fans around the world since it's first show in Liverpool, England in January 2011, Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to The UK in November 2014 to perform Discovery, a stunning new ...

The Carol Ship on Strangford Lough

The Carol Ship of Portaferry and Strangford

12 December - 13 December, Co Down

For two nights only the Strangford Ferry will be transformed into a magical carol ship on which choirs and musicians will herald the Christmas season.

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 ...

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.

The Dandy Horses

The Dandy Horses

29 November, Belfast

Just in time for Christmas, Northern Ireland's fastest-rising nouveau folk group, The Dandy Horses, have announced the release of their newest single sure to put local music lovers in the Christmas Spirit.

The Strypes

The Strypes

13 December, Londonderry/Derry

The Strypes come to the Nerve Centre for a Christmas party to celebrate an amazing year for the band.

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.

Der Fliegende Hollander Live From The Royal Opera House London

Der Fliegende Hollander Live From The Royal Opera House London

24 February, Belfast

Wagner's first masterpiece explores the themes of damnation and redemption that would fascinate the composer throughout his career.

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

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).

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.

Imelda May

Imelda May

13 December, Belfast

Since the release of her raucous debut Love Tattoo in 2009 (now 8 times platinum in Ireland), Ireland`s reigning queen of rockabilly has been one of the most strikingly original of music talents, taking her infectious blend of rockabilly, jazz, ...

The Beat

The Beat

07 February, Belfast

One of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone movement, The Beat, have announced a return to play the Limelight on Saturday 7th February 2015. The Beat present a wall of sound that transcends time and ska fusion rhythms to ignite a crowd.

Cakes and Carols at the Culloden

Cakes and Carols at the Culloden

07 December, Co Down

A fabulously festive event combining the full afternoon tea experience of finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of homemade pastries with a live performance of songs and carols from Bangor Ladies Choir.

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- ...

The Holy, Holy Bus

Christmas Swing Spectacular with AJ

18 December, Lisburn

A special evening of Jazz Swing arrangements of many Christmas favourites from 'Ding Dong Merrily on High' to 'Silent Night'.

An Evening with Noel Fielding

An Evening with Noel Fielding

14 December, Belfast

Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Luxury Comedy) is embarking on his first live tour in five years:

Expect a magical mix of Noel's unique brand of stand up comedy, live animation, music and some of Fielding's best ...

Michael Bublé - SOLD OUT

Michael Bublé - SOLD OUT

11 December - 13 December, Belfast

Last summer Michael Bublé sold out l0 nights at the 02 Arena in London - that marked the second longest run of sold out dates ever performed at the venue by a male vocalist, followed by 5 nights at the 02 in Dublin and now...

Christmas Unwrapped

Kekko Fornarelli Trio

28 January, Belfast

Kekko Fornarelli is currently one of the most widely appreciated artists internationally. The tour that is spreading his music all around the world - Russia and all Europe, Asia, Australia, U.S.

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.

Cara Dillon with special guest Dan Tyminski

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.

Roy Orbison Tribute

Roy Orbison Tribute

26 November, Belfast

The Big O is Irelands number 1 tribute to Roy Orbison, covering Roy's whole ground breaking career and delivering his songs in their original context.

Drew Halcomb at the Bronte Music Club

Drew Halcomb at the Bronte Music Club

30 January, Co Down

Drew Halcomb will be performing at the Bronte Music Club on the 30th of January. Drew dedicates himself to the process of songwriting, stripping away extra layers, ridding himself of past boundaries and expectations. Drawing from personal experience to craft songs that speak to all of us, Drew explores the universal need to find meaning and joy in the midst of heartbreak and disappointment.

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.

Ulster Orchestra - The Snowman

Ulster Orchestra - The Snowman

06 December, Belfast

It's that time of year again - the iconic snowman, the memorable music, the sing-along songs and a few Christmas surprises.

Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their best festive outfits - and bring along jingle bells if you have them! ...

Jimmy Buckley In Concert

Jimmy Buckley In Concert

27 November, Co Fermanagh

Jimmy Buckley is certainly living up to his name of ‘Ireland’s top entertainer’. He has toured throughout Ireland and England. One of his greatest memories is working with his idol George Jones with whom he recorded “The Grand Tour” in late 2008 in Nashville.

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.

Cara Dillon with special guest Dan Tyminski

Ireland in Christmas Praise

05 December, Belfast

New Irish Choir and Orchestra, featuring New Irish Youth and guest soloists, directed by Jonathan Rea.

Maggie Ferris and Friends

Maggie Ferris and Friends

19 December, Co Londonderry

We are pleased to welcome back singer Maggie Ferris after last year’s successful show. Maggie is very well known through TV and theatre, enchanting audiences with her beautiful voice and musical melodies.

Robin Colvill

Robin Colvill

29 November, Co Londonderry

Join us for an evening of sublime classical music. Robin Colvill is one of the busiest and most popular pianists performing in Britain and Europe today.

Canteen Jazz Supper Club (29 November)

Canteen Jazz Supper Club (27 December)

27 December, Belfast

The ever-popular Canteen Jazz Supper Club returns! The Jazz Supper kicks off at 7pm with a 2 course supper - main and dessert with a glass of wine and live entertainment from 7.30pm-10pm.

Saturday 27 December
The Riviera Jazz Trio returns.

Cara Dillon with special guest Dan Tyminski

The Drifters in Concert

30 December, Belfast

The Drifters present 'The Optimum Tour' featuring the current lineup Michael Williams, Damen Charles, Ryan King and Daniel Bowen Smith.

This fast moving, exhilarating show brings you the `optimum` of their historical legacy along with events, ...

Festive Carol Concert

Festive Carol Concert

05 December, Belfast

Celebrate the start of the festive season with us on Friday 5 December in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall in the Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

This wonderful evening promises to get you in the Christmas spirit with seasonal readings ...

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 ...

Ulster Orchestra: Sibelius & Nielsen Light Through The Darkness

Ulster Orchestra: JTI Lunchtime Concert

17 December, Belfast

Over 700 people regularly fill The Ulster Hall on a Wednesday lunchtime during the Ulster Orchestra's annual concert season to relax and listen to an hour's-worth of live music for just £6.

Tamás Kocsis - Director / ...

Cara Dillon with special guest Dan Tyminski

David Gray - The Mutineers' Tour

09 December, Belfast

David Gray makes his long awaited return to Belfast in celebration of his new album, The Mutineers.  Acclaimed as his finest album alongside White Ladder, David's new recording has attracted rave reviews for its combination of his best lyrics ...

Na Leanai

Na Leanai

27 December, Co Down

The next generation of the Sands Musical Dynasty will be gracing the stage of the beautiful Bronte Church in the form of 'Na Leanai'. These talented cousins have been showcasing their musical talents throughout Ireland, their paternal family hailing from just outside Rathfriland on the Ryan Road, this is very much a homing coming concert.

The Holy, Holy Bus

Hugo Duncan's Country First

27 December, Lisburn

Radio Ulster's favourite Hugo Duncan hosts his annual Christmas Night of Country Music with a superb line-up of stars.

Joining Hugo on stage are the delightful Benn Sisters, our very own Kenny Archer just back from his special guest slot on ...

Neil Diamond Tribute Show at Slieve Donard Resort

Neil Diamond Tribute Show at Slieve Donard Resort

28 December, Co Down

Neil Diamond Tribute Show live at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa on Sunday 28th December 2014!

Ulster Orchestra

Ulster Orchestra Christmas Concert

04 December, Co Down

The Ulster Orchestra will deliver a cracker with this year's Christmas Concert, providing a jolly blend of traditional carols and favourite orchestral music that can't fail to put you in the Christmas Spirit.

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