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.

Armagh Culture Night

Armagh Culture Night

18 September, Armagh

This is the fourth year that Armagh has been part of this international celebration of the arts and culture and we have a wonderful evening of cultural experiences on offer once again.

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Gig’n the Bann Festival

03 September - 06 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.

Atlantic Sessions

Atlantic Sessions Festival

12 November - 15 November, Co Antrim

Atlantic Sessions has emerged as a permanent feature on the cultural calendar

Bluegrass Festival, Folk Park, Omagh

24th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival at the Folk Park

04 September - 06 September, Co Tyrone

Get down to the 24th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival to enjoy three days of live music from some of the biggest names in bluegrass. There’ll be strumming on the porches of the log cabins, dancing in the cobbled streets and jamming outside the Store!

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Culture Night Belfast 2015

18 September, Belfast

Culture Night - the biggest evening in Belfast's cultural calendar - returns to transform the spaces and places of the city centre and beyond!

William Kennedy Piping Festival

William Kennedy Piping Festival

12 November - 15 November, Armagh

The Armagh Pipers Club decided to create a new event to commemorate the life and work of the 18th Century piper, pipe maker and extraordinary inventive genius William Kennedy.

The Festival celebrates the worldwide community of piping and has hosted piping traditions from all over the globe and is now recognised as the premier International Piping Festival in the World. Each year the circle of piping traditions grows and the festival features a new and exciting line-up and initiatives.

The Legend Of Luke Kelly

The Legend Of Luke Kelly

17 October, Co Antrim

Celebrating the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend.
On 30th January 1984 it is said that the whole of Ireland grieved the early death of Dubliner Luke Kelly.
He has left an indelible mark as being the greatest folk artist of the 20th Century and his music is widely regarded as one of Ireland's cultural treasures.

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Fight for Annie Purple Gala Ball

17 October, Belfast

Save the date - Fight on for Annie Purple Gala Ball 2015 will be held at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Saturday 17th October 2015.

Dirty Dancing in the Le Shebeen

Dirty Dancing in the Le Shebeen

28 January, Co Antrim

The loveable Maggie is back with a bang in the highly anticipated sequel to 50 Shades of Red, White And Blue

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Charity Gala Concert

Belfast

Under the direction of Rollo Dilworth 5 visiting American Youth Choirs perform various works in aid of St Patrick’s Church 200th anniversary and NI Children’s Hospice.

City of Derry International Choral Festival

City of Derry International Choral Festival

22 October - 25 October, Londonderry/Derry

Created as a joyous celebration of choral music-making, the festival provides opportunities for competitive and non-competitive participation for singers across a wide range of styles, ensembles and ages

Nostalgia - a concert

Nostalgia - a concert

26 September, Co Down

Toccata Musical Productions present an evening of Nostalgia with favourite pop music from Elton John, Blues Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, Queen, Leonard Cohen, Mamas and Papas, Monkees, Michael Jackson and many others.

Derek Ryan Live

Derek Ryan Live

08 October, Co Down

Join us for a spectacular evening of live country music by the fantastic Derek Ryan and his live band!

Derek will perform from his Number 1 album “The Simple Things” as well as all the hits. He was awarded “Album of the Year” and “Entertainer of the Year” by The Sunday World so come along and enjoy the show!

Tickets on sale now!

An evening of Traditional Music with Donal Murphy, Gino Lupari and Steve Cooney

An evening of Traditional Music with Donal Murphy, Gino Lupari and Steve Cooney

12 September, Co Tyrone

An Evening of Traditional Music

An evening of Traditional Music with Donal O'Connor, Paul McSherry and Sean Og Graham

An evening of Traditional Music with Donal O'Connor, Paul McSherry and Sean Og Graham

09 January, Co Tyrone

An Evening of Traditional Music with Donal O'Connor, Paul McSherry and Sean Og Graham

Culture Night - Omagh and surrounding area

Culture Night - Omagh and surrounding area

18 September, Co Tyrone

Culture Night Omagh - Our third year celebrating Cultures

Iúr Cinn Fleadh

Iúr Cinn Fleadh

10 September - 13 September, Co Down

Iúr Cinn Fleadh offers something for everyone – families, friends, old and young, locals and those from further afield. Music gurus and novices alike, this is a weekend not to be missed!

An Evening of Song with Cathal O'Neill and Debut Album Launch

An Evening of Song with Cathal O'Neill and Debut Album Launch

14 November, Co Tyrone

An Evening of Song with Cathal O'Neill. his debut album will also be launched

Open Mic Banbridge

Open Mic Banbridge

05 August - 16 December, Co Down

With a growing number of musicians joining this little collective, our aim is to provide NI with a new music experience.

A Showcase which allows new and established acts to try out Original, Covered or any sort of musical performance's.

The dream is to promote, encourage and entice musicians and listener's alike to spread music and create a beautiful collective of artists, a community built on passion.

Ritchie Remo in Concert

Ritchie Remo in Concert

19 November, Co Antrim

Ritchie Remo is now highly regarded as one of Ireland's top entertainers and attractions on the live scene, with 4 studio albums under his belt and a string of awards this young versatile entertainer is a must see act for all concert goers .

Gretchen Peters

Gretchen Peters

17 October, Co Down

Described as one of Nashville's greatest talents of this past two decades Gretchen Peters will be appearing in the old Bronte Church, for what is sure to be a sell-out show. Her latest release Blackbirds, is getting rave reviews, and is surely her best work to date.

' Donegal Catch', Jacqui Sharkey, Ian Smyth and Jody Gallagher

' Donegal Catch', Jacqui Sharkey, Ian Smyth and Jody Gallagher

26 September, Co Down

Donegal trio Ian Smyth, Jacqui Sharkey and Jody Gallagher have teamed up to play as 'Donegal Catch in the round'. Each will be showcasing their individual talents providing entertaining chat in the old Bronte Church, with it's amazing acoustics and candle light to create a memorable experience.

The Big T Country Show

The Big T Country Show

23 September, Co Fermanagh

Michael Magill Entertainment presents The Big T Country Show with special Guests. To celebrate the recent launch of the new Downtown Country Radio Station, Big T is bringing his country show on the road! Join him with special guests Johnny Brady and his band, Gerry Guthrie, Sean Loughrey and The Benn Sisters for an evening of exceptional country music.

Declan O'Rourke

Declan O'Rourke

02 October, Co Londonderry

Having achieved critical acclaim for his song-writing and performance, Declan plays to mesmerized audiences throughout Ireland and internationally.

A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing

A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing

25 November, Co Londonderry

A festive music show exploring the magic and mystery of Winter commissioned and produced by The Ark and Music Network

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens

27 September, Co Down

Enjoy an afternoon of jazz at Mount Stewart.

The Legends of American Country Show

The Legends of American Country Show

04 September, Co Fermanagh

The Legends of American Country Show features the music of 8 of the biggest names on the American scene including Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Buck Owens and Johnny Cash. The tribute show will include 4 well known vocalists in Evan O’ Donnell, Joe Moore, Rod and Tracey Mc Auley.

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

06 November, Co Antrim

Westend Productions presents The Dirty Dancing show plus all the hits from the most famous dance movies of all time such as Grease, Flash Dance, Fame and Foot Loose! All singing and dancing cast with live musicians.

The Bjorn Identit, ABBA Tribute

The Bjorn Identit, ABBA Tribute

29 October, Co Antrim

Charity concert to raise money to cover the cost of supply and installation of a special sensory room in a new Childrens Disabled Centre in Salonta, Romania

Conal Gallen

Conal Gallen

30 October, Co Antrim

Yes he is back! Irelands Ambassador of comedy Conal Gallen is back on stage solo with his hilarious new one man stand up show A LAUGH AND A HALF.

Northern Ireland Potato Festival

Northern Ireland Potato Festival

01 October - 03 October, Co Antrim

This is an annual event promoting all aspects of the Northern Ireland Potato.

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Ronnie Greer playing the blues at Palomo

Co Armagh

Returning to Palomo Bistro on Friday is Ronnie Greer, Ireland’s greatest Blues Guitarist accompanied by highly regarded Johnny McCullough on Keyboards. An electrifying night of live blues is guaranteed.

Culture Night Derry-Londonderry

Culture Night Derry~Londonderry

18 September, Londonderry/Derry

Culture vultures in Derry and Strabane are in for a real treat this September, when local cultural venues pull out all the stops to make Culture Night on Friday, September 18th a real cultural experience for everyone.

Ulster Orchestra, Christmas Concert

Ulster Orchestra, Christmas Concert

30 November, Co Antrim

Join the Ulster Orchestra, under the effervescent Christopher Bell, for a very special performance of enchanting carols and festive music.

Thursday Traditional Irish Music, Dance and Dinner Night

Thursday Traditional Irish Music, Dance and Dinner Night

07 May - 29 October, Co Fermanagh

Every thursday night from 7th May to 29th October Black Cat Cove presents visitors with the opportunity to hear local musicians play a selection of Irish Music in the warmth of the Black Cat Cove, Belleek.

The Priests in Concert

The Priests in Concert

23 October, Co Antrim

The Priests are a classical musical group made up of three Roman Catholic priests all from Northern Ireland. Fr. Eugene and his brother Fr. Martin O'Hagan are originally from the village of Claudy, County Londonderry with the family now residing in Derry whilst Fr. David Delargy is from Ballymena, County Antrim

Frances Black and Kieran Goss – Reunion

Frances Black and Kieran Goss – Reunion

13 September, Co Down

The talented duo of Frances Black and Kieran Goss play Newry Town Hall 13th September as part of Iúr Cinn Fleadh - Newry Music Festival that runs from the 10 to the 13 of September.

Hothouse Flowers in Concert

Hothouse Flowers in Concert

12 September, Co Down

As part of Iúr Cinn Fleadh on 10th to 13th September the fantastic Hothouse Flowers will play a memorable gig at Bellinis.

The Hothouse Flowers are an Irish rock group that combines traditional Irish music with influences from soul, gospel and rock.

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