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.

ALDOC

12 June, Belfast

ALDOC is a group started by Alan Doherty and Gerry Paul in 2013. Alan Doherty is one of the most identifiable and respected flute-players in Irish music. He is widely recognized as the lead soloist on the "Lord of the Rings" soundtrack and for his...

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

Hilden Beer and Music Festival

Hilden Beer and Music Festival

28 August - 30 August, Lisburn

Beer enthusiasts across the country know that the August bank holiday weekend means only one thing…Hilden Beer and Music Festival! This year's event will be the biggest and best yet with a great band line up on 3 music stages and 3 bars serving ...

Celtronic

Celtronic

24 June - 28 June, Londonderry/Derry

Ireland’s premier electronic music festival, Celtronic 2015 takes place at various venues across Derry from June 24th – 28th. Among the headliners are Derrick May, Clark, Henrik Schwarz, Mano Le Tough, Recondite, Move D, Francesco Tristano, Ripperton, Fort Romeau and many more.

Live Music at Lidl Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

Live Music at Lidl Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

02 July - 05 July, Belfast

There will be live music throughout the Lidl Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival.

Ekta Events presents a vibrant line up of world music including Bhangra beats, a fusion of Andalusian and Latin American tunes, rousing African melodies and a ...

EastSide Arts Festival

EastSide Arts Festival

19 August - 31 August, Belfast

EastSide Arts Festival is an annual festival showcasing the talent of East Belfast.

Braid Real Music Club Presents, The Four Of Us

Braid Real Music Club Presents, The Four Of Us

26 June, Co Antrim

Following the success of their show with Braid Real Music Club in The Braid Arts Centre last May, The 4 of Us, brothers Declan and Brendan Murphy will take to the stage for what is sure to be a very special night of music.

Beach House

Beach House

24 October, Belfast

Beach House is Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. A band for over a decade living and working in Baltimore, MD. Depression Cherry is their 5th full-length record.

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Trio

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Trio

31 May, Belfast

Having played at the official open gig at the Duncairn in May 2014, we just had to bring these brilliant musicians back to help us celebrate our 1st Birthday.

For anyone that hasn't yet discovered this amazing trio, then let us introduce you ...

Walled City Music Festival

Walled City Music Festival

04 June - 07 June, Londonderry/Derry

The Walled City Music Festival is back for its 7th year of top-class music-making from some of the world’s top classical musicians alongside a fantastic line-up of some of Derry’s up-and-coming talent. The festival will be held from 4th to 7th June in beautiful surrounds of The Great Hall, Ulster University Magee.

Tennents Vital - The Script

Tennents Vital - The Script

30 August, Belfast

Tennent's Lager and MCD are thrilled to announce that The Script will headline this year's Tennent's Vital on Sunday 30th August.

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

EastSide Arts Festival

Van Morrison - Live on Cyprus Avenue

31 August, Belfast

SOLD OUT - Closing event of the EastSide Arts Festival and a truly unique experience not to be missed by fans of 'Van the Man'. Cyprus Avenue is associated across the world with Van Morrison's song of the same name. Not only will Van be...

State Champs

State Champs

15 September, Belfast

Albany, New York-based pop-punk band the State Champs began in 2010, basing their quick-paced and emotive sound on the influence of masters of the genre like Fall Out Boy, the Story So Far, and New Found Glory.

Van Morrison Big Birthday Blues Concert

Van Morrison Big Birthday Blues Concert

19 July - 24 August, Co Down

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see Van Morrison at the magnificant Slieve Donard Resort & Spa. Previous guests will vouch for the very special atmosphere created in such an intimate setting, recreating the feel of Jazz clubs of yesteryear. It is an ideal setting for Van to play the songs you know, in the way he feels he should play them now.

Tennent's Vital - Calvin Harris & Guests

Tennent's Vital - Calvin Harris & Guests

29 August, Belfast

DJ Calvin Harris will headline Tennent's Vital on 29 August at Boucher Playing Fields.  Joining him are special guests Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples and Burns.

Calvin Harris

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris holds the record for the most ...

Rathlin Sound Martitme

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2015

22 May - 31 May, Co Antrim

An exciting annual celebration centred on Rathlin Sound, the body of water that lies between Rathlin and Ballycastle on the spectacular north coast of Ireland, right in the heart of the Causeway Coast and Glens.

The Jeremy Lyons Quartet in Concert

The Jeremy Lyons Quartet in Concert

13 June, Co Londonderry

The Jeremy Lyons Quartet is a contemporary jazz group playing original tunes alongside some modern standards by the likes of Pat Metheny and Kenny Wheeler, with a set list that’s strong on both melody and improvisation.

Bobby Wellins with the Phil Ware Trio

Bobby Wellins with the Phil Ware Trio

05 June, Belfast

Legendary Scottish tenor Bobby Wellins returns to perform in Belfast's newest music venue, The Dark Horse, Hill Street.

Bobby is well known for playing on the late Stan Tracey's original interpretation of 'Under Milk Wood'.

Buskfest Banbridge 2015

Buskfest Banbridge 2015

27 June, Co Down

BuskFest is an international busking festival which takes place in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. The event, which is now in its 12th year, attracts 6000+ people from across the globe to Banbridge Town Centre.

Breabach

Breabach

30 May, Belfast

The headline act at the Falls Road venue is undoubtedly Breabach.  This exciting five piece from Scotland will headline at An Chultúrlann on Saturday, 30 May.  Breabach have won critical acclaim for their 'Ùrlar' album as well as barnstorming ...

Newcastle Summer Season - Brigid O'Neill Band

Newcastle Summer Season - Brigid O'Neill Band

17 July, Co Down

County Down singer-songwriter Brigid O’Neill is still riding the crest of a wave following the launch of her acclaimed new EP of original songs, 'Arrivals and Departures’ in September 2014.
Brigid’s music is a mix of country blues and folk.

Sean Keane Concert

Sean Keane Concert

19 June, Co Tyrone

Sean is widely recognised as one of Ireland's best voices.

Lúnasa

26 June, Belfast

Lúnasa is composed of Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles).

Lúnasa have sold more ...

Carpet Burns: My Life with Inspiral Carpets

Carpet Burns: My Life with Inspiral Carpets

08 June, Belfast

Tom Hingley's book Carpet Burns: My Life with Inspiral Carpets, is an account of his life as lead singer of Inspiral Carpets, one of the big three bands of the Manchester movement who, along with The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, changed music ...

An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot

An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot

31 May, Belfast

Tickets on sale at 9am, Thrusday 21 May 2015.

The Who Hits 50

The Who Hits 50

21 June, Belfast

*Rescheduled Show*

"The Who Hits 50" 50th anniversary tour is coming 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 ...

Russell Watson Up Close and Personal

Russell Watson Up Close and Personal

24 November, Belfast

Russell Watson is officially the UK's best selling classical artist ever and has won four Classical BRITS.

He has performed for some of the world's greatest figures including, HM The Queen, the late Pope John Paul II who requested a private ...

Sunflowerfest

Sunflowerfest

31 July - 02 August, Co Down

Sunflowerfest is an excitingly different and magical weekend-festival of great music, arts and entertainment.

Methodist College Gala Easter Concert

Art Garfunkel

14 September, Belfast

Art Garfunkel brings his two-man show (with guitarist Tab Laven) to the Waterfront. His live set encompasses his solo hits, Simon and Garfunkel songs, cuts from his favorite songwriters - Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, A.C.

Summer Jamm in Strabane

Summer Jamm in Strabane

13 June, Co Tyrone

Get ready for a family fun day out with the return of the Strabane Summer Jamm on the 13th June 2015. Strabane will come alive with music, street entertainers, sporting events, gardening & cookery displays, fun fair and food and craft markets

Duke Special & Andrew Doyle

Duke Special & Andrew Doyle

08 June, Belfast

Platinum-selling singer songwriter Duke Special and writer/comedian Andrew Doyle discuss their new musical adaptation of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, which will be staged at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast later this year by Youth Music ...

Newcastle Summer Season - The Elvis Spectacular

Newcastle Summer Season - The Elvis Spectacular

21 August, Co Down

Now in its 19th year, The Elvis Spectacular starring Ciaran Houlihan is Ireland’s premiere Elvis show. Ciaran looks like Elvis, sounds like Elvis, moves like Elvis and all his costumes are designed and created by Elvis’s original costumer,

Belfast Music Tour (31 Oct)

Belfast Music Tour (14 November)

14 November, Belfast

Take a bus journey through the heart of this rock and roll city. Sit back, relax, and enjoy tunes and tales from Them and Van Morrison, by way of awesome guitar players, traditional and folk, to punk rock and Hollywood soundtracks.

AVA Festival

AVA Festival

30 May, Belfast

AVA Festival is an electronic audio visual arts festival and conference.
 
The free AVA Conference starts at 11am with Keynotes being led by DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 and Adam Smith (Director of ' The Chemical Brothers : Don't Stop, Skins, Dr.

`Shake, Rattle & Roll' with The Soda Popz!

Shake, Rattle & Roll' with The Soda Popz!

25 July, Co Down

Prepare to be razzle dazzled this summer! Having played to packed dance floors around the country, Northern Ireland's only 1950s Rock n Roll band, The Soda Popz,are set to make a sensational return to the Newcastle Centre this summer

Y&T

Y&T

01 November, Belfast

Before Mötley Crüe, before RATT, even before there was a Metallica, Y&T was slogging away in sweaty rock clubs around America.

Wet Wet Wet

Wet Wet Wet

24 February, Belfast

Iconic band Wet Wet Wet announce The Big Picture Tour, an extensive 17-date arena tour in February and March 2016.

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons

17 November, Belfast

With their highly anticipated new album 'Smoke + Mirrors' out imminently, US chart phenomenon Imagine Dragons play ten UK arena shows this November.

Live, the band are fast becoming one of the best in the business.

Belsonic 2015 - Rudimental & Duke Dumont

Belsonic 2015 - Rudimental & Duke Dumont

15 August, Belfast

BRIT award winning UK act Rudimental shot to mainstream success with their debut LP "Home", which was released in 2013 and yielded five huge hit singles (including two UK number 1s).

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