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.

The Scott Flanigan Trio in Concert

The Scott Flanigan Trio in Concert

07 May, Co Londonderry

Flowerfield welcomes one of the emerging talents of Northern Ireland jazz, in fine company with an all-star trio. Three of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians make up the Scott Flanigan Trio – Scott Flanigan on piano, rising bass star Neil O’Loghlin, and acclaimed drummer Steve Davis.

16th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

16th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

30 April - 10 May, Belfast

The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival returns for another fantastic programme.

Van Morrison - Live on Cyprus Avenue

Van Morrison - Live on Cyprus Avenue

31 August, Belfast

Tickets are 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.

Fermanagh Choral Society to perform Handel's Messiah

Fermanagh Choral Society to perform Handel's Messiah

29 March, Co Fermanagh

Fermanagh Choral Society's annual spring concert will be a performance of the very popular Handel's Messiah. The concert will be held on Palm Sunday 29th March at 8pm in St. Michael's Church, Enniskillen. Tickets which are £8 (school children free) can be obtained from the Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre or purchased at the door.

The April Verch Band in Concert

The April Verch Band in Concert

21 May, Co Londonderry

Flowerfield is delighted to present world-champion fiddler, step dancer and singer April Verch and Band as they embark on an Ireland wide tour during May 2015.

AVA Festival

AVA Festival

30 May, Belfast

Brand new music festival and conference.

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.

Sunflowerfest

Sunflowerfest

31 July - 02 August, Co Down

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

Jamie Callum Jazz Festival

Jamie Cullum Jazz Festival

04 May, Londonderry/Derry

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Jamie Cullum, returns to the city for his debut performance at the Millennium Forum on Monday 4th May as part of the City of Derry Jazz Festival. .

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 ...

Farmer Dan in Concert

Farmer Dan in Concert

16 May, Co Londonderry

Farmer Dan Comedy & Country Tour…..In concert!

Monteverdi Vespers - Armagh

Monteverdi Vespers - Armagh

10 April, Armagh

Soundworld of Venice comes to Armagh.  A rare chance to hear Venetian music played on original instruments of the period.

St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Armagh will be filled with the sights and sounds of 17th Century Venice with a ...

Lower Than Atlantis & Guests

Lower Than Atlantis & Guests

18 April, Belfast

As Lower Than Atlantis wound down the campaign for their third album, Changing Tune, the band found themselves at something of a crossroads.
 
To the outside world, Changing Tune - LTA's 2012 major label debut - had been the breakthrough record ...

TALENT Northwest

TALENT Northwest

29 March, Londonderry/Derry

Six local heats reaching right across the Northwest inviting all areas of Derry, Strabane, and Limavady to send forth their local uniquely talented performers to step forward and represent their community in a competition to be Winner of Talent Northwest 2015

Victoria Lagan Dance & Drama Showcase Night

Victoria Lagan Dance & Drama Showcase Night

19 June - 20 June, Co Londonderry

A night of performance from contemporary dance, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, commercial, acrobatics, classical singing, musical theatre numbers, drama plays and monologues with special guest appearances from professional London performers.

Tommy Fleming In Concert

Tommy Fleming In Concert

23 April, Co Fermanagh

'The West’s Awake' album brings Tommy back to his roots musically as he has included songs like ‘Sonny’, ‘The West’s Awake’ and ‘John O Dreams’, his concert will also include his biggest hits from ‘Danny Boy’ to ‘Bright Blue Rose’ and of course ‘Hard Times’.

Owen O'Neill

Island Music Club - Homage to Blue Note Records

29 May, Lisburn

Ronnie Greer and his guests invite you to a special evening showcasing the great soul jazz sound of the iconic Blue Note record label.

Celebrating 75 years in the business, Blue Note is synonymous with a jazz style that has strong blues and ...

Legends of American Country

Legends of American Country

07 May, Co Tyrone

Legends of American Country

A Wilde Weekend

A Wilde Weekend

01 May - 04 May, Co Fermanagh

A festival of theatre, decorative arts, storytelling, music and song, writers talks, readings, film and fireworks in venues across Enniskillen and Fermanagh.

Moxie & Super Céilí  -  The Re-Union

Moxie & Super Céilí - The Re-Union

11 April, Belfast

After the amazing success of their Belfast debuts in 2013 both acts have gone on to headline at major festivals at home, across Europe and USA.

Formed in late 2011 as part of the annual folk festival, Sligo Live, Moxie are a Sligo and Limerick ...

Belsonic 2015 - Stereophonics & Guests

Belsonic 2015 - Stereophonics & Guests

21 August, Belfast

One of the UK's most successful bands of recent years, Stereophonics defined the sound of British guitar music from the late 90's onwards.

They have released 8 studio LPs, 1 double live album and a greatest hits collection with combined sales ...

Walled City Music Spring Series

Walled City Music Spring Series

09 April - 11 April, Londonderry/Derry

Walled City Music will host a brand new Spring Series from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th April, with a host of new works, performances of 20th century masterpieces, and visits from some of the UK and Ireland’s leading ensembles.

EastSide Arts Festival

EastSide Arts Festival

19 August - 31 August, Belfast

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

Take That

Take That

04 May - 05 May, Belfast

Four years since the band's last record-breaking tour Progress Live, Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald commence a 24-date UK tour.

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- ...

Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes

Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes

22 May, Co Londonderry

Albert Lee, by common consent one of the world’s finest guitar-players, needs no introduction to Country Music & Rock fans.

Joanna MacGregor

Joanna MacGregor

31 March, Co Londonderry

This is a special chance to hear one of the world’s finest concert pianists who has pursued a life connecting many genres of music defying categorizations. Joanna has appeared as a concert pianist in over 70 countries, performing at the world’s most prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall and Southbank, Sydney Opera House, the Mozarteum and the Concertgebouw.

More Power to Your Elbow in Concert

More Power to Your Elbow in Concert

18 April, Co Tyrone

More Power To your Elbow are an eight piece international Celtic rock band from the Mid-Ulster area

The PM Big Band In Concert

The PM Big Band In Concert

25 April, Co Fermanagh

This County Armagh based Big Band features the classic line-up of trumpets, trombones and saxophones.

The Vamps

The Vamps

20 April, Belfast

The Vamps are already set to take 2015 by storm, with their first arena tour kicking off in April, which will see them headline shows to over 150,000 fans across the UK and Ireland's largest cities. The Vamps will be joined on tour by Union...

Anthony Toner

Anthony Toner

30 May, Co Fermanagh

The Belfast-based singer, also an accomplished guitarist, is back on the road with a brand new album, ‘Miles and Weather’.

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.

Simply Red

Simply Red

02 December, Belfast

Back together again,  Simply Red mark their 30th anniversary with a world tour, the UK leg features 14 dates including a return to Belfast's Odyssey Arena.

Since they burst onto the scene in 1985 with their seminal cover of 'Money's To Tight ...

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 ...

Monteverdi Vespers - Belfast

Monteverdi Vespers - Belfast

12 April, Belfast

Soundworld of Venice comes to Belfast.  A rare chance to hear Venetian music played on original instruments of the period.

The Ulster Museum will be filled with the sights and sounds of 17th Century Venice with a performance of the Vespers of ...

Sarah McQuaid in Concert

Sarah McQuaid in Concert

15 June, Co Tyrone

Rising star Sarah McQuaid's voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and "honey poured into wine".

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).

Evita

Evita

24 April - 02 May, Co Londonderry

Evita - lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Curtis Magee Fanfayre

The Curtis Magee Fanfayre

21 June - 24 June, Co Londonderry

Join Curtis Magee and a host of fellow stars for four nights of non-stop entertainment at The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine.

The Priests (1 April)

The Priests (1 April)

01 April, Belfast

Featuring the Cappella Caeciliana choir.  Fresh from their tour of the USA, The Priests will come to the Grand Opera House for an Easter concert featuring the Cappella Caeciliana choir on 30 March and 1 April.

Their debut album "The Priests" ...

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