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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

Farmer Dan in Concert

Farmer Dan in Concert

16 May, Co Londonderry

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

AVA Festival

AVA Festival

30 May, Belfast

AVA Festival is an Electronic Audio, Visual, Arts Festival and Conference in the Titanic Quarter, at  T13, Belfast on Saturday 30th May.

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.

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

Evita

Evita

24 April - 02 May, Co Londonderry

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

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 ...

Methodist College Gala Easter 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 ...

A Wilde Weekend

A Wilde Weekend

01 May - 04 May, Co Fermanagh

A new, international, multi-arts festival celebrating the life and times of Irish playwright, essayist and wit Oscar Wilde, in Enniskillen and around County Fermanagh.

The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem

07 June, Belfast

New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem return to Belfast touring their eagerly-anticipated new album 'Get Hurt' next June at Limelight 1.

August Féile

August Féile

30 July - 09 August, Belfast

The 27th Féile explodes into colourful life across West Belfast and beyond from 30 July to 9th August.

Tom Paxton

Tom Paxton

10 May, Belfast

50 years on from his first UK tour in 1965, US folk music legend, Tom Paxton, returns to the UK and Ireland in May 2015 to perform seventeen shows.

The five decades in between have seen the recording of many enduring songs, and thousands of ...

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

Van Morrison - Live on Cyprus Avenue

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...

The High Kings - Four Friends Live

The High Kings - Four Friends Live

22 May, Londonderry/Derry

THE HIGH KINGS, the true heirs of Ireland’s folk heritage, have added a number of new Irish dates after the band sold out many of their shows in December 2014 and January 2015 on their ‘Four Friends Live’ Concert Tour.

Linenfields Festival

Linenfields Festival

21 August - 22 August, Co Down

Two days of spectacular music, Friday 21st August has American Country Tribute Artists Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond ,Garth Brooks and Jonny Cash on stage throughout the evening. Saturday 22nd from 5pm has local boy Nathan Carter with friends including Hugo Duncan.

Donaghadee Male Voice Choir

Donaghadee Male Voice Choir

23 May, Co Fermanagh

Founded in 1932, Donaghadee Male Voice Choir has over 70 members and its repertoire embraces both sacred and secular music including popular, folk, traditional and operatic works.

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.

Lisa McHugh In Concert

Lisa McHugh In Concert

28 May, Co Fermanagh

Having launched her band a little over two years ago she already has recorded two albums and nine singles; one entitled ‘Why’d Ya Come in Here’ has over 150’000 hits on YouTube. Lisa has appeared on the prestigious Grand Ole Opry as guest of her friend in Nashville, Gene Watson.

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.

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.

All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2015

All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2015

04 July, Co Tyrone

On Saturday 9th August from 12pm -6pm, 54 Pipe Bands from all over Ireland will perform at the Omagh Rugby Club Grounds (off main A5 towards Strabane)

An Intimate Dinner with Alfie Boe

An Intimate Dinner with Alfie Boe

15 June - 16 June, Co Down

Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the five star Culloden followed by an "up close and personal" performance from Alfie Boe, with a delightful combination of classics from his albums and  a beautiful collection of some of his latest songs.

This is a ...

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.

Stiff LIttle Fingers

Stiff LIttle Fingers

14 November, Belfast

Stiff Little Fingers will headline the Ulster Hall as part of an extensive European tour schedule that will see them play headliners across the continent in both spring and autumn 2015, with the hometown show happening on Saturday 14 November.

AVA Festival

AVA Festival Conference

30 May, Belfast

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.

Dana Masters

Dana Masters & The North Central Concert Chorale

15 May, Lisburn

Dana Masters studied at North Central University, Minneapolis, her four years there shaped her musically and contributed to the vocals that she is known and loved for now. As a student Dana toured with the University Concert Chorale.

Van Morrison - Live on Cyprus Avenue

EastSide Arts Festival

19 August - 31 August, Belfast

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

I'm With Her

I'm With Her

02 May, Londonderry/Derry

I’m With Her is the most anticipated folk collaboration of 2015. Sara Watkins, a singer-songwriter and fiddler from California is a founding member of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek.

Jailhouse Rock Live at The Crum

Jailhouse Rock Live at The Crum

15 August, Belfast

Performing for their first sentence at Crumlin Road Gaol on 27 March 2015, Ciaran Houlihan (European Elvis Champion) and his band present 'Jailhouse Rock' the Elvis Tribute.

Watch an extraordinary tribute performance to one of the most ...

Sean Keane Concert

Sean Keane Concert

19 June, Co Tyrone

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

Black Grape

Black Grape

20 June, Belfast

Black Grape was everything that Happy Mondays always were, only better.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Belsonic 2015 - Bastille, Echosmith & Mini Mansions

Belsonic 2015 - Bastille, Echosmith & Mini Mansions

25 August, Belfast

Bastille were signed by Virgin Records and tipped by a vociferous network of discerning bloggers. After three singles they were selling out their first headline UK tour before their album was even released.

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.

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