Belsonic, Belfast.
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The Limelight, Belfast

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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.

Reeling In The Showband Years

Reeling In The Showband Years

26 February, Co Fermanagh

All of the stars join in for a medley of songs from the unique Showband Years! Bringing you back in time to this magical musical period.

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.

St Patrick's Day Festival Omagh

St Patrick's Day Festival Omagh

06 March - 17 March, Co Tyrone

This year's festival will be one to remember for residents and visitors alike with lots of events for all the family to experience.

Festival in a Day

An Evening with The Australian Pink Floyd

15 February, Belfast

Having sold over 4 million tickets in 35 countries, The Australian Pink Floyd Show is rightfully hailed as one of the country`s leading concert attractions.

Valentine's day Special 'Johnny Cash and June Carter'

Valentine's day Special 'Johnny Cash and June Carter'

14 February, Belfast

Crumlin Road Gaol presents the Johnny Cash Tribute concert to celebrate the music of one of America's greatest music performers in a unique and authentic show.  Just like Johnny Cash took the stage in his famous gig in Folsom Prison.

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.

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 ...

Grainne Duffy

Grainne Duffy

13 February, Co Fermanagh

Grainne Duffy is a unique talent, raw and powerful, edgy and elegant. With early influences ranging from the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and the Pretenders, the subtle playing of Peter Green on such songs as ‘Need Your Love so Bad’ and ‘Albatross’, led Grainne to listen to other guitarists such as BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and, of course, Rory Gallagher.

Belfast International Festival of Chamber Music

Belfast International Festival of Chamber Music

20 February - 22 February, Belfast

The 2015 International Festival of Chamber Music features world-class artists Alexander Melnikov (piano), the Royal String Quartet and the Kungsbacka Piano Trio.  Renowned clarinettist Michael Collins also appears with up-and-coming stars, the ...

Andy Irvine in Concert

Andy Irvine in Concert

05 February, Co Antrim

Legendary Irish singer/songwriter Andy Irvine returns to Ballymoney following his hugely successful performance here a few years ago. With his impressive repertoire of Irish traditional songs and dexterous Balkan dance tunes, he creates an exciting new fusion of Irish and World Music not to be missed.

Andrea Chenier Live From The Royal Opera House London

Andrea Chenier Live From The Royal Opera House London

29 January, Belfast

Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier (1896) presents a fictionalized account of the last years of the French poet André Chénier, guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794.

Féile an Earraigh

Féile an Earraigh

10 March - 17 March, Belfast

Féile an Earraigh, Belfast's Spring Festival returns from 10-17 March and features the very best music, spoken word, debates, discussions as well as a series of stunning musical headlining nights at Writer's Square.

As well as great live ...

INSTANT ORCHESTRA: Childrens Workshop with Nico & Martin

Instant Orchestra: Childrens Workshop with Nico & Martin

18 February, Co Antrim

How often do you get the chance to play in an orchestra, to jam with friends, family and complete strangers - even if you've never played an instrument before? In this fun hour we spend a little time mastering the angklung, a tuned bamboo rattle from Indonesia, and then invent our own original compositions. No musical experience is required.

Hudson Taylor & Guests

Hudson Taylor & Guests

21 February, Belfast

Hudson Taylor are two brothers from the outskirts of Dublin who make captivating folk-pop songs. Harry, 21, and Alfie, 19, have amassed a huge underground following and their YouTube videos have had over three million views.

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.

Féile Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh

Féile Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh

06 February, Londonderry/Derry

One-day festival celebrating the life of legendary Irish folk musician Caoimhín Ó Dochartaigh

Isla Grant From The Heart Tour

Isla Grant From The Heart Tour

11 February, Co Fermanagh

Scotland’s most popular singer-songwriter Isla Grant makes a welcome return visit to Ireland after an absence of two years. Isla is now established in Ireland, Australia, the UK and America as a singer/songwriter of the highest quality.
Her highly entertaining concert show features all her wonderful hit songs.

Celtic Soul

Celtic Soul

31 January, Belfast

Celtic Soul, a 7 piece ensemble, perform renditions of his classic hits and album tracks.

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.

The Fureys

The Fureys

14 February, Co Fermanagh

Renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet Sixteen’, ‘The Green Fields of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare to Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal Away’ and many more, The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for many years.

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

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 ...

Space - Childrens Workshop with Nico & Martin

Space - Childrens Workshop with Nico & Martin

18 February, Co Antrim

Nico and Martin invite schools and key stage 2 pupils to take part in an imaginative voyage into space. Orbiting instruments, original songs, games and stories with a chance for all to contribute, and an encounter with your own inner alien are all part of the fun

Hairspray

Hairspray

15 January - 31 January, Co Londonderry

Award winning Ballywillan Drama Group brings the blockbuster Broadway musical HAIRSPRAY to Northern Ireland and the Riverside Theatre for sixteen exhilarating performances in January 2015. In another major coup for BDG this joyous family musical is guaranteed to please those of all ages with its well-known songs, wonderful dancing and infectious comedy and laughter.

Festival in a Day

Bay City Rollers Starring Les McKeown

06 February, Belfast

Les McKeown is the Voice on all the original Bay City Rollers hits, including Bye, Bye Baby, Shang-A-Lang, I Only Want To Be With You, Summer Love Sensation, Be My Baby, Remember (Sha-La-La) and many more.

Bye Bye Baby was their first UK ...

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.

Festival in a Day

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 ...

Ronnie Greer Band

Ronnie Greer Band

28 January, Co Antrim

Blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer returns to Ballymoney with his powerhouse band, featuring some of the country's leading musicians.

Réalta

Réalta

18 April, Co Tyrone

Réalta

Legends of American Country

Legends of American Country

07 May, Co Tyrone

Legends of American Country

BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year

BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year

31 March, Belfast

BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year, in association with the Ulster Youth Choir.

John Toal presents the live final of the first BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year Competition.  As part of Radio Ulster's 40th birthday celebrations, ...

My Brother Joe

My Brother Joe

28 March, Co Tyrone

My Brother Joe

Usher

Usher

21 March, Belfast

Global megastar Usher will take The UR Experience to 23 cities across the UK and Europe starting February 13. The tour features special guests Nico & Vinz and will visit Paris, Amsterdam, Belfast, Munich, Stockholm, and more.

X Factor Live Tour 2015

X Factor Live Tour 2015

13 February - 14 February, Belfast

You've taken the journey with them from the room to the arena, sat on the edge of your sofa during the dramatic six-seat challenge at bootcamp, travelled to judges' houses and will be tuning in to the studio shows; now is your chance to see.

Europe and Black Star Riders - Special guests: The Amorettes

Europe and Black Star Riders - Special guests: The Amorettes

03 March, Belfast

Europe, Scandinavia's biggest rock band, partners with Black Star Riders for the tour of spring of 2015.  The tour features classic tracks from both bands and also music from their forthcoming new albums.

Europe, with over 20 million album ...

Karen Egan

Karen Egan

13 February, Lisburn

Karen Egan

Belfast Music Week Showcase

Rumer & Guests

19 February, Belfast

Rumer's third studio album, 'Into Colour', continues a personal path which already sounded like something out of a romantic novel.

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.

Grant Nicholas

Grant Nicholas

01 March, Belfast

Feeder's frontman Grant Nicholas has announced a show at The Empire Music Hall for Sunday 1st March 2015.

Room 94

Room 94

15 March, Belfast

Room 94 are a pop rock band comprising of brothers Kieran Lemon (vocals), Dean Lemon (drums & vocals), Sean Lemon (guitar & backing vocals) and friend Kit Tanton (bass).

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