Belfast Music Week
Belfast Music Week

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.

Peek A Boo presents: The Burlesque Revue

Peek A Boo presents: The Burlesque Revue

15 May, Belfast

Peek A Boo Belfast are proud to announce their first Burlesque and Cabaret production taking place Thursday 15th May, keep your calendars clear for what is promising to be an unforgettable night of luxury performances,Vintage Hollywood and first ...

De La Soul - 25 Years Celebration

De La Soul - 25 Years Celebration

11 May, Belfast

One of the most artistic and creative hip-hop acts ever, this trio from Long Island have had an unquestionable influence since their debut in 1987.

Ulster Orchestra: Influences of Jazz

Ulster Orchestra: Influences of Jazz

16 May, Belfast

Ulster Orchestra's final concert of the season shows two aspects of the influences of jazz on 20th-century art music: first, West Side Story, Bernstein's latin-infused adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and second, Ravel's Concerto in G, whose ...

Grainne Duffy

Grainne Duffy

25 April, 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.

Vikings: Life & Legend Live from the British Museum

Vikings: Life & Legend Live from the British Museum

24 April, Belfast

This special event offers an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend, presented live in your local cinema.

Tennent's Vital 2014

Tennent's Vital 2014

21 August, Belfast

Tennent's Vital is back for 2014.  Returning to Boucher Road Playing Fields with big name acts on 21st August, the festival will be one of the biggest events of the year.

Cara Dillon In Concert

Cara Dillon In Concert

24 May, Co Fermanagh

Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful of times in your whole life. Her staggeringly beautiful voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song and imbue material with not only profound sweetness but also poignancy and depth.

Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute Show

Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute Show

10 July, Co Down

The JP MAC - Johnny Cash Tribute Show has been hailed the greatest and most exciting Johnny Cash Tribute in the UK and Ireland by fans and club owners alike.

Blind Boys of Alabama

The Seekers

20 May, Belfast

This event has been postponed until 20 May.

Portrush Musical Society presents Sister Act - The Musical

Portrush Musical Society presents Sister Act - The Musical

25 April - 03 May, Co Londonderry

Portrush Music Society is privileged to be the first amateur group to stage this show in Ireland.

Ant & Dec Takeaway on Tour

Ant & Dec Takeaway on Tour

22 August, Belfast

Come and see Saturday Night Takeaway Live, a spectacular live show featuring special guests, amazing prizes and, as always, you could be part of the show.  Ant and Dec will be taking their prime time award winning ITV show Ant & Dec's Saturday ...

Literary Lunchtimes - Bernie McGill and Sheila Llewellyn

Ulster Hall Organic Lunches

21 March - 29 April, Belfast

An opportunity to enjoy a unique series of lunchtime concerts by popular organists playing The Ulster Hall's iconic Mulholland Grand Organ.  Performances at 1pm.

Programme for 21 March:

With Christian Wilson

Richard Wagner - Die ...

King Khan & The Shrines

King Khan & The Shrines

20 April, Belfast

Five years after 'The Supreme Genius Of King Khan And The Shrines', musical shaman Arish 'King' Khan is back with another triumph.

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

24 May - 02 June, Co Antrim

Head down the beautiful Causeway Coast to Ballycastle and Rathlin Island for the fantastic Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival and a celebration of all things maritime!

Belfast Community Gospel Choir

Belfast Community Gospel Choir

01 February - 26 April, Belfast

A 'one of a kind' in Northern Ireland, Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) perform classic gospel music as well as popular R&B and soul hits.

Upcoming shows are as follows:
- Saturday 22nd March - Shankill Parish Church, Lurgan - 7.30pm - ...

Ulster Orchestra: The Leipzig Connection

Ulster Orchestra: The Leipzig Connection

07 May, Belfast

Mendelssohn and Schumann were colleagues on the staff of the Leipzig conservatoire when it first opened in 1843. Although both composers died tragically young, they still managed to produce a great deal of treasured music.

August File 2014

August File 2014

31 July - 10 August, Belfast

Ireland's largest community festival plays host to headlining music from home and abroad, plus a diverse range of dance, literature, drama, exhibitions, family fun, sports events, tours and walks, discussions and debates and Irish language ...

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2014

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2014

01 May - 11 May, Belfast

Featuring readings, live music & performances; CQAF brings the streets to life with cultural revelry all day & into the wee hours!

Among the early acts revealed in advance of the programme launch in April are Two-Tone greats The Selecter, hip ...

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo

25 June, Belfast

This is part of a massive European tour in support of his brand new smash hit album Tattoos.

After 3 UK #1 hits, 26 million global track sales and the biggest hit of his career with the recent chart-topper Talk Dirty, Jason Derulo has landed ...

Johnny Cash - Tribute Night

Johnny Cash - Tribute Night

04 April - 10 May, Belfast

The award winning JP Mac and his band will perform the best of Johnny
Cash in Crumlin Road Gaol. Just like Johnny Cash took the stage in his
famous gig in Folsom Prison JP Mac will perform along with Caroline
Parker as June Carter in...

The Paperboys

The Paperboys

06 June, Co Fermanagh

Frontier Promotions presents The Paperboys were formed by Mexican born, Tom Landa in the mid nineties in Vancouver. In a music scene dominated by flannel and grunge, Tom had a vision of forming a band that fused Folk, Celtic and Bluegrass music with Pop and Rock.

Gareth Dunlop

Gareth Dunlop

30 May - 31 May, Belfast

Born and raised in Belfast, Gareth Dunlop has been hailed "One to Watch"  by BBC Radio Ulster.  He was named 2011 Young Songwriter of the Year at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival.  Dunlop's songs have been featured in numerous hit ...

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

19 May, Belfast

Details for Miley's BANGERZ tour follow her surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live where she announced to fans that she would be launching a tour soon. 

In the UK, Miley has dominated the charts with a #1 album and #1 singles for We Can't ...

Borough of Ards Pipe Band Championships

Borough of Ards Pipe Band Championships 2014

17 May, Co Down

Come along to a superb family day out and watch the best Pipe Bands and Drum Majors in the world compete for the coveted title of "Borough of Ards Champions". Don't miss the spectacular Finale.

The Knotty Pine String Band

The Knotty Pine String Band

05 July, Co Fermanagh

The Knotty Pine String Band have been bringing bluegrass and American roots music to audiences all across Ireland and the UK since 1993. The band consists of Seamus McGurgan, banjo, dobro and acoustic guitar; Tony Hutchinson, vocals and guitar; Aidan McGale, vocals and bass; and Declan O’Kane, fiddle and mandolin.

Blind Boys of Alabama

Elvis Presley on Stage

28 April, Belfast

If you`ve never seen Elvis Presley live in concert - this is the closest you`ll ever get!

A celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Rock & Roll and Elvis` first recording session that led to the birth of rock n roll.

Using the latest ...

Derek Ryan

Derek Ryan

30 April, Co Fermanagh

Derek Ryan’s rise to become one of the biggest stars of Irish Country Music has been phenomenal. In just over two years few artists have made such an impact on the Irish Country scene like the County Carlow singer songwriter.

Eddi Reader  - SOLD OUT

Grainne Duffy

19 April, Co Antrim

Grainne Duffy returns to The Courtyard Theatre with her dynamic live show.

In the last year Grainne Duffy has released her new album Test of Time to a wonderful reception from the press and fans worldwide alike.

Literary Lunchtimes - Bernie McGill and Sheila Llewellyn

The Waterboys

20 June, Belfast

Led by founding member, charismatic singer-songwriter, Mike Scott, the band will perform tracks from their 30-year history from classic albums Fisherman's Blues, This Is The Sea and, of course, The Whole Of The Moon.

Tickets

32.50 (seated), ...

The PM Big Band in Concert

The PM Big Band in Concert

31 May, Co Fermanagh

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

Suggs - My Life Story in Words And Music

Suggs - My Life Story in Words And Music

30 May, Belfast

The Madness frontman takes to the stage in this hilarious, yet moving, one man tour de force.

The death of Suggs' beloved cat on his fiftieth birthday triggers a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew.

Paperboys in Concert

Paperboys in Concert

02 June, Co Down

The Paperboys are renowned for their energetic live performances and have wowed festival goers the world over

Giro d’Italia Big Start Festival, Armagh

Giro d’Italia Big Start Festival, Armagh

10 May, Armagh

Armagh City Centre prepares for the Big Start of Day 3 of the Giro d’Italia with a full programme of events taking place in the run up to the arrival of over 200 of the world’s top professional cyclists.

Walled City Tattoo 2014

Walled City Tattoo 2014

27 August - 30 August, Londonderry/Derry

The Walled City Tattoo showcases the best of local and international talent. Now in its 2nd year, the Tattoo will see over 15,000 people flock to the Walled City of Derry~Londonderry in late August. As well as the traditional favourites including the Massed Pipes & drums, Highland & Irish Dancers, The Walled City Tattoo 2014 will be a fast paced show, featuring the world famous motorcycle display team, ‘The Imps,’ as well as rhythmic comedy from Swiss group ‘Starbugs!’

Linen Hall Reading Group

Washington's Irish

24 April, Belfast

One of Ireland's most renowned historians, balladeers, and founding member of the legendary musical group Wolfe Tones, Derek Warfield is accompanied tonight by The Young Wolfe Tones including banjo player Damaris Woods and guitarist Peadar ...

Literary Lunchtimes - Bernie McGill and Sheila Llewellyn

Giro Festival - Italian Cinema Club - Life Is Beautiful

07 May, Belfast

Come along to an exciting mix of cycling and Italian themed activities in the Group Space as we welcome the Giro d'Italia to town!

The heart warming and Oscar-winning classic Italian film, Life is Beautiful, is set in World War II explores the ...

23rd Annual Bluegrass Festival

23rd Annual Bluegrass Festival

29 August - 31 August, Co Tyrone

International and award winning artists from the United States and throughout Europe will reform to hugely appreciative audiences in the unique setting of the outdoor museum. Get along to the 'Bluegrass in the Park' afternoon sessions or the evening concerts and experience something special. The line up for this years event will be released over the Summer months. For further details contact the Park on 028 8224 3292.

Tinariwen

Tinariwen

04 May, Belfast

Tinariwen are poet-guitarists and soul rebels from the Southern Sahara desert. Their music expresses the aspirations of their people, the Kel Tamashek or 'Touareg' of the southern Sahara desert.

Island Music Club April

Island Music Club April

25 April, Lisburn

Ronnie Greer has been at the centre of the Irish Blues and Jazz scene for over 40 years.

Mid Antrim Motor Cycle Club present Ritchie Remo in Concert

Mid Antrim Motor Cycle Club present Ritchie Remo in Concert

21 May, Co Antrim

Ritchie Remo provides the music for the evening as Mid Anrtrim Motor Cycle Club Boost their funds, everyone welcome along for a great night of entertainment.

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

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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