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.

Foy Vance

Foy Vance

05 December, Belfast

Join Foy Vance and Guests on "The Wild Swan World Tour 2016" - Second date added due to overwhelming demand!

Due to overwhelming demand, Foy Vance has added a second Belfast show at The Ulster Hall to his "The Wild Swan" world tour! The second ...

GI Jive

GI Jive

30 July - 05 August, Co Down

Now in its third year, the GI Jive festival is aimed at commemorating and celebrating the presence of the US Army Air Force based in the Kilkeel and Mourne area during the Second World War in the run up to D-Day.

Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir Concert

Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir Concert

30 July, Armagh

Come along and enjoy a concert of choral music with the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir in the wonderful surrounding of Saint Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh.

The 2016 Belfast Tattoo

The 2016 Belfast Tattoo

01 September - 03 September, Belfast

The 2016 Belfast Tattoo will once again have a packed line-up of over 600 international, as well as local, performers.

The 2016 Belfast Tattoo is sure to be a most spectacular event and can be enjoyed by young and old.

Roe Valley Folk Festival

Roe Valley Folk Festival

28 October - 30 October, Co Londonderry

The Festival is renowned for its mix of folk music, dance and traditional sessions. This year's line-up has reflected the many changes in the folk music scene.

Tennent's Vital 2016 - Red Hot Chili Peppers & Fall Out Boy

Tennent's Vital 2016 - Red Hot Chili Peppers & Fall Out Boy

25 August, Belfast

Tennent's Vital is back for 2016 with a red hot line up for Boucher Road Playing Fields on Thursday 25 August.

Taking to the main stage for what promises to be a phenomenal headline set will be Red Hot Chili Peppers joined by special guests,...

Iúr Cinn Fleadh

Iúr Cinn Fleadh

08 September - 11 September, Co Down

For the third year running Newry City will be awash with Ceol agus Craic for Iúr Cinn Fleadh.
Come and experience the friendly welcome Newry has to offer, try our wonderful restaurants and bars and check out our world class musical talent.

All Tvvins

Saxon

30 October, Belfast

The Battering Ram World Tour:

Saxon have never dealt in half-truths or incomplete missions.

With Sacrifice they filled your heads with heavy metal thunder, and now Saxon want nothing more than to crush them with their very own, ...

Pride In Newry Parade

Pride In Newry Parade

03 September, Co Down

The Pride In Newry parade is a colourful spectacle full of fun and atmosphere with music, floats, inter-active street performers, family and children's entertainment and a free outdoor Gala concert.

Belfast Mela Festival

Belfast Mela Festival

27 August - 28 August, Belfast

There will be more than a taste of the exotic in store this summer as Northern Ireland's biggest celebration of cultural diversity prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary in colourfully eclectic style.

Buzzcocks

Buzzcocks

04 November, Belfast

Buzzcocks, one of the most important and influential bands ever, are proud to announce their 40th Anniversary Tour is coming to Belfast's Limelight 1 on Friday 4 November 2016.

Coasts

Coasts

29 July, Belfast

Critically acclaimed UK rock band, Coasts, announce a headline Belfast show on 29 July at The Limelight 2.

This five piece, who met while at university in Bristol, are proving to be a band who are relentlessly on the rise.

Fiddler's Green international festival

Fiddler's Green International Festival

24 July - 31 July, Co Down

Come along and indulge in a week of musical and artistic enjoyment for the whole family, set to the magical backdrop of the to the foothills of the Mourne Mountains and shores of Carlingford Lough as we celebrate its 30th anniversary!

The Wedding Present & Guests

The Wedding Present & Guests

26 November, Belfast

British indie rock legends The Wedding Present are pleased to announce a return to Belfast on Saturday November 26 at The Limelight 2.

Going, Going… will be the title of the ninth Wedding Present studio album.

7 hills

7 Hills Blues Fest

11 August - 14 August, Armagh

The 7 Hills Blues Festival is back in 2016 and bigger than ever! 11-14 August will see Armagh City’s many eateries, public houses and open spaces showcasing the best of blues bands from across NI, ROI and the UK.

Foy Vance

Foy Vance

10 December, Belfast

One of the finest singer/songwriters Northern Ireland has ever produced, Foy Vance announces a headline show at the Ulster Hall, Belfast on Saturday 10 December.

Foy Vance knows how to write a song.

Alabama 3

Alabama 3

11 November, Belfast

Brixton band Alabama 3 are pleased to announce the '20 Years of Alabama 3 Tour' is coming to Belfast's Limelight 1 on Friday November 11 2016.

Moving On Music Presents Yorkston, Thorne & Khan

Moving On Music Presents Yorkston, Thorne & Khan

06 August, Belfast

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan are an experimental group that includes James Yorkston, one of the most "influential singer/songwriters on the Scottish folk scene", Suhail Yusuf Khan, award winning sarangi player and classical singer from New Delhi and Jon ...

City of Derry Guitar Festival

City of Derry Guitar Festival

25 August - 28 August, Londonderry/Derry

The City of Derry Guitar Festival has been entertaining audiences throughout the North West for over ten years, bringing many of the world’s greatest guitarists to the city.

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers

08 November, Belfast

Grammy Award-winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Fame member, Kenny Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades, which will be celebrated during his Final World Tour: The Gambler's Last Deal, with ...

Legends of American Country Tribute Show

Legends of American Country Tribute Show

03 August, Co Down

The "Legends of American Country " is now established as Europe's No.1 Country Music Tribute Show, just finished a hectic touring schedule of the Uk, performing a host of hits of 8 of the biggest icons on the country music scene.

SunflowerFest 2016

SunflowerFest 2016

05 August - 07 August, Co Down

SunflowerFest is a 3 day music and arts festival on Tubby's Farm just outside Hillsborough.

Mastodon

Mastodon

14 August, Belfast

Grammy nominated American Heavy Metal outfit Mastodon have announced a Belfast headline show at The Limelight 1 on Sunday 14 August 2016. The band formed in early 2000 and have released six studio albums to date.

Blue Stack Mountain Boys

Cairncastle Bluegrass & Folk Musical Evening

20 July - 06 August, Co Antrim

There is no better way of rounding off a day visiting the famous Nine Glens of Antrim, than to take in Cairncastle Ulster Scots Bluegrass & Folk cross community Festival held in the Halfway House Hotel, in the picturesque village of Ballygally.

Van Morrison Dinner & Show

Van Morrison Dinner & Show

18 September - 19 September, Co Down

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see Van Morrison 'up close and personal' at the 5 Star Culloden Estate and Spa on 18 and 19 September 2016.

He's back! Van Morrison returns to Hastings Hotels following the success of his 'Birthday Blues' shows ...

All Tvvins

Obie Trice & Guests

30 September, Belfast

World renowned American rapper and songwriter Obie Trice announces a Belfast headline show at The Limelight 2 on Friday 30 September 2016.

Chas & Dave

Chas & Dave

17 December, Belfast

Pianist Chas Hodges and guitarist Dave Peacock were widely experienced around the British rock scene of the 1960s and early 70s before teaming up with drummer, Mick Burt, to form the group.

Chas had worked with the legendary producer Joe Meek, ...

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens

31 July - 25 September, Co Down

Settle down on the lawn with family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in Mount Stewart's lovely gardens. Bring your picnic and enjoy the sounds of jazz in the beautiful setting of Mount Stewart, voted one of the ten top gardens in the world.

Against The Current

Against The Current

26 September, Belfast

Against the Current are a pop-punk band that formed in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2011.

Liosa Murphy & Band

Liosa Murphy & Band

14 August, Londonderry/Derry

Giving traditional Irish music a contemporary edge by mixing it up with other musical cultures, Liosa Murphy has seamlessly married electro pop, world rhythms and her own vocal percussions to well-loved songs and tunes.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

03 December, Belfast

From a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with The Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right in 2014, the past ten years has seen The Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet...

All Tvvins

Tom Odell

02 November, Belfast

Ivor Novello and Brit Award winning English singer/songwriter Tom Odell is pleased to announce a return to Belfast at The Limelight 1 on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

Elton John

Elton John

02 December, Belfast

In his five-decade career, Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has had more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No.

Level 42

Level 42

01 October, Belfast

One of the most successful British bands of the 1980s, Level 42 have released 14 studio albums, 7 live albums and 6 compilation albums and sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Portaferry Hotel

Murdery Mystery Night

02 September, Co Down

Murder Mystery Night - Who knew murder could be fun?
The roaring twenties are in full swing and the place to be seen isThe P Ferry Club in Chicago

Summer Music at St Patrick's

Summer Music at St Patrick's

07 July - 25 August, Co Londonderry

A series of summer recitals by local, national and international artists.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

08 December, Belfast

A brand new show for 2016! Direct from its success in London's West End, a sold out UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back.

Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th ...

Kaz Hawkins Band

Kaz Hawkins Band

18 August, Belfast

East Belfast's multi-award-winning Kaz Hawkins is Northern Ireland's very own blues and soul darling.

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart

14 November - 15 November, Belfast

Rod Stewart has announced he is adding a Belfast date to the 'From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits 2016' arena tour that will feature his biggest hits from 1970 to 2016.

Hilden Beer Festival 2016

Hilden Beer Festival 2016

26 August - 28 August, Lisburn

The Annual Hilden Beer and Music Festival will be held during the August Bank Holiday, featuring live music and beer and ale tasting from Lisburn's premier microbrewery.

Line up includes: Rackhouse Pilfer, Kaz Hawkins Band, The Emerald Armad, ...

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