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.

Country By The Sea Concert

Country By The Sea Concert

30 July, Co Down

Country by the sea concert on 30th July 2014 in The Newcastle Centre, Central Promenade with some of your favourite country stars.

Rock The Point Summer Festival

Rock The Point Summer Festival

02 August - 10 August, Co Down

AJS Promotions is proud to introduce the new 'Rock the Point Sumer festival in conjunction with the 25th annual Maiden of the Mournes Festival from the 2nd - 10th August.

Maidens

Maiden of the Mournes International Festival

03 August - 10 August, Co Down

Now in its 25th year the Maiden of the Mournes International Festival offers something for every one from the opening parade, concerts featuring the best of Irish entertainment & the Selection & Crowning of the ‘Maiden of the Mournes

Literary Lunchtimes: Jan Carson

The Journey of a Volunteer

02 August, Belfast

On 4 August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany.

Literary Lunchtimes: Jan Carson

BBC Invitation Concerts with the Ulster Orchestra

06 August - 15 August, Belfast

The music of the Ulster Orchestra is performed at these special BBC Invitation Concerts.

For further information (including programme details) and to apply for free tickets please
visit www.bbc.co.uk/tickets or phone: 0370 9011 227.

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens

27 July - 31 August, Co Down

Bring your picnic and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in our beautiful gardens.

BBQs not permitted.

27th July, 31st August

2pm-4.30pm

Normal Admission Members Free

Literary Lunchtimes: Jan Carson

The Janoskians

31 August, Belfast

Melbourne-born masters of "social disturbance" and pop punk mischief makers, The Janoskians are cooking up
something very special for their fans around the globe.

Shoreline Festival

Shoreline Festival

23 August - 25 August, Co Antrim

Family fun and sporting activities, amusements, music concerts - these are as follows:

23 August - Kings of Leon Tribute
24 August - Garth Brooks Tribute
25 August - Classics in the Park in association with NI Opera

Each day from 1pm-10pm

Belfast City of Rhythms Show 2014

Belfast City of Rhythms Show 2014

01 August - 08 September, Belfast

Described by its producers as an "all singing, all dancing show delivering the Heart & Soul of Northern Ireland" the show is a seven-cast production of modern and traditional story-telling, music and dance.

With some of the country's leading ...

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

16 October, Belfast

Jake Bugg will play Belfast's Odyssey Arena as part of his biggest UK headlining tour to date.

The tour will follow a summer of major international festival appearances which includes a televised Saturday night second stage headline spot at ...

Pride in Newry Festival

Pride in Newry Festival

30 August, Co Down

The third 'Pride in Newry Festival' takes place in venues around Newry.

The Truth About P!ink: A tribute to P!nk like no other!

The Truth About P!ink: A tribute to P!nk like no other!

31 August, Co Antrim

Alecia Karr has been at the top of her game for the past 8 years as a solo P!nk tribute performer. Having met P!nk and even sang to her where do you go from there? Simple a full live performance incorporating all the elements that...

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 2014

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 2014

31 July - 10 August, Co Fermanagh

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival is a major, annual, multi-arts festival celebrating Irish Nobel prize writer Samuel Beckett, who attended Portora Royal School in Enniskillen from 1920 - 1923.

The Johnny Crampsie Traditional Music Festival

The Johnny Crampsie Traditional Music Festival

17 October - 19 October, Co Tyrone

The Johnny Crampsie Traditional Music Festival, Strabane

Friday 17th October - Sunday 19th October 2014

Eastside Arts Festival

Eastside Arts Festival

21 August - 25 August, Belfast

EastSide Arts Festival will take place Thursday 21st- Monday 25th August 2014.

The aim of the Festival is to celebrate the incredible creative talent; writers, artists, musicians and film- makers, both of the past and present, that have come ...

Summer Band Concert - Donaghadee

Summer Band Concert - Donaghadee

03 August, Co Down

The popular Summer Band Concerts return to Donaghadee with Ballywalter Flute Band playing at Lemon's Wharf.

Summer Band Concert - Donaghadee

Summer Band Concert - Donaghadee

24 August, Co Down

Lemons Wharf, Donaghadee is the venue for this concert in the Summer Band concert series.

Northern Lights Mini Fest - Agnew McAllister Duo

Northern Lights Mini Fest - Agnew McAllister Duo

19 October, Belfast

Aisling Agnew (flute), born and raised in Belfast, has toured extensively throughout Ireland/NI and the UK as well as in Europe, North and South America and Asia with her regular recital partner Matthew McAllister.

Their relaxed, intimate ...

Northern Lights Mini Fest - Emma Morwood and Jonathan Fisher

Northern Lights Mini Fest - Emma Morwood and Jonathan Fisher

26 October, Belfast

Emma Morwood, described as 'a radiant Pamina' in Opera Theatre Company's Irish tour of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' (Sunday Times), is one of Belfast's rising operatic stars.  She has performed with leading UK orchestras (RLPO, CBSO, Philharmonia, ...

Woodstock Rhythm & Blues Festival

Woodstock Rhythm & Blues Festival

13 August - 18 August, Belfast

The Woodstock Rhythm & Blues Festival returns for its seventh year with another fantastic line up of performances.

Open Air Concert with Flash Harry

Open Air Concert with Flash Harry

09 August, Co Down

As part of the Festival of Flight celebrations, be entertained with the fabulous Queen tribute band FLASH HARRY, following the aircraft display at the Festival Stage on Central Promeande. This is a FREE event and will have the promenade rocking.

Family Country Music Afternoon

Family Country Music Afternoon

10 August, Co Down

The `Wee Man' from Strabane, `Hugo Duncan' accompanied by Country Harmony and Box Car Brian will entertain the crowds in Donard Park, as we await the arrival of talented Country music singer Lisa McHugh who will belt out a few old favourites.

Iur Cinn Fleadh

Iur Cinn Fleadh

12 September - 14 September, Co Down

The very first Iúr Cinn Fleadh will highlight the immense musical and dancing talent of Newry and surrounding areas and will attract visitors from throughout Ireland and further afield.

Culture Night

Culture Night

19 September, Belfast

Culture Night Belfast returns on Friday 19 September for the sixth time, to brighten the corners and illuminate the spaces and places of Belfast with hundreds of events, happenings, performances, talks, tours and family fun across the city's ...

Star Spangled Banner Festival

Star Spangled Banner Festival

13 September - 14 September, Co Down

To mark the bicentenary of the writing of the American national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, and its links to General Ross and Rostrevor, The Committe along with Newry and Mourne Council are organising a spectacular weekend of events on September 13th and 14th.

Beckett Festival Opening Concert Celebrating Godot

Beckett Festival Opening Concert Celebrating Godot

01 August, Co Fermanagh

Gavin Bryars studied philosophy but became a jazz bassist and pioneer of free improvisation with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley. Early iconic pieces The Sinking of The Titanic and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet achieved great popular success.

Words and Music A Radio Play by Samuel Beckett

Words and Music A Radio Play by Samuel Beckett

04 August, Co Fermanagh

Words by Samuel Beckett, Music by Morton Feldman, performed by the Crash Ensemble. Curated by Netia Jones

The Beckett Schubertiade

The Beckett Schubertiade

08 August, Co Fermanagh

Franz Schubert Trio in E Flat
Phoenix Piano Trio

Evening Music The Beckett Schubertiade

Evening Music The Beckett Schubertiade

09 August, Co Fermanagh

Franz Schubert Death and the Maiden The Meccorre Quartet

Shhhhh Shostakovich

Shhhhh Shostakovich

08 August, Co Fermanagh

Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2
Shostakovich String Quartet No 8
The Phoenix Piano Trio and The Meccorre Quartet

Belfast Pride

Belfast Pride

25 July - 02 August, Belfast

Belfast Pride is Ireland's largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans festival appealing to audiences of over 50,000 people in the summer.

Belfast Pride 2014 will run from Friday 25th July through to Saturday 2nd August (Pride Day) which will be ...

Hector Berlioz Les Nuits D'Ete

Hector Berlioz Les Nuits D'Ete

02 August, Co Fermanagh

Ruby Philogene is a first prize winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award and has sung at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Deutshe Oper Berlin, La Monnaie Brussels and the San Francisco Symphoney.

Claude Debussy Chansons de Bilitis

Claude Debussy Chansons de Bilitis

08 August, Co Fermanagh

Claude Debussy Chansons de Bilitis
Lea Tromminschlager (soprano) Julius Drake (piano)

Maurice Ravel Les Chansons Madecasses

Maurice Ravel Les Chansons Madecasses

09 August, Co Fermanagh

Maurice Ravel Les Chansons Madecasses
Ruby Philogene (mezzo soprano)
Edward Beckett (flute)
Julius Drake (piano)

Celebration of Cultures

Celebration of Cultures

12 August, Co Tyrone

A kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, sights and fun is set to transform An Creagán on 12th August. The event aims to unite the community in a celebration and sharing of culturally diverse traditions, performances, arts and information. It's a unique opportunity to experience the many cultures that make our communities dynamic and vibrant.

Jim Conway Tribute Traditional Music & Cultural Weekend, Plumbridge

Jim Conway Tribute Traditional Music & Cultural Weekend, Plumbridge

08 August - 09 August,

Jim Conway Tribute Traditional Music & Cultural Weekend, Plumbridge

Friday 8th to Saturday 9th August 2014

A weekend of traditional music and culture to celebrate the life in Tyrone of Jim Conway , his interest in music and his promotion of Irish traditional music and culture in America.

For further information contact Bridget on 077 0452 6870 or e-mail bridgetblee@hotmail.co.uk

A Centenary Concert Featuring 'The Priests'

A Centenary Concert Featuring 'The Priests'

01 August, Co Antrim

A Centenary Concert featuring 'The Priests'. Admission strictly by ticket only

Party for the Pitch Banbridge

Party for the Pitch Banbridge

16 August, Co Down

Marque on the pitch with live entertainment and a fabulous two course meal from the award winning Linen Mill Kitchens at the Outlet. The entry ticket enters guests into a raffle for a season ticket for Ulster Rugby for 2. There is an auction and casino during the evening. Certainly a nights entertainment not to miss. All proceeds go towards the pitch refurbishment.

The Fest at Raceview Mill

The Fest at Raceview Mill

15 August - 16 August, Co Antrim

A new unique festival for Northern Ireland. A celebration of local artisans, quality crafted food, drinks, arts and music.

5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer

30 May, Belfast

5 Seconds of Summer will play first ever headline European Arena Tour including a date at Odyssey Arena.
 
The 'Rock Out With Your Socks Out 2015 Tour' will see them play to their army of dedicated fans over the course of two months in May and...

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