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.

21st William Kennedy Piping Festival

21st William Kennedy Piping Festival

13 November - 16 November, Armagh

The William Kennedy Piping Festival celebrates the life and work of William Kennedy, the 18th century piper, pipe maker and inventor who was born in 1768 near Banbridge and died in 1834 in Tandragee, County Armagh. This Festival, originally conceived to bring together pipers from different countries and traditions, was the first of its kind anywhere in Northern Europe. To date the event has brought pipers from Spain, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Belarus, Canada, USA, England, Scotland, and Wales as well as the cream of Irish pipers to Armagh.

Soak

Soak

07 November, Londonderry/Derry

One of Derry's finest musical exports announces a very special hometown performance.

Brit Floyd

Brit Floyd

29 November, Belfast

Having performed to over one million fans around the world since it's first show in Liverpool, England in January 2011, Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to The UK in November 2014 to perform Discovery, a stunning new ...

The Northern Ireland Music Prize

The Northern Ireland Music Prize

15 November, Belfast

The Northern Ireland Music Prize honours and celebrates the very best of Northern Irish albums. Successful finalists will be hoping to take home the prize won last year by Bangor's Foy Vance ('Joy of Nothing').

Sound of Belfast 2014

Sound of Belfast 2014

07 November - 15 November, Belfast

A special week-long music programme called Sound of Belfast will take place across the city from 7 - 15 November 2014 in association with the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

Belfast's flagship music centre has teamed up with a number of leading music ...

8th John Joe Gordon trad weekend

8th John Joe Gordon trad weekend

05 December - 07 December, Co Fermanagh

8th John Joe Gordon trad weekend - in Belleek ( 5th - 7th December )

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's 2014

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's 2014

16 October - 01 November, Belfast

The annual Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's combines a extensive lineup of music, drama, theatre, talks, film, dance and comedy.

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.

Imagine Arts Festival

Imagine Arts Festival

05 November, Belfast

Get creative, be inspired and make new friends at Imagine Arts Festival 2014!  This unique event is an opportunity for the over 60s to get creative, be inspired, make new friends and meet up with old ones during a wide variety of captivating ...

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.

Petunia & Nathan Godfrey

Petunia & Nathan Godfrey

29 November, Belfast

If ever there was a dream meant-to-be pairing it was when the colourful frontman of Petunia & The Vipers hooked up with renowned American old-time picker Nathan Godfrey.

The pair mine for nuggets from the US roots music back catalogue and ...

Cara Dillon with special guest Dan Tyminski

Paul Potts with Special guest Margaret Keys

06 November, Belfast

Paul Potts, winner of the first series of Britain's Got Talent, released his latest album 'The Greatest Hits' on 28 October.

Paul stole the hearts of the nation during the Britain's Got Talent final in 2007, with a performance of Puccini's ...

Showstoppers

Showstoppers

21 November, Londonderry/Derry

The Londonderry Musical Society and the Britannia Concert Band under their respective MDs Jim Goodman and Noel Barr have come up with yet another exciting programme which features the best of Musical Theatre, ever popular instrumental favourites and a variety of soloists and ensembles of the highest quality.

L'Elisir D'Amore Livefrom The Royal Opera House London

L'Elisir D'Amore Livefrom The Royal Opera House London

26 November, Belfast

Donizetti's romantic comedy of rural life shines brilliantly in Laurent Pelly's hilarious staging, which matches the piece's perfect blend of sentiment and tomfoolery.

Breaking Bands #3

Back Track Northern Soul Night

08 November, Belfast

Back, after a wonderful July debut at Oh Yeah.

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.

The High Kings

The High Kings

29 December, Co Fermanagh

Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, renowned vocalists and musicians, have come together to create the most exciting Irish ballad group to emerge since The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem electrified the worldwide folk revival of the 1960s.

Ulster Orchestra - The Snowman

Ulster Orchestra - The Snowman

06 December, Belfast

It's that time of year again - the iconic snowman, the memorable music, the sing-along songs and a few Christmas surprises.

Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their best festive outfits - and bring along jingle bells if you have them! ...

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.

Harlem Gospel Choir

Harlem Gospel Choir

28 November, Co Fermanagh

The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir was formed in 1988 and made its highly successful debut at New York’s legendary Cotton Club the same year. The Choir draws its core singers from various black churches in the Harlem community, who share the common aim of bringing about a better understanding of African/American culture.

Festive Carol Concert

Festive Carol Concert

05 December, Belfast

Celebrate the start of the festive season with us on Friday 5 December in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall in the Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

This wonderful evening promises to get you in the Christmas spirit with seasonal readings ...

Ronnie Greer Blues Band

Ronnie Greer Blues Band

05 December, Lisburn

Ronnie Greer returns with his regular five piece Blues band, for one of the most anticipated and well supported events in our calendar.

Ronnie's distinctive guitar style, incorporating both Blues and Jazz inspired nuances, has been critically ...

Queen's Island Victoria Male Choir

The Illegals

21 November, Co Antrim

Every year the Illegals delve deeper into the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac back-catalogues to keep their dynamic live show fresh but familiar to packed venues throughout Ireland.

Tim Wheeler & Guests

Tim Wheeler & Guests

07 November, Belfast

You can trace the roots of Tim Wheeler's extraordinary first solo album, Lost Domain, back to when he was a boy in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

07 April, Belfast

Welsh 4 piece Catfish And The Bottlemen signed to Communion Records (Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, Deap Valley, Half Moon Run) last Spring, following a furious 18 month period which saw them play over 100 live shows both in the UK and abroad- ...

Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival

Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival

25 October - 03 November, Londonderry/Derry

Ghoulish fun, ghastly frolics and thrilling events, all leading up to the main extravagant suspense. Our world famous spooktacular carnival parade and spine-chilling fireworks cascade.

Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters

Belfast Beer and Cider Festival 2014

13 November - 15 November, Belfast

With over 100 beers and ciders available in a range of styles, the Belfast Beer and Cider Festival returns to create the biggest bar in Ireland, with traditional pub games, tutored beer tastings and live music.

Over 18s only, except Saturday ...

Babar The Little Elephant

Babar The Little Elephant 13th Nov

13 November, Co Down

An interactive concert for younger children and their families.
There is so much to tell about how Babar escapes a hunter in the Great Forest and goes to live with the Old Lady in the town, before returning to his fellow elephants and a wonderful surprise.

Let's hope there are some good dancers, singers and actors in the audience to help Frances and Mark with the story. They will need to become camels, birds, rabbits, alligators and of course – elephants!

Belfast Music Tour

Belfast Music Tour

Belfast

The Belfast Music Tour is a bus journey through the heart of a great rock and roll city. From Them and Van Morrison to Snow Patrol and many more! Belfast is a city of festivals, a place where many genres of music thrive, and this...

Cathedral Quarter Out to Lunch Festival 2015

Cathedral Quarter Out to Lunch Festival 2015

02 January - 25 January, Belfast

Out to Lunch returns from January 2-25, 2015 serving up over three weeks of Theatre, music and comedy, all in your lunch hour and all served up with a delicious hot lunch for a mere £6.50.

Lowden 40th anniversary Concert

Kekko Fornarelli Trio

28 January, Belfast

Kekko Fornarelli is currently one of the most widely appreciated artists internationally. The tour that is spreading his music all around the world - Russia and all Europe, Asia, Australia, U.S.

The Night Dances (UK & Irish Premiere)

The Night Dances (UK & Irish Premiere)

01 November, Belfast

Explore the subtleties of Benjamin Britten's composition for cello through the lens of the American Poet, Sylvia Plath, considered one of the leading cultivators of confessional poetry.  Actress Charlotte Rampling reads in French and English, and ...

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

07 November, Co Fermanagh

Ballet Ireland is delighted to present a national tour of ‘Swan Lake’, one of the greatest love stories of classical ballet, to 26 theatres throughout Ireland.

This most famous of ballets, combines romantic themes, classical technique and ethereal imagery together with Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, to ensure this masterpiece’s immortality.

Raglans

Raglans

23 November, Belfast

Formed in a festival tent in 2010 Dublin based 4 piece band Raglans launched the same year.

Jason Clarke & Guests

Jason Clarke & Guests

13 November, Belfast

Belfast based singer and online success, Jason Clarke, has opened a heart that was broken since his last single 'Smoke and Mirrors', with his new single and EP, both entitled 'To Be Good Enough, which will be released on 31 October.

Jason, who ...

Flash Harry

Flash Harry

19 December, Co Fermanagh

Queen formed in 1971 and their music has rocked the world across every continent since then. When it comes to a night of rock defining entertainment, there is no better tribute than ‘Flash Harry’.

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 ...

Gay Byrne - Live on Stage - SOLD OUT

In Concert: Barbara Dickson

16 November, Belfast

Barbara Dickson is one the most successful recording artistes of recent times. It is a career that has seen her achieve six platinum, eleven gold, seven silver albums and two Olivier awards for her work in the theatre.

Sam Lee

Sam Lee

26 November, Belfast

Mercury Prize nominee, fRoots Album Of The Year and BBC Folk Awards Winner, Sam Lee, is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of folksong today.

Elvis Tribute Concert

Elvis Tribute Concert

28 November, Belfast

Crumlin Road Gaol proudly presents 'Jailhouse Rock' with Elvis and his band.

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