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.

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

31 July - 10 August, Co Fermanagh

This year, Happy Days – Enniskillen International Beckett Festival has new and extended dates: JULY 31 - AUGUST 10 2014.

The Ardhowen Theatre is hosting two major international theatre events this August as part of the Festival.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

Islander Festival

Islander Festival

02 May - 05 May, Co Fermanagh

A brand new four day Festival in the tranquil setting of the Upper Lough Erne Region in County Fermanagh that brings together musicians, artists, gourmet food and traditional craft to celebrate the Life of Upper Lough Erne. Islands, Stunning Castles and historic sites around the Lough will be the backdrop for the Entertainment as well as ancient traditions and local produce that will tell the story of a place steeped in history.

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.

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.

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

The Seekers

20 May, Belfast

This event has been postponed until 20 May.

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.

Belsonic 2014

Belsonic 2014

15 August - 22 August, Belfast

Belsonic is back with another amazing line up of acts.

Full bill:

Friday August 15th: Example & Guests

It has been a full-on 12 months for Example, AKA Elliot Gleave, and the pressure shows no sign of letting up.

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 ...

Celtic Soul

Celtic Soul

10 May, Co Antrim

Celtic Soul, a seven piece ensemble, pays homage to the music of Van Morrison with sensitive and knowledgeable renditions of his classic hits and deeper album tracks.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

08 October - 09 October, Belfast

Masterfully blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran has enjoyed a meteoric rise. The 22-year old's debut album + entered the U.K.

The Ronnie Greer Blues Band

The Ronnie Greer Blues Band

21 June, Co Fermanagh

Ardhowen Theatre welcomes back blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer who has been at the centre of the blues music scene in Ireland now for over 40 years.
His distinctive guitar style, melding searing Chicago style licks with be bop jazz inflections, has been critically acclaimed as world class.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

07 May, Co Antrim

Join Ballet Theatre UK on this dramatic re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen's all-time favourite story of The Little Mermaid, who falls in love with a human Prince and gives up everything to win his love.

World Premiere UK and Ireland ...

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 ...

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 ...

Steve Amos & Gerry Creen

Steve Amos & Gerry Creen

25 April, Co Down

Since retiring from the finance industry Steve Amos has become one of the foremost comedy singer songwriters of his generation, most of whom are no longer with us. He tends to be somewhat irreverent at times and sometimes tasteless perhaps but he is very funny and few subjects are immune to his mordant wit. With three acclaimed CD’s under his belt, and another one on the way, Steve has recently released a new single on iTunes “Aeroplane Calypso” which sets to music the safety instructions on aircraft. Critics have said that once heard his work is unforgettable – no matter how hard you try.

Live Issue In Concert

Live Issue In Concert

10 May, Co Down

Live Issue Gospel Group take the stage in Annaclone C.O.I Church.

Clara Tracey - Soundtrack

Clara Tracey - Soundtrack

14 June, Co Fermanagh

Enniskillen born Clara Tracey presents her musical Soundtrack, tracing the eclectic mix of influences that have inspired her to leave the conventional careers of law and international marketing to pursue her passion of making music.

The Kilkennys in Concert

The Kilkennys in Concert

29 May, Co Fermanagh

The Kilkennys are at the very forefront of the new generation of folk groups taking Irish music to the world. Having already toured this year in Europe, the U.S. and Australia, the reputation of this youthful and energetic four piece group continues to grow well beyond these shores.

Thai Belfast Festival

Thai Belfast Festival

27 April, Belfast

The Thai Belfast Festival offers all visitors a colourful and vibrant fusion of culture that will promote an understanding of Thai culture, reignite personal connections with the Far East and open visitors perceptions to the welcoming and ...

16th Annual International Guinness Blues on the Bay

16th Annual International Guinness Blues on the Bay

21 May - 26 May, Co Down

Spring Bank Holiday Weekend - A fantastic 6 day blues music and food festival extravaganza, featuring world class international Jazz and Blues performers.

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.

Amanda Rheaume

Amanda Rheaume

22 August, Co Down

Métis singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume is a powerful vocalist with just a touch of grit and an instantly-accessible roots-pop-Americana sound. Her latest album "Keep a Fire"(2013), is a varied and evocative collection of mostly story-songs about her ancestors that more than lives up to the tradition of epic
family-of-origin albums.

7 Hills Blues Festival

7 Hills Blues Festival

07 August - 10 August, Armagh

7 Hills Blues Festival brings some of the finest Blues bands to the atmospheric streets of Armagh.

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 ...

Giro d'Italia North Coast Festival - NEELB Youth Concert Orchestra with an Italian twist

Giro d'Italia North Coast Festival - NEELB Youth Concert Orchestra with an Italian twist

10 May, Co Antrim

NEELB Youth Concert Orchestra with an Italian twist
Station Square, Portrush from 2pm.

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...

BMS Summer Celebrity Recital

BMS Summer Celebrity Recital

14 May, Belfast

Renowned for dazzling performances of classical violin masterpieces, Benjamin Schmid is equally sought after as a jazz violinist.  He brings his unique approach to BMS's annual Summer Celebrity Recital on Wednesday 14 May, accompanied by his ...

The Selecter

The Selecter

10 May, Belfast

The Selecter will perform their seminal album "Too Much Pressure" in it's entirety, followed by an extended encore of classic and contemporary hits to celebrate their 35 year-spanning back catalogue.

Mixing punk, ska and reggae, "Too Much ...

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.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

07 May, Belfast

Katy Perry's Prismatic World Tour will start on 7 May at Belfast's Odyssey Arena.  Katy Perry scored her second No.1 album in the UK with new album Prism.

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

10 June, Belfast

Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton announces the 'Blue Smoke World Tour' will travel across the pond in 2014 for June and July concerts in Europe making a welcome return to Odyssey Arena.

Dolly's ...

Beach Boys

Beach Boys

26 June, Londonderry/Derry

The Grammy award-winning Beach Boys will be performing at the city’s Foyle International Maritime Festival that is taking place as part of the city’s welcome home celebrations for the Clipper fleet in 2014.

Michael English in Concert

Michael English in Concert

15 May - 16 May, Co Tyrone

Michael English has been entertaining audiences since he was 11 years old.

He has been performing sell-out concerts to audiences who want to be part of this extraordinary personal and musical journey. Early booking is strongly advised!

Gordie McKeeman and the Rhythm Boys

Gordie McKeeman and the Rhythm Boys

03 July, Co Down

Bluegrass talent that has international acclaim, playing the main stage at Glastonbury,this line-up;
Gordie MacKeeman
Fiddle
Peter Cann
Vocals, Lead Guitar
Thomas Webb
Vocals, Bass, Banjo
Mark Geddes
Vocals, Snare Drum/Percussion, Bass,
will have you dancing in the aisles!

Breakfast Club Movies

Breakfast Club Movies

16 March - 24 August, Belfast

The ever-popular Breakfast Club Movies series returns with another selection of movie classics, served up with a continental breakfast and tea and coffee served in vintage china.

27 April - Pretty Woman

11 May - Roman Holiday

22 June - ...

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