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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.

Ards and North Down Ulster-Scots Festival

Ards and North Down Ulster-Scots Festival

04 September - 10 September, Co Down

A week long Borough wide event celebrating the Ulster-Scots with a varied programme of events.

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.

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The Mark Trammell Quartet

10 September, Armagh

The Mark Trammell Quartet are one of America's premier southern gospel groups and ND Concerts are delighted to be the promoter bringing them to Armagh for their first ever visit.

Newry City Music Festival

Newry City Music Festival

08 September - 11 September, Co Down

Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2016 is a four day event embracing all aspects of Irish Culture and Traditions and will highlight the immense musical and dancing talent of Newry and surrounding areas attracting visitors from throughout Ireland and further afield.

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.

The 2016 Belfast Tattoo

The 2016 Belfast Tattoo

01 September - 03 September, Belfast

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

It's sure to be a spectacular event, with the unforgettable sights and sounds of the Grand Finale of the Massed Pipes and Drums.

Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka

14 October, Belfast

British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka is pleased to announce his return to Belfast on Friday 14 October at The Limelight 2. The 2012 BBC Sounds poll winner returns with his new album 'Love & Hate'.

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.

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Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival

24 September - 25 September, Co Down

A three-day festival, sponsored by Finnebrogue Artisan, in honour of Sir Hans Sloane, inventor of milk chocolate, held in his home town of Killyleagh, County Down.

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.

Chas and Dave

Chas and 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, ...

Aspects Festival: Van Morrison - Lit Up Inside

Aspects Festival: Van Morrison - Lit Up Inside

21 September, Co Down

Van Morrison is a man whose legendary blend of mystic poetry and soulful music has inspired and uplifted audiences throughout his extraordinary career and we are delighted that he will headline Aspects Festival on its silver anniversary.

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Donaghadee Lights Up

10 September, Co Down

A full programme of music, activities and food, with the highlight of the day being a performance from the world-renowned Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

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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, ...

Electric Six

Electric Six

25 November, Belfast

Detroit based rock six-piece Electric Six return to Belfast to play Limelight 2. The band, famous for banging tracks 'Danger, High Voltage', 'Gay Bar' and 'Dance Commander' sold out The Limelight on several of their last visits in 2011-2015.

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.

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Mount Stewart Conversations

17 September - 18 September, Co Down

An unmissable festival weekend of debate, ideas, storytelling, art and music on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2016. Tickets on sale now for an inspiring, mind-expanding, one of a kind weekend at Mount Stewart.

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Seamus Heaney HomePlace Opening Weekend

30 September - 03 October, Co Londonderry

Marking the opening of Seamus Heaney Home Place with a celebratory weekend of events, featuring music, theatre, poetry, song, readings, talks and tours.

Drew Holcomb at the Bronte Music Club

Drew Holcomb at the Bronte Music Club

02 September, Co Down

Holcomb is an Americana Rock singer and songwriter from Tennessee who draws inspiration from Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. Holcomb began writing his own songs at the age of seventeen.

Donal Lunny Triad

Donal Lunny Triad

07 October, Co Londonderry

Multi-instrumentalist and trailblazer Donal Lunny is one of the greatest Irish musicians alive, having been at the forefront of Irish Traditional Music for over than 35 years.

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 ...

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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.

Brownlow Festival

27 August - 03 September, Co Armagh

Annual family friendly weeklong festival featuring a range of activities to suit all ages.

Nickelback

Nickelback

10 October, Belfast

Multi-platinum selling rock band Nickelback are set to embark on a massive headline tour in 2016 with support coming from fellow Canadian rockers Monster Truck.

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.

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.

Ukulele Orchestra celebrate one billion seconds of plucking

Ukulele Orchestra celebrate one billion seconds of plucking

07 September, Belfast

Never has a concert tour been more aptly named. Last year The Ukulele Orchestra celebrated 30 plucking years of captivating audiences with their amazing ukulele performances.

Brigid O’Neill

Brigid O’Neill

10 September, Co Down

County Down singer-songwriter Brigid O’Neill has been riding the crest of a wave since the release of her critically acclaimed EP debut of original songs ‘Arrivals and Departures’.

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 Ages Rock Gig Revival

All Ages Rock Gig Revival

03 September, Co Down

Down Art Centre will once again open its doors for another one of its world famous All Ages Gigs. This amazing opportunity allows music loving youth to run their own gigs while learning all about the industry as part of the process.

The King is Back (15 Apr)

The King is Back (15 Apr)

15 April, Belfast

Ben, a multi talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis's DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent, Ben started his journey as...

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.

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.

The Bjorn Identity Abba Tribute Show

The Bjorn Identity Abba Tribute Show

29 December, Co Down

The Björn Identity Abba Tribute Show will undoubtedly exceed all your expectations and are widely known for their love of audience participation, Swedish humour, professionalism and commitment to the music of their tribute idols.

A Tribute to The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac

A Tribute to The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac

03 September, Belfast

The show features a special tribute to Glenn Frey - founding member of the Eagles and icon of the west coast sound - who we said goodbye to in January this year.

After 20 years of packing the crowds in, The Illegals remain as popular as...

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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

Wookalily

Wookalily

07 October, Co Down

Wookalily are quirky, in a good way. Folk-gothic troubadour tales, new-time mountain music, glorious melodic hooks and a drum kit which guarantees purists cover their ears.

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...

Ulster Bank International Arts Festival

Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival

11 October - 30 October, Belfast

The Festival has announced two separate and major commissions for new creative works from internationally acclaimed artists, Taylor Mac (USA) and Amanda Coogan (Ireland) that will feature as signature events in the 2016 edition.

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.

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