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.

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.

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.

Belsonic 2016

Belsonic 2016

09 June - 27 August, Belfast

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets in recent years, Belsonic is relocating to a brand new bigger location at the iconic Titanic Belfast building, and boasting it's most ambitious line up to date.

Northern Lights Ben Glover, Malojian and Matt McGinn

Northern Lights Ben Glover, Malojian and Matt McGinn

04 May, Co Londonderry

Three of the finest and distinctive singer-songwriters in the north of Ireland share the stage for what promises to be a unique evening of music and conversation. ‘Northern Lights’ is a new collaboration between Ben Glover, Malojian andMatt McGinn

AVA Festival 2016

AVA Festival 2016

04 June, Belfast

AVA Festival announces its return to Belfast's T13 venue after a hugely successful first year event in 2015.

Bad Manners 40th Anniversary Tour

Bad Manners 40th Anniversary Tour

26 June, Belfast

Ska legends, Bad Manners, announce a return to Belfast to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a show at The Limelight 1.

Formed in 1976 in Stoke Newington, London, Bad Manners went on to become heavyweight ska legends and a much loved 1980's ...

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2016

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2016

27 May - 05 June, Co Antrim

In the spectacular Causeway Coast and Glens the communities of Ballycastle and Rathlin Island invite you to come along and join in and help celebrate our rich and diverse maritime culture.

Belfast Music Tour

Belfast Music Tour

26 April - 19 July, Belfast

Take a bus journey through the heart of this rock and roll city. Sit back, relax, and enjoy tunes and tales from Them and Van Morrison

Cushendun's Big Arts Weekend

Cushendun's Big Arts Weekend

29 April - 02 May, Co Antrim

Cushendun's Big Arts Weekend is a four day festival of music, drama, poetry, art, walks, workshops and family fun in one of the most beautiful villages in the Glens of Antrim. The programme has something for everyone and many of the events are free.

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!

The Dead Daisies

The Dead Daisies

21 July, Belfast

Australian-American rock band and musical collective, The Dead Daises announce a headline show at The Limelight 1, Belfast on Thursday 21 July.

Country In The Park

Country In The Park

28 May - 29 May, Co Tyrone

A new and exciting country music festival comes to Omagh and the Ulster American folk park for the first time. This fabulous extravaganza of country music will be extra special. Over forty well established along with new and up and coming.

In Case Of Fire

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.

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...

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'.

De La Soul

De La Soul

15 June, Belfast

Legendary American hip hop trio, De La Soul, announce a headline show at The Limelight 1 on 15 June.

Formed in Long Island, New York in 1987, De La Soul changed the landscape of hip-hop as we knew it, and are back with a new...

Festival of Fools 2016

Festival of Fools 2016

29 April - 02 May, Belfast

Belfast's largest free festival returns over the May Day bank holiday weekend for its 13th edition.

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 - Avicii

Tennent's Vital 2016 - Avicii

26 August, Belfast

One of the biggest names in contemporary music will head the bill on day two of Tennent's Vital, on Friday 26 August.

Global superstar, Avicii who wowed audiences with his sell-out Tennent's Vital appearance in 2013 will be back in Belfast to ...

Party On The Pitch

Party On The Pitch

18 June, Co Antrim

Party On The Pitch – Live Outdoor Music Festival featuring Queen (Flash Harry), Snow Patrol (So Patrol), Groove Robbers, Picture the Sound, Status Quo (The Matchstickmen) and Q Radio. Event supporting the Friends of the Cancer Centre.

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, ...

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.

The Greats: Mozart's Clarinet Concerto

The Greats: Mozart's Clarinet Concerto

06 May, Belfast

Sibelius - Pelléas and Mélisande
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto
Vaughan Williams - Symphony No.5

Jac van Steen, Conductor
Annelien van Wauwe, Basset Clarinet

Regularly voted one of the country's favourite pieces of music, Mozart's tender ...

Buskfest

Buskfest

25 June, Co Down

BuskFest is an international busking festival which takes place in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. The event, which is now in its 13th year, attracts 6000+ people from across the globe to Banbridge Town Centre.

Antrim Fleady

Antrim Fleadh 2016

06 May - 08 May, Co Antrim

The Antrim Fleadh 2016 is a weekend long celebration of Irish music, dance, song and the Irish language.

Thiel College Choir Concert

Thiel College Choir Concert

11 May, Belfast

Enjoy a free concert at Belfast Cathedral, given by the Thiel College Choir, Greenville, Pennsylvania, USA on a first time visit to Belfast.

Since its founding in 1953 by Dr. Marlowe W.

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...

Little Mix

Little Mix

02 July, Belfast

Rescheduled from Thursday 31 March 2016

The cancelled Get Weird Tour shows in Belfast will be rescheduled for Saturday 2 July 2016. There will be a matinee and evening performance on this date.

The Ben Reel Band in concert

The Ben Reel Band in concert

15 June, Co Londonderry

Irish artist Ben Reel released his eagerly awaited new album in 2015 simply titled `7th’ featuring his great band. Like his previous album, '7th' was recorded & produced by himself in his home studio in Co. Armagh, Ireland.

International North West 200

International North West 200

10 May - 14 May, Co Londonderry

Northern Ireland is the home of motorcycle racing on closed public roads and every May the beautiful Causeway Coast plays host to one of the sport's most spectacular events, the International North West 200.

Ronnie Greer & Band – Tribute to Muddy Waters and the Chicago Greats

Ronnie Greer & Band – Tribute to Muddy Waters and the Chicago Greats

05 August, Co Down

Focusing on the Chicago blues style on this occasion, Ronnie and the band, which includes slide guitarist/vocalist Anthony Toner and keyboard wizard John McCullough, will recreate the searing intensity of blues songs including Muddy Waters and more .

The Kilkennys In Concert

The Kilkennys In Concert

27 May, Co Fermanagh

The Kilkennys are at the very forefront of the new generation of folk groups taking Irish music to the world. They have already proved to be a hit with Enniskillen audiences and their return will once again show why the reputation of this youthful and energetic four piece group continues to grow well beyond these shores.

Van Morrison in Concert

Van Morrison in Concert

03 July - 04 July, Co Down

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see Van Morrison 'up close and personal' at the magnificent Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle County Down on 3rd & 4th July and 21st and 22nd August 2016.

Heart of the Glens Festival

Heart of the Glens Festival

06 August - 14 August, Co Antrim

Held every August in the village of Cushendall, this nine day festival covers a wide range of events for all age groups including an opening parade, food festival, vintage family fun day, Lurig mountain run, fireworks and the Waves of Tory.

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival

09 June - 12 June, Co Londonderry

Held each year in early June, showcasing the best jazz and blues sounds from across the globe.

ACH Front

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.

James Huish in Concert

James Huish in Concert

15 July, Co Down

James has been taking the Northern Ireland theatre scene by storm over the last few years with his fabulous 9 piece band they are definitely the Band of the moment. Don't miss this amazing band appearing in Newcastle as they swing the night away.

Oliver!

Oliver!

06 May - 14 May, Co Londonderry

Portrush Music Society presents: Oliver!
Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart.
This show, based on Charles Dickens’s classic novel Oliver Twist, will engage the audience with its pathos and drama.

Curtis Magee Fanfayre

Curtis Magee Fanfayre

19 June - 22 June, Co Londonderry

Join Ireland's favourite singer Curtis Magee for 4 nights of music and dance with special guests Hugo Duncan, Susan McCann, Shawn Cuddy, Boxcar Brian, Jordan Mogey, Gary Wilson and Country Harmony.

Eddie Butcher Festival

Eddie Butcher Festival

07 September - 11 September, Co Londonderry

Music festival celebrating the life and works of singer songwriter Eddie Butcher, from Magilligan, Limavady

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