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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

The Legend of Luke Kelly

The Legend of Luke Kelly

26 April, Co Fermanagh

This ever popular tribute show to the iconic Luke Kelly of The Dubliners, returns for what promises to be another memorable performance. Featuring the acclaimed vocals of arguably Ireland’s finest ballad voice of today, Chris Kavanagh, this performance will take the audience on a journey through the numerous hit songs and music of the legendary Luke Kelly.

Vikings: Life & Legend Live from the British Museum

Vikings: Life & Legend Live from the British Museum

24 April, Belfast

This special event offers an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend, presented live in your local cinema.

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.

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

17 October, Belfast

Costello first emerged as a champion of the late Seventies New Wave music scene with the critically acclaimed albums, My Aim Is True and This Year`s Model - the latter ranked Number 11 by Rolling Stone magazine on its list of the best albums ...

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 ...

Louise Morrissey and Friends

Louise Morrissey and Friends

05 June, Co Fermanagh

Louise Morrissey has long been one of Ireland’s best loved singers and entertainers.
She has achieved great success in both Ireland and the UK, and has brought her easy style of country and folk to many other countries.

Blind Boys of Alabama

The Seekers

20 May, Belfast

This event has been postponed until 20 May.

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.

Ulster Orchestra: The Leipzig Connection

Ulster Orchestra: The Leipzig Connection

07 May, Belfast

Mendelssohn and Schumann were colleagues on the staff of the Leipzig conservatoire when it first opened in 1843. Although both composers died tragically young, they still managed to produce a great deal of treasured music.

Pan Celtic Festival

Pan Celtic Festival

22 April - 27 April, Londonderry/Derry

More than 5,000 people will participate in and attend a range of activities and events including the Festival Parade, harp, fiddle, piping, choral and traditional singing competitions. There will also be themed nights from each of the nations as well as a Camogie Blitz.

Apex Jazz Band

Apex Jazz Band

02 May, Co Fermanagh

Formed back in 1966 by trumpet player George Chambers, the Apex Jazz Band is Ireland’s longest established and most successful jazz band. Steeped in the tradition of New Orleans, their repertoire includes material from Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, George Lewis, and more.

Gareth Dunlop

Gareth Dunlop

30 May - 31 May, Belfast

Born and raised in Belfast, Gareth Dunlop has been hailed "One to Watch"  by BBC Radio Ulster.  He was named 2011 Young Songwriter of the Year at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival.  Dunlop's songs have been featured in numerous hit ...

Anthony Adams The One And Only Sinatra & More

Anthony Adams The One And Only Sinatra & More

24 May, Belfast

East Belfast will swinging on Saturday 24th May when The One And Only Anthony Adams 'This is Sinatra' with The Balmoral Big Band, Michael Purcell and Andi Mac.

Anthony Adams Is The One And Only Sinatra and Grand Finalist Winner Of Stars In ...

Giro Pre-Race Concert

Giro Pre-Race Concert

10 May, Armagh

The Mall will be ‘pretty in pink’ with a pre-race concert on the evening of Saturday 10th May

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.

Belfast Community Gospel Choir

Belfast Community Gospel Choir

01 February - 26 April, Belfast

A 'one of a kind' in Northern Ireland, Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) perform classic gospel music as well as popular R&B and soul hits.

Upcoming shows are as follows:
- Saturday 22nd March - Shankill Parish Church, Lurgan - 7.30pm - ...

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.

Atlantic Sessions on the North Coast

Atlantic Sessions on the North Coast 2014

13 November - 16 November, Co Londonderry

Original Live Music and a FREE Music Trail in Portrush, Portstewart and Portballintrae.

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.

Birds Of Chicago

Birds Of Chicago

03 May, Co Fermanagh

JT Nero and Allison Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music. Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones is a fine thing; not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you’ll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop and classic soul.

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.

Easter Monday Big Family Picnic

Easter Monday Big Family Picnic

21 April, Co Tyrone

An Creagan will kick start the season of Spring on Easter Monday with The BIG Family Picnic. A day of outdoor fun for the whole family.

Shine Easter Monday

Shine Easter Monday

21 April, Belfast

SHINE returns to QUB Students Union on Easter Monday, April 21st  with US house music legend MK, aka Marc Kinchen headlining the main room.

Island Music Club June

Simon & Garfunkel - Through the Years

07 June, Lisburn

The friendship and career of Simon & Garfunkel is brought to life in this live performance and multi-media show.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's time together as recording artists was short but their impact on the music industry was huge, with ...

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!

Literary Lunchtimes - Bernie McGill and Sheila Llewellyn

Ulster Hall Organic Lunches

21 March - 29 April, Belfast

An opportunity to enjoy a unique series of lunchtime concerts by popular organists playing The Ulster Hall's iconic Mulholland Grand Organ.  Performances at 1pm.

Programme for 21 March:

With Christian Wilson

Richard Wagner - Die ...

Ulster Orchestra: Two Sides of Sibelius

Ulster Orchestra: Two Sides of Sibelius

02 May, Belfast

Part three of the Ulster Orchestra's Walton-Sibelius pairing: the final Concerto, for cello, and the last instalments for this season in our Sibelius symphony cycle. The Symphony No.

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.

Borough of Ards Pipe Band Championships

Borough of Ards Pipe Band Championships 2014

17 May, Co Down

Come along to a superb family day out and watch the best Pipe Bands and Drum Majors in the world compete for the coveted title of "Borough of Ards Champions". Don't miss the spectacular Finale.

Pretty Woman Movie Screening

Pretty Woman Movie Screening

19 June, Belfast

Screening of the Classic Movie "Pretty Woman" at The Strand Arts Centre.

Special movie and meal deal offer available.

Main course and glass of Prosecco at The Park Avenue Hotel.  All for just 14.95 per person.

To book the movie, contact ...

BCGC American Dream Fundraising Concert

BCGC American Dream Fundraising Concert

10 May, Belfast

Belfast Community Gospel Choir have been asked to perform and bring their music to the USA.  They are planning to visit the city for a six day tour on 28th May.

While they are there, they will be performing at corporate events, churches 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/

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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