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.

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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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.

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.

Opportunity Frocks 2016

Opportunity Frocks 2016

12 November, Belfast

Ireland's biggest and fiercest drag contest returns for its 9th year. This year's contest is set to be the most exciting yet as the Belfast Empire welcomes nine new hopefuls back to the stage.

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.

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.

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'.

Bowie Experience

Bowie Experience

04 February, Belfast

Bowie Experience, the most successful David Bowie tribute show in the world, hits the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday 4 February 2017.

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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, ...

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 ...

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.

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, ...

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Q the Quo - One Night Only

08 October, Co Down

As Status Quo prepare to hang up their electric guitars for good, Q the Quo is here to fill the void for visitors to NI who want to see a band which is as close to the original as you can get!

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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.

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.

Ruth McGinley at Portico

Ruth McGinley at Portico

01 October, Co Down

Derry-born Ruth McGinley quickly became a young star of classical music when she won the piano final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1994. Over the years she has performed with many world class orchestras; now hear her play in Portico.

Katie Markham - Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook

Katie Markham - Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook

06 October, Belfast

Touring UK theatres for the very first time, Someone Like You (The Adele Songbook) is an immaculate celebration of one of our generation's finest singer-songwriters.

Hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton's BBC Adele Special, the ...

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.

City of Derry International Choral Festival

City of Derry International Choral Festival

19 October - 23 October, Londonderry/Derry

Created as a joyous celebration of choral music-making, the festival provides opportunities for competitive and non-competitive participation for singers across a wide range of styles, ensembles and ages.

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.

Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive

16 November, Belfast

The band's Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony, was released in February to critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone describing the album as 'pop with a timeless feel', and NPR announcing, '2016 will be the year Lake Street Dive becomes a ...

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.

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.

Grease Party Nights

Grease Party Nights

15 October, Belfast

Dress up as your favourite Grease character for the ultimate girls' night out.

Your evening will kick off with a Pink Lady cocktail on arrival before jiving onto the floor for a dance class to learn some moves from the movie.

Thank You For Coming: Attendance

Thank You For Coming: Attendance

27 October - 28 October, Belfast

Show time: 7.45pm

Thank You For Coming is a series of works in which Driscoll extends the sphere of influence of performance to create communal space where the co-emergent social moment is questioned, heightened and palpable.

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...

National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship

National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship

16 October, Co Down

As part of an autumn tour of Northern Ireland, the ensemble perform a superb varied programme of music from the 16th century to brand new music, including selections by Irish composers.

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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Obie Trice and Guests

30 September, Belfast

World renowned American rapper and songwriter Obie Trice announces a Belfast headline show at The Limelight 2 on Friday 30 September 2016.

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers

08 November, Belfast

Grammy Award-winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Fame member, Kenny Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades, which will be celebrated during his Final World Tour: The Gambler's Last Deal, with ...

The Merchant Hotel Opera Dinner

The Merchant Hotel Opera Dinner

13 October, Belfast

The Merchant Hotel invites music enthusiasts and gourmands alike to enjoy the culinary and auditory delights on offer at their Opera Dinner on Thursday 13 October.

Bridges by Nicholas Boyle

Bridges by Nicholas Boyle

02 October, Belfast

Nick Boyle, composer and pianist, is a music director of the critically acclaimed Wireless Mystery Theatre. Nick was composer for Terra Nova's The Belfast Tempest and wrote sell-out musical The Jazzabelles.

Ulster Orchestra: The 50th Birthday Concert with Barry Douglas

Ulster Orchestra: The 50th Birthday Concert with Barry Douglas

30 September, Belfast

On 28 September 1966, the bright and optimistic sounds of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro rang out in Belfast.

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.

Eden and Guests

Eden and Guests

20 November, Belfast

Irish electronic producer and singer-songwriter EDEN is proud to announce a headline show at Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast on Sunday November 20 2016.

Jonathon Ng is an Irish electronic producer and singer-songwriter originating from Hong Kong and ...

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

18 November - 19 November, Belfast

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Giovanni, the original Don Juan, seduces his way irresistibly across Europe.

Trolleys

Trolleys

15 October - 16 October, Belfast

Venues: Belfast City Hall (Saturday) and Girdwood Community Hub (Sunday).
Show times: 2pm and 4pm

Trolleys is a street ballet for five supermarket trolleys. Five shopping trolleys randomly appear in a public space. Two meet and fall in love.

The Bjorn Identity at Stormont Hotel

The Bjorn Identity at Stormont Hotel

28 December, Belfast

The BjÖrn Identity are delighted to be performing this Christmas at Stormont Hotel.

They continue their success and are now firmly established as Ireland's top Abba tribute show; exceeding all expectations with a live and authentic ABBA in ...

Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project

Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project

13 October, Belfast

In 1916, Roger Casement was hanged in Pentonville Prison. Knighted for exposing human rights abuses in the Congo and Amazon, his support for Irish nationalism during WW1 was a British scandal.

His sex with men was even more scandalous.

Elvis Show and All American Buffet at the Europa Hotel

Elvis Show and All American Buffet at the Europa Hotel

27 December - 29 December, Belfast

Join us for a night to remember at Europa Hotel as we host Jim 'The King' Brown and get 'all shook up' with our all American style buffet.

Doors Open: 7.30pm, Buffet 7.30-9pm, Show Begins 9pm.

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