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.

Inside Out Music Events

Inside Out Music Events

09 August - 30 August, Belfast

Belfast will be dancing to a different beat this month with a series of free unplugged gigs in the city centre.  The 'Inside Out' initiative is a pilot project by Belfast City Council and builds on the success of other council music initiatives ...

Sound of Belfast 2014

Sound of Belfast 2014

12 November - 16 November, Belfast

A special week-long music programme called Sound of Belfast will take place across the city from 12-16 November 2014 in association with the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

Belfast's flagship music centre has teamed up with a number of leading music ...

Paracuellos in Spain Concert Choir and Musicians

Paracuellos in Spain Concert Choir and Musicians

26 August - 29 August, Co Fermanagh

Featuring the unique sound of the choir and musicians from Paracuellos in Spain the Pulse and Plectrum Orchestra and choir from the Town of Paracuellos de Jarama, will bring their unique sound in a whistle-stop tour of Fermanagh from 23rd to 29th August 2014.

Beoga

Beoga

11 October, Co Fermanagh

Beoga (gaelic for ‘lively’) are a five-piece band based in County Antrim. Their unique sound features the twin dueling accordions of Damian McKee and multi-instrumentalist Seán Óg Graham, pianist Liam Bradley and four times All-Ireland bodhrán champion Eamon Murray. In 2005, the line up was complete with the addition Niamh Dunne, one of Ireland’s premier young talents, on vocals and fiddle.

Members of internationally-acclaimed Derry-based chamber choir, Codetta

City of Derry International Choral Festival

22 October - 26 October, Londonderry/Derry

Tennent's Vital 2014

Tennent's Vital 2014

21 August - 24 August, Belfast

Tennent's Vital festival is back for 2014.  Returning to Boucher Road Playing Fields with big name acts on 21 and 24 August, the festival will be one of the biggest events of the year.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman

04 October, Belfast

Dubliner Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is both an established solo artist and a member of several acclaimed ensembles, including The Gloaming and This is How We Fly.

Gig in the Bann

Gig’n the Bann Festival

11 September - 14 September, Co Antrim

The Portglenone Cross Cultural Music and Dance Festival is recognised as one of the premier and much anticipated events on the festival calendar.

Culture Day Bangor

Culture Day Bangor

23 August, Co Down

This Saturday, 23 August, Bangor Town Centre will be buzzing with the arrival of its very first Culture Day.  The event which is being organised by Open House in conjunction with North Down Borough Council will celebrate the wealth of creative ...

Modern Baseball & Guests

Modern Baseball & Guests

22 September, Belfast

Philadelphia punks Modern Baseball have announced a headlining tour which will hit the road this Summer, and take in Belfast on 22nd September at the intimate Voodoo on Fountain Street. Supporting the band will be Spraynard & Chewing On Tinfoil.

23rd Annual Bluegrass Music Festival

23rd Annual Bluegrass Music Festival

29 August - 31 August, Co Tyrone

23rd Annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival - A must for all fans of Bluegrass and American Folk music.

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

07 November, Co Fermanagh

Ballet Ireland is delighted to present a national tour of ‘Swan Lake’, one of the greatest love stories of classical ballet, to 26 theatres throughout Ireland.

This most famous of ballets, combines romantic themes, classical technique and ethereal imagery together with Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, to ensure this masterpiece’s immortality.

EastSide Arts Festival

EastSide Arts Festival

21 August - 25 August, Belfast

EastSide Arts Festival will take place Thursday 21st- Monday 25th August 2014.

The aim of the Festival is to celebrate the incredible creative talent; writers, artists, musicians and film- makers, both of the past and present, that have come ...

Celtic Soul

Celtic Soul

20 September, Belfast

As one of the truly great singer/songwriters of all time we are proud that Van Morrison is one of us. Belfast has honoured Van with the Freedom of Belfast.  Celtic Soul, a 7 piece ensemble, perform renditions of his classic hits and album tracks.

CultureTECH

CultureTech 2014

15 September - 21 September, Londonderry/Derry

Now in its third year, CultureTECH has become Northern Ireland’s biggest and most exciting festival of creative innovation – covering everything from music to video games, animation to software and visual arts to TV production.

Phil Coulter Echoes Of Home Tour

Phil Coulter Echoes Of Home Tour

08 October, Co Fermanagh

He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones.
He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones.

Red Bull Music Academy Weekender

Red Bull Music Academy Weekender

25 September - 28 September, Belfast

A celebration of music,art & culture throughout the city with a special closing show at Belfast City Hall.

Cathedral Quarter will host four days of concerts, club nights, talks and film screenings at the inagural Red Bull Music Academy ...

Band of Friends - Celebration of the Music of Rory Gallagher

Band of Friends - Celebration of the Music of Rory Gallagher

24 October, Belfast

The Band of Friends is not a tribute to Rory Gallagher, more a celebration of his life and music.  Band Of Friends are:  Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna & Marcel Scherpenzeel.

In the era of tribute acts who deliver note-perfect renditions of their ...

The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

10 September - 11 September, Belfast

Mozart's hilarious fairytale opera tells the story of Tamino - a handsome prince on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Pamina from the clutches of the mysterious Sarastro.

The Big Reunion

The Big Reunion

01 November, Belfast

Following the success of The Big Reunion, ITV has announced The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour. The acts will be heading to UK & Ireland this October & November for a 15 date tour, this time bringing along the seven boy bands from both series...

Belfast Mela 2014

Belfast Mela 2014

24 August, Belfast

The Mela returns to Botanic Gardens on the 24th August 2014 from 12pm-6pm for the eighth year of world music, dance, food, fashion and fun!

Gay McIntyre Reminiscing

Gay McIntyre Reminiscing

06 September, Co Fermanagh

Gay McIntyre, Clarinettist and Alto Saxophonist has maintained a successful career as a musician for six decades and is a veteran of Jazz in Ireland and Europe. In that time his associations include Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Louis Stewart and Nat King Cole among many others.

Northern Lights Mini Fest - Agnew McAllister Duo

Northern Lights Mini Fest - Agnew McAllister Duo

19 October, Belfast

Aisling Agnew (flute), born and raised in Belfast, has toured extensively throughout Ireland/NI and the UK as well as in Europe, North and South America and Asia with her regular recital partner Matthew McAllister.

Their relaxed, intimate ...

Altan

Altan

04 October, Co Fermanagh

The legendary Donegal band named after a mysterious and deep lake behind Errigal mountain was formed in 1987 by the late Frankie Kennedy, a flute player from Belfast, and his wife, the charismatic singer and fiddler, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, who hails from Gweedore. Altan’s brand of music, inspired originally by Northern traditions and played with verve and heart, has matured down the years.

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Nearly Dan - The Spirit & Sound of Steely Dan

04 October, Belfast

Reelin' in the Years Anniversary tour 2014.  Less tribute and more homage, Nearly Dan is saviour to the growing legions of Dan fans, desperate to hear the meticulously crafted grooves and allusive lyrical style of Donald Fagen & Walter ...

Red Molly at Bronte Music Club

Red Molly at Bronte Music Club

08 October, Co Down

Vocal trio Red Molly are known for their gorgeous harmonies and infectious song writing. Gracing stages from Denver, Colorado to Denmark they will be performing at the Bronte Interpretive Centre for a one night only concert.

Belfast Tattoo 2014

Belfast Tattoo 2014

04 September - 06 September, Belfast

The Belfast Tattoo 2014 will take place at The Odyssey Arena, Belfast, and will now be an annual event for the City.

Flash Harry

Flash Harry

19 December, Co Fermanagh

Queen formed in 1971 and their music has rocked the world across every continent since then. When it comes to a night of rock defining entertainment, there is no better tribute than ‘Flash Harry’.

Ronnie Greer Band

Ronnie Greer Band

24 October, Belfast

One of the justifiable legends of the Northern Ireland music scene, Ronnie Greer is also one of its favourite performers.

Hilden Beer and Music Festival 2014

Hilden Beer and Music Festival 2014

22 August - 24 August, Lisburn

A favourite for all lovers of beer and music, the Hilden Beer and Music Festival is a celebration of the best beers in the UK and Ireland and our finest local musical talent.

Sam Lee

Sam Lee

26 November, Belfast

Mercury Prize nominee, fRoots Album Of The Year and BBC Folk Awards Winner, Sam Lee, is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of folksong today.

Väsen

Väsen

24 August, Belfast

They love Väsen so much in Bloomington, Indiana, that they've named a street after them.

Harlem Gospel Choir

Harlem Gospel Choir

28 November, Co Fermanagh

The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir was formed in 1988 and made its highly successful debut at New York’s legendary Cotton Club the same year. The Choir draws its core singers from various black churches in the Harlem community, who share the common aim of bringing about a better understanding of African/American culture.

Neil Cowley Trio

Neil Cowley Trio

28 October, Co Fermanagh

In 2006, Neil Cowley Trio burst onto the scene with a debut that turned the concept of piano trio on its head. Fizzing with energy, their rip-roaring riffs and hook laden tunes sat side by side with heart shattering musical whisperings while their dynamic shows marked them as one of UK’s most exciting live bands.

Voices Of Africa

Voices Of Africa

04 September, Co Fermanagh

The New Beginnings choir are visiting Northern Ireland with their ‘Voices of Africa Tour’, an evening that will not disappoint; with energetic African songs and dance. A fantastic night for the whole family!

Belfast Swing Ball

Belfast Swing Ball

05 September, Belfast

Swing Patrol will host the 'Belfast Swing Ball' to spread the love of Swing dancing across the United Kingdom and to celebrate the rising popularity of this great old vintage dance.

Linley Hamilton Band featuring Dana Masters

Linley Hamilton Band featuring Dana Masters

05 September, Belfast

Linley Hamilton band, one of the most sought after festival bands in the country: Linley Hamilton - formerly with Foy Vance & The Commitments, has his own Friday night radio show on BBC Radio Ulster.

Barry Douglas In Concert

Barry Douglas In Concert

29 September, Co Fermanagh

Fermanagh Live presents Barry Douglas, winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano competition, world famous performer, composer and conductor, artistic director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival.

The Logues

The Logues

30 October, Co Fermanagh

Castlederg folk rock band The Logues will be coming to the Ardhowen Theatre to “lift the roof off the place!” singer Logan McCool promises.

Swinging Through The Shows and Films

Swinging Through The Shows and Films - FLive 2014

02 October, Co Fermanagh

They’re back, the band that was a sell out and received rave reviews at last years Flive Festival.
Join Bob Quick and his band as they swing through all the great show tunes Oklahoma, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver, the list goes on and on.

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.cdcleisure.net

Millennium Forum, Londonderry~Derry - www.millenniumforum.co.uk 

Nerve Centre, Londonderry~Derry - www.nerve-centre.org.uk

Ulster Orchestra - www.ulsterorchestra.com