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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.

ben glover iin concert

Ben Glover in Concert

26 March, Co Antrim

Ben Glover appeared in Ballymoney Town Hall two years ago as special guest of Anthony Toner and we are delighted to welcome him back following the release of his acclaimed new album “Atlantic”.

An Evening with The Australian Pink Floyd

An Evening with The Australian Pink Floyd

15 February, Belfast

Having sold over 4 million tickets in 35 countries, The Australian Pink Floyd Show is rightfully hailed as one of the country`s leading concert attractions.

UFO & Guests

UFO & Guests

22 April, Belfast

UFO & Guests
 
English heavy metal and hard rock band UFO formed in 1969 and became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

Lower Than Atlantis & Guests

Lower Than Atlantis & Guests

18 April, Belfast

As Lower Than Atlantis wound down the campaign for their third album, Changing Tune, the band found themselves at something of a crossroads.
 
To the outside world, Changing Tune - LTA's 2012 major label debut - had been the breakthrough record ...

Space - Childrens Workshop with Nico & Martin

Space - Childrens Workshop with Nico & Martin

18 February, Co Antrim

Nico and Martin invite schools and key stage 2 pupils to take part in an imaginative voyage into space. Orbiting instruments, original songs, games and stories with a chance for all to contribute, and an encounter with your own inner alien are all part of the fun

Jamie Callum Jazz Festival

Jamie Callum Jazz Festival

04 May, Londonderry/Derry

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Jamie Cullum, returns to the city for his debut performance at the Millennium Forum on Monday 4th May as part of the City of Derry Jazz Festival. .

Féile Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh

Féile Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh

06 February, Londonderry/Derry

One-day festival celebrating the life of legendary Irish folk musician Caoimhín Ó Dochartaigh

The Who Hits 50

The Who Hits 50

21 June, Belfast

*Rescheduled Show*

"The Who Hits 50" 50th anniversary tour is coming with hits such as Won't Get Fooled Again, My Generation, Baba O'Riley, Who Are You, I Can't Explain, Pinball Wizard, Behind Blue Eyes and many more
 
2014 sees The Who, one ...

Grainne Duffy

Grainne Duffy

13 February, 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.

Andy Irvine in Concert

Andy Irvine in Concert

05 February, Co Antrim

Legendary Irish singer/songwriter Andy Irvine returns to Ballymoney following his hugely successful performance here a few years ago. With his impressive repertoire of Irish traditional songs and dexterous Balkan dance tunes, he creates an exciting new fusion of Irish and World Music not to be missed.

Valentine's day Special 'Johnny Cash and June Carter'

Valentine's day Special 'Johnny Cash and June Carter'

14 February, Belfast

Crumlin Road Gaol presents the Johnny Cash Tribute concert to celebrate the music of one of America's greatest music performers in a unique and authentic show.  Just like Johnny Cash took the stage in his famous gig in Folsom Prison.

An Evening With Feile

An Evening With Feile

11 March, Co Down

Join the Friends of Down County Museum for this special St Patrick’s Festival event featuring the Feile choir who sing a selection of international songs. Feile Women’s Singing Group was founded in 2006 and includes over 50 women of all ages from all over Belfast. They have supported Eddi Reader, Mary Black, Brian Kennedy and the Russian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. They have also performed in alley ways, bandstands and hospital corridors! Their unique mix of African, Scottish, pop and folk songs and their acapella style has earned them a reputation as a great night out. The choir is led by the extremely talented artistic and musical director, Anna Newell. Come along and enjoy music from around the world showcased by an amazingly talented choir.

Feile will be supported by the Rathkeltair School of Traditional Music which is based in Downpatrick. Leading local musician Danny McGreevy will be accompanied by young members of the school performing Irish and Scottish airs on a variety of traditional instruments.

Tickets limited to 70 so please book early!

Reeling In The Showband Years

Reeling In The Showband Years

26 February, Co Fermanagh

All of the stars join in for a medley of songs from the unique Showband Years! Bringing you back in time to this magical musical period.

Hudson Taylor & Guests

Hudson Taylor & Guests

21 February, Belfast

Hudson Taylor are two brothers from the outskirts of Dublin who make captivating folk-pop songs. Harry, 21, and Alfie, 19, have amassed a huge underground following and their YouTube videos have had over three million views.

X Factor Live Tour 2015

X Factor Live Tour 2015

13 February - 14 February, Belfast

You've taken the journey with them from the room to the arena, sat on the edge of your sofa during the dramatic six-seat challenge at bootcamp, travelled to judges' houses and will be tuning in to the studio shows; now is your chance to see...

St Patrick's Eve with McPeake

St Patrick's Eve with McPeake

16 March, Belfast

The four generations of the McPeake Family are one of those rare Irish gems that have been whispered as 'folk-royalty.'  Their beloved song "Wild Mountain Thyme" has been on the lips of music lovers across the globe - in Irish pubs, concert ...

An Evening with The Australian Pink Floyd

Hot Chocolate with special guests The Three Degrees

02 May, Belfast

Hot Chocolate are one of the most successful bands ever to come out of the 70`s and they are still performing today to audiences all over the world who love the Band`s classic hits and distinctive sound.

In 1970 Hot Chocolate, with Errol Brown ...

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Java Jive Jazz Brunch - Kyro Bourke Collective

15 February, Belfast

The Fureys

The Fureys

14 February, Co Fermanagh

Renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet Sixteen’, ‘The Green Fields of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare to Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal Away’ and many more, The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for many years.

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

Hairspray

Hairspray

15 January - 31 January, Co Londonderry

Award winning Ballywillan Drama Group brings the blockbuster Broadway musical HAIRSPRAY to Northern Ireland and the Riverside Theatre for sixteen exhilarating performances in January 2015. In another major coup for BDG this joyous family musical is guaranteed to please those of all ages with its well-known songs, wonderful dancing and infectious comedy and laughter.

Joanna MacGregor

Joanna MacGregor

31 March, Co Londonderry

This is a special chance to hear one of the world’s finest concert pianists who has pursued a life connecting many genres of music defying categorizations. Joanna has appeared as a concert pianist in over 70 countries, performing at the world’s most prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall and Southbank, Sydney Opera House, the Mozarteum and the Concertgebouw.

The Omagh Jazz and Big Band Festival 2015

The Omagh Jazz and Big Band Festival 2015

06 February - 08 February, Co Tyrone

A three festival for Jazz and Big Band fans in various venues in Omagh.

Ritchie Remo And Friends In Concert

Ritchie Remo And Friends In Concert

25 February, Co Fermanagh

With 4 studio albums under his belt and a string of awards this young versatile entertainer is a must see act for all music lovers. Things have been going from strength to strength for Ritchie following the launch of his live 5 piece band in 2013 who feature at premier venues and festivals on a regular basis.

Der Fliegende Hollander Live From The Royal Opera House London

Der Fliegende Hollander Live From The Royal Opera House London

24 February, Belfast

Wagner's first masterpiece explores the themes of damnation and redemption that would fascinate the composer throughout his career.

Belfast International Festival of Chamber Music

Belfast International Festival of Chamber Music

20 February - 22 February, Belfast

The 2015 International Festival of Chamber Music features world-class artists Alexander Melnikov (piano), the Royal String Quartet and the Kungsbacka Piano Trio.  Renowned clarinettist Michael Collins also appears with up-and-coming stars, the ...

Owen O'Neill

Simon & Garfunkel - Through the Years

19 February, Lisburn

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

Drew Holcomb

Drew Holcomb

31 January, Lisburn

Drew will perform an intimate gig with guitarist Nathan Dugger.

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, an Americana rock band from Memphis and East Nashville was formed in 2006 by Drew.

The Beat

The Beat

07 February, Belfast

One of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone movement, The Beat, have announced a return to play the Limelight on Saturday 7th February 2015. The Beat present a wall of sound that transcends time and ska fusion rhythms to ignite a crowd.

Belfast Music Week Showcase

Death From Above 1979 & Guests

21 February, Belfast

The high-energy, high-volume duo Death From Above 1979 made an immediate splash upon their debut in 2004 with You're a Woman, I'm a Machine.

The Breakfast Sessions

Moxie & Super Céilí - The Re-Union

11 April, Belfast

After the amazing success of their Belfast debuts in 2013 both acts have gone on to headline at major festivals at home, across Europe and USA.

Formed in late 2011 as part of the annual folk festival, Sligo Live, Moxie are a Sligo and Limerick ...

Owen O'Neill

The Linley Hamilton Quintet

14 March, Lisburn

Now in their fourth year, the Linley Hamilton Quintet are regulars on the Irish and UK festival scene. The Quintet features Dominic Mullan (drums), Damian Evans (bass), Johnny Taylor (piano) and Julien Colarossi (guitar).

Take That

Take That

04 May - 05 May, Belfast

Four years since the band's last record-breaking tour Progress Live, Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald commence a 24-date UK tour.

Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie

Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie

19 March, Belfast

With his emotional and gravel-coated bellow, vocalist/guitarist Chuck Ragan made a name for himself as one-fourth of the much-loved Gainesville post-hardcore outfit Hot Water Music before releasing his first solo album in 2007.

St Patrick's Day Festival Omagh

St Patrick's Day Festival Omagh

06 March - 17 March, Co Tyrone

This year's festival will be one to remember for residents and visitors alike with lots of events for all the family to experience.

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

07 April, Belfast

Welsh 4 piece Catfish And The Bottlemen signed to Communion Records (Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, Deap Valley, Half Moon Run) last Spring, following a furious 18 month period which saw them play over 100 live shows both in the UK and abroad- ...

Studio Symphony Orchestra: Havelock Nelson Concert

Studio Symphony Orchestra: Havelock Nelson Concert

28 February, Belfast

The Studio Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1947 by Dr Havelock Nelson and is the oldest established orchestra in Ireland.

Owen O'Neill

Southern Tenant Folk Union

05 March, Lisburn

One of the most highly acclaimed folk bluegrass bands in the UK today, Southern Tenant Folk Union have just released their sixth album 'The Chuck Norris Project'.

Derek Ryan

Derek Ryan

29 January - 31 January, Co Fermanagh

Having played to sell out concert audiences around the world has more than qualified Ireland’s latest Country heart–throb, Derek Ryan, to have an audience shouting encore as he embarks on a short tour.

Féile an Earraigh

Féile an Earraigh

10 March - 17 March, Belfast

Féile an Earraigh, Belfast's Spring Festival returns from 10-17 March and features the very best music, spoken word, debates, discussions as well as a series of stunning musical headlining nights at Writer's Square.

As well as great live ...

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