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.

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

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Pirates off Portrush

Pirates off Portrush

02 July - 03 July, Co Antrim

Pirates off Portrush is based around the exploits of Scottish Pirate Tavish Dhu. Family fun with events taking place throughout the town on Saturday and on Sunday a Medieval Festival will be held in Antrim Gardens within a Tented Village.

The Answer - RISE 10th Anniversary Show

The Answer - RISE 10th Anniversary Show

03 June, Belfast

Northern Ireland's greatest rock exports, The Answer, are pleased to announce a very special RISE 10th Anniversary show at The Limelight 2.

RISE gave the band a hit, not only in the UK, but in other key international territories, notably Japan.

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.

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.

Coasts

Coasts

29 July, Belfast

Critically acclaimed UK rock band, Coasts, announce a headline Belfast show on 29 July at The Limelight 2.

This five piece, who met while at university in Bristol, are proving to be a band who are relentlessly on the rise.

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.

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.

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...

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Airbourne

Airbourne

24 August, Belfast

Airbourne is the walking, talking, living, breathing, screaming, spitting, fist-pumping embodiment of all that hard rock has encompassed since the movement began.

Fun-loving, rip-roaring, hard-partying and filled with melodic danger and ...

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.

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.

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.

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, ...

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.

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.

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'.

Van Morrison Dinner & Show

Van Morrison Dinner & Show

18 September - 19 September, Co Down

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see Van Morrison 'up close and personal' at the 5 Star Culloden Estate and Spa on 18 and 19 September 2016.

He's back! Van Morrison returns to Hastings Hotels following the success of his 'Birthday Blues' shows ...

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.

Lisa McHugh At The Marine Hotel

Lisa McHugh At The Marine Hotel

29 May, Co Antrim

The Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival is proud to welcome Lisa McHugh to perform in the Marine Hotel. She is one of the few women on the Irish Country Scene and she is filling up dance floors around the country with her own style of country music.

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.

Stendhal Festival

Stendhal Festival

12 August - 13 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art brings an all encompassing artistic experience to the Roe Valley, home of Danny Boy. Experience the syndrome with Stendhal Festival of Art.

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.

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.

The Mikado

The Mikado

09 June - 11 June, Belfast

The team behind 2013's smash hit The Pirates of Penzance returns with another Gilbert & Sullivan comedy classic.

Ailish Tynan Sings Mozart & Stravinsky

Ailish Tynan Sings Mozart & Stravinsky

13 May, Belfast

Stravinsky - Symphony in C
Mozart - Ah, t'invola: aria for soprano
Stravinsky - 'No word from Tom… I go to him' from The Rake's Progress
Hadyn - Symphony No.104 London

Jac van Steen, Conductor
Ailish Tynan, Soprano
           ...

An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot

An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot

31 May, Belfast

Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter confirms his first Irish concert dates in over 30 years!

After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it's safe to say that the esteemed performer ...

Lloyd Cole

Lloyd Cole

29 August, Belfast

The release of 2015's 'Lloyd Cole and the Commotions Collected Recordings 1983-1989' was received to universal warmth and acclaim, and it sold out far more quickly than UMG anticipated.

Kaz Hawkins Plays in Limavady

Kaz Hawkins Plays in Limavady

09 June, Co Londonderry

Danny Boy Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival 2016 Launch Night with Northern Ireland’s very own blues darling, Kaz Hawkins stages high energy and original shows. Kaz and her band launch this year’s Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival.

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