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.

AVA Festival

AVA Festival

30 May, Belfast

Brand new music festival and conference.

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 ...

BellaFesta '15

BellaFesta '15

10 April - 12 April, Belfast

Sestina present a Festival of Venetian music and childrens events.

Walled City Music Spring Series

Walled City Music Spring Series

09 April - 11 April, Londonderry/Derry

Walled City Music will host a brand new Spring Series from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th April, with a host of new works, performances of 20th century masterpieces, and visits from some of the UK and Ireland’s leading ensembles.

A Wilde Weekend

A Wilde Weekend

01 May - 04 May, Co Fermanagh

A festival of theatre, decorative arts, storytelling, music and song, writers talks, readings, film and fireworks in venues across Enniskillen and Fermanagh.

Donaghadee Male Voice Choir

Donaghadee Male Voice Choir

23 May, Co Fermanagh

Founded in 1932, Donaghadee Male Voice Choir has over 70 members and its repertoire embraces both sacred and secular music including popular, folk, traditional and operatic works.

Methodist College Gala Easter Concert

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 ...

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 ...

Monteverdi Vespers - Armagh

Monteverdi Vespers - Armagh

10 April, Armagh

Soundworld of Venice comes to Armagh.  A rare chance to hear Venetian music played on original instruments of the period.

St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Armagh will be filled with the sights and sounds of 17th Century Venice with a ...

Sunflowerfest

Sunflowerfest

31 July - 02 August, Co Down

Sunflowerfest is an excitingly different and magical weekend-festival of great music, arts and entertainment.

Belsonic 2015 - Stereophonics & Guests

Belsonic 2015 - Stereophonics & Guests

21 August, Belfast

One of the UK's most successful bands of recent years, Stereophonics defined the sound of British guitar music from the late 90's onwards.

They have released 8 studio LPs, 1 double live album and a greatest hits collection with combined sales ...

The Scott Flanigan Trio in Concert

The Scott Flanigan Trio in Concert

07 May, Co Londonderry

Flowerfield welcomes one of the emerging talents of Northern Ireland jazz, in fine company with an all-star trio. Three of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians make up the Scott Flanigan Trio – Scott Flanigan on piano, rising bass star Neil O’Loghlin, and acclaimed drummer Steve Davis.

Linenfields Festival

Linenfields Festival

21 August - 22 August, Co Down

Two days of spectacular music, Friday 21st August has American Country Tribute Artists Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond ,Garth Brooks and Jonny Cash on stage throughout the evening. Saturday 22nd from 5pm has local boy Nathan Carter with friends including Hugo Duncan.

16th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

16th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

30 April - 10 May, Belfast

The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival returns for another fantastic programme.

Tommy Fleming In Concert

Tommy Fleming In Concert

23 April, Co Fermanagh

'The West’s Awake' album brings Tommy back to his roots musically as he has included songs like ‘Sonny’, ‘The West’s Awake’ and ‘John O Dreams’, his concert will also include his biggest hits from ‘Danny Boy’ to ‘Bright Blue Rose’ and of course ‘Hard Times’.

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

Tennent's Vital - Calvin Harris & Guests

Tennent's Vital - Calvin Harris & Guests

29 August, Belfast

DJ Calvin Harris will headline Tennent's Vital on 29 August at Boucher Playing Fields.  Joining him are special guests Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples and Burns.

Calvin Harris

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris holds the record for the most ...

Sean Keane Concert

Sean Keane Concert

19 June, Co Tyrone

Sean is widely recognised as one of Ireland's best voices.

EastSide Arts Festival

Van Morrison - Live on Cyprus Avenue

31 August, Belfast

Closing event of the EastSide Arts Festival and a truly unique experience not to be missed by fans of 'Van the Man'. Cyprus Avenue is associated across the world with Van Morrison's song of the same name. Not only will Van be performing in one...

The Jeremy Lyons Quartet in Concert

The Jeremy Lyons Quartet in Concert

13 June, Co Londonderry

The Jeremy Lyons Quartet is a contemporary jazz group playing original tunes alongside some modern standards by the likes of Pat Metheny and Kenny Wheeler, with a set list that’s strong on both melody and improvisation.

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

30 June - 01 July, Belfast

Neil Diamond, iconic Grammy Award®-winning Rock and Pop Singer/Songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, will be bringing his highly anticipated Neil Diamond Tour 2015 to Europe. 

Kicking off in Cologne, Germany on 17th June and ...

Realta

Realta

26 April, Co Down

Described by Irish Music Magazine as “A full bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza”, Belfast based Réalta carries on the Bothy Band tradition of taking tunes by the scruff of the neck and firing excitement through them like hot flames!

With a sound based on the twin uilleann piping talents of Conor Lamb and Aaron O'Hagan, propelled by dynamic accompaniments on guitar, bouzouki and double bass, Réalta make full use of the intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make Irish music so loved throughout the world.

Having toured alongside Altan in Germany, Switzerland and Greece and won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections Glasgow, these young musicians have earned a reputation for delighting audiences with the enthusiasm, energy and passion they bring to traditional music.

Moxie & Super Céilí  -  The Re-Union

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 ...

Farmer Dan in Concert

Farmer Dan in Concert

16 May, Co Londonderry

Farmer Dan Comedy & Country Tour…..In concert!

The April Verch Band in Concert

The April Verch Band in Concert

21 May, Co Londonderry

Flowerfield is delighted to present world-champion fiddler, step dancer and singer April Verch and Band as they embark on an Ireland wide tour during May 2015.

Easter Country Music Showtime Concert

Easter Country Music Showtime Concert

07 April, Co Down

Newcastle Centre goes country on Easter Tuesday 7th April when Ireland's first lady of coutry music Susan McCann takes the stage to top the bill on this special Easter Country Music Concert.

Jamie Callum Jazz Festival

Jamie Cullum 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. .

Réalta

Réalta

18 April, Co Tyrone

Réalta

Steve Farlow's Big Night Out 2015

Steve Farlow's Big Night Out 2015

07 April, Co Londonderry

Every Easter Tuesday, Steve Farlow hosts a country cabaret night. Always a full house, this is the biggest country show on the Causeway Coat. Be there early to avoid disappointment!

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.

Belfast Music Tour (25 April)

Belfast Music Tour (30 May)

30 May, 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, by way of awesome guitar players, traditional and folk, to punk rock and Hollywood soundtracks.

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

05 July, Belfast

Neil Diamond, iconic Grammy Award®-winning Rock and Pop
Singer/Songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, will be
bringing his highly anticipated Neil Diamond Tour 2015 to Europe. 

Kicking
off in Cologne, Germany on 17th June and ...

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- ...

44th International Pan Celtic Festival

44th International Pan Celtic Festival

07 April - 12 April, Londonderry/Derry

Now in its 44th year, the Pan Celtic Festival returns to Derry in 2015 following an incredibly successful first year in 2014. The festival is a celebration of the cultural links between the nations of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.

Belsonic 2015

Belsonic 2015

15 August - 26 August, Belfast

Belsonic returns to Belfast for its 8th annual instalment with fantastic music acts across from around the globe performing in Belfast City Centre.

Confirmed line up for 2015:

• Saturday August 15th 2015 - Rudimental + Duke Dumont
• ...

Sleeping Beauty at the Courtyard Theatre

Celtic Soul

24 April, Co Antrim

Following their stunning debut in 2014 Celtic Soul return to pay homage one of the truly great singer/songwriters of all time: our own Van Morrison.

Receiving critical acclaim from devout Van fans wherever they perform, you'll hear the big ...

The King Is Back - Ben Portsmouth is Elvis

The King Is Back - Ben Portsmouth is Elvis

28 January, Belfast

UK Elvis tribute artiste, Ben Portsmouth topped the bill on David Letterman show 8th February 2013.

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

Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute (4 April)

04 April, 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, he will ...

EastSide Arts Festival

EastSide Arts Festival

19 August - 31 August, Belfast

EastSide Arts Festival is an annual festival showcasing the talent of East Belfast.

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons

17 November, Belfast

With their highly anticipated new album 'Smoke + Mirrors' out imminently, US chart phenomenon Imagine Dragons play ten UK arena shows this November.

Live, the band are fast becoming one of the best in the business.

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