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.

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.

Linley Hamilton Quintet

Linley Hamilton Quintet

13 March, Belfast

Moving on Music presents musician, broadcaster and educator, Linley Hamilton has been at the forefront of the Irish music scene for over twenty years.

Apres Ski Party

Apres Ski Party

07 March, Co Londonderry

To celebrate their 10th Birthday this year, The Jungle are hosting an Après-Ski party on Saturday 7th March, 9.30pm. Visitors to the event will be treated to an Austrian style, fully-stocked bar, providing the best elements of any Après-Ski party, from a fat sound system, state of art lights and lasers to a top DJ pumping out iconic dance tunes and 6 glamorous dancing chalet maids.

Monteverdi Vespers - Belfast

Monteverdi Vespers - Belfast

12 April, Belfast

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

The Ulster Museum will be filled with the sights and sounds of 17th Century Venice with a performance of the Vespers of ...

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 ...

Lagan Sessions @BelNash

Lagan Sessions @BelNash

04 March, Belfast

Established three years ago as a venue for local singer songwriters to find a listening audience for their work, the Lagan Sessions has evolved into a collective of singer songwriters and is now touring.

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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”.

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- ...

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 ...

Troyka

Troyka

26 March, Belfast

Troyka are an experimental British trio who make rich and enthralling instrumental music

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 ...

St Patrick's Day Carnival and Concert

St Patrick's Day Carnival and Concert

17 March, Belfast

Come along and enjoy a colourful St Patrick's Day Carnival leaving Belfast City Hall at 12noon followed by an outdoor concert from 1pm to 3pm. 
Carnival Parade

Leaving Belfast City Hall at 12 noon, the spectacular high-energy carnival parade ...

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

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Thursday Night Live - Linley Hamilton's "Soul Truth"

19 February - 05 March, Belfast

Live Jazz and Blues at SD Bells every Thursday night, doors open 7.30pm to 10.00pm. SD Bells is building on the success of our Sunday Java Jive Jazz Brunch. Bring a bottle, and join us for a light bite to eat, or something more substantial, and enjoy

EastSide Arts Festival

EastSide Arts Festival

19 August - 31 August, Belfast

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

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Java Jive Jazz Brunch - Orla Murphy

29 March, Belfast

SD Bell’s infamous Java Jive Jazz Brunch, held every Sunday at our tea and coffee house on the Upper Newtownards Road in Belfast. Book early as our Jazz Brunches sell out fast!

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Celebrating International Women's Day

07 March, Belfast

To mark the occasion, the Oh Yeah Family Friendly series of events will run with a full afternoon of music, activities for children, interviews with local female artists, and a Q&A on women in the music industry.

This year's theme to IWD is ...

Get the Blessing

Get the Blessing

28 March, Belfast

Get the Blessing with support from Robocobra Quartet

Jim Barr (bass), Clive Deamer (drums), Pete Judge (trumpet), Jake McMurchie (saxophone)

Ulster Orchestra Symphonic Strings

Ulster Orchestra Symphonic Strings

02 April, Co Fermanagh

This concert by the Ulster Orchestra features Symphonic Strings with Chief Conductor Rafael Payare.
Bringing the Orchestra’s string section into the limelight, the concert includes universal favourites by Barber and Mozart alongside Tchaikovsky’s great Serenade for Strings.

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.

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 ...

Casa Havana Latin Trio

Casa Havana Latin Trio

14 March, Belfast

Casa Havana Latin Trio on Saturday 14 March, 7pm

Live entertainment, 2 course supper including main, dessert & glass of wine, £25.

Fermanagh Choral Society to perform Handel's Messiah

Fermanagh Choral Society to perform Handel's Messiah

29 March, Co Fermanagh

Fermanagh Choral Society's annual spring concert will be a performance of the very popular Handel's Messiah. The concert will be held on Palm Sunday 29th March at 8pm in St. Michael's Church, Enniskillen. Tickets which are £8 (school children free) can be obtained from the Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre or purchased at the door.

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AVA Festival

30 May, Belfast

Brand new music festival and conference.

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. .

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Bruce Cockburn in Concert

06 March, Belfast

Legendary Canadian singer, songwriter and humanitarian Bruce Cockburn has released an astounding 31 albums over the past four decades, won 12 Juno Awards (Canadian Grammys) and has 20 Canadian gold/platinum records.

His extensive repertoire of ...

The Three Tenors

The Three Tenors

07 March, Armagh

Magical hits and a popular uplifting mix including Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, The Dubliners, and Pavarotti.
Ireland’s Hottest trio – Declan Kelly, Ray O’Hare and Dominic McGorian with their amazing voices promise you a night to remember! This thrilling fast-moving concert is packed with the world’s most beautiful, magical feel-good, uplifting songs.

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.

Sixes

Sixes

27 March, Belfast

A night of experimental electric guitar music exploring overtones and repetition, challenging the audience and the players to keep the count…

No.1 & No.2

Two new pieces have been specially composed by Hornby.

Brilliant Corners - A Festival of Jazz in Belfast

Brilliant Corners - A Festival of Jazz in Belfast

25 March - 28 March, Belfast

The four-day event is better than ever, meshing local talent with international contemporaries.

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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).

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Island Music Club - Homage to Blue Note Records

29 May, Lisburn

Ronnie Greer and his guests invite you to a special evening showcasing the great soul jazz sound of the iconic Blue Note record label.

Celebrating 75 years in the business, Blue Note is synonymous with a jazz style that has strong blues and ...

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

25 March - 28 March, Londonderry/Derry

The Londonderry Musical Society will be performing the Tony Awarding Winning musical.

Foy Vance Cara Dillon & more -  Music City Roots

Foy Vance Cara Dillon & more - Music City Roots

06 March, Belfast

Music City Roots (MCR) is returning to Belfast to record a second special TV show at the BelNash Festival.

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 ...

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.

Legends of American Country

Legends of American Country

07 May, Co Tyrone

Legends of American Country

Jailhouse Rock Live at The Crum

Jailhouse Rock Live at The Crum

27 March, Belfast

Performing for their first sentence at Crumlin Road Gaol on 27 March 2015, Ciaran Houlihan (European Elvis Champion) and his band present 'Jailhouse Rock' the Elvis Tribute.

Watch an extraordinary tribute performance to one of the most ...

Evening Of Music and Song With The Priests

Evening Of Music and Song With The Priests

29 May, Armagh

Habitat for Humanity to host special evening of music and song with The Priests
The classical music trio The Priests will present a special concert in St Patrick’s RC Cathedral, Armagh on Friday 29th May 2015.

The  Answer & Guests

The Answer & Guests

06 March, Belfast

The band released their last album New Horizon in September 2013 to critical acclaim and has just finished work on their new follow up record entitled Raise a Little Hell. The album will be released on March 9 in UK and Europe.

Hot on the heels...

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