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.

Soak

Soak

07 November, Londonderry/Derry

One of Derry's finest musical exports announces a very special hometown performance.

Showstoppers

Showstoppers

21 November, Londonderry/Derry

The Londonderry Musical Society and the Britannia Concert Band under their respective MDs Jim Goodman and Noel Barr have come up with yet another exciting programme which features the best of Musical Theatre, ever popular instrumental favourites and a variety of soloists and ensembles of the highest quality.

Brit Floyd

Brit Floyd

29 November, Belfast

Having performed to over one million fans around the world since it's first show in Liverpool, England in January 2011, Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to The UK in November 2014 to perform Discovery, a stunning new ...

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's 2014

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's 2014

16 October - 01 November, Belfast

The annual Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's combines a extensive lineup of music, drama, theatre, talks, film, dance and comedy.

The Music Box - Home for Christmas

The Music Box - Home for Christmas

18 December - 20 December, Belfast

With Peter Corry and special guest stars Andrea Begley and Ian McElhinny.  The Music Box returns to the Waterfront following the incredible success of last years critically acclaimed performances with a new production, Home For Christmas.

This ...

Andrea Chenier Live From The Royal Opera House London

Andrea Chenier Live From The Royal Opera House London

29 January, Belfast

Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier (1896) presents a fictionalized account of the last years of the French poet André Chénier, guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794.

Imagine Arts Festival

Imagine Arts Festival

05 November, Belfast

Get creative, be inspired and make new friends at Imagine Arts Festival 2014!  This unique event is an opportunity for the over 60s to get creative, be inspired, make new friends and meet up with old ones during a wide variety of captivating ...

Celtic Soul The Music of Van Morrison

Celtic Soul The Music of Van Morrison

08 November, Co Fermanagh

Following a stunning debut in 2013, Celtic Soul return to the Ardhowen Theatre to pay homage one of the truly great singer/songwriters of all time: our own Van Morrison.

With more years than the band care to remember playing in blues, folk, traditional and jazz bands these musicians have the ingredients to combine and deliver Van’s music authentically.

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.

8th John Joe Gordon trad weekend

8th John Joe Gordon trad weekend

05 December - 07 December, Co Fermanagh

8th John Joe Gordon trad weekend - in Belleek ( 5th - 7th December )

Jason Clarke & Guests

Jason Clarke & Guests

13 November, Belfast

Belfast based singer and online success, Jason Clarke, has opened a heart that was broken since his last single 'Smoke and Mirrors', with his new single and EP, both entitled 'To Be Good Enough, which will be released on 31 October.

Jason, who ...

The Carol Ship on Strangford Lough

The Carol Ship of Portaferry and Strangford

12 December - 13 December, Co Down

For two nights only the Strangford Ferry will be transformed into a magical carol ship on which choirs and musicians will herald the Christmas season.

Tamikrest (Irish Premiere)

Tamikrest (Irish Premiere)

30 October, Belfast

Intoxicating Saharan Desert Blues.

Breaking Bands #3

Back Track Northern Soul Night

08 November, Belfast

Back, after a wonderful July debut at Oh Yeah.

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 ...

Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival

Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival

25 October - 03 November, Londonderry/Derry

Ghoulish fun, ghastly frolics and thrilling events, all leading up to the main extravagant suspense. Our world famous spooktacular carnival parade and spine-chilling fireworks cascade.

The Bjourn Identity Concert an 70's Disco

The Bjourn Identity Concert and 70's Disco

15 November, Co Down

PRESS THE FLARES, polish the sequins, put on the platform boots and cram into the lycra - it's an ABBA night and 70's Disco!! Not only do they sound like Abba they also look like them.

Tickets from £8

Meal Deal Package!

Dine in our restaurant and get the best seats in the house for just £20.00!

Sound of Belfast 2014

Sound of Belfast 2014

07 November - 15 November, Belfast

A special week-long music programme called Sound of Belfast will take place across the city from 7 - 15 November 2014 in association with the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

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

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.

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.

21st William Kennedy Piping Festival

21st William Kennedy Piping Festival

13 November - 16 November, Armagh

The William Kennedy Piping Festival celebrates the life and work of William Kennedy, the 18th century piper, pipe maker and inventor who was born in 1768 near Banbridge and died in 1834 in Tandragee, County Armagh. This Festival, originally conceived to bring together pipers from different countries and traditions, was the first of its kind anywhere in Northern Europe. To date the event has brought pipers from Spain, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Belarus, Canada, USA, England, Scotland, and Wales as well as the cream of Irish pipers to Armagh.

Andrea Begley

Andrea Begley

17 December, Co Fermanagh

The 2013 UK Winner of the Voice, Andrea comes from a strong musical heritage with her aunt being Country legend Philomena Begley. In 2013 she won the second series of the Voice UK where Danny O’Donaghue of The Script acted as her mentor.

The Holy, Holy Bus

Christmas Swing Spectacular with AJ

18 December, Lisburn

A special evening of Jazz Swing arrangements of many Christmas favourites from 'Ding Dong Merrily on High' to 'Silent Night'.

Man in the Mirror

Man in the Mirror

30 January - 31 January, Belfast

The Music of Michael Jackson' is Ireland's premiere 'Live' Michael Jackson show, led by the breathtaking Anthony Walker, this show is unique as it is completely 'Live'.

The Northern Ireland Music Prize

The Northern Ireland Music Prize

15 November, Belfast

The Northern Ireland Music Prize honours and celebrates the very best of Northern Irish albums. Successful finalists will be hoping to take home the prize won last year by Bangor's Foy Vance ('Joy of Nothing').

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.

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

30 June, 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 ...

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.

Dave Gorman

Clean Bandit

01 November, Belfast

Clean Bandit visit The Ulster Hall as part of their biggest tour to date.

Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters

Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters

23 November, Belfast

Robert Plant's new album, 'lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar', was released on 8 September.  Produced by Robert Plant, the album features 11 new recordings, 9 of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters ...

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight

12 December, Co Down

As part of the Candlelit Christmas Evenings, join with us to sing traditional carols and listen to seasonal readings in Omagh Meeting House.

Held in the atmospheric lamp-lit Omagh Meeting House the hour long programme of popular carols and ...

Acoustic Picnic

Acoustic Picnic

07 February, Belfast

You are invited to come along to listen to some great live music for free, over a picnic style lunch.  All ages welcome, and this year there will be the addition of some giant board games for families and groups of friends to enjoy. Visitors...

Chas & Dave

Chas & Dave

22 November, Belfast

Chas & Dave began writing and performing songs together in 1972, having been friends since the early sixties.

Cakes and Carols at the Culloden

Cakes and Carols at the Culloden

07 December, Co Down

A fabulously festive event combining the full afternoon tea experience of finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of homemade pastries with a live performance of songs and carols from Bangor Ladies Choir.

Acoustic Picnic

Acoustic Picnic

06 December, Belfast

You are invited to come along to listen to some great live music for free, over a picnic style lunch.  All ages welcome, and this year there will be the addition of some giant board games for families and groups of friends to enjoy. Visitors...

The High Kings

The High Kings

29 December, Co Fermanagh

Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, renowned vocalists and musicians, have come together to create the most exciting Irish ballad group to emerge since The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem electrified the worldwide folk revival of the 1960s.

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- ...

The Holy, Holy Bus

A Musical Journey from Stage to Screen

13 November, Lisburn

Join NI's premier songbirds in this spectacular show featuring the best loved hits from stage and screen including classics from Mamma Mia, Disney and Back to the Future to name a few!

Blending old with the new while adding their inimitable ...

Halloween Happening Coleraine

Halloween Happening Coleraine

31 October, Co Londonderry

Outdoor concert by "The Untouchables", Fireworks Display, Fancy Dress Competitions, Food Stalls, Fun Fair and Scary Walkabout Characters.

The Strypes & Guests

The Strypes & Guests

12 December, Belfast

The Strypes are 4-piece rhythm and blues band hailing from Cavan, Ireland, formed in 2011 by Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O'Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums).

Since June ...

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