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.

Cathedral Quarter Out to Lunch Festival 2015

Cathedral Quarter Out to Lunch Festival 2015

02 January - 25 January, Belfast

Out to Lunch returns from January 2-25, 2015 serving up over three weeks of Theatre, music and comedy, all in your lunch hour and all served up with a delicious hot lunch for a mere £6.50.

This will be Out to Lunch's 10th wholesome helping...

Sleeping Beauty at the Courtyard Theatre

Grainne Duffy

24 January, Co Antrim

Grainne Duffy is a unique talent, raw and powerful, edgy and elegant. Growing up in Co.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 ...

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 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.

Dominic Kirwan in 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 ...

Christmas at St George's Market

Christmas at St George's Market

19 December - 24 December, Belfast

This Christmas promises to be a special time at the historic St George's Market.

Christmas with Elvis

Christmas with Elvis

27 December - 29 December, Belfast

Join the Hastings Europa between Christmas and New Year for one of their fabulous live Elvis tribute shows - or buy tickets as the perfect Christmas Gift!

"The King", Jim Brown and his band, Ireland's Premier Elvis Tribute Act, performing live ...

Dominic Kirwan in Concert

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.

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.

Celtic Soul

Celtic Soul

31 January, Belfast

As one of the truly great singer/songwriters of all time we are proud that Van Morrison is one of us. Belfast has honoured Van with the Freedom of Belfast.  Celtic Soul, a 7 piece ensemble, perform renditions of his classic hits and album tracks.

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

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.

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'.

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...

Johnny Cash and June Carter Tribute at Stormont Hotel

Johnny Cash and June Carter Tribute at Stormont Hotel

29 December - 30 December, Belfast

Join Hastings Stormont Hotel between Christmas and New Year for one of their fabulous live tribute shows - or buy tickets as the perfect Christmas Gift!

Monday 29th December Johnny Cash & June Carter
Tuesday 30th December Johnny Cash & June ...

New Years Eve Gala Ball Da Vincis

New Year's Eve Gala Ball at Da Vincis

31 December, Londonderry/Derry

Book your unforgettable experience and bid farewell to 2014 at our spectacular New Year's Eve Ball.

Christmas Country Showtime" With the Stars

Christmas Country Showtime with the Stars

27 December, Co Antrim

The last big country night at The Braid of 2014.

Drew Halcomb at the Bronte Music Club

Drew Halcomb at the Bronte Music Club

30 January, Co Down

Drew Halcomb will be performing at the Bronte Music Club on the 30th of January. Drew dedicates himself to the process of songwriting, stripping away extra layers, ridding himself of past boundaries and expectations. Drawing from personal experience to craft songs that speak to all of us, Drew explores the universal need to find meaning and joy in the midst of heartbreak and disappointment.

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 Holy, Holy Bus

An Evening with Robert Mizzell & Band

02 January, Lisburn

Robert Mizzell was born on 21 July in Louisiana, USA.

Stiff LIttle Fingers

Stiff LIttle Fingers

14 November, Belfast

Stiff Little Fingers will headline the Ulster Hall as part of an extensive European tour schedule that will see them play headliners across the continent in both spring and autumn 2015, with the hometown show happening on Saturday 14 November.

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...

Slow Club

Slow Club

20 February, Belfast

Slow Club is Sheffield boy-girl duo Charles Watson (guitar, vocals, piano) and Rebecca Taylor (drums, vocals, guitar).

Dominic Kirwan in Concert

Bay City Rollers Starring Les McKeown

06 February, Belfast

Les McKeown is the Voice on all the original Bay City Rollers hits, including Bye, Bye Baby, Shang-A-Lang, I Only Want To Be With You, Summer Love Sensation, Be My Baby, Remember (Sha-La-La) and many more.

Bye Bye Baby was their first UK ...

Wyvern Lingo & Guests

Wyvern Lingo & Guests

20 February, Belfast

Wyvern Lingo are Karen Cowley, Saoirse Duane and Caoimhe Barry. Together, they are a musical force to be reckoned with.

Mayor's Christmas Concert

Mayor's Christmas Concert

21 December, Londonderry/Derry

The annual Mayor’s Christmas Concert will feature stunning performances from Codetta and the City of Derry Junior and Youth Choirs, as well as a live Orchestra and solo performances guaranteed to get you and your family geared up for the festive season!

The Holy, Holy Bus

Hugo Duncan's Country First

27 December, Lisburn

Radio Ulster's favourite Hugo Duncan hosts his annual Christmas Night of Country Music with a superb line-up of stars.

Joining Hugo on stage are the delightful Benn Sisters, our very own Kenny Archer just back from his special guest slot on ...

Charlie Landsborough

Charlie Landsborough

26 January - 27 January, Belfast

Charlie has played all over the world and is one of the biggest selling artists in Irish music history.

Johnny Cash and June Carter Tribute at Stormont Hotel

Neil Diamond Tribute at Stormont Hotel

27 December, Belfast

Join Hastings Stormont Hotel between Christmas and New Year for one of
their fabulous live tribute shows - or buy tickets as the perfect
Christmas Gift!

Saturday 27th December Neil Diamond

Tickets £18.

Punjana Christmas Retro Dance

Ulster Orchestra - Music From the Heart

14 January, Belfast

This concert is a perfect fit for those new to classical and romantic
repertoire.  Inon Barnatan gives a pre-concert talk on the Beethoven
Piano Concertos at 7pm -admission to the talk is free.

Rafael Payare - Conductor
Inon Barnatan - ...

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 ...

Duke Special

Duke Special

07 February, Co Down

Those who know Duke Special for the platinum album 'Songs From The Deep Forest' and the hit song 'Freewheel' may be surprised by the breadth of his work. His journey so far has seen him taking on projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street to writing the music for and appearing in Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children at London’s National Theatre; from presenting a documentary on the life and times of Ruby Murray to being commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to write a series of original songs for an exhibition.

Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games

Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games

29 March, Belfast

Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games - a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece.

With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging, new costumes ...

Princeton University Orchestra

Princeton University Orchestra - Featuring soloist Iarla Ó Lionáird

31 January, Belfast

The Belfast première of the Princeton University Orchestra tour features acclaimed Irish soloist, Iarla Ó Lionáird.
Conducted by Michael Pratt, musical arrangements of sean-nós songs for tenor and orchestra by American composer Dan Trueman.

The Three Lives of Samuel Ferguson

The Shamrock and the Thistle

23 January, Belfast

The Shamrock and the Thistle: Literary Links between Ireland and Scotland.  Ulster is separated from Scotland by the narrow North Channel.

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