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.

Celtronic

Celtronic

24 June - 28 June, Londonderry/Derry

Ireland’s premier electronic music festival, Celtronic 2015 takes place at various venues across Derry from June 24th – 28th. Among the headliners are Derrick May, Clark, Henrik Schwarz, Mano Le Tough, Recondite, Move D, Francesco Tristano, Ripperton, Fort Romeau and many more.

ALDOC

12 June, Belfast

ALDOC is a group started by Alan Doherty and Gerry Paul in 2013. Alan Doherty is one of the most identifiable and respected flute-players in Irish music. He is widely recognized as the lead soloist on the "Lord of the Rings" soundtrack and for his...

EastSide Arts Festival

Van Morrison - Live on Cyprus Avenue

31 August, Belfast

SOLD OUT - 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...

Hilden Beer and Music Festival

Hilden Beer and Music Festival

28 August - 30 August, Lisburn

Beer enthusiasts across the country know that the August bank holiday weekend means only one thing…Hilden Beer and Music Festival! This year's event will be the biggest and best yet with a great band line up on 3 music stages and 3 bars serving ...

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Trio

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Trio

31 May, Belfast

Having played at the official open gig at the Duncairn in May 2014, we just had to bring these brilliant musicians back to help us celebrate our 1st Birthday.

For anyone that hasn't yet discovered this amazing trio, then let us introduce you ...

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot

An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot

31 May, Belfast

Tickets on sale at 9am, Thrusday 21 May 2015.

Summer Jamm in Strabane

Summer Jamm in Strabane

13 June, Co Tyrone

Get ready for a family fun day out with the return of the Strabane Summer Jamm on the 13th June 2015. Strabane will come alive with music, street entertainers, sporting events, gardening & cookery displays, fun fair and food and craft markets

EastSide Arts Festival

EastSide Arts Festival

19 August - 31 August, Belfast

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

The Bronx/ Torche

The Bronx/ Torche

27 May, Belfast

The Bronx & Torche have announced that they'll play a very special double headline show at The Limelight 1 on Wednesday 27th May, combining their respective solo headline shows scheduled for the date!

All purchased tickets remain valid from ...

Buskfest Banbridge 2015

Buskfest Banbridge 2015

27 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 12th year, attracts 6000+ people from across the globe to Banbridge Town Centre.

Black Grape

Black Grape

20 June, Belfast

Black Grape was everything that Happy Mondays always were, only better.

State Champs

State Champs

15 September, Belfast

Albany, New York-based pop-punk band the State Champs began in 2010, basing their quick-paced and emotive sound on the influence of masters of the genre like Fall Out Boy, the Story So Far, and New Found Glory.

The Curtis Magee Fanfayre

The Curtis Magee Fanfayre

21 June - 24 June, Co Londonderry

Join Curtis Magee and a host of fellow stars for four nights of non-stop entertainment at The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine.

Anthony Toner

Anthony Toner

30 May, Co Fermanagh

The Belfast-based singer, also an accomplished guitarist, is back on the road with a brand new album, ‘Miles and Weather’.

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.

AVA Festival

AVA Festival

30 May, Belfast

AVA Festival is an electronic audio visual arts festival and conference.
 
The free AVA Conference starts at 11am with Keynotes being led by DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 and Adam Smith (Director of ' The Chemical Brothers : Don't Stop, Skins, Dr.

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 ...

Lúnasa

26 June, Belfast

Lúnasa is composed of Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles).

Lúnasa have sold more ...

Belfast 'Titango' Tango Festival

Belfast 'Titango' Tango Festival

19 June - 21 June, Belfast

Belfast's Fourth International 'Titango' Festival, takes place from 19-21 June in the Crescent Arts Centre, University Road, Belfast.

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Glenn Miller Orchestra

25 October, Belfast

Ray McVay directs the UK's greatest big band in a nostalgic concert of fabulous Forties music and wartime chart toppers, including St.

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.

Walled City Music Festival

Walled City Music Festival

04 June - 07 June, Londonderry/Derry

The Walled City Music Festival is back for its 7th year of top-class music-making from some of the world’s top classical musicians alongside a fantastic line-up of some of Derry’s up-and-coming talent. The festival will be held from 4th to 7th June in beautiful surrounds of The Great Hall, Ulster University Magee.

Newcastle Summer Season - Brigid O'Neill Band

Newcastle Summer Season - Brigid O'Neill Band

17 July, Co Down

County Down singer-songwriter Brigid O’Neill is still riding the crest of a wave following the launch of her acclaimed new EP of original songs, 'Arrivals and Departures’ in September 2014.
Brigid’s music is a mix of country blues and folk.

Y&T

Y&T

01 November, Belfast

Before Mötley Crüe, before RATT, even before there was a Metallica, Y&T was slogging away in sweaty rock clubs around America.

Lisa McHugh In Concert

Lisa McHugh In Concert

28 May, Co Fermanagh

Having launched her band a little over two years ago she already has recorded two albums and nine singles; one entitled ‘Why’d Ya Come in Here’ has over 150’000 hits on YouTube. Lisa has appeared on the prestigious Grand Ole Opry as guest of her friend in Nashville, Gene Watson.

Braid Real Music Club Presents, The Four Of Us

Braid Real Music Club Presents, The Four Of Us

26 June, Co Antrim

Following the success of their show with Braid Real Music Club in The Braid Arts Centre last May, The 4 of Us, brothers Declan and Brendan Murphy will take to the stage for what is sure to be a very special night of music.

Beer Festival at An Creagan

Beer Festival at An Creagan

13 June, Co Tyrone

An Creagán will host its very own Beer Festival on Saturday 13th June, 7pm. Free Entry.

Methodist College Gala Easter Concert

Art Garfunkel

14 September, Belfast

Art Garfunkel brings his two-man show (with guitarist Tab Laven) to the Waterfront. His live set encompasses his solo hits, Simon and Garfunkel songs, cuts from his favorite songwriters - Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, A.C.

August Féile

August Féile

30 July - 09 August, Belfast

The 27th Féile explodes into colourful life across West Belfast and beyond from 30 July to 9th August.

All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2015

All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2015

04 July, Co Tyrone

On Saturday 9th August from 12pm -6pm, 54 Pipe Bands from all over Ireland will perform at the Omagh Rugby Club Grounds (off main A5 towards Strabane)

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 ...

Owen O'Neill

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 ...

Victorian Tea Party (27 Septemberl)

Argory Tartan

18 July - 19 July, Co Tyrone

The Argory's very own Scottish music festival. The estate will once again be filled with the sound of pipes, drum and folk music.

Breabach

Breabach

30 May, Belfast

The headline act at the Falls Road venue is undoubtedly Breabach.  This exciting five piece from Scotland will headline at An Chultúrlann on Saturday, 30 May.  Breabach have won critical acclaim for their 'Ùrlar' album as well as barnstorming ...

Sean Keane Concert

Sean Keane Concert

19 June, Co Tyrone

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

`Shake, Rattle & Roll' with The Soda Popz!

Shake, Rattle & Roll' with The Soda Popz!

25 July, Co Down

Prepare to be razzle dazzled this summer! Having played to packed dance floors around the country, Northern Ireland's only 1950s Rock n Roll band, The Soda Popz,are set to make a sensational return to the Newcastle Centre this summer

Steam and Jazz Train 19 June

Steam and Jazz Train 19 June

19 June, Belfast

Steam and Jazz is running on Friday evenings 12, 19 & 26 June, 3 July 2015.
Belfast Central to a Mystery Destination & return!

Get out the glad rags, dust off the straw boater - it's Jazz time!

Belfast Music Tour (31 Oct)

Belfast Music Tour (31 Oct)

31 October, 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.

Steam and Jazz Train 19 June

Steam and Jazz Train 26 June

26 June, Belfast

Steam and Jazz is running on Friday evenings 12, 19 & 26 June, 3 July 2015.

Belfast Central to a Mystery Destination & return!

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