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.

The Strypes

The Strypes

13 December, Londonderry/Derry

The Strypes come to the Nerve Centre for a Christmas party to celebrate an amazing year for the band.

The Dandy Horses

The Dandy Horses

29 November, Belfast

Just in time for Christmas, Northern Ireland's fastest-rising nouveau folk group, The Dandy Horses, have announced the release of their newest single sure to put local music lovers in the Christmas Spirit.

Fleadh Feirste: The Gaeltacht Quarter Festival

Fleadh Feirste: The Gaeltacht Quarter Festival

22 November - 30 November, Belfast

6 days of celebrations in Belfast's Gaeltacht Quarter with live music, literature, children's events, workshops and céilís.Click here to download the programme 

Fleadh Feirste is an all Gaelic festival and an essential date in the calendar of ...

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...

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 ...

An Evening with Noel Fielding

An Evening with Noel Fielding

14 December, Belfast

Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Luxury Comedy) is embarking on his first live tour in five years:

Expect a magical mix of Noel's unique brand of stand up comedy, live animation, music and some of Fielding's best ...

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 ...

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).

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.

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 ...

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

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 )

Simply Red

Simply Red

02 December, Belfast

Back together again,  Simply Red mark their 30th anniversary with a world tour, the UK leg features 14 dates including a return to Belfast's Odyssey Arena.

Since they burst onto the scene in 1985 with their seminal cover of 'Money's To Tight ...

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.

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.

Orchestra of the 18th Century

Orchestra of the 18th Century

30 November, Belfast

Orchestra of the 18th Century gives its first ever Belfast and Northern Ireland performance, showcasing works by Haydn, Mozart, Händel and a piano-concerto by John Field.

The Orchestra aims to make the musical pieces they perform sound as they ...

Festive Carol Concert

Festive Carol Concert

05 December, Belfast

Celebrate the start of the festive season with us on Friday 5 December in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall in the Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

This wonderful evening promises to get you in the Christmas spirit with seasonal readings ...

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.

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.

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.

Petunia & Nathan Godfrey

Petunia & Nathan Godfrey

29 November, Belfast

If ever there was a dream meant-to-be pairing it was when the colourful frontman of Petunia & The Vipers hooked up with renowned American old-time picker Nathan Godfrey.

The pair mine for nuggets from the US roots music back catalogue and ...

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 ...

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.

Imelda May

Imelda May

13 December, Belfast

Since the release of her raucous debut Love Tattoo in 2009 (now 8 times platinum in Ireland), Ireland`s reigning queen of rockabilly has been one of the most strikingly original of music talents, taking her infectious blend of rockabilly, jazz, ...

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- ...

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 ...

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...

Kasabian

Kasabian

09 December, Belfast

Kasabian will play Odyssey Arena, Belfast on 9 December 2014 with special guests The Maccabbees are confirmed as special guests.
 
Without doubt 2014 belongs to Kasabian. Sunday night, they headlined Glastonbury.

Take That

Take That

04 May - 05 May, Belfast

Four years since the band's last record-breaking tour Progress Live, Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald commence a 24-date UK tour.

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 ...

Acoustic Picnic

Acoustic Picnic

03 January, 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...

Conleth Kane - All I Want for Christmas

Conleth Kane - All I Want for Christmas

21 December, Belfast

Northern Irish Actor/Singer Conleth Kane makes his Belfast Concert Debut here at the Black Box this Christmas.

Conleth is best known for starring in Ireland's latest cult-musical hit 'Molly Wobbly's T*t Factory' and RTE Television's hit ...

Christmas Unwrapped

Kekko Fornarelli Trio

28 January, Belfast

Kekko Fornarelli is currently one of the most widely appreciated artists internationally. The tour that is spreading his music all around the world - Russia and all Europe, Asia, Australia, U.S.

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.

Madness M.A.D.H.E.A.D Tour

Madness M.A.D.H.E.A.D Tour

15 December, Belfast

Madness will embark on their brand new tour M.A.D.H.E.A.D in December.

The last couple of years have been incredible for the nutty boys.

Christmas Supper and Show With Belfast Community Gospel Choir

Christmas Supper and Show With Belfast Community Gospel Choir

04 December, Belfast

Christmas Supper and Show With Belfast Community Gospel Choir at Stormont Hotel.

Join Hastings Stormont Hotel on Thursday 4th December for a delicious festive Supper at 7pm, followed by fabulous festive ballads and Christmas gospel favourites ...

The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh

The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh

29 November, Co Down

Better than ever, The Illegals make a return visit to DAC with their popular Common Thread show. Every year the Illegals delve deeper into the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac back-catalogues to keep their dynamic live show fresh but familiar.

Featuring classic favourites from Eagles and Fleetwood Mac: Hotel California, The Chain, Desperado, Dreams, The Last Resort, Everywhere and a few songs from connected others, expect an entertaining night of vocal harmony, superb musicianship, unforgettable songs and great fun.

“Simply Stunning” – The BBC

Barn Session

Barn Session

19 December, Co Fermanagh

Join the farm family and other local musicians for the last “wee” session before Christmas. Whilst the majority of music played during the evening will be Irish traditional tunes; in the spirit of a traditional session we welcome all acoustic musicians, dancers, singers and story tellers.

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