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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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).

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- ...

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 ...

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 )

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.

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.

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.

L'Elisir D'Amore Livefrom The Royal Opera House London

L'Elisir D'Amore Livefrom The Royal Opera House London

26 November, Belfast

Donizetti's romantic comedy of rural life shines brilliantly in Laurent Pelly's hilarious staging, which matches the piece's perfect blend of sentiment and tomfoolery.

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.

Ronnie Greer Blues Band

Ronnie Greer Blues Band

05 December, Lisburn

Ronnie Greer returns with his regular five piece Blues band, for one of the most anticipated and well supported events in our calendar.

Ronnie's distinctive guitar style, incorporating both Blues and Jazz inspired nuances, has been critically ...

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.

Sam Lee  - CANCELLED

Sam Lee - CANCELLED

26 November, Belfast

This event has been CANCELLEDMercury Prize nominee, fRoots Album Of The Year and BBC Folk Awards Winner, Sam Lee, is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of folksong today.

Michael Bublé - SOLD OUT

Michael Bublé - SOLD OUT

11 December - 13 December, Belfast

Last summer Michael Bublé sold out l0 nights at the 02 Arena in London - that marked the second longest run of sold out dates ever performed at the venue by a male vocalist, followed by 5 nights at the 02 in Dublin and now...

Cara Dillon with special guest Dan Tyminski

Chris Rea

07 December, Belfast

Chris Rea, one of the UK`s foremost singer songwriters returns to the Waterfront, following his 46 date sell-out UK & European tour in 2012.

The forthcoming tour is in support of a new album to be released in September.

Chris Rea is the man ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Derek Ryan

Derek Ryan

29 January - 31 January, Co Fermanagh

Having played to sell out concert audiences around the world has more than qualified Ireland’s latest Country heart–throb, Derek Ryan, to have an audience shouting encore as he embarks on a short tour.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

Christmas Village

Christmas Village

28 November - 18 January, Londonderry/Derry

Enjoy delicious festive food and drink from all over the world, not to mention live music and entertainment, at our atmospheric Christmas Market at Ebrington's Christmas Village.

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.

Raglans

Raglans

23 November, Belfast

Formed in a festival tent in 2010 Dublin based 4 piece band Raglans launched the same year.

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.

Jimmy Buckley In Concert

Jimmy Buckley In Concert

27 November, Co Fermanagh

Jimmy Buckley is certainly living up to his name of ‘Ireland’s top entertainer’. He has toured throughout Ireland and England. One of his greatest memories is working with his idol George Jones with whom he recorded “The Grand Tour” in late 2008 in Nashville.

FISCA Christmas Gala Competition

FISCA Christmas Gala Competition

04 December, Belfast

Flax Trust Inter-Community School Choirs' Christmas Gala

Flax Trust is a musical project aimed at reconciliation through the art of music, enabling children in Northern Ireland from all walks of life to integrate, converse, improve their ...

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.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

22 December, Belfast

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers proudly call their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock / pop anthems `Bagrock.`

The past ten years has seen The Chillis become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet - ever, boasting ...

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.

Ulster Orchestra Christmas Concert

Ulster Orchestra Christmas Concert

04 December, Co Down

The Ulster Orchestra will deliver a cracker with this year's Christmas Concert, providing a jolly blend of traditional carols and favourite orchestral music that can't fail to put you in the Christmas Spirit.

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...

Ulster Orchestra - The Snowman

Ulster Orchestra - The Snowman

06 December, Belfast

It's that time of year again - the iconic snowman, the memorable music, the sing-along songs and a few Christmas surprises.

Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their best festive outfits - and bring along jingle bells if you have them! ...

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.

Ulster Orchestra: Sibelius & Nielsen Light Through The Darkness

Ulster Orchestra: Latin Rhythms

18 January, Belfast

Rafael Payare discusses his choice of programme in a pre-concert talk at 7pm - admission to the talk is free.

Rafael Payare - Conductor

Programme:

Antonio Estevez - Mediodia en el Llano
Inocente Carreno - Margariteña
Evencio ...

Festive Swing with James Huish

Festive Swing with James Huish

10 December, Co Down

James Huish has been taking the Northern Ireland Theatre scene by storm over the last few years. Described as a mixture of Harry Connick Jr, Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble, James is in much demand throughout Ireland.

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