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.

Members of internationally-acclaimed Derry-based chamber choir, Codetta

City of Derry International Choral Festival

22 October - 26 October, Londonderry/Derry

Red Bull Music Academy Weekender

Red Bull Music Academy Weekender

25 September - 28 September, Belfast

A celebration of music,art & culture throughout the city with a special closing show at Belfast City Hall.

Cathedral Quarter will host four days of concerts, club nights, talks and film screenings at the inagural Red Bull Music Academy ...

Beat's Made in Belfast Carnival

Beat's Made in Belfast Carnival

19 September, Belfast

Featuring Beat's 2014 Belfast Urban Ballet performance, their Made In Belfast Carnival Parade is the highlight of their Made in Belfast Carnival week and the finale of Culture Night Belfast.

Sound of Belfast 2014

Sounds of Belfast 2014

12 November - 16 November, Belfast

A special week-long music programme called Sound of Belfast will take place across the city from 12-16 November 2014 in association with the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

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

CultureTECH

CultureTech 2014

15 September - 21 September, Londonderry/Derry

Now in its third year, CultureTECH has become Northern Ireland’s biggest and most exciting festival of creative innovation – covering everything from music to video games, animation to software and visual arts to TV production.

Quercus Ensemble: Songs, Games and Dances

Quercus Ensemble: Songs, Games and Dances

22 October, Belfast

An evening of classical music inspired by the world's most romantic city.  Be transported back to the golden age of the Parisian salon, with love songs by Fauré, Saint-Saëns's gripping Danse Macabre, and Bizet's vibrant depiction of children's ...

Modern Baseball & Guests

Modern Baseball & Guests

22 September, Belfast

Philadelphia punks Modern Baseball have announced a headlining tour which will hit the road this Summer, and take in Belfast on 22nd September at the intimate Voodoo on Fountain Street. Supporting the band will be Spraynard & Chewing On Tinfoil.

Altan

Altan

04 October, Co Fermanagh

The legendary Donegal band named after a mysterious and deep lake behind Errigal mountain was formed in 1987 by the late Frankie Kennedy, a flute player from Belfast, and his wife, the charismatic singer and fiddler, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, who hails from Gweedore. Altan’s brand of music, inspired originally by Northern traditions and played with verve and heart, has matured down the years.

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Cara Dillon with special guest Dan Tyminski

11 October, Belfast

Cara Dillon
Special Guest Dan Tyminski
11 October 2014

One of the world's best voices, Irish folk singer Cara Dillon performs songs from her new, critically acclaimed album 'A Thousand Hearts' together with a selection of favourites.

Cara ...

Phil Coulter Echoes Of Home Tour

Phil Coulter Echoes Of Home Tour

08 October, Co Fermanagh

He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones.
He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones.

Culture Night 2014

Culture Night Derry~Londonderry 2014

19 September, Londonderry/Derry

Culture Night in Derry~Londonderry 2014 promises to be unique cultural experience for visitors and locals alike, when venues across historic city will throw open their doors to invite the public inside to explore, experience and enjoy local culture.

Bettye LaVette (Northern Irish Premiere)

Bettye LaVette (Northern Irish Premiere)

20 October, Belfast

A big opening for this year's Festival Music Club, the great lady of soul Bettye LaVette is one of this generation's most vital and impactful soul singers with a career of over 50 years.

Since the 1960s Bettye LaVette has been filling the ...

Celtic Soul

Celtic Soul

20 September, 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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MTV Crashes Derry

19 September - 21 September, Londonderry/Derry

Major music event staged by MTV and Derry City Council in front of 10,000 people in Ebrington Square. Acts include Professor Green & NMEK.

Declan Nerney In Concert

Declan Nerney In Concert

23 October, Co Fermanagh

Declan Nerney is an Irish singer of the Country and Irish genre. Born in the town of Drumlish in County Longford he started at the age of 16 in local band, the ‘The Hi-Lows’. His big break came with his autobiographical song ‘The Marquee in Drumlish’.

Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival

Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival

25 October - 03 November, Londonderry/Derry

Derry~Londonderry’s premier annual event., featuring five days of culture, art, imagination and of course, fun

Halloween Concert headlined by Kian Egan

Halloween Concert headlined by Kian Egan

27 October, Armagh

Due to the success of the 2013 Halloween concert - organised by the Good Relations Unit in Armagh City and District Council in partnership with the young peer educators and the community connecter’s forum - an even bigger open air concert is planned this year at The Shambles Yard. Come along to see former Westlife star Kian Egan perform alongside support acts ‘The Whistling Donkeys’ and 'Hair O' The Dawg' before the evening ends with a fireworks extravaganza lighting up the night sky at 9.30pm.

Schubert Ensemble

Schubert Ensemble

21 October, Belfast

Instead of performing in Norway, Canada or China in their busy international schedule, one of the world's leading exponents of music for piano and strings, the Schubert Ensemble, will grace the magnificent setting of St Gerard's Church, perfect ...

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

08 October - 09 October, Belfast

Masterfully blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran has enjoyed a meteoric rise. The 22-year old's debut album + entered the U.K.

Barry Douglas In Concert

Barry Douglas In Concert - Flive 2014

29 September, Co Fermanagh

Fermanagh Live presents Barry Douglas, winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano competition, world famous performer, composer and conductor, artistic director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival.

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.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman

04 October, Belfast

Dubliner Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is both an established solo artist and a member of several acclaimed ensembles, including The Gloaming and This is How We Fly.

The Gloaming - SOLD OUT

The Gloaming - SOLD OUT

01 November, Belfast

*This event is now SOLD OUT*

Festival 2014 will come to a rapturous finish at Music Club with popular Irish American folk band, The Gloaming, connecting the rich Irish folk tradition with the New York contemporary music scene.

Band of Friends - Celebration of the Music of Rory Gallagher

Band of Friends - Celebration of the Music of Rory Gallagher

24 October, Belfast

The Band of Friends is not a tribute to Rory Gallagher, more a celebration of his life and music.  Band Of Friends are:  Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna & Marcel Scherpenzeel.

In the era of tribute acts who deliver note-perfect renditions of their ...

The Young Folk

The Young Folk

17 October, Co Fermanagh

The Young Folk return to Ardhowen Theatre’s gallery bar after their outstanding performance earlier this year.


Dubliner Magazine labelled them as “a unique prospect” “one of the most promising young Irish bands of recent years” (Eamon Carr), “not because of their impressive resume, but because of the raw energy and passion they bring to the stage”

Mozaik - Presented by The Real Music Club

Mozaik - Presented by The Real Music Club

07 October, Belfast

First envisaged by venerable vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Andy Irvine (Planxty, Patrick Street), Mozaik is the ultimate global string band, a truly international ensemble, who can not only perform music from a wide array of cultures but ...

Beoga

Beoga

11 October, Co Fermanagh

Beoga (gaelic for ‘lively’) are a five-piece band based in County Antrim. Their unique sound features the twin dueling accordions of Damian McKee and multi-instrumentalist Seán Óg Graham, pianist Liam Bradley and four times All-Ireland bodhrán champion Eamon Murray. In 2005, the line up was complete with the addition Niamh Dunne, one of Ireland’s premier young talents, on vocals and fiddle.

In Conversation with Bob Harris

In Conversation with Bob Harris

23 October, Belfast

Described by Radio Times as '... one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting' and '...

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.

Sam Lee

Sam Lee

26 November, Belfast

Mercury 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.

Tim Wheeler & Guests

Tim Wheeler & Guests

07 November, Belfast

You can trace the roots of Tim Wheeler's extraordinary first solo album, Lost Domain, back to when he was a boy in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

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!

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.

Open Mic and Acoustic Collective

Open Mic and Acoustic Collective

18 October, Co Down

Calling all musicians, poets and comedians!

Sign up to the Open Mic Session as part of Banbridge District Council Autumn Arts Programme and be in with a chance of winning recording time in Big Space Studios. The session will take place on Saturday 18 October in Banbridge Old Town Hall from 7pm – 10pm.

The evening will end with an instrumental performance by the Acoustic Collective, who are Matthew Malcolm (2014 BuskFest Winner) and Gavin Ferris.

To book a slot on Open Mic contact luciloo62@hotmail.com or for any further information on the event Banbridge District Council Arts & Department on 028 4066 0622

Linen Hall Reading Group - When God Was a Rabbit

An Unrepentant Romantic: Richard Hayward (1892 - 1964)

24 October, Belfast

The Linen Hall Library and PRONI present a free symposium celebrating the life of a man of many parts and places.

On the 50th anniversary of his death, we look back on the life and achievements of Richard Hayward - one of Ireland's best loved ...

The Flann O'Brien Literary Festival- Strabane

The Flann O'Brien Literary Festival- Strabane

03 October - 04 October, Co Tyrone

Friday 3rd October - Saturday 4th October 2014

The DeSelby Institute have compiled a programme of art displays, performances and fringe events designed to explore the life and work of one of Strabane's most famous sons.

For further information please contact the Alley Arts & Conference Centre 028 7138 4444

The Horslips

The Horslips

26 October, Belfast

During the early days of the Northern Ireland Troubles it wasn't a great time for music fans in Bast. Major acts detoured away from the country and as a result the live music scene all but died.

Among the few who took the risk and played...

Northern Lights Mini Fest - Emma Morwood and Jonathan Fisher

Northern Lights Mini Fest - Emma Morwood and Jonathan Fisher

26 October, Belfast

Emma Morwood, described as 'a radiant Pamina' in Opera Theatre Company's Irish tour of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' (Sunday Times), is one of Belfast's rising operatic stars.  She has performed with leading UK orchestras (RLPO, CBSO, Philharmonia, ...

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.

Clown Noir

Dean Friedman in Concert

24 September, Belfast

Dean Friedman first delighted UK and Ireland audiences with his chart-topping hit 'Lucky Stars'.

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