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.

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 ...

The Scott Flanigan Trio in Concert

The Scott Flanigan Trio in Concert

07 May, Co Londonderry

Flowerfield welcomes one of the emerging talents of Northern Ireland jazz, in fine company with an all-star trio. Three of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians make up the Scott Flanigan Trio – Scott Flanigan on piano, rising bass star Neil O’Loghlin, and acclaimed drummer Steve Davis.

Van Morrison - Live on Cyprus Avenue

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...

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.

Farmer Dan in Concert

Farmer Dan in Concert

16 May, Co Londonderry

Farmer Dan Comedy & Country Tour…..In concert!

Van Morrison - Live on Cyprus Avenue

EastSide Arts Festival

19 August - 31 August, Belfast

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

Sunflowerfest

Sunflowerfest

31 July - 02 August, Co Down

Sunflowerfest is an excitingly different and magical weekend-festival of great music, arts and entertainment.

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.

City of Derry International Choral Festival

City of Derry International Choral Festival

22 October - 25 October, Londonderry/Derry

Created as a joyous celebration of choral music-making, the festival provides opportunities for competitive and non-competitive participation for singers across a wide range of styles, ensembles and ages

Black Grape

Black Grape

20 June, Belfast

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

16th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

16th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

30 April - 10 May, Belfast

The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival returns for another fantastic programme.

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

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.

Tom Paxton

Tom Paxton

10 May, Belfast

50 years on from his first UK tour in 1965, US folk music legend, Tom Paxton, returns to the UK and Ireland in May 2015 to perform seventeen shows.

The five decades in between have seen the recording of many enduring songs, and thousands of ...

Victoria Lagan Dance & Drama Showcase Night

Victoria Lagan Dance & Drama Showcase Night

19 June - 20 June, Co Londonderry

A night of performance from contemporary dance, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, commercial, acrobatics, classical singing, musical theatre numbers, drama plays and monologues with special guest appearances from professional London performers.

Belsonic 2015 - Rudimental & Duke Dumont

Belsonic 2015 - Rudimental & Duke Dumont

15 August, Belfast

BRIT award winning UK act Rudimental shot to mainstream success with their debut LP "Home", which was released in 2013 and yielded five huge hit singles (including two UK number 1s).

An Intimate Dinner with Alfie Boe

An Intimate Dinner with Alfie Boe

15 June - 16 June, Co Down

Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the five star Culloden followed by an "up close and personal" performance from Alfie Boe, with a delightful combination of classics from his albums and  a beautiful collection of some of his latest songs.

This is a ...

Ré in Concert at Dun Uladh

Ré in Concert at Dun Uladh

16 May, Co Tyrone

“Ré” are a traditional Irish music group that has toured the world over the past three years.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

Van Morrison Big Birthday Blues Concert

Van Morrison Big Birthday Blues Concert

19 July - 24 August, Co Down

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see Van Morrison at the magnificant Slieve Donard Resort & Spa. Previous guests will vouch for the very special atmosphere created in such an intimate setting, recreating the feel of Jazz clubs of yesteryear. It is an ideal setting for Van to play the songs you know, in the way he feels he should play them now.

Newcastle Summer Season - The Bjorn Identity

Newcastle Summer Season - The Bjorn Identity

22 August, Co Down

Re-creating ABBA in Concert. The Bjorn Identity ®, Ireland’s finest Abba show, returns to the Newcastle Summer Season after a sell-out show in 2014. The band continues to exceed all expectations with their authentic Abba in concert experience.

5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer

30 May, Belfast

5 Seconds of Summer will play first their ever headline European Arena Tour including a date at Odyssey Arena.
 
The 'Rock Out With Your Socks Out 2015 Tour' will see them play to their army of dedicated fans over the course of two months in May...

Belsonic 2015 - Paloma Faith & Guests

Belsonic 2015 - Paloma Faith & Guests

20 August, Belfast

Paloma Faith's rich vocal talent instantly caught the public's attention with the release of her debut LP "Do you want the truth or something beautiful?", drawing comparison to the great female singers of the Motown era, as well as contemporary ...

Sean Keane Concert

Sean Keane Concert

19 June, Co Tyrone

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

The King Is Back - Ben Portsmouth is Elvis

The King Is Back - Ben Portsmouth is Elvis

28 January, Belfast

UK Elvis tribute artiste, Ben Portsmouth topped the bill on David Letterman show 8th February 2013.

Rose Week

Rose Week

14 July - 19 July, Belfast

The International Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, is amongst the best in the world. From July to September over 45,000 roses are in bloom. A full programme of events takes place in the park during Rose Week including music and a...

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 ...

The April Verch Band in Concert

The April Verch Band in Concert

21 May, Co Londonderry

Flowerfield is delighted to present world-champion fiddler, step dancer and singer April Verch and Band as they embark on an Ireland wide tour during May 2015.

Christy Moore With Mairtin O'Connor Band

Christy Moore With Mairtin O'Connor Band

05 June - 06 June, Belfast

Máirtín O'Connor is one of the most respected and best loved musicians ever to emerge from Ireland.

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.

Quire 10 - Something Inside So Strong

Quire 10 - Something Inside So Strong

06 June, Co Antrim

Join Quire Belfast, to celebrate their 10 year anniversary as Northern Ireland's only LGBT choir.

Sit back and enjoy a selection of their 10 year repertoire of hits including 'Like A Prayer' by Madonna and 'Let It Go'.

The Paperboys

The Paperboys

27 July, Co Down

This Canadian folk/rock band return to the Bronte Music Club for what is sure to be a sell-out crowd. An astonishingly eclectic folk-rock quintet from Canada. 'The Paperboys know how to grab melody hooks in pop friendly songs, while fast and flashy banjo and whistles pace the jigs and reels' . Hopefully the audience will be dancing in the aisles!

Belfast Music Tour (31 Oct)

Belfast Music Tour (30 May)

30 May, 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.

Sunday Band Concerts

Sunday Band Concerts

05 July - 16 August, Co Down

Come to Newcastle and enjoy the music of our Sunday Band Concerts at The Newcastle Centre, Central Promenade.

AVA Festival

AVA Festival Conference

30 May, Belfast

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.

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons

17 November, Belfast

With their highly anticipated new album 'Smoke + Mirrors' out imminently, US chart phenomenon Imagine Dragons play ten UK arena shows this November.

Live, the band are fast becoming one of the best in the business.

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

05 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 ...

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