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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.

Foy Vance

Foy Vance

05 December, Belfast

Join Foy Vance and Guests on 'The Wild Swan World Tour 2016' - Second date added due to overwhelming demand!

Due to overwhelming demand, Foy Vance has added a second Belfast show at The Ulster Hall to his 'The Wild Swan' world tour! The second ...

Chas and Dave

Chas and Dave

17 December, Belfast

Pianist Chas Hodges and guitarist Dave Peacock were widely experienced around the British rock scene of the 1960s and early 70s before teaming up with drummer, Mick Burt, to form the group.

Chas had worked with the legendary producer Joe Meek, ...

Foy Vance

Foy Vance

10 December, Belfast

One of the finest singer/songwriters Northern Ireland has ever produced, Foy Vance announces a headline show at the Ulster Hall, Belfast on Saturday 10 December.

Foy Vance knows how to write a song.

Little Mix

Little Mix

07 November - 08 November, Belfast

Due to demand, Little Mix added an extra Belfast date to the Glory Days Tour 2017: 8 November 2017.

The world's biggest girl group are back! Little Mix have announced a major arena tour for 2017 including a Belfast date at The SSE Arena on 7...

Black Tie Gala Event

Black Tie Gala Event

31 December, Belfast

New Year's Eve celebrations at the Europa are second to none! With fabulous live music, fine food, fun and laughter, it's the perfect place to bring in the New Year in style. The traditional splendour is the backdrop for the Black Tie Gala Ball.

Ardú Vocal Ensemble and Friends

Ardú Vocal Ensemble and Friends

23 December, Belfast

Ardú Vocal Ensemble continue their Friends charity concert series with two concerts this December in aid of The Simon Communities of Ireland.

On Friday, 23 December, Ardú will be joined by renowned soprano Suzanne Savage and Capella from The ...

The Carol Ship on Strangford Lough

The Carol Ship on Strangford Lough

02 December - 03 December, Co Down

A unique event on Strangford Lough when the ferry will be transformed into a Carol Ship with over 20 live choirs on crossings between 16.00 and 21.30. Fun for all the family with Christmas markets, children's entertainment and illuminations.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

03 December, Belfast

From a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with The Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right in 2014, the past ten years has seen The Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet...

The Priests in Concert

The Priests in Concert

22 December, Co Down

We are delighted that The Priests will be at the Slieve Donard this Christmas singing much loved classics as well as cherised seasonal songs. The Priests are a classical musical trio made up of three Catholic priests from Northern Ireland.

Johnny Brady in Concert

Johnny Brady in Concert

16 December, Co Down

Johnny Brady has become a household name on the Country Music scene in Ireland with his live band, and energetic performances, the ‘Johnny Experience’ is a must see with fans flocking from all over to see him live.

The Bjorn Identity Abba Tribute Show

The Bjorn Identity Abba Tribute Show

29 December, Co Down

The Björn Identity Abba Tribute Show will undoubtedly exceed all your expectations and are widely known for their love of audience participation, Swedish humour, professionalism and commitment to the music of their tribute idols.

The Twelve Days of Christmas with The Whistlin’ Donkeys

The Twelve Days of Christmas with The Whistlin’ Donkeys

15 December, Co Fermanagh

Hailing from County Tyrone, The Whistlin’ Donkeys, are described as Ireland’s favourite Irish traditional folk/rock band. Following their previous visit to The Ardhowen in December 2015, they are back for what is guaranteed to be another fantastic performance.

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Magherafelt Christmas Market

02 December - 04 December, Co Londonderry

Come along and enjoy browsing and sampling the locally produced Artisan food and drink; or take time to unwind in the lounge, where you can experience a craft beer, hot mulled wine or even just sit and relax.

Ruth Trimble

Ruth Trimble

03 December, Co Down

Ruth will be showcasing her beautiful voice which has featured on albums such as Robin Mark's, along with her own new album 'Before the Rain', so this is one not to miss. It has been winning plaudits from around the world,

The High Kings – ‘Grace and Glory’ Tour

The High Kings – ‘Grace and Glory’ Tour

29 December, Co Fermanagh

The High Kings, the true heirs of Ireland’s folk heritage, are back with their new ‘Grace and Glory’ tour.

Bowie Experience

Bowie Experience

04 February, Belfast

Bowie Experience, the most successful David Bowie tribute show in the world, hits the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday 4 February 2017.

Jake O’Kane ‘Old Enough To Know Better’

Jake O’Kane ‘Old Enough To Know Better’

30 December, Co Fermanagh

Continuing his run of sell-out tours, Jake O’Kane is back with his new show, ‘Old Enough to Know Better’.

Cinderella

Cinderella

12 January - 21 January, Co Fermanagh

Lakeland Players return to The Ardhowen for their 30th production with the biggest and the best pantomime of them all, ‘Cinderella’!

Workshop: Italian Christmas Songs

Salsa, Merengue and Bachata

11 December, Belfast

Enjoy the latin rhythms of salsa, merengue and bachata dances. Come and learn steps you can use at salsa parties to amaze your friends. Good fun and a great atmosphere guaranteed.

No partner required.

Christmas Country Showtime Concert

Christmas Country Showtime Concert

03 December, Co Down

The annual Christmas Country Showtime with the stars returns by popular demand to The Lodge, Castlewellan and promises to be an action packed night of entertainment.

Andre Rieu

Andre Rieu

09 December, Belfast

André Rieu, together with his 60 piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and many international soloists, returns to Belfast to enthuse fans with his humorous and colourful new program.

Bjorn Again

Bjorn Again

16 December, Belfast

Bringing you closer to the music in the intimate theatre format...

Roll back the years, dust off your white bell bottoms, polish your platforms and get set to be a dancing Queen.

Festive Reflections with Phil Coulter

Festive Reflections with Phil Coulter

17 December, Co Fermanagh

Come and join Phil at The Ardhowen where he will perform new arrangements of all his favourite classic songs from ‘The Town I Loved So Well’ to ‘Steal Away’ along with a seasonal selection with his very special guest, Geraldine Branagan.

Sing For Life Christmas Concert

Sing For Life Christmas Concert

19 December, Belfast

Join the Sing For Life Community Choir for their annual Christmas Concert!
Hosted
by the Choir's patron Noel Thompson, come along and get in the festive
mood with classic carols and popular songs to mark the holiday season.

The Crescent ...

Rock n Roll Years

Rock 'n Roll Years

21 January, Belfast

From the producers of Do You Come Here Often, following two sell out shows at the Grand Opera House, George Jones will host a brand new show celebrating songs from the 50s and 60s.

Featuring the music of iconic stars such as Bobby Darin, Bobby...

Country Showtime

Country Showtime

28 December, Co Down

The Annual Country Show in the Iveagh Theatre with stars from up and down the country on stage helping to blow away the Christmas cobwebs! This is a charity event with an all-star line up of up and coming singers.

Sean Cuddy Country Dance Night

Sean Cuddy Country Dance Night

26 December, Co Down

Shawn and his band are one of hardest working bands on the dance and concert circuit and work between Ireland, England and Scotland where he is now a household name so get you dancing shoes on and enjoy a night of country dance music at its best.

Viennese Christmas Spectacular

Viennese Christmas Spectacular

18 December, Belfast

London Concertante is the UKs leading chamber orchestra, currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary season.

The Simon and Garfunkel Story

The Simon and Garfunkel Story

08 December, Belfast

A brand new show for 2016! Direct from its success in London's West End, a sold out UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon and Garfunkel Story is back.

Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th ...

The Linley Hamilton Quintet

The Linley Hamilton Quintet

13 January, Belfast

This quintet is one of Ireland's most respected and popular bands. Share the sheer musicality that this band generates and the fun and passion that they purvey.

Zat You Santa Claus

Zat You Santa Claus

15 December, Co Londonderry

Named after the Louis Armstrong Christmas classic, come and celebrate the magic and miracles of the festive season with Dublin-based Emilie Conway and her acclaimed band.

The 2017 Belfast Tattoo

The 2017 Belfast Tattoo

31 August - 02 September, Belfast

The 2017 Belfast Tattoo is now confirmed and will take place on Thursday 31 August, Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September.

The Belfast Tattoo is now firmly established as an annual event for the city, and the SSE Arena are delighted that they are ...

Honor Heffernan and Hugh Buckley - Two Heads Are Better Than one

Honor Heffernan and Hugh Buckley - Two Heads Are Better Than one

06 December, Belfast

Honor Heffernan, one of Ireland's most accomplished singers of popular songs is accompanied by the exceptional Dublin guitarist Hugh Buckley.

Nine Lessons and Carols by Chamber Choir Ireland

Nine Lessons and Carols by Chamber Choir Ireland

17 December, Belfast

Join Chamber Choir Ireland this December for Nine Lessons and Carols, a very special concert featuring a selection of festive classics interspersed with traditional readings in the glorious surrounds of St Thomas' Church Belfast.

The Nine ...

Christmas Supper and Show

Christmas Supper and Show

08 December, Belfast

Join us for a night to remember at Stormont Hotel as we host Belfast Community Gospel Choir.

Enjoy dinner with dessert and tea or coffee before being wowed by The Belfast Community Gospel Choir.

James Huish Christmas Spectacular

James Huish Christmas Spectacular

18 December, Belfast

James Huish makes a triumphant return to the Grand Opera House in time for Christmas 2016 with this 'swinging' Christmas spectacular, following his critically-acclaimed performances in previous years.

James has been taking the Northern Ireland ...

The Bjorn Identity at Stormont Hotel

The Bjorn Identity at Stormont Hotel

28 December, Belfast

The BjÖrn Identity are delighted to be performing this Christmas at Stormont Hotel.

They continue their success and are now firmly established as Ireland's top Abba tribute show; exceeding all expectations with a live and authentic ABBA in ...

The Flax Trust Christmas Gala Competition

The Flax Trust Christmas Gala Competition

15 December, Belfast

The Flax Trust is proud to present the inter-community school choir competition and invites you to support the youth of North Belfast as they use music and song to take you on a magical journey this festive season.

Stayin' Alive

Stayin' Alive

11 March, Belfast

Bringing you closer to the music in the intimate theatre format...

Now in their 19th year as the worlds premiere tribute to the Bee Gees, Stayin' Alive continue to tour all corners of the globe with their Number one show dedicated to the magic ...

The King is Back (15 Apr)

The King is Back (15 Apr)

15 April, Belfast

Ben, a multi talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis's DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent, Ben started his journey as...

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