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.

Chas & Dave

Chas & 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, ...

Roe Valley Folk Festival

Roe Valley Folk Festival

28 October - 30 October, Co Londonderry

The Festival is renowned for its mix of folk music, dance and traditional sessions. This year's line-up has reflected the many changes in the folk music scene.

ACH Front

The Mark Trammell Quartet

10 September, Armagh

The Mark Trammell Quartet are one of America's premier southern gospel groups and ND Concerts are delighted to be the promoter bringing them to Armagh for their first ever visit.

SunflowerFest 2016

SunflowerFest 2016

05 August - 07 August, Co Down

SunflowerFest is a 3 day music and arts festival on Tubby's Farm just outside Hillsborough.

Belsonic 2016

Belsonic 2016

09 June - 27 August, Belfast

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets in recent years, Belsonic is relocating to a brand new bigger location at the iconic Titanic Belfast building, and boasting it's most ambitious line up to date.

Fiddler's Green international festival

Fiddler's Green International Festival

24 July - 31 July, Co Down

Come along and indulge in a week of musical and artistic enjoyment for the whole family, set to the magical backdrop of the to the foothills of the Mourne Mountains and shores of Carlingford Lough!

Farset Belfast

Farset Belfast

30 May, Belfast

The River Farset is hidden underground, flowing beneath our bustling streets. On Monday 30 May, the Farset will be celebrated in a series of free events at points in the city that grew around the river.

A Tribute to The Eagles & Fleetwood Mac

A Tribute to The Eagles & Fleetwood Mac

03 September, Belfast

The show features a special tribute to Glenn Frey - founding member of the Eagles and icon of the west coast sound - who we said goodbye to in January this year.

After 20 years of packing the crowds in, The Illegals remain as popular as...

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 ...

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2016

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2016

27 May - 05 June, Co Antrim

In the spectacular Causeway Coast and Glens the communities of Ballycastle and Rathlin Island invite you to come along and join in and help celebrate our rich and diverse maritime culture.

Belfast Music Tour

Belfast Music Tour

26 April - 19 July, 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

Level 42

Level 42

01 October, Belfast

One of the most successful British bands of the 1980s, Level 42 have released 14 studio albums, 7 live albums and 6 compilation albums and sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Bad Manners 40th Anniversary Tour

Bad Manners 40th Anniversary Tour

26 June, Belfast

Ska legends, Bad Manners, announce a return to Belfast to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a show at The Limelight 1.

Formed in 1976 in Stoke Newington, London, Bad Manners went on to become heavyweight ska legends and a much loved 1980's ...

Buskfest

Buskfest

25 June, Co Down

BuskFest is an international busking festival which takes place in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. The event, which is now in its 13th year, attracts 6000+ people from across the globe to Banbridge Town Centre.

Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka

14 October, Belfast

British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka is pleased to announce his return to Belfast on Friday 14 October at The Limelight 2. The 2012 BBC Sounds poll winner returns with his new album 'Love & Hate'.

Nickelback

Nickelback

10 October, Belfast

Multi-platinum selling rock band Nickelback are set to embark on a massive headline tour in 2016 with support coming from fellow Canadian rockers Monster Truck.

Dublin Gospel Choir in Concert

Dublin Gospel Choir in Concert

17 July, Co Down

Dublin Gospel Choir are a group of performers with a shared love of music and the joy it can bring. Versatile, professional, passionate and vibrant they uplift and energise with powerful voices and rich harmonies.

AVA Festival 2016

AVA Festival 2016

04 June, Belfast

AVA Festival announces its return to Belfast's T13 venue after a hugely successful first year event in 2015.

Buzzcocks

Buzzcocks

04 November, Belfast

Buzzcocks, one of the most important and influential bands ever, are proud to announce their 40th Anniversary Tour is coming to Belfast's Limelight 1 on Friday 4 November 2016.

The Ben Reel Band in concert

The Ben Reel Band in concert

15 June, Co Londonderry

Irish artist Ben Reel released his eagerly awaited new album in 2015 simply titled `7th’ featuring his great band. Like his previous album, '7th' was recorded & produced by himself in his home studio in Co. Armagh, Ireland.

Lisa Hannigan with Zoë Conway & John McIntyre

Lisa Hannigan with Zoë Conway & John McIntyre

16 July, Co Down

Singer, songwriter, and musician, Lisa Hannigan will play a venue with a difference, St Malachy's Church, Castlewellan will welcome Lisa with Zoe Conway and John McIntyre as they preview songs from her forthcoming third studio album.

Pride In Newry Parade

Pride In Newry Parade

03 September, Co Down

The Pride In Newry parade is a colourful spectacle full of fun and atmosphere with music, floats, inter-active street performers, family and children's entertainment and a free outdoor Gala concert.

Stendhal Festival

Stendhal Festival

12 August - 13 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art brings an all encompassing artistic experience to the Roe Valley, home of Danny Boy. Experience the syndrome with Stendhal Festival of Art.

The Dead Daisies

The Dead Daisies

21 July, Belfast

Australian-American rock band and musical collective, The Dead Daises announce a headline show at The Limelight 1, Belfast on Thursday 21 July.

Against The Current

Against The Current

26 September, Belfast

Against the Current are a pop-punk band that formed in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2011.

Tennent's Vital 2016 - Avicii

Tennent's Vital 2016 - Avicii

26 August, Belfast

One of the biggest names in contemporary music will head the bill on day two of Tennent's Vital, on Friday 26 August.

Global superstar, Avicii who wowed audiences with his sell-out Tennent's Vital appearance in 2013 will be back in Belfast to ...

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival

09 June - 12 June, Co Londonderry

Held each year in early June, showcasing the best jazz and blues sounds from across the globe.

City of Derry Guitar Festival

City of Derry Guitar Festival

25 August - 28 August, Londonderry/Derry

The City of Derry Guitar Festival has been entertaining audiences throughout the North West for over ten years, bringing many of the world’s greatest guitarists to the city.

Obie Trice & Guests

Tom Odell

02 November, Belfast

Ivor Novello and Brit Award winning English singer/songwriter Tom Odell is pleased to announce a return to Belfast at The Limelight 1 on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart

14 November - 15 November, Belfast

Rod Stewart has announced he is adding a Belfast date to the 'From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits 2016' arena tour that will feature his biggest hits from 1970 to 2016.

Coleraine's Road to the Somme

Coleraine's Road to the Somme

30 June - 02 July, Co Londonderry

To mark the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, where many men from the Coleraine area valiantly served, there will be three days of events commemorating this significant period during WW1, that resulted in great loss of life.

Moving On Music Presents Yorkston, Thorne & Khan

Moving On Music Presents Yorkston, Thorne & Khan

06 August, Belfast

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan are an experimental group that includes James Yorkston, one of the most "influential singer/songwriters on the Scottish folk scene", Suhail Yusuf Khan, award winning sarangi player and classical singer from New Delhi and Jon ...

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.

Mastodon

Mastodon

14 August, Belfast

Grammy nominated American Heavy Metal outfit Mastodon have announced a Belfast headline show at The Limelight 1 on Sunday 14 August 2016. The band formed in early 2000 and have released six studio albums to date.

Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive

16 November, Belfast

The band's Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony, was released in February to critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone describing the album as 'pop with a timeless feel', and NPR announcing, '2016 will be the year Lake Street Dive becomes a ...

Van Morrison in Concert

Van Morrison in Concert

03 July - 04 July, Co Down

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see Van Morrison 'up close and personal' at the magnificent Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle County Down on 3rd & 4th July and 21st and 22nd August 2016.

De La Soul

De La Soul

15 June, Belfast

Legendary American hip hop trio, De La Soul, announce a headline show at The Limelight 1 on 15 June.

Formed in Long Island, New York in 1987, De La Soul changed the landscape of hip-hop as we knew it, and are back with a new...

Obie Trice & Guests

Obie Trice & Guests

30 September, Belfast

World renowned American rapper and songwriter Obie Trice announces a Belfast headline show at The Limelight 2 on Friday 30 September 2016.

Harpers Hollow

Cairncastle Bluegrass Musical Evening

17 June, Co Antrim

Cairncastle Bluegrass Musical Evening at the Halfway House, Ballgally starring Roni Stoneman and the Harpers Hollow Bluegrass Band.

An Evening of Causeway Delights

An Evening of Causeway Delights

17 June, Co Londonderry

An evening of Music and Variety designed to raise funds for two, very worthy causes. An inspirational evening of Causeway Coast Delights hosted by Neil and Paul McMaster. Featuring local talents from around the North Coast.

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