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.

Salmon & Whiskey Festival

Salmon & Whiskey Festival

17 June - 18 June, Co Antrim

The Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey 2 day event celebrates the local culture, heritage and local produce. Bushmills is the ‘gateway to the Giant’s Causeway’ and home of world renowned Bushmills Distillery and the River Bush Salmon.

Harvest 2017 - Country Music Festival

Harvest 2017 - Country Music Festival

26 August - 28 August, Co Fermanagh

HARVEST 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200

Vauxhall International North West 200

07 May - 13 May, Co Antrim

The Vauxhall International North West 200 attracts the finest line-up of road racers on the planet, drawing thousands of visitors to watch the festival of speed where stars like Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and John McGuiness thrill 85,000 fans.

13th United Airlines Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival

13th United Airlines Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival

01 March - 05 March, Belfast

Over five days in March, more than one hundred local and international artists will perform in thirty concerts and showcases at the 13th United Airlines Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival in the Clayton Hotel Belfast.

This year's line-up ...

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 ...

Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival

Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling Festival

19 October - 22 October, Co Antrim

A festival of scary tales and fine music taking place in the Glens of Antrim, an area rich in folklore. This unique festival celebrates the beautiful locality and our story telling tradition.

Atlantic Sessions

Atlantic Sessions

16 November - 19 November, Co Londonderry

A feast of musical talent, featuring over 30 artists in over 20 venues, including bars, coffee shops, hotels and town halls across Portrush, Portstewart and Portballintrae, throughout 4 days. Most gigs are admission free.

The Portstewart Community Red Sails Festival

The Portstewart Community Red Sails Festival

23 July - 29 July, Co Londonderry

The Red Sails Festival brings a diverse range of musical events, children's entertainment, competitions, street theatre and dance to Portstewart. The grand finale is a spectacular fireworks display at 22:00 hrs on Saturday 29th July.

Music City

Music City

21 June - 27 June, Londonderry/Derry

Welcome to Music City - The Festival Where Everyone Can Play. Since the festival’s inception in 2013, Music City has become a highlight in the city’s cultural calendar.

Andy Cooney, On The Eighth Day

Andy Cooney, On The Eighth Day

06 April, Co Antrim

On the eighth day tour featuring star of New York’s Carnegie hall Andy Cooney coming to Ballymoney Town Hall direct from the USA.

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys

20 May, Belfast

You can capsulise most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they have had and how many millions of albums they have sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you are assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band...

The Little Shop of Horrors Musical

The Little Shop of Horrors Musical

28 March - 01 April, Co Down

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken

Sunflowerfest

Sunflowerfest

28 July - 30 July, Co Down

The Sunflowerfest is delighted to announce their 2017 festival theme. Think sci-fi and space, string theory and the multiverse, a place like no other yet oddly the same, a massive upgrade of the status quo...

Brilliant Corners - A Festival of Jazz in Belfast

Brilliant Corners - A Festival of Jazz in Belfast

07 March - 11 March, Belfast

Hello and welcome to Brilliant Corners number five.

There are five candles on the Brilliant Comers birthday cake this year! Where does time go? The festival is back with another incredible line-up featuring some of the most varied, exciting, ...

Bowie Experience: The Golden Years Tour

Bowie Experience: The Golden Years Tour

28 April, Belfast

The Bowie Experience is a breathtaking concert celebrating the music of the world's greatest pop icon, David Bowie.

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Chamber Choir Ireland & Irish Chamber Orchestra

23 February, Belfast

Marking the 800th anniversary of the arrival of Magna Carta in Ireland, Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Hillier will perform Tarik O’Regan & Alice Goodman’s large-scale work A Letter of Rights.

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...

Craig David

Craig David

06 April, Belfast

It has been the most talked about and relevant return to music by an artist in decades.

Elvis Does the Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Does the Jailhouse Rock

08 April, Belfast

Award winning Elvis Tribute Act Ciaran Houlihan brings his show to #LiveAtTheCrum this April.

The Real Thing, Alex Charles of Heatwave and Jaki Graham

The Real Thing, Alex Charles of Heatwave and Jaki Graham

23 June, Belfast

Return to the glory days of jazz funk and soul with real dance music legends as GRT Entertainments present a soul-sational evening of non-stop, live dance floor anthems including 'You to Me Are Everything', 'Boogie Nights' and 'Set Me ...

Mike Denvir in Concert

Mike Denvir in Concert

18 March, Co Down

When it comes to Irish country music Mike Denver has become a house-hold name in just a decade. While other performers took years to reach the top Mike did his time learning his trade before he was spotted and catapulted to almost instant fame.

The Auld Lammas Fair

The Auld Lammas Fair

28 August - 29 August, Co Antrim

Visit Ireland's traditional oldest fair which takes place on the last Monday and Tuesday of August. The present day fair provides street entertainment and features more than 400 stalls.

EA SE Music Service Spring Concert at the Assembly Buildings

EA SE Music Service Spring Concert at the Assembly Buildings

01 April, Belfast

The bands and orchestras from the Education Authority South Eastern Region will perform a concert at the Assembly Buildings, Belfast.

The concert will feature bands and orchestras from Bangor, Castlereagh, Down and Lisburn along with the Youth ...

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

08 October, Belfast

Live Nation and MCD Productions are honoured to announce - on his birthday - that musical icon, Grammy award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member, Neil Diamond will be extending his 50th anniversary tour to the UK and Europe in 2017.

Peace Proms - Cross Border Orchestra Of Ireland

Peace Proms - Cross Border Orchestra Of Ireland

26 February, Belfast

Established as a peace initiative in 1995, the Cross Border Orchestra for Ireland (CBOI) is a highly acclaimed and celebrated youth orchestra with over 120 members from north and south of Ireland.

Belfast Community Gospel Choir Concert

Belfast Community Gospel Choir Concert

19 March, Co Down

Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) is Northern Ireland’s first and only multicultural gospel choir and will be appearing in St Patrick's Church, Downpatrick Sunday 19th March 2017 charged with joy, passion and energy.

The Alan Barnes Quintet

The Alan Barnes Quintet

23 March, Belfast

Great music for a great audience - multi-award winning saxophonist Alan Barnes, one of British jazz's outstanding characters returns to Belfast heading up an exciting quintet of jazz musicians.

Johnny Cash Tribute with June Carter

Johnny Cash Tribute with June Carter

11 March, Belfast

Crumlin Road Gaol presents the Johnny Cash Tribute concert to celebrate the music of one of America's greatest music performers in a unique and authentic show.

Just like Johnny Cash took the stage in his famous gig in Folsom Prison, he will ...

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

26 May - 04 June, Co Antrim

Come along and join in and help celebrate our rich and diverse maritime culture during the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

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...

A Letter of Rights - Chamber Choir Ireland

A Letter of Rights - Chamber Choir Ireland

23 February, Belfast

In November 1216, The Great Charter of Ireland (Magna Carta Hibernae) was issued and arrived in Ireland in February 1217.

Thriller Live

Thriller Live

16 March - 18 March, Belfast

This spectacular show takes you on an electrifying journey through the magic of Michael Jackson's 45 year musical career.

Revel in non-stop hits from pop to rock and soul to disco as the cast 'thrill' you with their homage to Jackson's ...

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City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival

27 April - 01 May, Londonderry/Derry

The festival, now in its 15th year will offer music lovers a fantastic programme of live music between 28th April and 5th May and is one of the region’s most anticipated and talked about social events of the year.

The Dirty Onion presents Live at the Onion

The Dirty Onion presents Live at the Onion

10 March - 11 March, Belfast

The Dirty Onion proudly present Live at the Onion. Now in the third year, The Dirty Onion unites the best local talent on stage for one weekend.

Grab a drink and some food from the BBQ from 6pm onwards and make a night of it.

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Roe Valley Singers and Friends with Special Guests...The Kansas State University Orchestra, USA

Roe Valley Singers and Friends with Special Guests

23 March, Co Londonderry

This friendship concert, given in aid of ‘Daffodil Day’, promises to be a real treat for all lovers of popular classic music and traditional Celtic song - there may even be a show tune or two – something to suit every taste.

Heart of the Glens Festival

Heart of the Glens Festival

05 August - 13 August, Co Antrim

2017 is the 27th anniversary of Heart of the Glens Festival one of the most successful community festivals in Northern Ireland. The programme of events is as varied and entertaining as ever with something for all the family.

Baby Rave - Baby Ska

Baby Rave - Baby Ska

11 March - 12 March, Belfast

A fun-filled disco for parents and babies with non-stop music, colourful visual projections and dance facilitators to help your babies get down to the beat.

Times: 11.15am, 12.45pm, 2.45pm, 4.15pm.
Duration: 60 minutes.
Age: 0-4 ...

Train

Train

25 October, Belfast

On the heels of the highly-anticipated release of their tenth studio album, a girl a bottle a boat, San Francisco-natives Train announced their Play That Song Tour will be heading overseas for an international run including dates for Belfast in ...

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 ...

St Patrick's Day at The Dirty Onion

St Patrick's Day at The Dirty Onion

17 March, Belfast

The Dirty Onion is Belfast's oldest building with real Irish music and craic seven nights a week.

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