Belsonic, Belfast.
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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.

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 ...

Farmer Dan in Concert

Farmer Dan in Concert

16 May, Co Londonderry

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

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 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 ...

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...

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

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.

Donaghadee Male Voice Choir

Donaghadee Male Voice Choir

23 May, Co Fermanagh

Founded in 1932, Donaghadee Male Voice Choir has over 70 members and its repertoire embraces both sacred and secular music including popular, folk, traditional and operatic works.

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.

Anthony Toner

Anthony Toner

30 May, Co Fermanagh

The Belfast-based singer, also an accomplished guitarist, is back on the road with a brand new album, ‘Miles and Weather’.

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.

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.

Jailhouse Rock Live at The Crum

Jailhouse Rock Live at The Crum

15 August, Belfast

Performing for their first sentence at Crumlin Road Gaol on 27 March 2015, Ciaran Houlihan (European Elvis Champion) and his band present 'Jailhouse Rock' the Elvis Tribute.

Watch an extraordinary tribute performance to one of 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.

Sunflowerfest

Sunflowerfest

31 July - 02 August, Co Down

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

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.

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 ...

Belsonic 2015 - Bastille, Echosmith & Mini Mansions

Belsonic 2015 - Bastille, Echosmith & Mini Mansions

25 August, Belfast

Bastille were signed by Virgin Records and tipped by a vociferous network of discerning bloggers. After three singles they were selling out their first headline UK tour before their album was even released.

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 ...

Thursday Traditional Irish Music, Dance and Dinner Night

Thursday Traditional Irish Music, Dance and Dinner Night

07 May - 29 October, Co Fermanagh

Every thursday night from 7th May to 29th October Black Cat Cove presents visitors with the opportunity to hear local musicians play a selection of Irish Music in the warmth of the Black Cat Cove, Belleek.

Mud Morganfield

Mud Morganfield

22 May, Belfast

International blues megastar coming to this year's Blues on the Bay Festival is the eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield.

Mud's travels are taking him and his music worldwide with appearances in the biggest festivals and ...

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).

Legends of American Country

Legends of American Country

07 May, Co Tyrone

Legends of American Country

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.

Sean Keane Concert

Sean Keane Concert

19 June, Co Tyrone

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

Belfast Music Tour (31 Oct)

Belfast Music Tour (27 June)

27 June, 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.

All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2015

All Ireland Pipe Band Championships 2015

04 July, Co Tyrone

On Saturday 9th August from 12pm -6pm, 54 Pipe Bands from all over Ireland will perform at the Omagh Rugby Club Grounds (off main A5 towards Strabane)

Belfast Music Tour (31 Oct)

Belfast Music Tour (29 August)

29 August, 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.

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.

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Ronnie Greer playing the blues at Palomo

Co Armagh

Returning to Palomo Bistro on Friday is Ronnie Greer, Ireland’s greatest Blues Guitarist accompanied by highly regarded Johnny McCullough on Keyboards. An electrifying night of live blues is guaranteed.

Danny Boy Festival: ArtCart from Wheelworks

Danny Boy Festival: ArtCart from Wheelworks

16 May, Co Londonderry

The ArtCart is WheelWorks' unique dedicated mobile arts vehicle: an amazing purpose-built vehicle featuring sound recording studio, digitial music and photography computer workstations with all the latest software and stage facilities.

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2015

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2015

22 May - 31 May, Co Antrim

An exciting annual celebration centred on Rathlin Sound, the body of water that lies between Rathlin and Ballycastle on the spectacular north coast of Ireland, right in the heart of the Causeway Coast and Glens.

Ritchie Remo in Concert

Ritchie Remo in Concert

19 November, Co Antrim

Ritchie Remo is now highly regarded as one of Ireland's top entertainers and attractions on the live scene, with 4 studio albums under his belt and a string of awards this young versatile entertainer is a must see act for all concert goers .

Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes

Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes

22 May, Co Londonderry

Albert Lee, by common consent one of the world’s finest guitar-players, needs no introduction to Country Music & Rock fans.

August Féile

August Féile

30 July - 09 August, Belfast

The 27th Féile explodes into colourful life across West Belfast and beyond from 30 July to 9th August.

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.

Newcastle Summer Season - Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh

Newcastle Summer Season - Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh

24 July, Co Down

The Ultimate Classic Rock Double Tribute to Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Widely regarded as one of the best live tribute acts in the country, The Illegals are back at the Newcastle Centre this summer with their ever-popular, classic-rock tribute show.

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...

Newcastle Summer Season - The Elvis Spectacular

Newcastle Summer Season - The Elvis Spectacular

21 August, Co Down

Now in its 19th year, The Elvis Spectacular starring Ciaran Houlihan is Ireland’s premiere Elvis show. Ciaran looks like Elvis, sounds like Elvis, moves like Elvis and all his costumes are designed and created by Elvis’s original costumer,

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