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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.

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Mount Stewart Conversations

17 September - 18 September, Co Down

An unmissable festival weekend of debate, ideas, storytelling, art and music on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2016. Tickets on sale now for an inspiring, mind-expanding, one of a kind weekend at Mount Stewart.

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Saxon

30 October, Belfast

The Battering Ram World Tour:

Saxon have never dealt in half-truths or incomplete missions.

With Sacrifice they filled your heads with heavy metal thunder, and now Saxon want nothing more than to crush them with their very own, ...

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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.

Aspects Festival: Van Morrison - Lit Up Inside

Aspects Festival: Van Morrison - Lit Up Inside

21 September, Co Down

Van Morrison is a man whose legendary blend of mystic poetry and soulful music has inspired and uplifted audiences throughout his extraordinary career and we are delighted that he will headline Aspects Festival on its silver anniversary.

Iúr Cinn Fleadh

Iúr Cinn Fleadh

08 September - 11 September, Co Down

For the third year running Newry City will be awash with Ceol agus Craic for Iúr Cinn Fleadh.
Come and experience the friendly welcome Newry has to offer, try our wonderful restaurants and bars and check out our world class musical talent.

The 2016 Belfast Tattoo

The 2016 Belfast Tattoo

01 September - 03 September, Belfast

The 2016 Belfast Tattoo will once again have a packed line-up of over 600 international, as well as local, performers.

The 2016 Belfast Tattoo is sure to be the most spectacular event and can be enjoyed by young and old.

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.

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 ...

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.

Footsteps in the Forest - Lúnasa Festival

Footsteps in the Forest - Lúnasa Festival

26 August - 27 August, Co Armagh

It’s High Summer at Slieve Gullion, and the mythical creatures who live within our Forest are coming together for their annual meeting. Step in, and step outside the world as you know it.

Newry City Music Festival

Newry City Music Festival

08 September - 11 September, Co Down

Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2016 is a four day event embracing all aspects of Irish Culture and Traditions and will highlight the immense musical and dancing talent of Newry and surrounding areas attracting visitors from throughout Ireland and further afield.

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Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival

24 September - 25 September, Co Down

A three-day festival, sponsored by Finnebrogue Artisan, in honour of Sir Hans Sloane, inventor of milk chocolate, held in his home town of Killyleagh, County Down.

Peninsula Food Showcase

Donaghadee Lights Up

10 September, Co Down

A full programme of music, activities and food, with the highlight of the day being a performance from the world-renowned Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers

08 November, Belfast

Grammy Award-winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Fame member, Kenny Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades, which will be celebrated during his Final World Tour: The Gambler's Last Deal, with ...

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...

Electric Six

Electric Six

25 November, Belfast

Detroit based rock six-piece Electric Six return to Belfast to play Limelight 2. The band, famous for banging tracks 'Danger, High Voltage', 'Gay Bar' and 'Dance Commander' sold out The Limelight on several of their last visits in 2011-2015.

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.

Summer Music at St Patrick's

Summer Music at St Patrick's

07 July - 25 August, Co Londonderry

A series of summer recitals by local, national and international artists.

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.

Tennent's Vital 2016 - Red Hot Chili Peppers & Fall Out Boy

Tennent's Vital 2016 - Red Hot Chili Peppers & Fall Out Boy

25 August, Belfast

Tennent's Vital is back for 2016 with a red hot line up for Boucher Road Playing Fields on Thursday 25 August.

Taking to the main stage for what promises to be a phenomenal headline set will be Red Hot Chili Peppers joined by special guests,...

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, ...

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.

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.

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.

Ards and North Down Ulster-Scots Festival

Ards and North Down Ulster-Scots Festival

04 September - 10 September, Co Down

A week long Borough wide event celebrating the Ulster-Scots with a varied programme of events.

Ukulele Orchestra celebrate one billion seconds of plucking

Ukulele Orchestra celebrate one billion seconds of plucking

07 September, Belfast

Never has a concert tour been more aptly named. Last year The Ukulele Orchestra celebrated 30 plucking years of captivating audiences with their amazing ukulele performances.

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'.

Belsonic 2016

Belsonic 2016

18 August - 27 August, Belfast

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets in recent years, Belsonic has relocated to a brand new, bigger location at the iconic Titanic Belfast building.

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.

Culture Night Armagh

Culture Night Armagh

16 September, Armagh

Culture Night will take place in Armagh on Friday 16th September this year. This is night of free entertainment, discovery and adventure taking place in over 40 towns, cities, counties and islands nationwide.

All Tvvins

All Tvvins

30 October, Belfast

Dublin duo All Tvvins announce a Belfast headline show in The Limelight 2 on Sunday 30 October 2016. Conor and Lar of All Tvvins started making robotic interstellar synth-pop music together in the summer of 2013.

Donal Lunny Triad

Donal Lunny Triad

07 October, Co Londonderry

Multi-instrumentalist and trailblazer Donal Lunny is one of the greatest Irish musicians alive, having been at the forefront of Irish Traditional Music for over than 35 years.

Choral Festival

Choral Festival

13 September - 17 September, Co Down

A week long festival of music with choirs from around the district showcasing their talents with a Saturday Musical Workshop to learn new songs and techniques.

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Obie Trice and 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.

Ulster Bank International Arts Festival

Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival

11 October - 30 October, Belfast

The Festival has announced two separate and major commissions for new creative works from internationally acclaimed artists, Taylor Mac (USA) and Amanda Coogan (Ireland) that will feature as signature events in the 2016 edition.

A Tribute to The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac

A Tribute to The Eagles and 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...

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.

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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.

Alabama 3

Alabama 3

11 November, Belfast

Brixton band Alabama 3 are pleased to announce the '20 Years of Alabama 3 Tour' is coming to Belfast's Limelight 1 on Friday November 11 2016.

Belfast Comedy Festival 2016

Belfast Comedy Festival 2016

28 September - 09 October, Belfast

Belfast's funniest festival is back this autumn with over 50 events to entertain you.

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