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.

Celtronic

Celtronic

24 June - 28 June, Londonderry/Derry

Ireland’s premier electronic music festival, Celtronic 2015 takes place at various venues across Derry from June 24th – 28th. Among the headliners are Derrick May, Clark, Henrik Schwarz, Mano Le Tough, Recondite, Move D, Francesco Tristano, Ripperton, Fort Romeau and many more.

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.

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

Lúnasa

26 June, Belfast

Lúnasa is composed of Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles).

Lúnasa have sold more ...

EastSide Arts Festival

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...

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 ...

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.

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Scottish DJ Calvin Harris holds the record for the most ...

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.

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.

EastSide Arts Festival

EastSide Arts Festival

19 August - 31 August, Belfast

EastSide Arts Festival is an annual festival showcasing the talent of East Belfast.

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Trio

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Trio

31 May, Belfast

Having played at the official open gig at the Duncairn in May 2014, we just had to bring these brilliant musicians back to help us celebrate our 1st Birthday.

For anyone that hasn't yet discovered this amazing trio, then let us introduce you ...

ALDOC

12 June, Belfast

ALDOC is a group started by Alan Doherty and Gerry Paul in 2013. Alan Doherty is one of the most identifiable and respected flute-players in Irish music. He is widely recognized as the lead soloist on the "Lord of the Rings" soundtrack and for his...

Van Morrison Big Birthday Blues Concert

Van Morrison Big Birthday Blues Concert

19 July - 24 August, Co Down

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see Van Morrison at the magnificant Slieve Donard Resort & Spa. Previous guests will vouch for the very special atmosphere created in such an intimate setting, recreating the feel of Jazz clubs of yesteryear. It is an ideal setting for Van to play the songs you know, in the way he feels he should play them now.

Summer Jamm in Strabane

Summer Jamm in Strabane

13 June, Co Tyrone

Get ready for a family fun day out with the return of the Strabane Summer Jamm on the 13th June 2015. Strabane will come alive with music, street entertainers, sporting events, gardening & cookery displays, fun fair and food and craft markets

City of Derry International Choral Festival

City of Derry International Choral Festival

22 October - 25 October, Londonderry/Derry

Created as a joyous celebration of choral music-making, the festival provides opportunities for competitive and non-competitive participation for singers across a wide range of styles, ensembles and ages

The Bronx/ Torche

The Bronx/ Torche

27 May, Belfast

The Bronx & Torche have announced that they'll play a very special double headline show at The Limelight 1 on Wednesday 27th May, combining their respective solo headline shows scheduled for the date!

All purchased tickets remain valid from ...

The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem

07 June, Belfast

New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem return to Belfast touring their eagerly-anticipated new album 'Get Hurt' next June at Limelight 1.

Walled City Music Festival

Walled City Music Festival

04 June - 07 June, Londonderry/Derry

The Walled City Music Festival is back for its 7th year of top-class music-making from some of the world’s top classical musicians alongside a fantastic line-up of some of Derry’s up-and-coming talent. The festival will be held from 4th to 7th June in beautiful surrounds of The Great Hall, Ulster University Magee.

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17th Annual Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival

20 May - 25 May, Belfast

Now in its 17th year, The 'International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival' started out with only 20 gigs and has now progressed into one of the World's most popular blues festivals boasting over 90 gigs.

The festival organiser's have always ...

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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.

Linenfields Festival

Linenfields Festival

21 August - 22 August, Co Down

Two days of spectacular music, Friday 21st August has American Country Tribute Artists Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond ,Garth Brooks and Jonny Cash on stage throughout the evening. Saturday 22nd from 5pm has local boy Nathan Carter with friends including Hugo Duncan.

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)

Van Morrison at Blues on the Bay

Van Morrison at Blues on the Bay

24 May, Belfast

Performing in the intimate setting of Warrenpoint Town Hall and treating fans to songs from his new duets album, Van Morrison returns to the Blues on the Bay Festival.

Morrison's visionary song writing and mastery of many genres continued to ...

The Curtis Magee Fanfayre

The Curtis Magee Fanfayre

21 June - 24 June, Co Londonderry

Join Curtis Magee and a host of fellow stars for four nights of non-stop entertainment at The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine.

`Shake, Rattle & Roll' with The Soda Popz!

Shake, Rattle & Roll' with The Soda Popz!

25 July, Co Down

Prepare to be razzle dazzled this summer! Having played to packed dance floors around the country, Northern Ireland's only 1950s Rock n Roll band, The Soda Popz,are set to make a sensational return to the Newcastle Centre this summer

Methodist College Gala Easter Concert

Art Garfunkel

14 September, Belfast

Art Garfunkel brings his two-man show (with guitarist Tab Laven) to the Waterfront. His live set encompasses his solo hits, Simon and Garfunkel songs, cuts from his favorite songwriters - Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, A.C.

Belfast 'Titango' Tango Festival

Belfast 'Titango' Tango Festival

19 June - 21 June, Belfast

Belfast's Fourth International 'Titango' Festival, takes place from 19-21 June in the Crescent Arts Centre, University Road, Belfast.

Belfast Music Tour (31 Oct)

Belfast Music Tour (14 November)

14 November, 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.

Black Grape

Black Grape

20 June, Belfast

Black Grape was everything that Happy Mondays always were, only better.

Newcastle Summer Season - Brigid O'Neill Band

Newcastle Summer Season - Brigid O'Neill Band

17 July, Co Down

County Down singer-songwriter Brigid O’Neill is still riding the crest of a wave following the launch of her acclaimed new EP of original songs, 'Arrivals and Departures’ in September 2014.
Brigid’s music is a mix of country blues and folk.

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 ...

Belfast Music Tour (31 Oct)

Belfast Music Tour (25 July)

25 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, by way of awesome guitar players, traditional and folk, to punk rock and Hollywood soundtracks.

Quire 10 - Something Inside So Strong

Quire 10 - Something Inside So Strong

06 June, Co Antrim

Join Quire Belfast, to celebrate their 10 year anniversary as Northern Ireland's only LGBT choir.

Sit back and enjoy a selection of their 10 year repertoire of hits including 'Like A Prayer' by Madonna and 'Let It Go'.

Victoria Lagan Dance & Drama Showcase Night

Victoria Lagan Dance & Drama Showcase Night

19 June - 20 June, Co Londonderry

A night of performance from contemporary dance, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, commercial, acrobatics, classical singing, musical theatre numbers, drama plays and monologues with special guest appearances from professional London performers.

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.

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons

17 November, Belfast

With their highly anticipated new album 'Smoke + Mirrors' out imminently, US chart phenomenon Imagine Dragons play ten UK arena shows this November.

Live, the band are fast becoming one of the best in the business.

Belfast Music Tour (31 Oct)

Belfast Music Tour (26 Sept)

26 September, 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.

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.

An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot

An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot

31 May, Belfast

Tickets on sale at 9am, Thrusday 21 May 2015.

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