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.

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.

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...

James Huish Christmas Spectacular

James Huish Christmas Spectacular

18 December, Belfast

James Huish makes a triumphant return to the Grand Opera House in time for Christmas 2016 with this 'swinging' Christmas spectacular, following his critically-acclaimed performances in previous years.

James has been taking the Northern Ireland ...

Jake O’Kane ‘Old Enough To Know Better’

Jake O’Kane ‘Old Enough To Know Better’

30 December, Co Fermanagh

Continuing his run of sell-out tours, Jake O’Kane is back with his new show, ‘Old Enough to Know Better’.

Lush Classical 2017

Lush Classical 2017

07 October, Belfast

October 2016 saw one of the most spectacular dance events ever held in Northern Ireland.
 
A phenomenal, first-of-its-kind event featuring a 60-piece classical orchestra, world-renowned DJs and live vocalists playing floor fillers from the past ...

The Elvis Tribute Night with Jim Brown

The Elvis Tribute Night with Jim Brown

06 January, Co Down

The Elvis Tribute night with Jim Brown, The King, and his music promises to be a night of many hits, dancing, and is an amazing live sensation with one of the greatest Elvis tribute acts working today.

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...

The High Kings – ‘Grace and Glory’ Tour

The High Kings – ‘Grace and Glory’ Tour

29 December, Co Fermanagh

The High Kings, the true heirs of Ireland’s folk heritage, are back with their new ‘Grace and Glory’ tour.

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, ...

The Outcasts Xmas Party

The Outcasts Xmas Party

16 December, Belfast

Celebrating 40 years as a band in 2017, Belfast's The Outcasts bring the seasonal cheer once more with a fun packed Xmas party at Belfast's Black Box on Friday 16 December.

HRSE Season Ensemble: While You Listen

HRSE Season Ensemble: While You Listen

16 December, Belfast

This concert will feature the premiere of another HRSE commission (with funds from ACNI), this time from Simon Mawhinney, a lecturer in the School of Arts English and Languages.

Ardú Vocal Ensemble and Friends

Ardú Vocal Ensemble and Friends

23 December, Belfast

Ardú Vocal Ensemble continue their Friends charity concert series with two concerts this December in aid of The Simon Communities of Ireland.

On Friday, 23 December, Ardú will be joined by renowned soprano Suzanne Savage and Capella from The ...

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 ...

Take That Tribute

Take That Tribute

06 January - 07 January, Belfast

Totally Take That are unquestionably the busiest and best tribute to Take That in the UK.

Based in the north of England, but travelling across the whole of the UK and Ireland with their show, the ensemble consists of a number of singers, ...

Sing For Life Christmas Concert

Sing For Life Christmas Concert

19 December, Belfast

Join the Sing For Life Community Choir for their annual Christmas Concert!
Hosted
by the Choir's patron Noel Thompson, come along and get in the festive
mood with classic carols and popular songs to mark the holiday season.

The Crescent ...

Bowie Experience

Bowie Experience

04 February, Belfast

Bowie Experience, the most successful David Bowie tribute show in the world, hits the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday 4 February 2017.

Country Showtime

Country Showtime

28 December, Co Down

The Annual Country Show in the Iveagh Theatre with stars from up and down the country on stage helping to blow away the Christmas cobwebs! This is a charity event with an all-star line up of up and coming singers.

The Flax Trust Christmas Gala Competition

The Flax Trust Christmas Gala Competition

15 December, Belfast

The Flax Trust is proud to present the inter-community school choir competition and invites you to support the youth of North Belfast as they use music and song to take you on a magical journey this festive season.

Sean Cuddy Country Dance Night

Sean Cuddy Country Dance Night

26 December, Co Down

Shawn and his band are one of hardest working bands on the dance and concert circuit and work between Ireland, England and Scotland where he is now a household name so get you dancing shoes on and enjoy a night of country dance music at its best.

Johnny Brady in Concert

Johnny Brady in Concert

16 December, Co Down

Johnny Brady has become a household name on the Country Music scene in Ireland with his live band, and energetic performances, the ‘Johnny Experience’ is a must see with fans flocking from all over to see him live.

Belfast Community Gospel Choir Christmas Show

Belfast Community Gospel Choir Christmas Show

11 December, Belfast

Get in the festive spirit with BCGC at the Belfast Waterfront.

This show will feature everything from Christmas classics to big gospel ballads.

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 Linley Hamilton Quintet

The Linley Hamilton Quintet

13 January, Belfast

This quintet is one of Ireland's most respected and popular bands. Share the sheer musicality that this band generates and the fun and passion that they purvey.

Cliona Hagan Country Music Night

Cliona Hagan Country Music Night

23 December, Co Down

Cliona Hagan blasted onto the Irish Country music scene less than eight months ago and has definitely left her unique stamp. With her latest singles; We're all gonna die someday, Cowboy Yodel Song and I need someone to hold me when I cry.

Festive Reflections with Phil Coulter

Festive Reflections with Phil Coulter

17 December, Co Fermanagh

Come and join Phil at The Ardhowen where he will perform new arrangements of all his favourite classic songs from ‘The Town I Loved So Well’ to ‘Steal Away’ along with a seasonal selection with his very special guest, Geraldine Branagan.

Elvis Show and All American Buffet at the Europa Hotel

Elvis Show and All American Buffet at the Europa Hotel

27 December - 29 December, Belfast

Join in between Christmas and New Year for one of the fabulous live Elvis tribute shows - or buy tickets as the perfect Christmas Gift! 'The King', Jim Brown and his band, Ireland's Premier Elvis Tribute Act, performing live at the Europa on ...

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 ...

Craig David

Craig David

06 April, Belfast

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

Dave Martin and the Casino Cats

Dave Martin and the Casino Cats

14 January, Belfast

Dave Martin's swing band, the Casino Cats boasts the finest swing and jazz musicians around, with piano saxophone, trumpet, double bass and drums.

The Priests in Concert

The Priests in Concert

22 December, Co Down

We are delighted that The Priests will be at the Slieve Donard this Christmas singing much loved classics as well as cherised seasonal songs. The Priests are a classical musical trio made up of three Catholic priests from Northern Ireland.

The Twelve Days of Christmas with The Whistlin’ Donkeys

The Twelve Days of Christmas with The Whistlin’ Donkeys

15 December, Co Fermanagh

Hailing from County Tyrone, The Whistlin’ Donkeys, are described as Ireland’s favourite Irish traditional folk/rock band. Following their previous visit to The Ardhowen in December 2015, they are back for what is guaranteed to be another fantastic performance.

Black Tie Gala Event

Black Tie Gala Event

31 December, Belfast

New Year's Eve celebrations at the Europa are second to none! With fabulous live music, fine food, fun and laughter, it's the perfect place to bring in the New Year in style. The traditional splendour is the backdrop for the Black Tie Gala Ball.

Rock n Roll Years

Rock 'n Roll Years

21 January, Belfast

From the producers of Do You Come Here Often, following two sell out shows at the Grand Opera House, George Jones will host a brand new show celebrating songs from the 50s and 60s.

Featuring the music of iconic stars such as Bobby Darin, Bobby...

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 ...

A Festive Choral Service

15 December, Londonderry/Derry

Join us for mulled wine and mince pies and the best of Christmas Music in Seaneaglais (The former Great James Street Presbyterian Church).

Viennese Christmas Spectacular

Viennese Christmas Spectacular

18 December, Belfast

London Concertante is the UKs leading chamber orchestra, currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary season.

Zat You Santa Claus

Zat You Santa Claus

15 December, Co Londonderry

Named after the Louis Armstrong Christmas classic, come and celebrate the magic and miracles of the festive season with Dublin-based Emilie Conway and her acclaimed band.

Christmas Party Nights at the Grand Opera House

Christmas Party Nights at the Grand Opera House

08 December - 17 December, Belfast

As if Christmas parties weren't scandalous enough, May McFettridge has been invited along for some madcap Christmas party fun in the Baby Grand Studio! Your ticket for this memorable festive event includes a delicious three-course meal, ...

Duke Special

Duke Special

28 December, Co Down

Duke Special returns to the stage at the Bronte Church bringing his unique style and stunning music catalogue . Having a connection to the area through his grandmother, Duke Special tells many a tale of his youth visiting in Rathfriland.

Masquerade at the Malmaison

Masquerade at the Malmaison

31 December, Belfast

Spend your last hours of 2016 enjoying the magical atmosphere of the brasserie, savouring the mystery of the well thought-out ingredients and move through to the Mal Bar where the stunning music, enchanting cocktails and fascinating company will ...

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