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.

AVA Festival 2016

AVA Festival 2016

04 June, Belfast

AVA Festival announces its return to Belfast's T13 venue after a hugely successful first year event in 2015.

Bad Manners 40th Anniversary Tour

Bad Manners 40th Anniversary Tour

26 June, Belfast

Ska legends, Bad Manners, announce a return to Belfast to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a show at The Limelight 1.

Formed in 1976 in Stoke Newington, London, Bad Manners went on to become heavyweight ska legends and a much loved 1980's ...

ACH Front

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.

Chas & Dave

Chas & 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, ...

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.

The Ben Reel Band in concert

The Ben Reel Band in concert

15 June, Co Londonderry

Irish artist Ben Reel released his eagerly awaited new album in 2015 simply titled `7th’ featuring his great band. Like his previous album, '7th' was recorded & produced by himself in his home studio in Co. Armagh, Ireland.

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.

Fiddler's Green international festival

Fiddler's Green International Festival

24 July - 31 July, Co Down

Come along and indulge in a week of musical and artistic enjoyment for the whole family, set to the magical backdrop of the to the foothills of the Mourne Mountains and shores of Carlingford Lough!

De La Soul

De La Soul

15 June, Belfast

Legendary American hip hop trio, De La Soul, announce a headline show at The Limelight 1 on 15 June.

Formed in Long Island, New York in 1987, De La Soul changed the landscape of hip-hop as we knew it, and are back with a new...

Antrim Fleady

Antrim Fleadh 2016

06 May - 08 May, Co Antrim

The Antrim Fleadh 2016 is a weekend long celebration of Irish music, dance, song and the Irish language.

In Case Of Fire

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.

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.

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.

The Answer - RISE 10th Anniversary Show

The Answer - RISE 10th Anniversary Show

03 June, Belfast

Northern Ireland's greatest rock exports, The Answer, are pleased to announce a very special RISE 10th Anniversary show at The Limelight 2.

RISE gave the band a hit, not only in the UK, but in other key international territories, notably Japan.

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...

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2016

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2016

27 May - 05 June, Co Antrim

In the spectacular Causeway Coast and Glens the communities of Ballycastle and Rathlin Island invite you to come along and join in and help celebrate our rich and diverse maritime culture.

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.

Airbourne

Airbourne

24 August, Belfast

Airbourne is the walking, talking, living, breathing, screaming, spitting, fist-pumping embodiment of all that hard rock has encompassed since the movement began.

Fun-loving, rip-roaring, hard-partying and filled with melodic danger and ...

Ronnie Greer & Band – Tribute to Muddy Waters and the Chicago Greats

Ronnie Greer & Band – Tribute to Muddy Waters and the Chicago Greats

05 August, Co Down

Focusing on the Chicago blues style on this occasion, Ronnie and the band, which includes slide guitarist/vocalist Anthony Toner and keyboard wizard John McCullough, will recreate the searing intensity of blues songs including Muddy Waters and more .

Coasts

Coasts

29 July, Belfast

Critically acclaimed UK rock band, Coasts, announce a headline Belfast show on 29 July at The Limelight 2.

This five piece, who met while at university in Bristol, are proving to be a band who are relentlessly on the rise.

Kaz Hawkins Plays in Limavady

Kaz Hawkins Plays in Limavady

09 June, Co Londonderry

Danny Boy Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival 2016 Launch Night with Northern Ireland’s very own blues darling, Kaz Hawkins stages high energy and original shows. Kaz and her band launch this year’s Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival.

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'.

Van Morrison Dinner & Show

Van Morrison Dinner & Show

18 September - 19 September, Co Down

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see Van Morrison 'up close and personal' at the 5 Star Culloden Estate and Spa on 18 and 19 September 2016.

He's back! Van Morrison returns to Hastings Hotels following the success of his 'Birthday Blues' shows ...

GI Jive

GI Jive

30 July - 05 August, Co Down

Now in its third year, the GI Jive festival is aimed at commemorating and celebrating the presence of the US Army Air Force based in the Kilkeel and Mourne area during the Second World War in the run up to D-Day.

A Tribute to The Eagles & Fleetwood Mac

A Tribute to The Eagles & 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...

Belfast Music Tour

Belfast Music Tour

26 April - 19 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

A Fantastique Payare Finale!

A Fantastique Payare Finale!

27 May, Belfast

Beethoven - Symphony No.4
Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique

Rafael Payare, Conductor

Chief Conductor Rafael Payare brings Season 2015/16 to a thrilling conclusion with a blockbuster programme of music by two of the heavyweights of the ...

Belsonic 2016

Belsonic 2016

09 June - 27 August, Belfast

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets in recent years, Belsonic is relocating to a brand new bigger location at the iconic Titanic Belfast building, and boasting it's most ambitious line up to date.

James Huish in Concert

James Huish in Concert

15 July, Co Down

James has been taking the Northern Ireland theatre scene by storm over the last few years with his fabulous 9 piece band they are definitely the Band of the moment. Don't miss this amazing band appearing in Newcastle as they swing the night away.

An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot

An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot

31 May, Belfast

Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter confirms his first Irish concert dates in over 30 years!

After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it's safe to say that the esteemed performer ...

Country In The Park

Country In The Park

28 May - 29 May, Co Tyrone

A new and exciting country music festival comes to Omagh and the Ulster American folk park for the first time. This fabulous extravaganza of country music will be extra special. Over forty well established along with new and up and coming.

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.

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival

09 June - 12 June, Co Londonderry

Held each year in early June, showcasing the best jazz and blues sounds from across the globe.

The Dead Daisies

The Dead Daisies

21 July, Belfast

Australian-American rock band and musical collective, The Dead Daises announce a headline show at The Limelight 1, Belfast on Thursday 21 July.

Mastodon

Mastodon

14 August, Belfast

Grammy nominated American Heavy Metal outfit Mastodon have announced a Belfast headline show at The Limelight 1 on Sunday 14 August 2016. The band formed in early 2000 and have released six studio albums to date.

Buskfest

Buskfest

25 June, Co Down

BuskFest is an international busking festival which takes place in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. The event, which is now in its 13th year, attracts 6000+ people from across the globe to Banbridge Town Centre.

The Kilkennys In Concert

The Kilkennys In Concert

27 May, Co Fermanagh

The Kilkennys are at the very forefront of the new generation of folk groups taking Irish music to the world. They have already proved to be a hit with Enniskillen audiences and their return will once again show why the reputation of this youthful and energetic four piece group continues to grow well beyond these shores.

Tennent's Vital 2016 - Avicii

Tennent's Vital 2016 - Avicii

26 August, Belfast

One of the biggest names in contemporary music will head the bill on day two of Tennent's Vital, on Friday 26 August.

Global superstar, Avicii who wowed audiences with his sell-out Tennent's Vital appearance in 2013 will be back in Belfast to ...

Flash Harry - The Magic Of Queen (26 Aug)

Flash Harry - The Magic Of Queen (26 Aug)

26 August, Belfast

David Hull Promotions presents Flash Harry - The Music of Queen at Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast.

Flash Harry have been celebrating the music of Queen all over Ireland and the UK for more than 20 years and still fans come to pay homage to the ...

Pirates off Portrush

Pirates off Portrush

02 July - 03 July, Co Antrim

Pirates off Portrush is based around the exploits of Scottish Pirate Tavish Dhu. Family fun with events taking place throughout the town on Saturday and on Sunday a Medieval Festival will be held in Antrim Gardens within a Tented Village.

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