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.

Monsters of Rot

Monsters of Rot V Rock Festival

01 August, Co Fermanagh

Monsters of Rot features metal, punk, hardcore and crust from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe!

Featured headliners this year are Xerath (UK), Abbaddon Incarnate (Ire), VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC (Austria), Guttrench (Irl), and Okus (Irl)!

Jazz Supper Clubs

Jazz Supper Clubs

19 June - 28 August, Londonderry/Derry

Jazz Supper Club at the Millennium Forum is a firm favourite of music lovers with live jazz music, 3 course meal & wine - £25.00 per person

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Ulster Fleadh 2015

18 July - 26 July, Co Tyrone

The big build-up for Fleadh Uladh 2015 has well and truly begun with an exciting line-up with a packed schedule of events from 18th - 26th July.

Gospelfest

Gospelfest

21 August - 23 August, Co Londonderry

GospelFest dates have just been confirmed for the 21st-23rd August 2015. This years line up is another one of diversity and quality gospel music. Ranging from Bluegrass to Country, Southern Gospel to Old-time Gospel, there will be a genre for everyone. So why not make a date in your diary for GospelFest this year. Come and join us and enjoy the music and fellowship, you'd sure be welcome!

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.

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

City Of Lisburn Pipe Band Championships

City Of Lisburn Pipe Band Championships

01 August, Co Armagh

City Of Lisburn Pipe Band Chamionships

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

Charles Wood Summer School 2015

Charles Wood Summer School 2015

23 August - 30 August, Armagh

The Charles Wood Festival of Music and Summer School for singers, organists and choir directors will take place in all the main churches in Armagh, Northern Ireland, from 23rd - 30th August 2015.

The Legend Of Luke Kelly

The Legend Of Luke Kelly

17 October, Co Antrim

Celebrating the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend.
On 30th January 1984 it is said that the whole of Ireland grieved the early death of Dubliner Luke Kelly.
He has left an indelible mark as being the greatest folk artist of the 20th Century and his music is widely regarded as one of Ireland's cultural treasures.

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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.

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 .

Mamma Mia - The Smash Hit Musical

Mamma Mia - The Smash Hit Musical

07 July - 12 July, Londonderry/Derry

MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good musical! Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA.

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Tennent's Vital 2015

29 August - 30 August, Belfast

The 2 day music festival returns to Belfast's Boucher Playing Fields with Calvin Harris and The Script as leading acts.

William Kennedy Piping Festival

William Kennedy Piping Festival

12 November - 15 November, Armagh

The Armagh Pipers Club decided to create a new event to commemorate the life and work of the 18th Century piper, pipe maker and extraordinary inventive genius William Kennedy.

The Festival celebrates the worldwide community of piping and has hosted piping traditions from all over the globe and is now recognised as the premier International Piping Festival in the World. Each year the circle of piping traditions grows and the festival features a new and exciting line-up and initiatives.

Dirty Dancing in the Le Shebeen

Dirty Dancing in the Le Shebeen

28 January, Co Antrim

The loveable Maggie is back with a bang in the highly anticipated sequel to 50 Shades of Red, White And Blue

7 Hills Blues Festival

7 Hills Blues Festival

06 August - 09 August, Armagh

Already an established event on the Blues calendar, this event grows each year providing musical therapy for all ages. From Chicago Rhythm to Funk Style, this festival brings some the finest Blues bands to the atmospheric streets of Armagh. Local bands take their place amongst top class international acts from across Europe, USA and further afield, ensuring that The 7 Hills Festival goers are in for a real treat! Fringe events add an artistic and family-orientated buzz to the Festival, with eateries and shops getting involved to bring a real Blues feel to the whole City Centre. A weekend not to be missed…..

Newcastle Summer Season - The Diamond Experience

Newcastle Summer Season - The Diamond Experience

18 July, Co Down

Next to seeing the man himself, The Diamond Experience is the best way to enjoy the magic of Neil Diamond’s music. This full live musical production features all the top hits from his best-selling albums, as well as songs from his latest release,Melody Road.

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.

Bluegrass Festival, Folk Park, Omagh

24th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival at the Folk Park

04 September - 06 September, Co Tyrone

Get down to the 24th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival to enjoy three days of live music from some of the biggest names in bluegrass. There’ll be strumming on the porches of the log cabins, dancing in the cobbled streets and jamming outside the Store!

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Cairncastle Ulster Scots Bluegrass and Folk Festival

25 July - 02 August, Co Antrim

The only musical & arts event in Northern Ireland that is Ulster Scots based, that includes international Scottish, Bluegrass and Country bands including relevant culture and tradition,

Draperstown Busking Festival

Draperstown Busking Festival

30 August, Co Londonderry

The Draperstown Busking Festival and Community Fun Day is an annual event showcasing some Northern Irelands fantastic musical talent as well as artistic talent throughout craft fair.

Summer Band Concert - Laganvale Silver Band at Donaghadee

Summer Band Concert - Laganvale Silver Band at Donaghadee

02 August, Co Down

Laganvale Silver Band entertain you to some summer music at Lemon's Wharf in Donaghadee.

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

05 July, Belfast

Neil Diamond, iconic Grammy Award®-winning Rock and Pop
Singer/Songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, will be
bringing his highly anticipated Neil Diamond Tour 2015 to Europe. 

Kicking
off in Cologne, Germany on 17th June and ...

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens

27 September, Co Down

Enjoy an afternoon of jazz at Mount Stewart.

`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

Derek Ryan Live

Derek Ryan Live

08 October, Co Down

Join us for a spectacular evening of live country music by the fantastic Derek Ryan and his live band!

Derek will perform from his Number 1 album “The Simple Things” as well as all the hits. He was awarded “Album of the Year” and “Entertainer of the Year” by The Sunday World so come along and enjoy the show!

Tickets on sale now!

The Priests in Concert

The Priests in Concert

23 October, Co Antrim

The Priests are a classical musical group made up of three Roman Catholic priests all from Northern Ireland. Fr. Eugene and his brother Fr. Martin O'Hagan are originally from the village of Claudy, County Londonderry with the family now residing in Derry whilst Fr. David Delargy is from Ballymena, County Antrim

Newcastle Summer Season - The Bjorn Identity

Newcastle Summer Season - The Bjorn Identity

22 August, Co Down

Re-creating ABBA in Concert. The Bjorn Identity ®, Ireland’s finest Abba show, returns to the Newcastle Summer Season after a sell-out show in 2014. The band continues to exceed all expectations with their authentic Abba in concert experience.

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Charity Gala Concert

Belfast

Under the direction of Rollo Dilworth 5 visiting American Youth Choirs perform various works in aid of St Patrick’s Church 200th anniversary and NI Children’s Hospice.

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.

Lee Matthews

Lee Matthews

13 July, Co Tyrone

Lee Matthews, Country Music Night

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.

Derek Ryan Unplugged Concert

Derek Ryan Unplugged Concert

23 July, Co Down

Ireland's hottest country artist, Derek Ryan will be playing one of his Summer Thursday concerts at The Lodge Cultural Centre, Castlewellan on Thursday 23rd July.

Summer Band Concert - Comber Silver Band

Summer Band Concert - Comber Silver Band

26 July, Co Down

Comber Silver Band play in the Summer Band Concert in Comber Square.

Newcastle Glees Musical Society - Melodies & Memories

Newcastle Glees Musical Society - Melodies & Memories

10 July, Co Down

Fresh from their success of recently presenting the Northern Irish premiere of The Addams Family Musical, this award winning, long established society has a wealth of talent and experience. They delight in performing popular songs.

Music Sundays at Downhill Demesne

Music Sundays at Downhill Demesne

19 July, Co Londonderry

Visit this stunning landscape and beautiful gardens! Stunning location for concerts!

Summer Band Concert - Ballygowan Flute Band

Summer Band Concert - Ballygowan Flute Band

30 August, Co Down

Listen to Ballygowan Flute Band in Conway Square, Newtownards in the last of the series of Summer Band Concerts.

Summer Entertainment, Outdoor Concert & Fireworks

Summer Entertainment, Outdoor Concert & Fireworks

08 August, Co Antrim

A free outdoor concert followed by a huge fireworks display. Recreation Grounds, Portrush.

Country in the City

Country in the City

04 July, Londonderry/Derry

Get out your checked shirts & cowboy hats as country fever takes over the city! Playing for 1 night only in Ebrington Square there will be 6 hours of country music with headline act Derek Ryan and featuring Lisa McHugh and Ireland's own Garth Brooks, Jason Hughes.

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