Belfast Music Week
Belfast Music Week

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.

Peek A Boo presents: The Burlesque Revue

Peek A Boo presents: The Burlesque Revue

15 May, Belfast

Peek A Boo Belfast are proud to announce their first Burlesque and Cabaret production taking place Thursday 15th May, keep your calendars clear for what is promising to be an unforgettable night of luxury performances,Vintage Hollywood and first ...

Tennent's Vital 2014

Tennent's Vital 2014

21 August, Belfast

Tennent's Vital is back for 2014.  Returning to Boucher Road Playing Fields with big name acts on 21st August, the festival will be one of the biggest events of the year.

Blind Boys of Alabama

The Seekers

20 May, Belfast

This event has been postponed until 20 May.

Grainne Duffy

Grainne Duffy

25 April, Co Fermanagh

Grainne Duffy is a unique talent, raw and powerful, edgy and elegant. With early influences ranging from the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and the Pretenders, the subtle playing of Peter Green on such songs as ‘Need Your Love so Bad’ and ‘Albatross’, led Grainne to listen to other guitarists such as BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and, of course, Rory Gallagher.

Portrush Musical Society presents Sister Act - The Musical

Portrush Musical Society presents Sister Act - The Musical

25 April - 03 May, Co Londonderry

Portrush Music Society is privileged to be the first amateur group to stage this show in Ireland.

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2014

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2014

01 May - 11 May, Belfast

Featuring readings, live music & performances; CQAF brings the streets to life with cultural revelry all day & into the wee hours!

Among the early acts revealed in advance of the programme launch in April are Two-Tone greats The Selecter, hip ...

The Ronnie Greer Blues Band

The Ronnie Greer Blues Band

21 June, Co Fermanagh

Ardhowen Theatre welcomes back blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer who has been at the centre of the blues music scene in Ireland now for over 40 years.
His distinctive guitar style, melding searing Chicago style licks with be bop jazz inflections, has been critically acclaimed as world class.

De La Soul - 25 Years Celebration

De La Soul - 25 Years Celebration

11 May, Belfast

One of the most artistic and creative hip-hop acts ever, this trio from Long Island have had an unquestionable influence since their debut in 1987.

Pretty Woman Movie Screening

Pretty Woman Movie Screening

19 June, Belfast

Screening of the Classic Movie "Pretty Woman" at The Strand Arts Centre.

Special movie and meal deal offer available.

Main course and glass of Prosecco at The Park Avenue Hotel.  All for just 14.95 per person.

To book the movie, contact ...

De La Soul - 25 Years Celebration

De La Soul - 25 Years Celebration

11 May, Belfast

One of the most artistic and creative hip-hop acts ever, this trio from Long Island have had an unquestionable influence since their debut in 1987.

Ulster Orchestra: The Leipzig Connection

Ulster Orchestra: The Leipzig Connection

07 May, Belfast

Mendelssohn and Schumann were colleagues on the staff of the Leipzig conservatoire when it first opened in 1843. Although both composers died tragically young, they still managed to produce a great deal of treasured music.

Island Music Club April

Island Music Club April

25 April, Lisburn

Ronnie Greer has been at the centre of the Irish Blues and Jazz scene for over 40 years.

The Knotty Pine String Band

The Knotty Pine String Band

05 July, Co Fermanagh

The Knotty Pine String Band have been bringing bluegrass and American roots music to audiences all across Ireland and the UK since 1993. The band consists of Seamus McGurgan, banjo, dobro and acoustic guitar; Tony Hutchinson, vocals and guitar; Aidan McGale, vocals and bass; and Declan O’Kane, fiddle and mandolin.

Vikings: Life & Legend Live from the British Museum

Vikings: Life & Legend Live from the British Museum

24 April, Belfast

This special event offers an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend, presented live in your local cinema.

Thai Belfast Festival

Thai Belfast Festival

27 April, Belfast

The Thai Belfast Festival offers all visitors a colourful and vibrant fusion of culture that will promote an understanding of Thai culture, reignite personal connections with the Far East and open visitors perceptions to the welcoming and ...

The Paperboys

The Paperboys

06 June, Co Fermanagh

Frontier Promotions presents The Paperboys were formed by Mexican born, Tom Landa in the mid nineties in Vancouver. In a music scene dominated by flannel and grunge, Tom had a vision of forming a band that fused Folk, Celtic and Bluegrass music with Pop and Rock.

Live Issue In Concert

Live Issue In Concert

10 May, Co Down

Live Issue Gospel Group take the stage in Annaclone C.O.I Church.

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

17 October, Belfast

Costello first emerged as a champion of the late Seventies New Wave music scene with the critically acclaimed albums, My Aim Is True and This Year`s Model - the latter ranked Number 11 by Rolling Stone magazine on its list of the best albums ...

Apex Jazz Band

Apex Jazz Band

02 May, Co Fermanagh

Formed back in 1966 by trumpet player George Chambers, the Apex Jazz Band is Ireland’s longest established and most successful jazz band. Steeped in the tradition of New Orleans, their repertoire includes material from Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, George Lewis, and more.

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

31 July - 10 August, Co Fermanagh

This year, Happy Days – Enniskillen International Beckett Festival has new and extended dates: JULY 31 - AUGUST 10 2014.

The Ardhowen Theatre is hosting two major international theatre events this August as part of the Festival.

Shine Easter Monday

Shine Easter Monday

21 April, Belfast

SHINE returns to QUB Students Union on Easter Monday, April 21st  with US house music legend MK, aka Marc Kinchen headlining the main room.

The Kilkennys in Concert

The Kilkennys in Concert

29 May, Co Fermanagh

The Kilkennys are at the very forefront of the new generation of folk groups taking Irish music to the world. Having already toured this year in Europe, the U.S. and Australia, the reputation of this youthful and energetic four piece group continues to grow well beyond these shores.

Belfast Community Gospel Choir

Belfast Community Gospel Choir

01 February - 26 April, Belfast

A 'one of a kind' in Northern Ireland, Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) perform classic gospel music as well as popular R&B and soul hits.

Upcoming shows are as follows:
- Saturday 22nd March - Shankill Parish Church, Lurgan - 7.30pm - ...

Pan Celtic Festival

Pan Celtic Festival

22 April - 27 April, Londonderry/Derry

More than 5,000 people will participate in and attend a range of activities and events including the Festival Parade, harp, fiddle, piping, choral and traditional singing competitions. There will also be themed nights from each of the nations as well as a Camogie Blitz.

Blind Boys of Alabama

Elvis Presley on Stage

28 April, Belfast

If you`ve never seen Elvis Presley live in concert - this is the closest you`ll ever get!

A celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Rock & Roll and Elvis` first recording session that led to the birth of rock n roll.

Using the latest ...

Borough of Ards Pipe Band Championships

Borough of Ards Pipe Band Championships 2014

17 May, Co Down

Come along to a superb family day out and watch the best Pipe Bands and Drum Majors in the world compete for the coveted title of "Borough of Ards Champions". Don't miss the spectacular Finale.

Suggs - My Life Story in Words And Music

Suggs - My Life Story in Words And Music

30 May, Belfast

The Madness frontman takes to the stage in this hilarious, yet moving, one man tour de force.

The death of Suggs' beloved cat on his fiftieth birthday triggers a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew.

7 Hills Blues Festival

7 Hills Blues Festival

07 August - 10 August, Armagh

7 Hills Blues Festival brings some of the finest Blues bands to the atmospheric streets of Armagh.

Ulster Orchestra: Two Sides of Sibelius

Ulster Orchestra: Two Sides of Sibelius

02 May, Belfast

Part three of the Ulster Orchestra's Walton-Sibelius pairing: the final Concerto, for cello, and the last instalments for this season in our Sibelius symphony cycle. The Symphony No.

Giro d’Italia Big Start Festival, Armagh

Giro d’Italia Big Start Festival, Armagh

10 May, Armagh

Armagh City Centre prepares for the Big Start of Day 3 of the Giro d’Italia with a full programme of events taking place in the run up to the arrival of over 200 of the world’s top professional cyclists.

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo

25 June, Belfast

This is part of a massive European tour in support of his brand new smash hit album Tattoos.

After 3 UK #1 hits, 26 million global track sales and the biggest hit of his career with the recent chart-topper Talk Dirty, Jason Derulo has landed ...

Johnny Cash - Tribute Night

Johnny Cash - Tribute Night

04 April - 10 May, Belfast

The award winning JP Mac and his band will perform the best of Johnny
Cash in Crumlin Road Gaol. Just like Johnny Cash took the stage in his
famous gig in Folsom Prison JP Mac will perform along with Caroline
Parker as June Carter in...

T13 Easter Monday Warehouse Party

T13 Easter Monday Warehouse Party

21 April, Belfast

Moth Productions brings one of the most celebrated underground house brands, Viva Warriors  with Legendary DJ Steve Lawler to belfast's most diverse venue.

Little Mix

Little Mix

09 June, Belfast

Global pop sensations Little Mix will be embarking on their biggest tour to date in May & June 2014.

Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirwall recently returned with their outstanding second album, Salute which follows ...

Fulcrum

Fulcrum

21 May - 22 May, Belfast

A unique collaboration between Dylan Quinn, Jenny Ecke and Andy Garbi, Fulcrum has been inspired by some of the themes of Samuel Becketts' Catastrophe.

The piece explores the complexity of dependency, control and shifting power.  The three ...

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

08 October - 09 October, Belfast

Masterfully blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran has enjoyed a meteoric rise. The 22-year old's debut album + entered the U.K.

BMS Summer Celebrity Recital

BMS Summer Celebrity Recital

14 May, Belfast

Renowned for dazzling performances of classical violin masterpieces, Benjamin Schmid is equally sought after as a jazz violinist.  He brings his unique approach to BMS's annual Summer Celebrity Recital on Wednesday 14 May, accompanied by his ...

Blind Boys of Alabama

Christy Moore

29 May - 30 May, Belfast

Following his sellout shows earlier this year, Christy Moore confirmed he will return to Belfast Waterfront for 2 dates in 2014.

Please note: the Waterfront bars will be closed during the performance, which lasts for 2 hours without an ...

Atlantic Sessions on the North Coast

Atlantic Sessions on the North Coast 2014

13 November - 16 November, Co Londonderry

Original Live Music and a FREE Music Trail in Portrush, Portstewart and Portballintrae.

The Selecter

The Selecter

10 May, Belfast

The Selecter will perform their seminal album "Too Much Pressure" in it's entirety, followed by an extended encore of classic and contemporary hits to celebrate their 35 year-spanning back catalogue.

Mixing punk, ska and reggae, "Too Much ...

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

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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.cdcleisure.net

Millennium Forum, Londonderry~Derry - www.millenniumforum.co.uk 

Nerve Centre, Londonderry~Derry - www.nerve-centre.org.uk

Ulster Orchestra - www.ulsterorchestra.com