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.

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Gig’n the Bann Festival

03 September - 06 September, Co Antrim

The Portglenone Cross Cultural Music and Dance Festival is recognised as one of the premier and much anticipated events on the festival calendar.

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)!

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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,

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

EastSide Arts Festival

EastSide Arts Festival

19 August - 31 August, Belfast

East Belfast is getting ready for the hottest summer yet as the annual EastSide Arts Festival, delivered by East Belfast Partnership, serves up a sizzling, 12-day feast of events.

Atlantic Sessions

Atlantic Sessions Festival

12 November - 15 November, Co Antrim

Atlantic Sessions has emerged as a permanent feature on the cultural calendar

Teac Mallon Festival

Teac Mallon Festival

02 August - 07 August, Co Armagh

Listen to stories and music provided by local talent

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.

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

City Of Lisburn Pipe Band Championships

City Of Lisburn Pipe Band Championships

01 August, Co Armagh

City Of Lisburn Pipe Band Chamionships

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!

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.

Groomsport Live Music and Fireworks

Groomsport Live Music and Fireworks

22 August, Co Down

Live Music, Fireworks Display, Family Fun & More.

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.

Club MTV Event

Club MTV Event

15 August, Londonderry/Derry

Club MTV Derry - Londonderry will take place on the 15th August in collaboration with Legacy Promotions Ltd. in front of 13,000 people.

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.

Newcastle Summer Season - The Elvis Spectacular

Newcastle Summer Season - The Elvis Spectacular

21 August, Co Down

Now in its 19th year, The Elvis Spectacular starring Ciaran Houlihan is Ireland’s premiere Elvis show. Ciaran looks like Elvis, sounds like Elvis, moves like Elvis and all his costumes are designed and created by Elvis’s original costumer,

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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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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.

Northern Ireland Potato Festival

Northern Ireland Potato Festival

01 October - 03 October, Co Antrim

This is an annual event promoting all aspects of the Northern Ireland Potato.

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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.

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The Pig Gig

22 August - 23 August, Co Armagh

festival showcasing the vibrant and rich culture of Ireland through traditional music, stories and poems complete with delicious hogroast, over night camping and cooked breakfast.

La Traviata

La Traviata

07 August - 08 August, Londonderry/Derry

Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata will be staged at the Millennium Forum on 7th and 8th August 2015. The opera tells the tragic love story of Violetta and Alfredo through evocative arias and choruses.

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

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.

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.

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 .

Culture Night Belfast 2015

18 September, Belfast

Culture Night - the biggest evening in Belfast's cultural calendar - returns to transform the spaces and places of the city centre and beyond!

Iúr Cinn Fleadh

Iúr Cinn Fleadh

10 September - 13 September, Co Down

Iúr Cinn Fleadh offers something for everyone – families, friends, old and young, locals and those from further afield. Music gurus and novices alike, this is a weekend not to be missed!

Seaside Country Music Showtime Concert

Seaside Country Music Showtime Concert

20 August, Co Down

Sean Wallace presents Seaside Country Music Showtime with the stars in the Newcastle Centre on Thursday 20th August with a country line up like no other.

Accolade Choir - Voices from Around The World

Accolade Choir - Voices from Around The World

02 August, Co Armagh

an entertaining evening of music from around the world

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

A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing

A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing

25 November, Co Londonderry

A festive music show exploring the magic and mystery of Winter commissioned and produced by The Ark and Music Network

Aperture Corrymeela Ballycastle

Aperture Corrymeela Ballycastle

31 July - 02 August, Co Antrim

This 3 day Aperture Festival includes Poetry, Music, Circus Acts, Debates and much more.

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!

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.

Declan O'Rourke

Declan O'Rourke

02 October, Co Londonderry

Having achieved critical acclaim for his song-writing and performance, Declan plays to mesmerized audiences throughout Ireland and internationally.

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

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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.

Tamlaghtmore Silver Band

Tamlaghtmore Silver Band

25 August, Co Antrim

Summer Concerts

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