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.

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.

Cushendun's Big Arts Weekend

Cushendun's Big Arts Weekend

29 April - 02 May, Co Antrim

Cushendun's Big Arts Weekend is a four day festival of music, drama, poetry, art, walks, workshops and family fun in one of the most beautiful villages in the Glens of Antrim. The programme has something for everyone and many of the events are free.

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.

An Evening of Causeway Delights

An Evening of Causeway Delights

17 June, Co Londonderry

An evening of Music and Variety designed to raise funds for two, very worthy causes. An inspirational evening of Causeway Coast Delights hosted by Neil and Paul McMaster. Featuring local talents from around the North Coast.

International North West 200

International North West 200

10 May - 14 May, Co Londonderry

Northern Ireland is the home of motorcycle racing on closed public roads and every May the beautiful Causeway Coast plays host to one of the sport's most spectacular events, the International North West 200.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats

26 April - 30 April, Co Londonderry

Ballywillan Drama Group return to the Riverside with another blockbuster musical – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic Cats. Directed and produced by Brian Logan. Never before staged in the Riverside this famous musical is set to amaze local audiences.

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.

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

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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.

Lisa McHugh With Special Guest Malachi Cush

Lisa McHugh With Special Guest Malachi Cush

23 March - 24 March, Co Fermanagh

Michael Magill Entertainments presents Lisa McHugh With Special Guest Malachi Cush. With determination and talent to last a lifetime, Lisa McHugh is a Glaswegian born star who’s more than ready to shine.

Steve Farlow's Big Night Out

Steve Farlow's Big Night Out

29 March, Co Londonderry

Join Ireland's music man Steve Farlow as he hosts his annual Easter Country Show at the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine.

Heart of the Glens Festival

Heart of the Glens Festival

06 August - 14 August, Co Antrim

Held every August in the village of Cushendall, this nine day festival covers a wide range of events for all age groups including an opening parade, food festival, vintage family fun day, Lurig mountain run, fireworks and the Waves of Tory.

Coleraine Goes Country

Coleraine Goes Country

24 March - 26 March, Co Londonderry

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is providing local country music artists of the borough, an opportunity to showcase their talents.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story (50th Anniversay Tour)

The Simon & Garfunkel Story (50th Anniversay Tour)

21 May, Co Londonderry

Maple Tree Entertainment presents: The Simon & Garfunkel Story (50th Anniversary Tour).

Direct from its success in London’s West End, a sold out UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back!

Victoria Geelan In Concert

Victoria Geelan In Concert

08 April, Co Fermanagh

Featuring acclaimed and classically-trained jazz pianist Neil Burns, vocalist Victoria Geelan is also joined onstage by other local talents Rohan Armstrong on bass and Rebecca Montgomery on drums.

Simon & Garfunkel: Through The Years

Simon & Garfunkel: Through The Years

21 April, Co Fermanagh

Performed by Bookends, ‘Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years’ is the world’s most authentic sounding theatre show of its kind. With moving and powerful live performances and multimedia, the show takes a chronological journey through the friendship and behind the scenes of the greatest ever folk-rock duo.

Organ Recital in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh

Organ Recital in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh

21 February, Armagh

Dr Emma Gibbins will give the next organ recital on Sunday 21 February 2016 in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh at 16.15.

Oliver!

Oliver!

06 May - 14 May, Co Londonderry

Portrush Music Society presents: Oliver!
Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart.
This show, based on Charles Dickens’s classic novel Oliver Twist, will engage the audience with its pathos and drama.

Our House

Our House

01 June - 04 June, Co Londonderry

NRC Ballymoney presents: OUR HOUSE a musical with music and lyrics by ska/pop band Madness and a book by playwright Tim Firth.

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.

Van Morrison in Concert

Van Morrison in Concert

03 July - 04 July, Co Down

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see Van Morrison 'up close and personal' at the magnificent Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle County Down on 3rd & 4th July and 21st and 22nd August 2016.

The Bjorn Identity

The Bjorn Identity

27 February, Co Down

The Bjorn Identity are Ireland's top live Abba tribute show, taking venues by storm with their authentic sell out Abba in concert experience.

The Golden Years Of Country Music

The Golden Years Of Country Music

06 April, Co Fermanagh

A show dedicated to those singers and songwriters who shared their music with the world. Hit after hit, song after song, this is a show not to be missed, defining an era in country music never to be surpassed, featuring Jimmy Hendry and his band. Over two hours of hit songs we all know and love, this is the most authentic show of its kind. Jimmy Hendry won Songwriter and Song of The Year in Canada with his No. 1 hit ‘Love Proof Heart’ featuring Vince Gill.

Simon Mawhinney in Concert

Simon Mawhinney in Concert

12 March, Co Down

Composer and concert pianist Simon Mawhinney returns to PORTICO. This time his programme will include Debussy's Suite Bergamasque, Chopin's Nocturnes, Ravel's Jeux d'Eau and two of Chopin's Scherzi.

Curtis Magee Fanfayre

Curtis Magee Fanfayre

19 June - 22 June, Co Londonderry

Join Ireland's favourite singer Curtis Magee for 4 nights of music and dance with special guests Hugo Duncan, Susan McCann, Shawn Cuddy, Boxcar Brian, Jordan Mogey, Gary Wilson and Country Harmony.

The Golden Years of Country Music

The Golden Years of Country Music

09 March, Co Londonderry

ACM Promotions presents:
'The Golden Years of Country Music Show' - Jimmy Hendry and his fantastic 7 piece band. Special guest will be Patsy O'Hagan, Ireland's leading Storyteller.

Rock' n' Roll Years and Dance Hall Days

Rock' n' Roll Years and Dance Hall Days

02 April, Co Londonderry

David Hull Promotions presents: Rock' n' Roll Years and Dance Hall Days. From the producers of 'Do You Come Here Often' comes a great new show.

Philomena Begley And Ray Lynam In Concert

Philomena Begley And Ray Lynam In Concert

13 April, Co Fermanagh

Michael Magill Entertainments presents Philomena Begley And Ray Lynam In Concert. The ‘Two of Us’ Tour With special guest Aidan Quinn and The Ramblin’ Men known as the Queen of Irish Country music, Philomena Begley has made a firm imprint on the Irish, British and European markets. Philomena has regularly toured with Ray Lynam since 1975 and they have recorded many duets together, their most popular songs being ‘My Elusive Dreams’, ‘You're The One I Can't Live Without’ and ‘She Sang The Melody’.

Africa Rising Poster

Africa Rising

Co Down

Limavady Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival

Limavady Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival

09 June - 12 June, Co Londonderry

A 4 day Jazz and Blues Festival taking place within Limavady town at numerous venues.

More Power To Your Elbow

More Power To Your Elbow

19 March, Co Fermanagh

An eight piece international Celtic rock band from the Mid–Ulster area. On the go now for twenty years or more, this extraordinary bunch of musicians has entertained audiences the world over with their lively energetic set of gigs reels and songs. From France, Norway, Canada, Spain to the USA, their unique brand of Celtic rock has enthralled thousands.

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon

01 April, Co Londonderry

Born in Dungiven in 1975, surrounded and infused with the rich cultural heritage of her native County Londonderry, Cara has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world.

James Huish in Concert

James Huish in Concert

12 March, Co Down

A date for your diary. As seen on the London West end in musicals such as Les Miserables and West Side Storey, James Huish is one of the greatest swing acts in the UK and will be gracing the Kilmorey Arms Hotel, Kilkeel on Saturday 12th March 2016.

The Fureys

The Fureys

27 February, Co Fermanagh

Joe McCadden Management presents The Fureys. Renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet Sixteen’, ‘The Green Fields Of France and many more, The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for many years.

Brian Houston

Brian Houston

27 February, Co Down

Playing the Old Bronte Church his versatile voice, infectious energy right into the heart of the album's rootsy rockers, and yet lends a dusky vulnerability to its thoughtful ballads.

Songs from the Heart: A Celebration of Female Singer-Songwriters

Songs from the Heart: A Celebration of Female Singer-Songwriters

19 March, Co Londonderry

Join us for an intimate and relaxing evening of wonderful, original songs with three of Northern Ireland's foremost female songwriters.

Ár gCeol In Concert

Ár gCeol In Concert

09 April, Co Fermanagh

Ár gCeol is in full swing again with an authentic show of Irish music, song, stories and dance. The group are under the direction of past members Gary Lynch, Maggie Maguire and Ashling McPhillips who are themselves no strangers to the stage! Ár gCeol was established in County Fermanagh in 2004 and has continued to grow both in popularity and musically.

St Patrick's Day in Limavady

St Patrick's Day in Limavady

17 March, Co Londonderry

Join in the St Patrick's Day celebrations by coming along to the Centre to enjoy a musical afternoon with the Hot Tamales and The Stumblebums.

Frances Black and Kieran Goss - Reunion

Frances Black and Kieran Goss - Reunion

25 February, Co Londonderry

Frances Black and Kieran Goss have announced details for their Reunion Tour in 2016 and we are proud to announce that one of those shows will be in the Riverside Theatre.

Frances Black & Kieran Goss Reunion

Frances Black & Kieran Goss Reunion

14 February, Co Down

Following the success of their Grand Opera House, Belfast shows, Frances Black and Kieran Goss will be bringing their Reunion Tour to Downpatrick.

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