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.

Dana Masters and her Soul & Jazz Band

Dana Masters and her Soul & Jazz Band

02 February, Co Down

Open House Festival is hitting the road again – with Dana Masters and her Soul & Jazz band joining us in Newcastle as part of the third annual Open House Festival, with special guest local musician Alana Henderson.

Little Mix

Little Mix

07 November - 08 November, Belfast

Due to demand, Little Mix added an extra Belfast date to the Glory Days Tour 2017: 8 November 2017.

The world's biggest girl group are back! Little Mix have announced a major arena tour for 2017 including a Belfast date at The SSE Arena on 7...

Clubsound

Clubsound

11 February, Belfast

Clubsound, Ireland's premier comedy showband were part of the Ulster heartbeat through the troubles and helped people forget their worries.

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys

20 May, Belfast

You can capsulise most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they have had and how many millions of albums they have sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you are assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band...

Vauxhall International North West 200

Vauxhall International North West 200

07 May - 13 May, Co Londonderry

The Vauxhall International North West 200 attracts the finest line-up of road racers on the planet, drawing thousands of visitors to watch the festival of speed where stars like Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and John McGuiness thrill 85,000 fans.

The King is Back (15 Apr)

The King is Back (15 Apr)

15 April, Belfast

Ben, a multi talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis's DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent, Ben started his journey as...

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City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival

27 April - 01 May, Londonderry/Derry

The festival, now in its 15th year will offer music lovers a fantastic programme of live music between 28th April and 5th May and is one of the region’s most anticipated and talked about social events of the year.

Craig David

Craig David

06 April, Belfast

It has been the most talked about and relevant return to music by an artist in decades.

Elvis Does the Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Does the Jailhouse Rock

08 April, Belfast

Award winning Elvis Tribute Act Ciaran Houlihan brings his show to #LiveAtTheCrum this April.

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry

29 January, Belfast

In March 2016 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago's Union Station looking to reconnect with the culture of railroad travel and the music it inspired.

Winding along 2,728 miles of track over ...

Bowie Experience

Bowie Experience

04 February, Belfast

Bowie Experience, the most successful David Bowie tribute show in the world, hits the SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday 4 February 2017.

Peace Proms - Cross Border Orchestra Of Ireland

Peace Proms - Cross Border Orchestra Of Ireland

26 February, Belfast

Established as a peace initiative in 1995, the Cross Border Orchestra for Ireland (CBOI) is a highly acclaimed and celebrated youth orchestra with over 120 members from north and south of Ireland.

Traditional Burns Night

Traditional Burns Night

25 January, Co Antrim

Join in for the Traditional Burns Night at The River Room on Wednesday 25 January 2017.

Guests will enjoy a five course meal, a whiskey and wine pairing and will be entertained by the live Scottish Bagpipes.

The guest speaker for night will ...

Valentine's Roller Disco

Valentine's Roller Disco

10 February - 11 February, Belfast

Leg warmers? Check. Neon sweat band? Check. Bubble perm? Check. Back by popular demand, the roller party is the perfect antidote to Valentine's night. Or turn it into a date night with a twist.

Mike Denvir in Concert

Mike Denvir in Concert

18 March, Co Down

When it comes to Irish country music Mike Denver has become a house-hold name in just a decade. While other performers took years to reach the top Mike did his time learning his trade before he was spotted and catapulted to almost instant fame.

The Real Thing, Alex Charles of Heatwave and Jaki Graham

The Real Thing, Alex Charles of Heatwave and Jaki Graham

23 June, Belfast

Return to the glory days of jazz funk and soul with real dance music legends as GRT Entertainments present a soul-sational evening of non-stop, live dance floor anthems including 'You to Me Are Everything', 'Boogie Nights' and 'Set Me ...

The Northern Muse: 60 Years of The Ulster Historical Foundation

The Northern Muse: 60 Years of The Ulster Historical Foundation

04 February, Belfast

This event will be held in the First Presbyterian Church, 41 Rosemary
Street, Belfast, BT1 1QB at 7:30pm on Saturday the 4 February 2017.

James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow

28 January, Belfast

James Vincent McMorrow will play his first Belfast show since 2011 when he performs at The Ulster Hall on Saturday 28 January 2017.

Johnny Cash Tribute with June Carter

Johnny Cash Tribute with June Carter

11 March, Belfast

Crumlin Road Gaol presents the Johnny Cash Tribute concert to celebrate the music of one of America's greatest music performers in a unique and authentic show.

Just like Johnny Cash took the stage in his famous gig in Folsom Prison, he will ...

The 2017 Belfast Tattoo

The 2017 Belfast Tattoo

31 August - 02 September, Belfast

The 2017 Belfast Tattoo is now confirmed and will take place on Thursday 31 August, Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September.

The Belfast Tattoo is now firmly established as an annual event for the city, and the SSE Arena are delighted that they are ...

Turin Brakes

Turin Brakes

26 January, Belfast

One of the finest UK bands of the last decade who have sold over a million records to date, Turin Brakes continue to produce powerful new music as their journey continues.

Sunflowerfest

Sunflowerfest

28 July - 30 July, Co Down

The Sunflowerfest is delighted to announce their 2017 festival theme. Think sci-fi and space, string theory and the multiverse, a place like no other yet oddly the same, a massive upgrade of the status quo...

Emilie Conway Quartet - You Must Believe In Spring

Emilie Conway Quartet - You Must Believe In Spring

03 February, Belfast

Since the release of debut album, The Secret of a Rose, in 2012 Emilie's career has blossomed with exciting invitations and opportunities, collaborating and performing in Europe, Northern Ireland, America and the Caribbean.

The Vamps

The Vamps

10 May, Belfast

The Vamps bring their World Tour to The SSE Arena Belfast on 10 May 2017.

Tickets on sale from 19 November 2016 at 10am.
 
Please note parents with small children are advised to book tiered seating.

Stramash

Stramash

17 February, Co Londonderry

A unique event in which the Stramash trio perform ‘Islands’, based on an exhibition hosted by the
Fenderesky gallery, Belfast last year and accompanying publication.

Riff Diamond at the Coach Banbridge

Riff Diamond at the Coach Banbridge

28 January, Co Down

Up-and-coming blues-rock band, Riff Diamond will be centre stage at a Fundraising concert in aid of Banbridge Community Radio Station on the 28th of January.

Belfast Mela

Belfast Mela

27 August, Belfast

Belfast Mela (meaning 'meet') returns in August 2017 to Botanic Gardens with a high energy, vivid and vibrant day out for all the family.

My Funny Valentine - Niall O'Sullivan

My Funny Valentine - Niall O'Sullivan

04 February, Belfast

'My Funny Valentine', Niall O'Sullivan Live celebrates some of the world's best-loved songs and melodies.

Heart of the Glens Festival

Heart of the Glens Festival

05 August - 13 August, Co Antrim

2017 is the 27th anniversary of Heart of the Glens Festival one of the most successful community festivals in Northern Ireland. The programme of events is as varied and entertaining as ever with something for all the family.

The Auld Lammas Fair

The Auld Lammas Fair

28 August - 29 August, Co Antrim

Visit Ireland's traditional oldest fair which takes place on the last Monday and Tuesday of August. The present day fair provides street entertainment and features more than 400 stalls.

Rayna Gellert in Limavady

Rayna Gellert in Limavady

04 February, Co Londonderry

Performing live at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre Rayna Gellert is an artist who promises to deliver a great night of old and new Americana roots music. The event will showcase the best of Rayna Gellert who is an American Fiddler.

Roe Valley Singers and Friends with Special Guests...The Kansas State University Orchestra, USA

Roe Valley Singers and Friends with Special Guests

23 March, Co Londonderry

This friendship concert, given in aid of ‘Daffodil Day’, promises to be a real treat for all lovers of popular classic music and traditional Celtic song - there may even be a show tune or two – something to suit every taste.

Stayin' Alive

Stayin' Alive

11 March, Belfast

Bringing you closer to the music in the intimate theatre format...

Now in their 19th year as the worlds premiere tribute to the Bee Gees, Stayin' Alive continue to tour all corners of the globe with their Number one show dedicated to the magic ...

Dance Steps Workshop: Tango and Blues Dance

Dance Steps Workshop: Tango and Blues Dance

29 January, Belfast

Enjoy dancing just like the couples on Strictly show. Come and learn in a friendly atmosphere with lots of fun guaranteed.
No partner required.

A Musical Celebration of Stevie Martin

A Musical Celebration of Stevie Martin

04 March, Londonderry/Derry

A night of musical celebration takes place in Derry's Nerve Centre on 4th March to remember talented Northern Ireland musician - Stevie Martin. All proceeds in aid of Pieta House.

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