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.

Level 42

Level 42

01 October, Belfast

One of the most successful British bands of the 1980s, Level 42 have released 14 studio albums, 7 live albums and 6 compilation albums and sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Chas and Dave

Chas and Dave

17 December, Belfast

Pianist Chas Hodges and guitarist Dave Peacock were widely experienced around the British rock scene of the 1960s and early 70s before teaming up with drummer, Mick Burt, to form the group.

Chas had worked with the legendary producer Joe Meek, ...

All Tvvins

Saxon

30 October, Belfast

The Battering Ram World Tour:

Saxon have never dealt in half-truths or incomplete missions.

With Sacrifice they filled your heads with heavy metal thunder, and now Saxon want nothing more than to crush them with their very own, ...

Alabama 3

Alabama 3

11 November, Belfast

Brixton band Alabama 3 are pleased to announce the '20 Years of Alabama 3 Tour' is coming to Belfast's Limelight 1 on Friday November 11 2016.

The Wedding Present and Guests

The Wedding Present and Guests

26 November, Belfast

British indie rock legends The Wedding Present are pleased to announce a return to Belfast on Saturday November 26 at The Limelight 2.

Going, Going… will be the title of the ninth Wedding Present studio album.

Foy Vance

Foy Vance

05 December, Belfast

Join Foy Vance and Guests on 'The Wild Swan World Tour 2016' - Second date added due to overwhelming demand!

Due to overwhelming demand, Foy Vance has added a second Belfast show at The Ulster Hall to his 'The Wild Swan' world tour! The second ...

Elton John

Elton John

02 December, Belfast

In his five-decade career, Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has had more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No.

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

18 November - 19 November, Belfast

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Giovanni, the original Don Juan, seduces his way irresistibly across Europe.

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart

14 November - 15 November, Belfast

Rod Stewart has announced he is adding a Belfast date to the 'From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits 2016' arena tour that will feature his biggest hits from 1970 to 2016.

Foy Vance

Foy Vance

10 December, Belfast

One of the finest singer/songwriters Northern Ireland has ever produced, Foy Vance announces a headline show at the Ulster Hall, Belfast on Saturday 10 December.

Foy Vance knows how to write a song.

Nickelback

Nickelback

10 October, Belfast

Multi-platinum selling rock band Nickelback are set to embark on a massive headline tour in 2016 with support coming from fellow Canadian rockers Monster Truck.

Status Quo 1

Q the Quo - One Night Only

08 October, Co Down

As Status Quo prepare to hang up their electric guitars for good, Q the Quo is here to fill the void for visitors to NI who want to see a band which is as close to the original as you can get!

Electric Six

Electric Six

25 November, Belfast

Detroit based rock six-piece Electric Six return to Belfast to play Limelight 2. The band, famous for banging tracks 'Danger, High Voltage', 'Gay Bar' and 'Dance Commander' sold out The Limelight on several of their last visits in 2011-2015.

seamusheaney

Seamus Heaney HomePlace Opening Weekend

30 September - 03 October, Co Londonderry

Marking the opening of Seamus Heaney Home Place with a celebratory weekend of events, featuring music, theatre, poetry, song, readings, talks and tours.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

03 December, Belfast

From a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with The Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right in 2014, the past ten years has seen The Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet...

Thank You For Coming: Attendance

Thank You For Coming: Attendance

27 October - 28 October, Belfast

Show time: 7.45pm

Thank You For Coming is a series of works in which Driscoll extends the sphere of influence of performance to create communal space where the co-emergent social moment is questioned, heightened and palpable.

Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive

16 November, Belfast

The band's Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony, was released in February to critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone describing the album as 'pop with a timeless feel', and NPR announcing, '2016 will be the year Lake Street Dive becomes a ...

Aida

Aida

08 November, Belfast

A spectacular new interpretation of the classic opera, starring international French soprano, Olga Perrier, as Aida and celebrated mezzo from the Romanian National Opera, Liza Kadelnik, as Amneris.

This tragic story of war, jealousy and ...

Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka

14 October, Belfast

British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka is pleased to announce his return to Belfast on Friday 14 October at The Limelight 2. The 2012 BBC Sounds poll winner returns with his new album 'Love & Hate'.

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers

08 November, Belfast

Grammy Award-winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Fame member, Kenny Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades, which will be celebrated during his Final World Tour: The Gambler's Last Deal, with ...

Donal Lunny Triad

Donal Lunny Triad

07 October, Co Londonderry

Multi-instrumentalist and trailblazer Donal Lunny is one of the greatest Irish musicians alive, having been at the forefront of Irish Traditional Music for over than 35 years.

Roe Valley Folk Festival

Roe Valley Folk Festival

28 October - 30 October, Co Londonderry

The Festival is renowned for its mix of folk music, dance and traditional sessions. This year's line-up has reflected the many changes in the folk music scene.

The Merchant Hotel Opera Dinner

The Merchant Hotel Opera Dinner

13 October, Belfast

The Merchant Hotel invites music enthusiasts and gourmands alike to enjoy the culinary and auditory delights on offer at their Opera Dinner on Thursday 13 October.

Buzzcocks

Buzzcocks

04 November, Belfast

Buzzcocks, one of the most important and influential bands ever, are proud to announce their 40th Anniversary Tour is coming to Belfast's Limelight 1 on Friday 4 November 2016.

Wookalily

Wookalily

07 October, Co Down

Wookalily are quirky, in a good way. Folk-gothic troubadour tales, new-time mountain music, glorious melodic hooks and a drum kit which guarantees purists cover their ears.

Ulster Bank International Arts Festival

Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival

11 October - 30 October, Belfast

The Festival has announced two separate and major commissions for new creative works from internationally acclaimed artists, Taylor Mac (USA) and Amanda Coogan (Ireland) that will feature as signature events in the 2016 edition.

Bollywood Dance Night

Bollywood Dance Night

15 October, Belfast

Enjoy a Bollywood dance night in the heart of Belfast city at Solo Kitchen and Bar, where east meets west. For one night only, feast on an authentic three course Indian meal using the very best locally sourced food and beverages suppliers.

Johnny Brady in Concert

Johnny Brady in Concert

16 December, Co Down

Johnny Brady has become a household name on the Country Music scene in Ireland with his live band, and energetic performances, the ‘Johnny Experience’ is a must see with fans flocking from all over to see him live.

Belfast Community Gospel Choir Christmas Show

Belfast Community Gospel Choir Christmas Show

11 December, Belfast

Get in the festive spirit with BCGC at the Belfast Waterfront.

This show will feature everything from Christmas classics to big gospel ballads.

City of Derry International Choral Festival

City of Derry International Choral Festival

19 October - 23 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.

National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship

National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship

16 October, Co Down

As part of an autumn tour of Northern Ireland, the ensemble perform a superb varied programme of music from the 16th century to brand new music, including selections by Irish composers.

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...

The Bjorn Identity Abba Tribute Show

The Bjorn Identity Abba Tribute Show

29 December, Co Down

The Björn Identity Abba Tribute Show will undoubtedly exceed all your expectations and are widely known for their love of audience participation, Swedish humour, professionalism and commitment to the music of their tribute idols.

Eden and Guests

Eden and Guests

20 November, Belfast

Irish electronic producer and singer-songwriter EDEN is proud to announce a headline show at Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast on Sunday November 20 2016.

Jonathon Ng is an Irish electronic producer and singer-songwriter originating from Hong Kong and ...

The Sinatra Years with James Huish and Band

The Sinatra Years with James Huish and Band

08 October, Belfast

James Huish, Northern Ireland's king of swing, and his 10 piece band perform a special concert celebrating the life's work of the one and only Sinatra, live at The Crum.

Tickets:
£20

Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8.30pm.
Bar service ...

Smokie

Smokie

23 October, Belfast

Top ten smash hits like 'If you think you know how to love me', 'Don't play your rock 'n' roll to me', 'It's your life' and 'Oh Carol' gave Smokie their ticket to travel the world.

You could be forgiven for thinking they were a 1970s...

Andre Rieu

Andre Rieu

09 December, Belfast

André Rieu, together with his 60 piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and many international soloists, returns to Belfast to enthuse fans with his humorous and colourful new program.

Ronnie Greer Blues Band

Ronnie Greer Blues Band

30 November, Co Antrim

Blues Guitar Legend Ronnie Greer and his band hold a night of blues, roots soul and a little jazz based music

The Dog Days Are Over

The Dog Days Are Over

14 October - 15 October, Belfast

Show time: 7.45pm

The Dog Days Are Over is a scorching performance make up of only one physical action: the jump.

All Tvvins

All Tvvins

30 October, Belfast

Dublin duo All Tvvins announce a Belfast headline show in The Limelight 2 on Sunday 30 October 2016. Conor and Lar of All Tvvins started making robotic interstellar synth-pop music together in the summer of 2013.

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