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.

Chas & Dave

Chas & 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, ...

Harpers Hollow

Cairncastle Bluegrass Musical Evening

17 June, Co Antrim

Cairncastle Bluegrass Musical Evening at the Halfway House, Ballgally starring Roni Stoneman and the Harpers Hollow Bluegrass Band.

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.

Fiddler's Green international festival

Fiddler's Green International Festival

24 July - 31 July, Co Down

Come along and indulge in a week of musical and artistic enjoyment for the whole family, set to the magical backdrop of the to the foothills of the Mourne Mountains and shores of Carlingford Lough!

Tennent's Vital 2016 - Avicii

Tennent's Vital 2016 - Avicii

26 August, Belfast

One of the biggest names in contemporary music will head the bill on day two of Tennent's Vital, on Friday 26 August.

Global superstar, Avicii who wowed audiences with his sell-out Tennent's Vital appearance in 2013 will be back in Belfast to ...

Moving On Music Presents Yorkston, Thorne & Khan

Moving On Music Presents Yorkston, Thorne & Khan

06 August, Belfast

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan are an experimental group that includes James Yorkston, one of the most "influential singer/songwriters on the Scottish folk scene", Suhail Yusuf Khan, award winning sarangi player and classical singer from New Delhi and Jon ...

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.

Mastodon

Mastodon

14 August, Belfast

Grammy nominated American Heavy Metal outfit Mastodon have announced a Belfast headline show at The Limelight 1 on Sunday 14 August 2016. The band formed in early 2000 and have released six studio albums to date.

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...

AVA Festival 2016

AVA Festival 2016

04 June, Belfast

AVA Festival announces its return to Belfast's T13 venue after a hugely successful first year event in 2015.

The Answer - RISE 10th Anniversary Show

The Answer - RISE 10th Anniversary Show

03 June, Belfast

Northern Ireland's greatest rock exports, The Answer, are pleased to announce a very special RISE 10th Anniversary show at The Limelight 2.

RISE gave the band a hit, not only in the UK, but in other key international territories, notably Japan.

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 ...

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The Mark Trammell Quartet

10 September, Armagh

The Mark Trammell Quartet are one of America's premier southern gospel groups and ND Concerts are delighted to be the promoter bringing them to Armagh for their first ever visit.

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.

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.

Van Morrison Dinner & Show

Van Morrison Dinner & Show

18 September - 19 September, Co Down

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see Van Morrison 'up close and personal' at the 5 Star Culloden Estate and Spa on 18 and 19 September 2016.

He's back! Van Morrison returns to Hastings Hotels following the success of his 'Birthday Blues' shows ...

De La Soul

De La Soul

15 June, Belfast

Legendary American hip hop trio, De La Soul, announce a headline show at The Limelight 1 on 15 June.

Formed in Long Island, New York in 1987, De La Soul changed the landscape of hip-hop as we knew it, and are back with a new...

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

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival

Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival

09 June - 12 June, Co Londonderry

Held each year in early June, showcasing the best jazz and blues sounds from across the globe.

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.

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...

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.

Ronnie Greer & Band – Tribute to Muddy Waters and the Chicago Greats

Ronnie Greer & Band – Tribute to Muddy Waters and the Chicago Greats

05 August, Co Down

Focusing on the Chicago blues style on this occasion, Ronnie and the band, which includes slide guitarist/vocalist Anthony Toner and keyboard wizard John McCullough, will recreate the searing intensity of blues songs including Muddy Waters and more .

Bad Manners 40th Anniversary Tour

Bad Manners 40th Anniversary Tour

26 June, Belfast

Ska legends, Bad Manners, announce a return to Belfast to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a show at The Limelight 1.

Formed in 1976 in Stoke Newington, London, Bad Manners went on to become heavyweight ska legends and a much loved 1980's ...

8th Annual Belfast City Blues Festival

8th Annual Belfast City Blues Festival

24 June - 26 June, Belfast

Three days of great music, with over 45 free gigs, in great venues, in a great city! This year, the Festival Marquee which is sited at the magnificent setting of Writers Square, in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, will play host to a range...

The Dead Daisies

The Dead Daisies

21 July, Belfast

Australian-American rock band and musical collective, The Dead Daises announce a headline show at The Limelight 1, Belfast on Thursday 21 July.

Country In The Park

Country In The Park

28 May - 29 May, Co Tyrone

A new and exciting country music festival comes to Omagh and the Ulster American folk park for the first time. This fabulous extravaganza of country music will be extra special. Over forty well established along with new and up and coming.

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.

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.

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Garden Open Day

29 May, Co Down

On Sunday 29th May, Lady Dufferin welcomes visitors to estate with a unique opportunity to explore the beautiful private gardens and enjoy a variety of local produce, including their own delicious yoghurt all on offer within the Courtyard.

The Mikado

The Mikado

09 June - 11 June, Belfast

The team behind 2013's smash hit The Pirates of Penzance returns with another Gilbert & Sullivan comedy classic.

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.

Farset Belfast

Farset Belfast

30 May, Belfast

The River Farset is hidden underground, flowing beneath our bustling streets. On Monday 30 May, the Farset will be celebrated in a series of free events at points in the city that grew around the river.

Dick Valentine (Solo)

Dick Valentine (Solo)

12 August, Belfast

Back for his second solo visit to Belfast, Dick Valentine, of hit-machine Electric Six, rides into town on a Satanic horse to break it down for you.

Kaz Hawkins Plays in Limavady

Kaz Hawkins Plays in Limavady

09 June, Co Londonderry

Danny Boy Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival 2016 Launch Night with Northern Ireland’s very own blues darling, Kaz Hawkins stages high energy and original shows. Kaz and her band launch this year’s Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival.

Lisa Hannigan with Zoë Conway & John McIntyre

Lisa Hannigan with Zoë Conway & John McIntyre

16 July, Co Down

Singer, songwriter, and musician, Lisa Hannigan will play a venue with a difference, St Malachy's Church, Castlewellan will welcome Lisa with Zoe Conway and John McIntyre as they preview songs from her forthcoming third studio album.

GI Jive

GI Jive

30 July - 05 August, Co Down

Now in its third year, the GI Jive festival is aimed at commemorating and celebrating the presence of the US Army Air Force based in the Kilkeel and Mourne area during the Second World War in the run up to D-Day.

Sidewalk Boogie

Sidewalk Boogie

16 July, Co Fermanagh

Sidewalk Boogie, make a return visit after their recent outstanding sell out performance.

The Great American Songbook: Midwest Young Artists Conservatory with Peter Corry

23 June, Belfast

The Great American Songbook: Midwest Young Artists Conservatory with special guest Peter Corry.
Perform America International, in support of Concern Worldwide, presents a fabulous ‘feel good’ evening of popular American classics.

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.

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