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.

The Bronx/ Torche

The Bronx/ Torche

27 May, Belfast

The Bronx & Torche have announced that they'll play a very special double headline show at The Limelight 1 on Wednesday 27th May, combining their respective solo headline shows scheduled for the date!

All purchased tickets remain valid from ...

EastSide Arts Festival

Van Morrison - Live on Cyprus Avenue

31 August, Belfast

SOLD OUT - Closing event of the EastSide Arts Festival and a truly unique experience not to be missed by fans of 'Van the Man'. Cyprus Avenue is associated across the world with Van Morrison's song of the same name. Not only will Van be...

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

Tennent's Vital - Calvin Harris & Guests

Tennent's Vital - Calvin Harris & Guests

29 August, Belfast

DJ Calvin Harris will headline Tennent's Vital on 29 August at Boucher Playing Fields.  Joining him are special guests Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples and Burns.

Calvin Harris

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris holds the record for the most ...

Hilden Beer and Music Festival

Hilden Beer and Music Festival

28 August - 30 August, Lisburn

Beer enthusiasts across the country know that the August bank holiday weekend means only one thing…Hilden Beer and Music Festival! This year's event will be the biggest and best yet with a great band line up on 3 music stages and 3 bars serving ...

August Féile

August Féile

30 July - 09 August, Belfast

The 27th Féile explodes into colourful life across West Belfast and beyond from 30 July to 9th August.

Lúnasa

26 June, Belfast

Lúnasa is composed of Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles).

Lúnasa have sold more ...

Breabach

Breabach

30 May, Belfast

The headline act at the Falls Road venue is undoubtedly Breabach.  This exciting five piece from Scotland will headline at An Chultúrlann on Saturday, 30 May.  Breabach have won critical acclaim for their 'Ùrlar' album as well as barnstorming ...

An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot

An Evening with Gordon Lightfoot

31 May, Belfast

Tickets on sale at 9am, Thrusday 21 May 2015.

Braid Real Music Club Presents, The Four Of Us

Braid Real Music Club Presents, The Four Of Us

26 June, Co Antrim

Following the success of their show with Braid Real Music Club in The Braid Arts Centre last May, The 4 of Us, brothers Declan and Brendan Murphy will take to the stage for what is sure to be a very special night of music.

Celtronic

Celtronic

24 June - 28 June, Londonderry/Derry

Ireland’s premier electronic music festival, Celtronic 2015 takes place at various venues across Derry from June 24th – 28th. Among the headliners are Derrick May, Clark, Henrik Schwarz, Mano Le Tough, Recondite, Move D, Francesco Tristano, Ripperton, Fort Romeau and many more.

Mud Morganfield

17th Annual Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival

20 May - 25 May, Belfast

Now in its 17th year, The 'International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival' started out with only 20 gigs and has now progressed into one of the World's most popular blues festivals boasting over 90 gigs.

The festival organiser's have always ...

ALDOC

12 June, Belfast

ALDOC is a group started by Alan Doherty and Gerry Paul in 2013. Alan Doherty is one of the most identifiable and respected flute-players in Irish music. He is widely recognized as the lead soloist on the "Lord of the Rings" soundtrack and for his...

Rathlin Sound Martitme

Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2015

22 May - 31 May, Co Antrim

An exciting annual celebration centred on Rathlin Sound, the body of water that lies between Rathlin and Ballycastle on the spectacular north coast of Ireland, right in the heart of the Causeway Coast and Glens.

Victoria Lagan Dance & Drama Showcase Night

Victoria Lagan Dance & Drama Showcase Night

19 June - 20 June, Co Londonderry

A night of performance from contemporary dance, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, commercial, acrobatics, classical singing, musical theatre numbers, drama plays and monologues with special guest appearances from professional London performers.

Anthony Toner

Anthony Toner

30 May, Co Fermanagh

The Belfast-based singer, also an accomplished guitarist, is back on the road with a brand new album, ‘Miles and Weather’.

Owen O'Neill

Island Music Club - Homage to Blue Note Records

29 May, Lisburn

Ronnie Greer and his guests invite you to a special evening showcasing the great soul jazz sound of the iconic Blue Note record label.

Celebrating 75 years in the business, Blue Note is synonymous with a jazz style that has strong blues and ...

Donaghadee Male Voice Choir

Donaghadee Male Voice Choir

23 May, Co Fermanagh

Founded in 1932, Donaghadee Male Voice Choir has over 70 members and its repertoire embraces both sacred and secular music including popular, folk, traditional and operatic works.

Belsonic 2015 - Stereophonics & Guests

Belsonic 2015 - Stereophonics & Guests

21 August, Belfast

One of the UK's most successful bands of recent years, Stereophonics defined the sound of British guitar music from the late 90's onwards.

They have released 8 studio LPs, 1 double live album and a greatest hits collection with combined sales ...

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.

Summer Jamm in Strabane

Summer Jamm in Strabane

13 June, Co Tyrone

Get ready for a family fun day out with the return of the Strabane Summer Jamm on the 13th June 2015. Strabane will come alive with music, street entertainers, sporting events, gardening & cookery displays, fun fair and food and craft markets

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Trio

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Trio

31 May, Belfast

Having played at the official open gig at the Duncairn in May 2014, we just had to bring these brilliant musicians back to help us celebrate our 1st Birthday.

For anyone that hasn't yet discovered this amazing trio, then let us introduce you ...

EastSide Arts Festival

EastSide Arts Festival

19 August - 31 August, Belfast

EastSide Arts Festival is an annual festival showcasing the talent of East Belfast.

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.

Black Grape

Black Grape

20 June, Belfast

Black Grape was everything that Happy Mondays always were, only better.

An Intimate Dinner with Alfie Boe

An Intimate Dinner with Alfie Boe

15 June - 16 June, Co Down

Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the five star Culloden followed by an "up close and personal" performance from Alfie Boe, with a delightful combination of classics from his albums and  a beautiful collection of some of his latest songs.

This is a ...

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

30 June - 01 July, Belfast

Neil Diamond, iconic Grammy Award®-winning Rock and Pop Singer/Songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, will be bringing his highly anticipated Neil Diamond Tour 2015 to Europe. 

Kicking off in Cologne, Germany on 17th June and ...

Lisa McHugh In Concert

Lisa McHugh In Concert

28 May, Co Fermanagh

Having launched her band a little over two years ago she already has recorded two albums and nine singles; one entitled ‘Why’d Ya Come in Here’ has over 150’000 hits on YouTube. Lisa has appeared on the prestigious Grand Ole Opry as guest of her friend in Nashville, Gene Watson.

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,

Sunflowerfest

Sunflowerfest

31 July - 02 August, Co Down

Sunflowerfest is an excitingly different and magical weekend-festival of great music, arts and entertainment.

Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes

Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes

22 May, Co Londonderry

Albert Lee, by common consent one of the world’s finest guitar-players, needs no introduction to Country Music & Rock fans.

AVA Festival

AVA Festival

30 May, Belfast

AVA Festival is an electronic audio visual arts festival and conference.
 
The free AVA Conference starts at 11am with Keynotes being led by DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 and Adam Smith (Director of ' The Chemical Brothers : Don't Stop, Skins, Dr.

Quire 10 - Something Inside So Strong

Quire 10 - Something Inside So Strong

06 June, Co Antrim

Join Quire Belfast, to celebrate their 10 year anniversary as Northern Ireland's only LGBT choir.

Sit back and enjoy a selection of their 10 year repertoire of hits including 'Like A Prayer' by Madonna and 'Let It Go'.

Belsonic 2015 - Rudimental & Duke Dumont

Belsonic 2015 - Rudimental & Duke Dumont

15 August, Belfast

BRIT award winning UK act Rudimental shot to mainstream success with their debut LP "Home", which was released in 2013 and yielded five huge hit singles (including two UK number 1s).

Belfast Music Tour (31 Oct)

Belfast Music Tour (25 July)

25 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, by way of awesome guitar players, traditional and folk, to punk rock and Hollywood soundtracks.

The Curtis Magee Fanfayre

The Curtis Magee Fanfayre

21 June - 24 June, Co Londonderry

Join Curtis Magee and a host of fellow stars for four nights of non-stop entertainment at The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine.

Beer Festival at An Creagan

Beer Festival at An Creagan

13 June, Co Tyrone

An Creagán will host its very own Beer Festival on Saturday 13th June, 7pm. Free Entry.

Rose Week

Rose Week

14 July - 19 July, Belfast

The International Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, is amongst the best in the world. From July to September over 45,000 roses are in bloom. A full programme of events takes place in the park during Rose Week including music and a...

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

Russell Watson Up Close and Personal

Russell Watson Up Close and Personal

24 November, Belfast

Russell Watson is officially the UK's best selling classical artist ever and has won four Classical BRITS.

He has performed for some of the world's greatest figures including, HM The Queen, the late Pope John Paul II who requested a private ...

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