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.

Van Morrison - Live on Cyprus Avenue

Van Morrison - Live on Cyprus Avenue

31 August, Belfast

Tickets are 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.

Jamie Callum Jazz Festival

Jamie Cullum Jazz Festival

04 May, Londonderry/Derry

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Jamie Cullum, returns to the city for his debut performance at the Millennium Forum on Monday 4th May as part of the City of Derry Jazz Festival. .

BellaFesta '15

BellaFesta '15

10 April - 12 April, Belfast

Sestina present a Festival of Venetian music and childrens events.

AVA Festival

AVA Festival

30 May, Belfast

Brand new music festival and conference.

16th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

16th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

30 April - 10 May, Belfast

The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival returns for another fantastic programme.

A Wilde Weekend

A Wilde Weekend

01 May - 04 May, Co Fermanagh

A festival of theatre, decorative arts, storytelling, music and song, writers talks, readings, film and fireworks in venues across Enniskillen and Fermanagh.

The Scott Flanigan Trio in Concert

The Scott Flanigan Trio in Concert

07 May, Co Londonderry

Flowerfield welcomes one of the emerging talents of Northern Ireland jazz, in fine company with an all-star trio. Three of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians make up the Scott Flanigan Trio – Scott Flanigan on piano, rising bass star Neil O’Loghlin, and acclaimed drummer Steve Davis.

Methodist College Gala Easter Concert

Hot Chocolate with special guests The Three Degrees

02 May, Belfast

Hot Chocolate are one of the most successful bands ever to come out of the 70`s and they are still performing today to audiences all over the world who love the Band`s classic hits and distinctive sound.

In 1970 Hot Chocolate, with Errol Brown ...

EastSide Arts Festival

EastSide Arts Festival

19 August - 31 August, Belfast

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

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 ...

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.

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

07 April, Belfast

Welsh 4 piece Catfish And The Bottlemen signed to Communion Records (Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, Deap Valley, Half Moon Run) last Spring, following a furious 18 month period which saw them play over 100 live shows both in the UK and abroad- ...

Réalta

Réalta

18 April, Co Tyrone

Réalta

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.

The Priests (1 April)

The Priests (30 March)

30 March, Belfast

Featuring the Cappella Caeciliana choir.  Fresh from their tour of the USA, The Priests will come to the Grand Opera House for an Easter concert featuring the Cappella Caeciliana choir on 30 March and 1 April.

Their debut album "The Priests" ...

The Priests (1 April)

The Priests (1 April)

01 April, Belfast

Featuring the Cappella Caeciliana choir.  Fresh from their tour of the USA, The Priests will come to the Grand Opera House for an Easter concert featuring the Cappella Caeciliana choir on 30 March and 1 April.

Their debut album "The Priests" ...

Monteverdi Vespers - Armagh

Monteverdi Vespers - Armagh

10 April, Armagh

Soundworld of Venice comes to Armagh.  A rare chance to hear Venetian music played on original instruments of the period.

St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Armagh will be filled with the sights and sounds of 17th Century Venice with a ...

More Power to Your Elbow in Concert

More Power to Your Elbow in Concert

18 April, Co Tyrone

More Power To your Elbow are an eight piece international Celtic rock band from the Mid-Ulster area

Farmer Dan in Concert

Farmer Dan in Concert

16 May, Co Londonderry

Farmer Dan Comedy & Country Tour…..In concert!

THE FUREYS in concert

The Furey's in concert

30 March, Co Londonderry

The Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hot songs ‘I will love you’ , ‘When you were sweet 16', ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose cafe’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving you Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc. will make their 11th appearance at riverside Theatre.

The April Verch Band in Concert

The April Verch Band in Concert

21 May, Co Londonderry

Flowerfield is delighted to present world-champion fiddler, step dancer and singer April Verch and Band as they embark on an Ireland wide tour during May 2015.

The Who Hits 50

The Who Hits 50

21 June, Belfast

*Rescheduled Show*

"The Who Hits 50" 50th anniversary tour is coming with hits such as Won't Get Fooled Again, My Generation, Baba O'Riley, Who Are You, I Can't Explain, Pinball Wizard, Behind Blue Eyes and many more
 
2014 sees The Who, one ...

Walled City Music Spring Series

Walled City Music Spring Series

09 April - 11 April, Londonderry/Derry

Walled City Music will host a brand new Spring Series from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th April, with a host of new works, performances of 20th century masterpieces, and visits from some of the UK and Ireland’s leading ensembles.

Valentine's day Special 'Johnny Cash and June Carter'

Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute (4 April)

04 April, 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 ...

Belsonic 2015 - All Time Low & Twenty One Pilots

Belsonic 2015 - All Time Low & Twenty One Pilots

26 August, Belfast

All Time Low have repeatedly topped the charts, sold over 1.1 million albums worldwide, raked in 100+ million views on YouTube, toured with the biggest names in music and have taken over airwaves around the globe.

All Time Low will be ...

Lower Than Atlantis & Guests

Lower Than Atlantis & Guests

18 April, Belfast

As Lower Than Atlantis wound down the campaign for their third album, Changing Tune, the band found themselves at something of a crossroads.
 
To the outside world, Changing Tune - LTA's 2012 major label debut - had been the breakthrough record ...

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 ...

Realta

Realta

26 April, Co Down

Described by Irish Music Magazine as “A full bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza”, Belfast based Réalta carries on the Bothy Band tradition of taking tunes by the scruff of the neck and firing excitement through them like hot flames!

With a sound based on the twin uilleann piping talents of Conor Lamb and Aaron O'Hagan, propelled by dynamic accompaniments on guitar, bouzouki and double bass, Réalta make full use of the intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make Irish music so loved throughout the world.

Having toured alongside Altan in Germany, Switzerland and Greece and won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections Glasgow, these young musicians have earned a reputation for delighting audiences with the enthusiasm, energy and passion they bring to traditional music.

UFO & Guests

UFO & Guests

22 April, Belfast

UFO & Guests
 
English heavy metal and hard rock band UFO formed in 1969 and became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons

17 November, Belfast

With their highly anticipated new album 'Smoke + Mirrors' out imminently, US chart phenomenon Imagine Dragons play ten UK arena shows this November.

Live, the band are fast becoming one of the best in the business.

The 'Simply Devine' Tour with Philomena Begley and Ray Lynam

The 'Simply Devine' Tour with Philomena Begley and Ray Lynam

08 April, Co Fermanagh

Known as the Queen of Irish Country music, Philomena Begley has made a firm imprint on the Irish, UK and European markets. She 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’.

Ulster Orchestra Symphonic Strings

Ulster Orchestra Symphonic Strings

02 April, Co Fermanagh

This concert by the Ulster Orchestra features Symphonic Strings with Chief Conductor Rafael Payare.
Bringing the Orchestra’s string section into the limelight, the concert includes universal favourites by Barber and Mozart alongside Tchaikovsky’s great Serenade for Strings.

Calexico

Calexico

02 May, Belfast

Tucson, Arizona-based Americana indie rockers Calexico have announced a Belfast debut at Limelight 1 on Saturday 2nd May 2015.

Calexico, a Tucson collective of musicians focused around Joey Burns & John Convertino, forged an eclectic identity ...

Monteverdi Vespers - Belfast

Monteverdi Vespers - Belfast

12 April, Belfast

Soundworld of Venice comes to Belfast.  A rare chance to hear Venetian music played on original instruments of the period.

The Ulster Museum will be filled with the sights and sounds of 17th Century Venice with a performance of the Vespers of ...

Sleeping Beauty at the Courtyard Theatre

VE Day 70th Anniversary Big Band Night

08 May, Co Antrim

Belfast 'Big Band Sound' War Time Swing Night & Supper.  Join Courtyard Theatre for this special VE Day Anniversary celebration.

Belfast Music Tour (25 April)

Belfast Music Tour (27 June)

27 June, 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.

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...

Ritchie Remo in Concert

Ritchie Remo in Concert

19 November, Co Antrim

Ritchie Remo is now highly regarded as one of Ireland's top entertainers and attractions on the live scene, with 4 studio albums under his belt and a string of awards this young versatile entertainer is a must see act for all concert goers .

The Big Chris Barber Band

The Big Chris Barber Band

07 April, Belfast

The Big Chris Barber Band are considered to be one of the finest traditional jazz band in the world.

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.cdcleisure.net

Millennium Forum, Londonderry~Derry - www.millenniumforum.co.uk 

Nerve Centre, Londonderry~Derry - www.nerve-centre.org.uk

Ulster Orchestra - www.ulsterorchestra.com