Belfast Music Week
Belfast Music Week

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.

Tennent's Vital 2014

Tennent's Vital 2014

21 August, Belfast

Tennent's Vital is back for 2014.  Returning to Boucher Road Playing Fields with big name acts on 21st August, the festival will be one of the biggest events of the year.

Portrush Musical Society presents Sister Act - The Musical

Portrush Musical Society presents Sister Act - The Musical

25 April - 03 May, Co Londonderry

Portrush Music Society is privileged to be the first amateur group to stage this show in Ireland.

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

31 July - 10 August, Co Fermanagh

This year, Happy Days – Enniskillen International Beckett Festival has new and extended dates: JULY 31 - AUGUST 10 2014.

The Ardhowen Theatre is hosting two major international theatre events this August as part of the Festival.

Blind Boys of Alabama

The Seekers

20 May, Belfast

This event has been postponed until 20 May.

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2014

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2014

01 May - 11 May, Belfast

Featuring readings, live music & performances; CQAF brings the streets to life with cultural revelry all day & into the wee hours!

Among the early acts revealed in advance of the programme launch in April are Two-Tone greats The Selecter, hip ...

Peek A Boo presents: The Burlesque Revue

Peek A Boo presents: The Burlesque Revue

15 May, Belfast

Peek A Boo Belfast are proud to announce their first Burlesque and Cabaret production taking place Thursday 15th May, keep your calendars clear for what is promising to be an unforgettable night of luxury performances,Vintage Hollywood and first ...

Islander Festival

Islander Festival

02 May - 05 May, Co Fermanagh

A brand new four day Festival in the tranquil setting of the Upper Lough Erne Region in County Fermanagh that brings together musicians, artists, gourmet food and traditional craft to celebrate the Life of Upper Lough Erne. Islands, Stunning Castles and historic sites around the Lough will be the backdrop for the Entertainment as well as ancient traditions and local produce that will tell the story of a place steeped in history.

Suggs - My Life Story in Words And Music

Suggs - My Life Story in Words And Music

30 May, Belfast

The Madness frontman takes to the stage in this hilarious, yet moving, one man tour de force.

The death of Suggs' beloved cat on his fiftieth birthday triggers a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew.

The Paperboys

The Paperboys

06 June, Co Fermanagh

Frontier Promotions presents The Paperboys were formed by Mexican born, Tom Landa in the mid nineties in Vancouver. In a music scene dominated by flannel and grunge, Tom had a vision of forming a band that fused Folk, Celtic and Bluegrass music with Pop and Rock.

Literary Lunchtimes - Bernie McGill and Sheila Llewellyn

Ulster Hall Organic Lunches

21 March - 29 April, Belfast

An opportunity to enjoy a unique series of lunchtime concerts by popular organists playing The Ulster Hall's iconic Mulholland Grand Organ.  Performances at 1pm.

Programme for 21 March:

With Christian Wilson

Richard Wagner - Die ...

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo

25 June, Belfast

This is part of a massive European tour in support of his brand new smash hit album Tattoos.

After 3 UK #1 hits, 26 million global track sales and the biggest hit of his career with the recent chart-topper Talk Dirty, Jason Derulo has landed ...

Celtic Soul

Celtic Soul

10 May, Co Antrim

Celtic Soul, a seven piece ensemble, pays homage to the music of Van Morrison with sensitive and knowledgeable renditions of his classic hits and deeper album tracks.

Pretty Woman Movie Screening

Pretty Woman Movie Screening

19 June, Belfast

Screening of the Classic Movie "Pretty Woman" at The Strand Arts Centre.

Special movie and meal deal offer available.

Main course and glass of Prosecco at The Park Avenue Hotel.  All for just 14.95 per person.

To book the movie, contact ...

Blind Boys of Alabama

Elvis Presley on Stage

28 April, Belfast

If you`ve never seen Elvis Presley live in concert - this is the closest you`ll ever get!

A celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Rock & Roll and Elvis` first recording session that led to the birth of rock n roll.

Using the latest ...

Vikings: Life & Legend Live from the British Museum

Vikings: Life & Legend Live from the British Museum

24 April, Belfast

This special event offers an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend, presented live in your local cinema.

Giro d'Italia North Coast Festival - NEELB Youth Concert Orchestra with an Italian twist

Giro d'Italia North Coast Festival - NEELB Youth Concert Orchestra with an Italian twist

10 May, Co Antrim

NEELB Youth Concert Orchestra with an Italian twist
Station Square, Portrush from 2pm.

Clara Tracey - Soundtrack

Clara Tracey - Soundtrack

14 June, Co Fermanagh

Enniskillen born Clara Tracey presents her musical Soundtrack, tracing the eclectic mix of influences that have inspired her to leave the conventional careers of law and international marketing to pursue her passion of making music.

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

17 October, Belfast

Costello first emerged as a champion of the late Seventies New Wave music scene with the critically acclaimed albums, My Aim Is True and This Year`s Model - the latter ranked Number 11 by Rolling Stone magazine on its list of the best albums ...

Steve Amos & Gerry Creen

Steve Amos & Gerry Creen

25 April, Co Down

Since retiring from the finance industry Steve Amos has become one of the foremost comedy singer songwriters of his generation, most of whom are no longer with us. He tends to be somewhat irreverent at times and sometimes tasteless perhaps but he is very funny and few subjects are immune to his mordant wit. With three acclaimed CD’s under his belt, and another one on the way, Steve has recently released a new single on iTunes “Aeroplane Calypso” which sets to music the safety instructions on aircraft. Critics have said that once heard his work is unforgettable – no matter how hard you try.

Sunday Bands in Newcastle

Sunday Bands in Newcastle

06 July - 24 August, Co Down

Come and relax to the sound of our Sunday band concerts outside Newcastle Centre 6th July, 20th July, 3rd August and 24th August 2014 (weather permitting) with local bands playing a selection of your favourite tunes.

Amanda Rheaume

Amanda Rheaume

22 August, Co Down

Métis singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume is a powerful vocalist with just a touch of grit and an instantly-accessible roots-pop-Americana sound. Her latest album "Keep a Fire"(2013), is a varied and evocative collection of mostly story-songs about her ancestors that more than lives up to the tradition of epic
family-of-origin albums.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

19 May, Belfast

Details for Miley's BANGERZ tour follow her surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live where she announced to fans that she would be launching a tour soon. 

In the UK, Miley has dominated the charts with a #1 album and #1 singles for We Can't ...

Pan Celtic Festival

Pan Celtic Festival

22 April - 27 April, Londonderry/Derry

More than 5,000 people will participate in and attend a range of activities and events including the Festival Parade, harp, fiddle, piping, choral and traditional singing competitions. There will also be themed nights from each of the nations as well as a Camogie Blitz.

BCGC American Dream Fundraising Concert

BCGC American Dream Fundraising Concert

10 May, Belfast

Belfast Community Gospel Choir have been asked to perform and bring their music to the USA.  They are planning to visit the city for a six day tour on 28th May.

While they are there, they will be performing at corporate events, churches and ...

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Andy Irvine

09 May, Co Tyrone

Legendary Irish singer/songwriter Andy Irvine is coming to perform at a venue near you. With his impressive repertoire of Irish traditional songs and dexterous Balkan dance tunes, he creates an exciting new fusion of Irish and World Music not to ...

The Selecter

The Selecter

10 May, Belfast

The Selecter will perform their seminal album "Too Much Pressure" in it's entirety, followed by an extended encore of classic and contemporary hits to celebrate their 35 year-spanning back catalogue.

Mixing punk, ska and reggae, "Too Much ...

16th Annual International Guinness Blues on the Bay

16th Annual International Guinness Blues on the Bay

21 May - 26 May, Co Down

Spring Bank Holiday Weekend - A fantastic 6 day blues music and food festival extravaganza, featuring world class international Jazz and Blues performers.

Gareth Dunlop

Gareth Dunlop

30 May - 31 May, Belfast

Born and raised in Belfast, Gareth Dunlop has been hailed "One to Watch"  by BBC Radio Ulster.  He was named 2011 Young Songwriter of the Year at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival.  Dunlop's songs have been featured in numerous hit ...

Sunflower Fest

Sunflower Fest

22 August - 25 August, Co Down

Sunflowerfest is a 4-day festival of music and arts.

Fulcrum

Fulcrum

21 May - 22 May, Belfast

A unique collaboration between Dylan Quinn, Jenny Ecke and Andy Garbi, Fulcrum has been inspired by some of the themes of Samuel Becketts' Catastrophe.

The piece explores the complexity of dependency, control and shifting power.  The three ...

Grainne Duffy

Grainne Duffy

25 April, Co Fermanagh

Grainne Duffy is a unique talent, raw and powerful, edgy and elegant. With early influences ranging from the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and the Pretenders, the subtle playing of Peter Green on such songs as ‘Need Your Love so Bad’ and ‘Albatross’, led Grainne to listen to other guitarists such as BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and, of course, Rory Gallagher.

Anthony Adams The One And Only Sinatra & More

Anthony Adams The One And Only Sinatra & More

24 May, Belfast

East Belfast will swinging on Saturday 24th May when The One And Only Anthony Adams 'This is Sinatra' with The Balmoral Big Band, Michael Purcell and Andi Mac.

Anthony Adams Is The One And Only Sinatra and Grand Finalist Winner Of Stars In ...

Charles Wood Summer School

Charles Wood Summer School

17 August - 24 August, Armagh

Charles Wood Summer School

Island Music Club June

Simon & Garfunkel - Through the Years

07 June, Lisburn

The friendship and career of Simon & Garfunkel is brought to life in this live performance and multi-media show.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's time together as recording artists was short but their impact on the music industry was huge, with ...

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

07 May, Co Antrim

Join Ballet Theatre UK on this dramatic re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen's all-time favourite story of The Little Mermaid, who falls in love with a human Prince and gives up everything to win his love.

World Premiere UK and Ireland ...

Literary Lunchtimes - Bernie McGill and Sheila Llewellyn

The Waterboys

20 June, Belfast

Led by founding member, charismatic singer-songwriter, Mike Scott, the band will perform tracks from their 30-year history from classic albums Fisherman's Blues, This Is The Sea and, of course, The Whole Of The Moon.

Tickets

32.50 (seated), ...

Louise Morrissey and Friends

Louise Morrissey and Friends

05 June, Co Fermanagh

Louise Morrissey has long been one of Ireland’s best loved singers and entertainers.
She has achieved great success in both Ireland and the UK, and has brought her easy style of country and folk to many other countries.

Literary Lunchtimes - Bernie McGill and Sheila Llewellyn

Giro Festival - Italian Cinema Club - Life Is Beautiful

07 May, Belfast

Come along to an exciting mix of cycling and Italian themed activities in the Group Space as we welcome the Giro d'Italia to town!

The heart warming and Oscar-winning classic Italian film, Life is Beautiful, is set in World War II explores the ...

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

08 October - 09 October, Belfast

Masterfully blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran has enjoyed a meteoric rise. The 22-year old's debut album + entered the U.K.

Buskfest

Buskfest

21 June, Co Down

On street entertainers perform to try and win substantial prize money in six various categories. Various kids activities take place throughout the day with an evening concert in Solitude park were the winners are announced.

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

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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