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.

Contained Arts Festival

AVA Festival

30 May, Belfast

Brand new music festival and conference.

Féile an Earraigh

Féile an Earraigh

10 March - 17 March, Belfast

Féile an Earraigh, Belfast's Spring Festival returns from 10-17 March and features the very best music, spoken word, debates, discussions as well as a series of stunning musical headlining nights at Writer's Square.

As well as great live ...

Linley Hamilton Quintet

Linley Hamilton Quintet

13 March, Belfast

Moving on Music presents musician, broadcaster and educator, Linley Hamilton has been at the forefront of the Irish music scene for over twenty years.

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 ...

Bruce Cockburn Interview With Ralph McLean BBC Radio Ulster

Bruce Cockburn, Foy Vance, Ken Haddock, In The Round Concert

05 March, Belfast

Canadian music legend Bruce Cockburn has, over the past forty years, been writing wonderful songs of romance, protest, and spiritual discovery.

Three Tenors 2

The Three Tenors & Star Violinist In Concert

28 March, Co Antrim

Following their rapturously received concert in the National Concert Hall Dublin and Live interview on RTE Radio One, The Three Tenors Ireland are playing two very special concerts in Northern Ireland as part of their 2015 Winter Tour.

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 ...

Sixes

Sixes

27 March, Belfast

A night of experimental electric guitar music exploring overtones and repetition, challenging the audience and the players to keep the count…

No.1 & No.2

Two new pieces have been specially composed by Hornby.

Get the Blessing

Get the Blessing

28 March, Belfast

Get the Blessing with support from Robocobra Quartet

Jim Barr (bass), Clive Deamer (drums), Pete Judge (trumpet), Jake McMurchie (saxophone)

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. .

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 ...

Apres Ski Party

Apres Ski Party

07 March, Co Londonderry

To celebrate their 10th Birthday this year, The Jungle are hosting an Après-Ski party on Saturday 7th March, 9.30pm. Visitors to the event will be treated to an Austrian style, fully-stocked bar, providing the best elements of any Après-Ski party, from a fat sound system, state of art lights and lasers to a top DJ pumping out iconic dance tunes and 6 glamorous dancing chalet maids.

Lagan Sessions @BelNash

Lagan Sessions @BelNash

04 March, Belfast

Established three years ago as a venue for local singer songwriters to find a listening audience for their work, the Lagan Sessions has evolved into a collective of singer songwriters and is now touring.

Take That

Take That

04 May - 05 May, Belfast

Four years since the band's last record-breaking tour Progress Live, Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald commence a 24-date UK tour.

Casa Havana Latin Trio

Casa Havana Latin Trio

14 March, Belfast

Casa Havana Latin Trio on Saturday 14 March, 7pm

Live entertainment, 2 course supper including main, dessert & glass of wine, £25.

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.

St Patrick's Day Festival Omagh

St Patrick's Day Festival Omagh

06 March - 17 March, Co Tyrone

This year's festival will be one to remember for residents and visitors alike with lots of events for all the family to experience.

More Power to Your Elbow

More Power to Your Elbow

17 March, Belfast

More Power To Your Elbow is an eight piece international Celtic rock band.

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 ...

ben glover iin concert

Ben Glover in Concert

26 March, Co Antrim

Ben Glover appeared in Ballymoney Town Hall two years ago as special guest of Anthony Toner and we are delighted to welcome him back following the release of his acclaimed new album “Atlantic”.

City Saturdays: Urban Sound Workshop

City Saturdays: Urban Sound Workshop

28 February, Belfast

Join researchers from the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen's University for an urban sound adventure! This afternoon workshop is open to anyone with a curious ear: you will explore sound as a key part of the city's atmosphere and how ...

EastSide Arts Festival

EastSide Arts Festival

19 August - 31 August, Belfast

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

An Evening With Feile

An Evening With Feile

11 March, Co Down

Join the Friends of Down County Museum for this special St Patrick’s Festival event featuring the Feile choir who sing a selection of international songs. Feile Women’s Singing Group was founded in 2006 and includes over 50 women of all ages from all over Belfast. They have supported Eddi Reader, Mary Black, Brian Kennedy and the Russian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. They have also performed in alley ways, bandstands and hospital corridors! Their unique mix of African, Scottish, pop and folk songs and their acapella style has earned them a reputation as a great night out. The choir is led by the extremely talented artistic and musical director, Anna Newell. Come along and enjoy music from around the world showcased by an amazingly talented choir.

Feile will be supported by the Rathkeltair School of Traditional Music which is based in Downpatrick. Leading local musician Danny McGreevy will be accompanied by young members of the school performing Irish and Scottish airs on a variety of traditional instruments.

Tickets limited to 70 so please book early!

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

25 March - 28 March, Londonderry/Derry

The Londonderry Musical Society will be performing the Tony Awarding Winning musical.

St Patrick's Day Carnival and Concert

St Patrick's Day Carnival and Concert

17 March, Belfast

Come along and enjoy a colourful St Patrick's Day Carnival leaving Belfast City Hall at 12noon followed by an outdoor concert from 1pm to 3pm. 
Carnival Parade

Leaving Belfast City Hall at 12 noon, the spectacular high-energy carnival parade ...

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.

Bruce Cockburn Interview With Ralph McLean BBC Radio Ulster

Bruce Cockburn in Concert

06 March, Belfast

Legendary Canadian singer, songwriter and humanitarian Bruce Cockburn has released an astounding 31 albums over the past four decades, won 12 Juno Awards (Canadian Grammys) and has 20 Canadian gold/platinum records.

His extensive repertoire of ...

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’.

Methodist College Gala Easter Concert

Art Garfunkel

14 September, Belfast

Art Garfunkel brings his two-man show (with guitarist Tab Laven) to the Waterfront. His live set encompasses his solo hits, Simon and Garfunkel songs, cuts from his favorite songwriters - Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, A.C.

Bruce Cockburn Interview With Ralph McLean BBC Radio Ulster

Bruce Cockburn Interview With Ralph McLean BBC Radio Ulster

05 March, Belfast

In 2014 legendary singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn delivered his long?awaited memoir, Rumours Of Glory- a chronicle of faith, fear, and activism, and a lively cultural, political, and musical tour through the past five decades.

Best known for ...

Fermanagh Choral Society to perform Handel's Messiah

Fermanagh Choral Society to perform Handel's Messiah

29 March, Co Fermanagh

Fermanagh Choral Society's annual spring concert will be a performance of the very popular Handel's Messiah. The concert will be held on Palm Sunday 29th March at 8pm in St. Michael's Church, Enniskillen. Tickets which are £8 (school children free) can be obtained from the Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre or purchased at the door.

Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games

Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games

29 March, Belfast

Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games - a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece.

With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging, new costumes ...

The Breakfast Sessions

Moxie & Super Céilí - The Re-Union

11 April, Belfast

After the amazing success of their Belfast debuts in 2013 both acts have gone on to headline at major festivals at home, across Europe and USA.

Formed in late 2011 as part of the annual folk festival, Sligo Live, Moxie are a Sligo and Limerick ...

Belfast Music Week Showcase

Idlewild & Guests

20 March, Belfast

Cult Scottish Indie rockers have announced a Belfast Limelight 2 show for Friday 20th March 2015.

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- ...

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 ...

Foy Vance Cara Dillon & more -  Music City Roots

Foy Vance Cara Dillon & more - Music City Roots

06 March, Belfast

Music City Roots (MCR) is returning to Belfast to record a second special TV show at the BelNash Festival.

Legends of American Country

Legends of American Country

07 May, Co Tyrone

Legends of American Country

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...

The Breakfast Sessions

Super Sunday Big Breakfast Session

01 March, Belfast

Free event with acoustic session from Beoga and Raparees, craft workshops, exhibitions, Sunday papers, free tea & coffee.

The Breakfast Sessions is the latest innovative idea to come from the award winning Duncairn Culture and Arts Centre.

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