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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

De La Soul - 25 Years Celebration

De La Soul - 25 Years Celebration

11 May, Belfast

One of the most artistic and creative hip-hop acts ever, this trio from Long Island have had an unquestionable influence since their debut in 1987.

De La Soul - 25 Years Celebration

De La Soul - 25 Years Celebration

11 May, Belfast

One of the most artistic and creative hip-hop acts ever, this trio from Long Island have had an unquestionable influence since their debut in 1987.

Island Music Club April

Island Music Club April

25 April, Lisburn

Ronnie Greer has been at the centre of the Irish Blues and Jazz scene for over 40 years.

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.

BMS Summer Celebrity Recital

BMS Summer Celebrity Recital

14 May, Belfast

Renowned for dazzling performances of classical violin masterpieces, Benjamin Schmid is equally sought after as a jazz violinist.  He brings his unique approach to BMS's annual Summer Celebrity Recital on Wednesday 14 May, accompanied by his ...

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.

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.

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.

Andy Irvine clr Brian Hartigan

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 ...

Blind Boys of Alabama

The Seekers

20 May, Belfast

This event has been postponed until 20 May.

The Ronnie Greer Blues Band

The Ronnie Greer Blues Band

21 June, Co Fermanagh

Ardhowen Theatre welcomes back blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer who has been at the centre of the blues music scene in Ireland now for over 40 years.
His distinctive guitar style, melding searing Chicago style licks with be bop jazz inflections, has been critically acclaimed as world class.

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 ...

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 ...

King Khan & The Shrines

King Khan & The Shrines

20 April, Belfast

Five years after 'The Supreme Genius Of King Khan And The Shrines', musical shaman Arish 'King' Khan is back with another triumph.

23rd Annual Bluegrass Festival

23rd Annual Bluegrass Festival

29 August - 31 August, Co Tyrone

International and award winning artists from the United States and throughout Europe will reform to hugely appreciative audiences in the unique setting of the outdoor museum. Get along to the 'Bluegrass in the Park' afternoon sessions or the evening concerts and experience something special. The line up for this years event will be released over the Summer months. For further details contact the Park on 028 8224 3292.

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.

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 ...

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.

Paperboys in Concert

Paperboys in Concert

02 June, Co Down

The Paperboys are renowned for their energetic live performances and have wowed festival goers the world over

Belfast Community Gospel Choir

Belfast Community Gospel Choir

01 February - 26 April, Belfast

A 'one of a kind' in Northern Ireland, Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) perform classic gospel music as well as popular R&B and soul hits.

Upcoming shows are as follows:
- Saturday 22nd March - Shankill Parish Church, Lurgan - 7.30pm - ...

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 ...

Live Issue In Concert

Live Issue In Concert

10 May, Co Down

Live Issue Gospel Group take the stage in Annaclone C.O.I Church.

T13 Easter Monday Warehouse Party

T13 Easter Monday Warehouse Party

21 April, Belfast

Moth Productions brings one of the most celebrated underground house brands, Viva Warriors  with Legendary DJ Steve Lawler to belfast's most diverse venue.

The Kilkennys in Concert

The Kilkennys in Concert

29 May, Co Fermanagh

The Kilkennys are at the very forefront of the new generation of folk groups taking Irish music to the world. Having already toured this year in Europe, the U.S. and Australia, the reputation of this youthful and energetic four piece group continues to grow well beyond these shores.

Birds Of Chicago

Birds Of Chicago

03 May, Co Fermanagh

JT Nero and Allison Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music. Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones is a fine thing; not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you’ll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop and classic soul.

Little Mix

Little Mix

09 June, Belfast

Global pop sensations Little Mix will be embarking on their biggest tour to date in May & June 2014.

Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirwall recently returned with their outstanding second album, Salute which follows ...

Johnny Cash - Tribute Night

Johnny Cash - Tribute Night

04 April - 10 May, Belfast

The award winning JP Mac and his band will perform the best of Johnny
Cash in Crumlin Road Gaol. Just like Johnny Cash took the stage in his
famous gig in Folsom Prison JP Mac will perform along with Caroline
Parker as June Carter in...

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 ...

Tinariwen

Tinariwen

04 May, Belfast

Tinariwen are poet-guitarists and soul rebels from the Southern Sahara desert. Their music expresses the aspirations of their people, the Kel Tamashek or 'Touareg' of the southern Sahara desert.

Sunflower Fest

Sunflower Fest

22 August - 25 August, Co Down

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

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 ...

The PM Big Band in Concert

The PM Big Band in Concert

31 May, Co Fermanagh

This County Armagh based Big Band features the classic line-up of trumpets, trombones and saxophones.

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.

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 ...

Apex Jazz Band

Apex Jazz Band

02 May, Co Fermanagh

Formed back in 1966 by trumpet player George Chambers, the Apex Jazz Band is Ireland’s longest established and most successful jazz band. Steeped in the tradition of New Orleans, their repertoire includes material from Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, George Lewis, and more.

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/

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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