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.

Gospelfest

Gospelfest

21 August - 23 August, Co Londonderry

GospelFest dates have just been confirmed for the 21st-23rd August 2015. This years line up is another one of diversity and quality gospel music. Ranging from Bluegrass to Country, Southern Gospel to Old-time Gospel, there will be a genre for everyone. So why not make a date in your diary for GospelFest this year. Come and join us and enjoy the music and fellowship, you'd sure be welcome!

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Ulster Fleadh 2015

18 July - 26 July, Co Tyrone

The big build-up for Fleadh Uladh 2015 has well and truly begun with an exciting line-up with a packed schedule of events from 18th - 26th July.

Monsters of Rot

Monsters of Rot V Rock Festival

01 August, Co Fermanagh

Monsters of Rot features metal, punk, hardcore and crust from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe!

Featured headliners this year are Xerath (UK), Abbaddon Incarnate (Ire), VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC (Austria), Guttrench (Irl), and Okus (Irl)!

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.

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Stendhal Festival of Art 2015

07 August - 08 August, Co Londonderry

Stendhal Festival of Art - Ireland's Best Small Festival

Groomsport Live Music and Fireworks

Groomsport Live Music and Fireworks

22 August, Co Down

Live Music, Fireworks Display, Family Fun & More.

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

Club MTV Event

Club MTV Event

15 August, Londonderry/Derry

Club MTV Derry - Londonderry will take place on the 15th August in collaboration with Legacy Promotions Ltd. in front of 13,000 people.

Linenfields Festival

Linenfields Festival

21 August - 22 August, Co Down

Two days of spectacular music, Friday 21st August has American Country Tribute Artists Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond ,Garth Brooks and Jonny Cash on stage throughout the evening. Saturday 22nd from 5pm has local boy Nathan Carter with friends including Hugo Duncan.

Charles Wood Summer School 2015

Charles Wood Summer School 2015

23 August - 30 August, Armagh

The Charles Wood Festival of Music and Summer School for singers, organists and choir directors will take place in all the main churches in Armagh, Northern Ireland, from 23rd - 30th August 2015.

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Cairncastle Ulster Scots Bluegrass and Folk Festival

25 July - 02 August, Co Antrim

The only musical & arts event in Northern Ireland that is Ulster Scots based, that includes international Scottish, Bluegrass and Country bands including relevant culture and tradition,

Draperstown Busking Festival

Draperstown Busking Festival

30 August, Co Londonderry

The Draperstown Busking Festival and Community Fun Day is an annual event showcasing some Northern Irelands fantastic musical talent as well as artistic talent throughout craft fair.

Jazz Supper Clubs

Jazz Supper Clubs

19 June - 28 August, Londonderry/Derry

Jazz Supper Club at the Millennium Forum is a firm favourite of music lovers with live jazz music, 3 course meal & wine - £25.00 per person

City Of Lisburn Pipe Band Championships

City Of Lisburn Pipe Band Championships

01 August, Co Armagh

City Of Lisburn Pipe Band Chamionships

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Tennent's Vital 2015

29 August - 30 August, Belfast

The 2 day music festival returns to Belfast's Boucher Playing Fields with Calvin Harris and The Script as leading acts.

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24th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival at the Folk Park

04 September - 06 September, Co Tyrone

Get down to the 24th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival to enjoy three days of live music from some of the biggest names in bluegrass. There’ll be strumming on the porches of the log cabins, dancing in the cobbled streets and jamming outside the Store!

The Paperboys

The Paperboys

27 July, Co Down

This Canadian folk/rock band return to the Bronte Music Club for what is sure to be a sell-out crowd. An astonishingly eclectic folk-rock quintet from Canada. 'The Paperboys know how to grab melody hooks in pop friendly songs, while fast and flashy banjo and whistles pace the jigs and reels' . Hopefully the audience will be dancing in the aisles!

`Shake, Rattle & Roll' with The Soda Popz!

Shake, Rattle & Roll' with The Soda Popz!

25 July, Co Down

Prepare to be razzle dazzled this summer! Having played to packed dance floors around the country, Northern Ireland's only 1950s Rock n Roll band, The Soda Popz,are set to make a sensational return to the Newcastle Centre this summer

The Legend Of Luke Kelly

The Legend Of Luke Kelly

17 October, Co Antrim

Celebrating the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend.
On 30th January 1984 it is said that the whole of Ireland grieved the early death of Dubliner Luke Kelly.
He has left an indelible mark as being the greatest folk artist of the 20th Century and his music is widely regarded as one of Ireland's cultural treasures.

The Dolly Show N.I

The Dolly Show N.I

13 July, Co Down

The Dolly Show N.I is the ultimate tribute to Dolly Parton and is coming to The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle on Monday 13th July.

Seaside Country Music Showtime Concert

Seaside Country Music Showtime Concert

15 July, Co Down

Newcastle's Seaside Country Music concert with the stars takes place on Wednesday 15th July in the Newcastle Centre with all your favourite country stars.

Dirty Dancing in the Le Shebeen

Dirty Dancing in the Le Shebeen

28 January, Co Antrim

The loveable Maggie is back with a bang in the highly anticipated sequel to 50 Shades of Red, White And Blue

Seaside Country Music Showtime Concert

Seaside Country Music Showtime Concert

20 August, Co Down

Sean Wallace presents Seaside Country Music Showtime with the stars in the Newcastle Centre on Thursday 20th August with a country line up like no other.

Nathan Carter in Concert

Nathan Carter in Concert

27 August, Co Down

Michael Magill Entertainments in association with Downtown Radio present Nathan Carter in concert in the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle on Thursday 27th August.

Mamma Mia - The Smash Hit Musical

Mamma Mia - The Smash Hit Musical

07 July - 12 July, Londonderry/Derry

MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good musical! Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA.

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.

William Kennedy Piping Festival

William Kennedy Piping Festival

12 November - 15 November, Armagh

The Armagh Pipers Club decided to create a new event to commemorate the life and work of the 18th Century piper, pipe maker and extraordinary inventive genius William Kennedy.

The Festival celebrates the worldwide community of piping and has hosted piping traditions from all over the globe and is now recognised as the premier International Piping Festival in the World. Each year the circle of piping traditions grows and the festival features a new and exciting line-up and initiatives.

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Summer Concert at Downhill Demesne

11 July, Co Londonderry

Visit this stunning landscape and beautiful gardens! Stunning location for concerts!

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,

Red Sails Festival

Red Sails Festival

19 July - 25 July, Co Londonderry

The Red Sails Festival is an annual community event provided by the Portstewart Community Association in conjunction with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

Sunday Band Concerts

Sunday Band Concerts

05 July - 30 August, Co Down

Pack up a rug and and the picnic basket and indulge in an afternoon of live brass or accordian band music ,on the award winning lawns at Scarva Visitor Centre. Ideal for a stroll along the tow-path or icecream in the Tea-rooms.

Van Morrison in Concert

Van Morrison in Concert

23 August - 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.

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens

27 September, Co Down

Enjoy an afternoon of jazz at Mount Stewart.

Newcastle Summer Season - Brigid O'Neill Band

Newcastle Summer Season - Brigid O'Neill Band

17 July, Co Down

County Down singer-songwriter Brigid O’Neill is still riding the crest of a wave following the launch of her acclaimed new EP of original songs, 'Arrivals and Departures’ in September 2014.
Brigid’s music is a mix of country blues and folk.

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Ronnie Greer playing the blues at Palomo

Co Armagh

Returning to Palomo Bistro on Friday is Ronnie Greer, Ireland’s greatest Blues Guitarist accompanied by highly regarded Johnny McCullough on Keyboards. An electrifying night of live blues is guaranteed.

Derek Ryan Live

Derek Ryan Live

08 October, Co Down

Join us for a spectacular evening of live country music by the fantastic Derek Ryan and his live band!

Derek will perform from his Number 1 album “The Simple Things” as well as all the hits. He was awarded “Album of the Year” and “Entertainer of the Year” by The Sunday World so come along and enjoy the show!

Tickets on sale now!

The Priests in Concert

The Priests in Concert

23 October, Co Antrim

The Priests are a classical musical group made up of three Roman Catholic priests all from Northern Ireland. Fr. Eugene and his brother Fr. Martin O'Hagan are originally from the village of Claudy, County Londonderry with the family now residing in Derry whilst Fr. David Delargy is from Ballymena, County Antrim

Music Sundays at Downhill Demesne

Music Sundays at Downhill Demesne

19 July, Co Londonderry

Visit this stunning landscape and beautiful gardens! Stunning location for concerts!

7 Hills Blues Festival

7 Hills Blues Festival

06 August - 09 August, Armagh

Already an established event on the Blues calendar, this event grows each year providing musical therapy for all ages. From Chicago Rhythm to Funk Style, this festival brings some the finest Blues bands to the atmospheric streets of Armagh. Local bands take their place amongst top class international acts from across Europe, USA and further afield, ensuring that The 7 Hills Festival goers are in for a real treat! Fringe events add an artistic and family-orientated buzz to the Festival, with eateries and shops getting involved to bring a real Blues feel to the whole City Centre. A weekend not to be missed…..

Newcastle Summer Season - Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh

Newcastle Summer Season - Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh

24 July, Co Down

The Ultimate Classic Rock Double Tribute to Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Widely regarded as one of the best live tribute acts in the country, The Illegals are back at the Newcastle Centre this summer with their ever-popular, classic-rock tribute show.

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