If you’re into the clubbing scene, Northern Ireland is the place for you. Belfast is filled with a range of clubs to suit all tastes, and you won’t be stuck for nightlife wherever you go in the country.
International DJs fly in each weekend to play in the major clubs, and local talent keeps the dancefloors pumping throughout the week.
One of the most famous names in Northern Irish electronic music is David Holmes.
An internationally successful DJ and record producer, he started his career in his hometown of Belfast in the early 90s. He began DJing in his early teens and set up the influential clubs ‘Sugarsweet’ and ‘Shake Yer Brain’ at the city’s art college. He has released 4 acclaimed solo albums.
Since 1998, he has become known for scoring film soundtracks, including ‘Out of Sight’ and the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ film series.
Did You Know?
- He has remixed records for many artists, including Doves, U2, and Primal Scream, and also composes music for film and computer games.
- During the late 90s, dance duo Agnelli & Nelson had chart hits with ‘El Nino’ and ‘Everyday’. They continue to tour the world DJing.
Larne DJ Fergie built his reputation with residencies at Armagh club The Met, and Ibiza clubs Space, Bora Bora, and Privilege, before taking up a presenting slot on BBC Radio 1 in 2002.
Tecno Music and DJ Phil Kieran
Techno music is a favourite of Belfast audiences and is celebrated at nights such as Shine in Queen’s University Students Union.
One of Shine’s resident DJs, Phil Kieran, is a producer and club DJ who has had success with his releases and has toured the world. He worked with singer Martin Corrigan on the band Alloy Mental, who released a well-received album in 2005.
More recently, artists such as Japanese Popstars, Psycatron, Jet Project, and Space Dimension Controller have been flying the flag for NI electronic music.
Some of the best known clubs in Northern Ireland include Shine in Belfast and Kelly’s in Portrush, and Derry city hold the annual Celtronic Dance Festival in June each year.