From intimate gigs to massive festival crowds and more, Belfast is alive with the sound of music. Take note of our top ten must-hear musical events this summer.

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CHSq 2018

10 - 26 August

CHSq once again returns to the historic surroundings of Belfast's iconic Custom House, bringing a series of headline shows by international musical artists. This year's monster lineup sees performances from Kasabian, George Ezra, Stiff Little Fingers, Travis, and local pop-rock heroes Brand New Friend supporting Kodaline.

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Olly Murs

11 August

The Voice Judge and superstar performer Olly Murs joins Féile an Phobail for a headline show this summer for Féile 30, the 30th anniversary celebrations of the annual festival. Catch him in the intimate setting of the Féile Marquee at Falls Park for a close-up performance that you'll never forget.

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The 2018 Belfast Tattoo

7 - 8 September

Now firmly established as an annual event for Belfast City, the Belfast Tattoo features an international line-up of over 600 performers building up to the Grand Finale of the Massed Pipe And Drums. Don't miss this incredible spectacle which has grown to international acclaim, regularly drawing overseas visitors year on year.

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The Van Morrison Songbook

2 August

A quintet of accomplished performers come together to tackle the songbook of Belfast's greatest living songwriter, Van Morrison.

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Ulster Youth Orchestra 25th Anniversary Concert

25 August

The Ulster Youth Orchestra is celebrating its 25th anniversary, as well as 100 years of Bernstein in this special concert under the baton of Belfast-born conductor, Courtney Lewis. The programme contains works from Bernstein, Debussy, Gershwin and Ryan Molloy. This is a fantastic chance to catch over 90 of Northern Ireland's most talented young musicians in action.

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Ulster Hall

Celebrating 50 Years of Led Zeppelin

7 September

This year celebrates 50 years of the rock legends that are Led Zeppelin, and where better to celebrate the milestone than in the venue that heard Stairway to Heaven performed for the very first time back in 1971? The Rubber Plants are a four piece band that have captured the raw energy that made Led Zeppelin so great, and will play timeless classics to keep you rocking through the night.

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Cara Dillon and Gráinne Holland

6 August

Two extraordinary Irish singers steeped in tradition, Cara Dillon and Gráinne join forces for a special concert at Clonard Monastery. Cara will be performing old favourites alongside songs from her new album 'Wanderer', whilst Gráinne will be performing some new material for the first time ever with a mix of songs in both Gaelic and English.

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Jazz in the Gardens

29 July, 26 August, 30 September

Enjoy relaxing Sundays with live jazz music at Mount Stewart throughout the summer as their famous 'Jazz in the Gardens' afternoons return. Bring a picnic along and get ready for a chilled out afternoon full of jazz and blues tunes.

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2 September

Fans of Mike Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, are in for a treat this summer brings material from his latest epic album 'Runaway' as well as old favourites to the Ulster Hall.

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SSE Arena, Belfast

Jason Derulo

20 September

After delaying his European Tour from earlier in the year, in order to bring fans his latest studio album, Jason Derulo finally descends upon Belfast to headline the SSE Arena. With the latest album anticipated for release over the summer, fans can expect an unforgettable show debuting new hits - well worth the wait.

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