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City of Music

 
Belfast Traditional Music Trail
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Traditional Music in Belfast

Belfast’s pub culture thrives on traditional music sessions. Grab a pint and immerse yourself in the sounds of Irish trad in these bars and venues.

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Live music at The Hudson Bar
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Belfast: City of Music

Belfast was named City of Music 2018 and with a rich heritage, traditional music scene and top music venues, it's easy to see why.

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Music Legends

Home to names such as Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club, Stiff Little Fingers, and Van Morrison, Belfast lacks nothing when it comes to musical claims to fame.

The city is also dotted with venues that have hosted historic concerts. Led Zepplin played the first show of their world tour ‘Stairway to Heaven’ at the Ulster Hall in 1971; in 1963 The Beatles made their Northern Ireland debut at the King’s Hall, where Nirvana played their last indoor gig in 1992; and the MTV European Music Awards were hosted here in 2011.

Gigs and Concerts

  • Elbow
    Elbow
    Music and Concerts

    Elbow

    1.05KM
    Sun, 29 Aug 2021, 7:00pm

    After a sell-out arena tour, English rock band, Elbow, are back on the road and Belfast is on…

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  • André Rieu
    André Rieu
    Music and Concerts

    André Rieu

    1.87KM
    Thu, 08 Apr 2021, 8:00pm

    André Rieu, the Dutch “King of Waltz” who has made classical music accessible to ordinary people, will bring…

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  • The Commitments
    The Commitments
    Music and Concerts

    The Commitments

    0.66KM
    26 Apr - 01 May 2021

    Following a sellout run in 2017, The Commitments is returning to the Grand Opera House in 2021!

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  • The Snuts
    The Snuts
    Music and Concerts

    The Snuts

    0.97KM
    Wed, 26 May 2021, 7:30pm

    The Snuts pop by The Empire Music Hall on 26 May for what should be a memorable show…

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  • Lionel Richie
    Lionel Richie
    2021 Highlights

    Lionel Richie

    1.39KM
    Sun, 06 Jun 2021, 6:00pm

    Lionel Richie live at Belsonic, rescheduled from 7 June 2020.

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  • Genesis The Last Domino? Tour
    Genesis The Last Domino? Tour
    Music and Concerts

    Genesis The Last Domino? Tour

    1.87KM
    Sun, 18 Apr 2021, 7:00pm

    Genesis, who are among the biggest selling recording artists of all time, will be touring for the first…

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  • Robert Forster
    Robert Forster
    Music and Concerts

    Robert Forster

    0.97KM
    Wed, 13 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

    The body of work Robert Forster and co-founder Grant McLennan assembled in their seminal band The Go-Betweens surpassed…

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  • Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott
    Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott
    Music and Concerts

    Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

    0.27KM
    Sat, 03 Apr 2021, 7:00pm

    Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are going on tour and stopping off at Belfast's most iconic venue, Ulster…

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  • Belfast International Tattoo 2021
    Belfast International Tattoo 2021
    Shows and Displays

    Belfast International Tattoo 2021

    1.87KM
    03 - 04 Sep 2021

    Entertainment Events Organisation Limited are very pleased to announce the return to the SSE Arena of the Belfast…

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  • Janet Devlin
    Janet Devlin
    Music and Concerts

    Janet Devlin

    0.35KM
    Wed, 15 Sep 2021, 8:00pm

    Northern Irish singer-songwriter Janet Devlin has announced a September 2021 tour of the UK and Ireland, her first…

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Take a Tour

Take a bus journey through the heart of this rock and roll city. Sit back, relax, and enjoy tunes and tales from Them and Van Morrison, by way of awesome guitar players, traditional and folk, to punk rock and Hollywood soundtracks.

From the venue where Van Morrison made his debut, to the place where The Undertones recorded ‘Teenage Kicks’ in 1978, the tour finishes at the NI Music Exhibition in the Cathedral Quarter.

Live Music Sessions

  • Henrys
    Henrys
    Pubs and Clubs

    Henrys

    0.45KM

    Henrys, named after historic Belfast figure and United Irish man Henry Joy McCracken, has been a pub for…

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  • Berts Jazz Bar & Restaurant
    Berts Jazz Bar & Restaurant
    Pubs and Clubs

    Berts Jazz Bar & Restaurant

    0.51KM

    Berts encapsulates the sleek elegance of the art-deco era, complemented by live jazz, fabulous cocktails and mouth watering…

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  • John Hewitt
    John Hewitt
    Pubs and Clubs

    John Hewitt

    0.62KM

    A unique venue in the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, you are guaranteed a very warm Belfast welcome…

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  • Whites Tavern & The Oyster Rooms
    Whites Tavern & The Oyster Rooms
    Pubs and Clubs

    Whites Tavern & The Oyster Rooms

    0.46KM

    Whites Tavern & The Oyster Rooms was established back in 1630 making it the oldest tavern in Belfast.…

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  • Belfast Empire
    Belfast Empire
    Pubs and Clubs

    Belfast Empire

    0.97KM

    A converted church in the heart of Belfast, The Empire hosts regular Music Hall gigs and comedians from…

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  • Santeria
    Santeria
    Eat & Drink

    Santeria

    0.35KM

    Lively coffee shop and cocktail bar in Belfast city centre.

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  • Deanes Deli Vin Cafe
    Deanes Deli Vin Cafe
    Café

    Deanes Deli Vin Cafe

    0.3KM

    Cafe by day serving breakfast, fabulous sandwiches, lunch specials and an afternoon menu. It transforms by night into…

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  • Alibi
    Alibi
    Pubs and Clubs

    Alibi

    1.1KM

    Located on Bradbury Place, in the heart of Belfast's Queen's Quarter, Alibi offers the very best in liquor,…

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  • Parlour Bar
    Parlour Bar
    Pubs and Clubs

    Parlour Bar

    1.62KM

    The ultimate student haunt in the Queen's Quarter, The Parlour Bar is renowned for fantastic entertainment and amazing…

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  • Errigle Inn
    Errigle Inn
    Pubs and Clubs

    Errigle Inn

    2.66KM

    Serving fabulous food and drink, The Errigle Inn features five bars, roof gardens, a beer garden and live…

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The Belfast Playlist

Plug into the sound of something local. Belfast’s Oh Yeah Music Centre has curated a Spotify playlist of music from the city and across Northern Ireland.

As well as a few classics, it features upcoming artists and songs inspired from a love for the city these artists call home.

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