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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

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

  • 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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  • Horatio Todd's
    Horatio Todd's
    Pubs and Clubs

    Horatio Todd's

    7.16KM

    Visiting East Belfast? Then you have to dine or have a drink in the award-winning Horatio Todd's Bar…

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  • Deanes Deli Bistro
    Deanes Deli Bistro
    Restaurant

    Deanes Deli Bistro

    0.3KM

    Deanes Deli Bistro can be found on one of Belfast's most bustling streets, close to the Ulster Hall,…

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  • Perch Rooftop Bar
    Perch Rooftop Bar
    Pubs and Clubs

    Perch Rooftop Bar

    0.39KM

    Belfast's original rooftop bar and winner of the coveted ‘Best Outdoor Space’ category at the LCN awards, The…

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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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  • McHugh's Bar & Restaurant
    McHugh's Bar & Restaurant
    Pubs and Clubs

    McHugh's Bar & Restaurant

    0.86KM

    Located in the trendy Cathedral Quarter, McHughs is housed in one of Belfast's oldest buildings, dating back to…

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  • Cabaret Supper Club
    Cabaret Supper Club
    Pubs and Clubs

    Cabaret Supper Club

    0.21KM

    Sumptuous food, exceptional service and wondrous entertainment.

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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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  • Rita's Belfast
    Rita's Belfast
    Pubs and Clubs

    Rita's Belfast

    0.38KM

    Join Rita's talented mixologists in one of Belfast’s most lavish drinking dens and enjoy one of their expertly…

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  • Limelight Complex
    Limelight Complex
    Pubs and Clubs

    Limelight Complex

    0.47KM

    Established as one of the city's main venues for live music, hosting international touring acts, sell out club…

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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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