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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

  • Cathedral Choral Evensong
    Cathedral Choral Evensong
    Free Events

    Cathedral Choral Evensong

    12 - 26 Sep 2021

    Belfast Cathedral invites you to Choral Evensong, a beautiful traditional service on Sunday afternoons.

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  • The Staves
    The Staves
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    The Staves

    0.97 KM
    Sun, 17 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

    The Staves blend the wistful cadences of classic British folk with breezy, Laurel Canyon-era pop. You can see them…

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  • Nathan Carter
    Nathan Carter
    Music and Concerts

    Nathan Carter

    1.05 KM
    Fri, 01 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

    A huge attraction on the Irish music scene, Nathan Carter has brought a whole new generation of fans…

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  • Midland
    Midland
    Music and Concerts

    Midland

    0.27 KM
    Tue, 24 May 2022, 8:00pm

    Midland’s rescheduled Belfast Show will now take place on 24 May 2022 at Ulster Hall.

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  • Snapped Ankles
    Snapped Ankles
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Snapped Ankles

    0.68 KM
    Sun, 17 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

    Electronica, post-punk and performance art combined. Snapped Ankles bring Primal motorik rhythms, the rush of white noise and…

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  • Hayseed Dixie
    Hayseed Dixie
    Music and Concerts

    Hayseed Dixie

    0.97 KM
    Sat, 30 Oct 2021, 8:30am

    Hayseed Dixie return to their “favourite venue in the whole world”, Belfast’s Empire Music Hall, on Saturday 30…

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  • MAMMA MIA!
    MAMMA MIA!
    Theatre

    MAMMA MIA!

    0.66 KM
    08 - 25 Nov 2022

    Join the Grand Opera House for the first blockbuster musical in their restored building - Mamma Mia!

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  • Trio Cantare
    Trio Cantare
    Belfast International Arts Festival

    Trio Cantare

    Sat, 30 Oct 2021, 7:30pm

    this piano trio promises an evening of great depth and expression as they explore the beauty and lyricism…

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  • The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom
    The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom
    Children's Events

    The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom

    1.05 KM
    Sat, 30 Apr 2022, 1:00pm

    Celebrating the Gruffalo’s 21st Birthday! Come along and enjoy the much-loved music of the Gruffalo and Room on…

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  • Shaken Not Stirred: the Music of James Bond
    Shaken Not Stirred: the Music of James Bond
    Music and Concerts

    Shaken Not Stirred: the Music of James Bond

    1.05 KM
    Sat, 02 Oct 2021, 7:45pm

    Pour yourself a martini, don your best attire and leave the Aston Martin at home. Come along and…

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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

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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