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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Open House Festival
    Open House Festival
    Festivals

    Open House Festival

    27.17 KM
    12 - 30 Aug 2021

    A three-week festival of music, comedy, spoken word and classic cinema, at the beautiful Bangor Castle Walled Garden,…

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  • Queen Rhapsody
    Queen Rhapsody
    Music and Concerts

    Queen Rhapsody

    0.27 KM
    Sat, 07 Aug 2021, 8:00pm

    Queen Rhapsody, the ultimate live concert experience paying tribute to the legend that is Queen, is coming to…

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  • Showaddywaddy
    Showaddywaddy
    Music and Concerts

    Showaddywaddy

    1.05 KM
    Sat, 11 Jun 2022, 8:00pm

    The legendary Showaddywaddy are back on the road again for another retro inspired rock ‘n’ roll masterclass and…

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  • Brian Kennedy ‘Back in Belfast’
    Brian Kennedy ‘Back in Belfast’
    Music and Concerts

    Brian Kennedy ‘Back in Belfast’

    0.66 KM
    Sat, 22 Jan 2022, 9:00pm

    Brian Kennedy ‘Back in Belfast’ guest starring Conleth Kane at the Europa Hotel. A cabaret style show featuring…

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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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  • Damien Dempsey
    Damien Dempsey
    Music and Concerts

    Damien Dempsey

    0.97 KM
    Fri, 03 Jun 2022, 7:30pm

    Damien Dempsey has announced a return to The Empire Music Hall, Belfast.

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  • Elbow
    Elbow
    Music and Concerts

    Elbow

    1.05 KM
    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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  • Experience Ards and North Down: SUP-aoke
    Experience Ards and North Down: SUP-aoke
    Sport

    Experience Ards and North Down: SUP-aoke

    25 Jun - 20 Aug 2021

    Like paddling? Like singing? Then you will love this experience.

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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

  • Robinsons Bar
    Robinsons Bar
    Pubs and Clubs

    Robinsons Bar

    0.57 KM

    One of Belfast's oldest and biggest bars, Robinsons hosts five venues under one roof.

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

    Whites Tavern & The Oyster Rooms

    0.46 KM

    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

    0.97 KM

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

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  • John Hewitt
    John Hewitt
    Pubs and Clubs

    John Hewitt

    0.62 KM

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

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  • Deanes Deli Bistro
    Deanes Deli Bistro
    Restaurant

    Deanes Deli Bistro

    0.3 KM

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

    World Class Spirit Stockist World Class Spirits Stockist
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  • Santeria
    Santeria
    Eat & Drink

    Santeria

    0.35 KM

    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

    0.38 KM

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

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  • The Bone Yard
    The Bone Yard
    Eat & Drink

    The Bone Yard

    0.44 KM

    The Bone Yard by Pug Uglys, an outdoor bar and food place situated on Bedford Street.

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  • Fountain Lane
    Fountain Lane

    Fountain Lane

    0.35 KM

    Fountain Lane has been feeding and watering Belfast since 1901. With a wealth of history as a tavern…

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  • Duke of York
    Duke of York
    Pubs and Clubs

    Duke of York

    0.64 KM

    Nestled along a narrow cobbled alleyway in the historic Half Bap area, the Duke offers a traditional Belfast…

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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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