City of Music
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.
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.
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
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.