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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

  • Henrys
    Henrys
    Pubs and Clubs

    Henrys

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

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  • Perch Rooftop Bar
    Perch Rooftop Bar
    Pubs and Clubs

    Perch Rooftop Bar

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

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  • Limelight Complex
    Limelight Complex
    Pubs and Clubs

    Limelight Complex

    gps_fixed 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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  • John Hewitt
    John Hewitt
    Pubs and Clubs

    John Hewitt

    gps_fixed 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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  • Robinsons Bar
    Robinsons Bar
    Pubs and Clubs

    Robinsons Bar

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

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

    Berts Jazz Bar & Restaurant

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

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

    Horatio Todd's

    gps_fixed 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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  • The Points
    The Points
    Pubs and Clubs

    The Points

    gps_fixed 0.64KM

    At the heart of Belfast, The Points creates a truly Irish experience that reflects the city’s culture and…

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  • Duke of York
    Duke of York
    Pubs and Clubs

    Duke of York

    gps_fixed 0.64KM

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

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  • Deanes Deli Vin Cafe
    Deanes Deli Vin Cafe
    Café

    Deanes Deli Vin Cafe

    gps_fixed 0.3KM

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

    World Class Spirit Stockist World Class Spirits Stockist
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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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