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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

  • David Gray
    David Gray
    Music and Concerts

    David Gray

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    Tue, 31 Mar 2020, 7:30pm

    Multi-platinum, multi-Brit award and Grammy-nominated, singer-songwriter David Gray has announced an arena tour and he's stopping in Belfast!

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  • Queen Rhapsody
    Queen Rhapsody
    Music and Concerts

    Queen Rhapsody

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    Sat, 21 Nov 2020, 8:00pm

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

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  • Andy Irvine and Paul Brady
    Andy Irvine and Paul Brady
    Music and Concerts

    Andy Irvine and Paul Brady

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    Thu, 19 Mar 2020, 7:00pm

    By popular demand Andy Irvine and Paul Brady are touring their now classic and iconic album of folk…

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  • Midland
    Midland
    Music and Concerts

    Midland

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    Mon, 23 Mar 2020, 8:00pm

    Country trio Midland bring their live show to the Ulster Hall with special guest DESURE!

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  • Katie Melua
    Katie Melua
    Music and Concerts

    Katie Melua

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    Mon, 23 Nov 2020, 7:00pm

    Multi-award winning artist, Katie Melua is performing live at the Ulster Hall in November 2020!

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  • The Magic of Motown
    The Magic of Motown
    Music and Concerts

    The Magic of Motown

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    Thu, 19 Mar 2020, 7:00pm

    Celebrate the sound of a generation with The Magic of Motown!

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  • Leo Sayer – A Boy In Ireland
    Leo Sayer – A Boy In Ireland
    Music and Concerts

    Leo Sayer – A Boy In Ireland

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    Sun, 15 Mar 2020, 8:00pm

    Leo Sayer returns to Ireland after his recent sold out performances, bringing boundless energy, exuberance and a concert…

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  • Freddie Mercury Tribute Night
    Freddie Mercury Tribute Night
    Music and Concerts

    Freddie Mercury Tribute Night

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    Sat, 22 Feb 2020, 9:00pm

    Billy West is regarded as one of Europe’s top Freddie Mercury tributes and is back performing at the…

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  • Rocketman – Elton John Tribute
    Rocketman – Elton John Tribute
    Belfast Plus

    Rocketman – Elton John Tribute

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    Fri, 13 Mar 2020, 9:00pm

    Pickie Funpark's Music On The Marina proudly presents Rocketman - a tribute to music legend Sir Elton John.

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  • Ards International Guitar Festival
    Ards International Guitar Festival
    Belfast Plus

    Ards International Guitar Festival

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    01 - 05 Apr 2020

    The Ards International Guitar Festival is back with a bang in April 2020 with a fresh new programme.

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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

  • Sunflower Public House
    Sunflower Public House
    Pubs and Clubs

    Sunflower Public House

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    A simple corner pub free of gimmicks or themes, and music is very much part of its life.

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  • Dirty Onion and Yardbird
    Dirty Onion and Yardbird
    Pubs and Clubs

    Dirty Onion and Yardbird

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    The Dirty Onion is Belfast's oldest building, with real Irish music and craic seven nights a week.

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  • Limelight Complex
    Limelight Complex
    Pubs and Clubs

    Limelight Complex

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

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  • The Cloth Ear
    The Cloth Ear
    Pubs and Clubs

    The Cloth Ear

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    The Cloth Ear provides patrons with a pleasing twist on the quintessential Irish pub.

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  • Voodoo
    Voodoo
    Pubs and Clubs

    Voodoo

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    Voodoo is well established as a Belfast hotspot, adding a bit of spice for those who like things…

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  • Alibi
    Alibi
    Pubs and Clubs

    Alibi

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    Located on Bradbury Place, in the heart of Belfast's Queen's Quarter, Alibi offers the very best in liquor,…

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  • Santeria
    Santeria
    Eat & Drink

    Santeria

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    Lively coffee shop and cocktail bar in Belfast city centre.

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  • Belfast Empire
    Belfast Empire
    Pubs and Clubs

    Belfast Empire

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

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  • Deanes Deli Bistro
    Deanes Deli Bistro
    Restaurant

    Deanes Deli Bistro

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    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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  • Deanes Deli Vin Cafe
    Deanes Deli Vin Cafe
    Café

    Deanes Deli Vin Cafe

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    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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