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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

  • Ulster Orchestra: Digital Concert – Fanfare for Spring!
    Ulster Orchestra: Digital Concert – Fanfare for Spring!
    Virtual Events

    Ulster Orchestra: Digital Concert – Fanfare for Spring!

    12 Apr - 02 May 2021

    Celebrate spring with this lovely Ulster Orchestra digital concert, featuring Orchestra Leader Tamás Kocsis as soloist.

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  • Lionel Richie
    Lionel Richie
    Music and Concerts

    Lionel Richie

    1.39KM
    Sun, 05 Jun 2022, 6:00pm

    With hits like All Night Long, Dancing on the Ceiling and Hello, this concert is sure to be…

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  • Tom Jones live at Botanic Gardens
    Tom Jones live at Botanic Gardens
    Music and Concerts

    Tom Jones live at Botanic Gardens

    1.61KM
    30 - 31 May 2021

    As he celebrates a landmark 80th birthday this summer, Aiken Promotions is proud to announce one of the…

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  • Beoga Online Concert
    Beoga Online Concert
    Virtual Events

    Beoga Online Concert

    Sat, 17 Apr 2021, 8:00pm

    Beoga is proud to present an exclusive online concert broadcast live from The Limelight in Belfast on Saturday…

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  • Ronan Keating
    Ronan Keating
    Music and Concerts

    Ronan Keating

    1.05KM
    Thu, 10 Feb 2022, 7:30pm

    Ronan Keating's Twenty Twenty tour has been rescheduled to 10 February 2022 in Belfast's Waterfront Hall. All original…

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  • MAMMA MIA!
    MAMMA MIA!
    Theatre

    MAMMA MIA!

    0.66KM
    08 - 25 Nov 2022

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

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  • Wannabe The Spice Girls Show
    Wannabe The Spice Girls Show
    Music and Concerts

    Wannabe The Spice Girls Show

    1.05KM
    Fri, 29 Oct 2021, 7:00pm

    Wannabe: The Spice Girls Show is coming to Waterfront Hall on 28 November 2020 and it's set to…

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  • You Win Again – Celebrating the Music of the Bee Gees
    You Win Again – Celebrating the Music of the Bee Gees
    Music and Concerts

    You Win Again – Celebrating the Music of the Bee Gees

    0.27KM
    Sat, 06 Nov 2021, 7:30pm

    Direct from London's West End, You Win Again – Celebrating The Music of The Bee Gees comes to…

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  • Damien Dempsey
    Damien Dempsey
    Music and Concerts

    Damien Dempsey

    0.97KM
    Fri, 04 Jun 2021, 7:30pm

    Damien Dempsey has announced a return to The Empire Music Hall, Belfast on 4 June 2021.

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  • Elbow
    Elbow
    Music and Concerts

    Elbow

    1.05KM
    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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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

  • John Hewitt
    John Hewitt
    Pubs and Clubs

    John Hewitt

    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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  • The Bone Yard
    The Bone Yard
    Eat & Drink

    The Bone Yard

    0.44KM

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

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  • Henrys
    Henrys
    Pubs and Clubs

    Henrys

    0.45KM

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

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  • Cabaret Supper Club
    Cabaret Supper Club
    Pubs and Clubs

    Cabaret Supper Club

    0.21KM

    Sumptuous food, exceptional service and wondrous entertainment.

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  • Duke of York
    Duke of York
    Pubs and Clubs

    Duke of York

    0.64KM

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

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  • Kelly's Cellars
    Kelly's Cellars
    Pubs and Clubs

    Kelly's Cellars

    0.46KM

    One of Belfast's oldest traditional Irish pubs, Kelly's Cellars offers live traditional music, pints of Guinness and Irish…

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  • The Cloth Ear
    The Cloth Ear
    Pubs and Clubs

    The Cloth Ear

    0.65KM

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

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  • Limelight Complex
    Limelight Complex
    Pubs and Clubs

    Limelight Complex

    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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  • Perch Rooftop Bar
    Perch Rooftop Bar
    Pubs and Clubs

    Perch Rooftop Bar

    0.39KM

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

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  • Fountain Lane
    Fountain Lane

    Fountain Lane

    0.35KM

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

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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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