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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

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

    Horatio Todd's

    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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  • 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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  • Rita's Belfast
    Rita's Belfast
    Pubs and Clubs

    Rita's Belfast

    0.38KM

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

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  • Errigle Inn
    Errigle Inn
    Pubs and Clubs

    Errigle Inn

    2.66KM

    Serving fabulous food and drink, The Errigle Inn features five bars, roof gardens, a beer garden and live…

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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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  • Robinsons Bar
    Robinsons Bar
    Pubs and Clubs

    Robinsons Bar

    0.57KM

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

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  • Alibi
    Alibi
    Pubs and Clubs

    Alibi

    1.1KM

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

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  • The Points
    The Points
    Pubs and Clubs

    The Points

    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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  • Parlour Bar
    Parlour Bar
    Pubs and Clubs

    Parlour Bar

    1.62KM

    The ultimate student haunt in the Queen's Quarter, The Parlour Bar is renowned for fantastic entertainment and amazing…

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  • Sunflower Public House
    Sunflower Public House
    Pubs and Clubs

    Sunflower Public House

    0.83KM

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

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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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