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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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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

  • Michael Bublé Tribute with David Bradley
    Michael Bublé Tribute with David Bradley
    Music and Concerts

    Michael Bublé Tribute with David Bradley

    Fri, 14 Feb 2020, 7:00pm

    Enjoy a stunning and mesmerising show capturing the sheer brilliance that is Michael Bublé.

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  • Beth Hart
    Beth Hart
    Music and Concerts

    Beth Hart

    Sun, 02 Feb 2020, 8:00pm

    Beth Hart, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter will perform live at the Ulster Hall, 2 February 2020.

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  • Radio Ga Ga – The Ultimate Tribute to Queen
    Radio Ga Ga – The Ultimate Tribute to Queen
    Music and Concerts

    Radio Ga Ga – The Ultimate Tribute to Queen

    Fri, 23 Oct 2020, 7:00pm

    The UK’s authoritative Queen Concert Show performed live, in a two-hour rock spectacular!

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  • The Game
    The Game
    Dance

    The Game

    Mon, 10 Feb 2020, 7:00pm

    The Game, one of the biggest hip hop acts in the world, is bringing his incredible live show…

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  • Beethoven at 250: Symphony No. 4
    Beethoven at 250: Symphony No. 4
    Music and Concerts

    Beethoven at 250: Symphony No. 4

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020, 7:45pm

    Works by Beethoven, Nielsen and up and coming Northern Irish composer Amy Rooney.

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  • Pilgrim St
    Pilgrim St
    Music and Concerts

    Pilgrim St

    Sat, 08 Feb 2020, 8:00pm

    Pilgrim St have become one of the most hard-working and well-respected bands on the Irish circuit since they…

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

    Rocketman – Elton John Tribute

    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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  • Elton John
    Elton John
    2020 Highlights

    Elton John

    Mon, 30 Nov 2020, 8:00pm

    Elton John has announced the first 2020 UK and Ireland dates of his colossal Farewell Yellow Brick Road…

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  • The Illegals featuring Niamh Kavanagh
    The Illegals featuring Niamh Kavanagh
    Music and Concerts

    The Illegals featuring Niamh Kavanagh

    Sat, 18 Apr 2020, 7:00pm

    After a successful sell-out show last year Crumlin Road Goal are delighted to announce the return of The…

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  • The Mighty Mocambos
    The Mighty Mocambos
    Festivals

    The Mighty Mocambos

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020, 8:30pm

    Out to Lunch and Superfly Funk & Soul Belfast kick off the new year with The Mighty Mocambos…

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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

  • Cabaret Supper Club
    Cabaret Supper Club
    Pubs and Clubs

    Cabaret Supper Club

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    Sumptuous food, exceptional service and wondrous entertainment.

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

    Kelly's Cellars

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

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

    Rita's Belfast

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

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  • John Hewitt
    John Hewitt
    Pubs and Clubs

    John Hewitt

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    A unique venue in the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, you are guaranteed a very warm Belfast welcome…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Whites Tavern & The Oyster Rooms
    Whites Tavern & The Oyster Rooms
    Pubs and Clubs

    Whites Tavern & The Oyster Rooms

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    Whites Tavern & The Oyster Rooms was established back in 1630 making it the oldest tavern in Belfast.…

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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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