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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

  • George Michael Tribute Night
    George Michael Tribute Night
    Music and Concerts

    George Michael Tribute Night

    Sat, 25 Jan 2020, 9:00pm

    This authentic, high energy International tribute show dedicated to the music of George Michael has it all…

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  • Fra Fee – Seisiún
    Fra Fee – Seisiún
    Music and Concerts

    Fra Fee – Seisiún

    Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 8:00pm

    Seisiún is an evening of story-telling through songs and tunes ranging from Sondheim, Pasek & Paul, Flaherty &…

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  • The Green Room Sessions
    The Green Room Sessions
    Free Events

    The Green Room Sessions

    08 Nov 2019 - 31 Jan 2020

    The Green Room Sessions are an opportunity to catch one-off performances from guest artists as well as regular…

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  • Abba Tribute Night
    Abba Tribute Night
    Music and Concerts

    Abba Tribute Night

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020, 9:00pm

    The Bjorn Identity exceed all expectations as a sensational Abba tribute band!

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  • Advent Carol Service
    Advent Carol Service
    2019 Highlights

    Advent Carol Service

    Sun, 01 Dec 2019, 6:30pm

    Enjoy this festive carol service celebrating the start of the Advent season at Belfast Cathedral.

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  • Shaken Not Stirred – the Music of James Bond
    Shaken Not Stirred – the Music of James Bond
    Music and Concerts

    Shaken Not Stirred – the Music of James Bond

    Sat, 04 Apr 2020, 7:45pm

    Pour yourself a martini, don your best attire and leave the Aston Martin at home. Come along and…

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  • Black Moon
    Black Moon
    Dance

    Black Moon

    12 Nov - 10 Dec 2019

    A club night for and by adults with learning disabilities.

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  • David Gray
    David Gray
    Music and Concerts

    David Gray

    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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  • Stipe: REM Tribute
    Stipe: REM Tribute
    Music and Concerts

    Stipe: REM Tribute

    10 - 11 Jan 2020

    Whether it’s laying major festivals or appearing on the One Show, performing for Michael Stipe himself, Stipe are…

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  • Belfast Guitar Night X: Jacky Bastek
    Belfast Guitar Night X: Jacky Bastek
    Music and Concerts

    Belfast Guitar Night X: Jacky Bastek

    Fri, 29 Nov 2019, 8:00pm

    Join the Crescent Arts Centre for the 10th edition of Belfast Guitar Night as they welcome to the…

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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

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

    Horatio Todd's

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    Visiting East Belfast? Then you have to dine or have a drink in the award-winning Horatio Todd's Bar…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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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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