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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

  • Belfast Music Tour
    Belfast Music Tour
    Music and Concerts

    Belfast Music Tour

    0.68KM
    22 Aug - 14 Nov 2020

    The Belfast Music Tour is a journey across the city that reveals the music, the artists and the…

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  • Status Quo – Backbone
    Status Quo – Backbone
    Music and Concerts

    Status Quo – Backbone

    1.05KM
    Mon, 05 Oct 2020, 8:00pm

    Status Quo are the country's best-loved rock band and they are going back on the road to reclaim…

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  • Biffy Clyro
    Biffy Clyro
    Music and Concerts

    Biffy Clyro

    1.87KM
    Tue, 06 Oct 2020, 7:00pm

    Biffy Clyro will be coming to the SSE Arena Belfast this October with their Celebration of Endings UK…

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  • Whitesnake – Cancelled
    Whitesnake – Cancelled
    Music and Concerts

    Whitesnake – Cancelled

    1.87KM
    Wed, 10 Jun 2020, 7:00pm

    Whitesnake are returning to Belfast this June with special guests Europe for one night of crazy rock 'n'…

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  • The Commitments
    The Commitments
    Music and Concerts

    The Commitments

    0.66KM
    26 Apr - 01 May 2021

    Following a sellout run in 2017, The Commitments is returning to the Grand Opera House in 2021!

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  • Niall Horan Nice To Meet Ya Tour – Cancelled
    Niall Horan Nice To Meet Ya Tour – Cancelled
    2020 Highlights

    Niall Horan Nice To Meet Ya Tour – Cancelled

    1.87KM
    27 - 28 Oct 2020

    Niall Horan will be returning to Belfast this October with his Nice To Meet Ya tour!

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  • Belfast Pride Festival 2020
    Belfast Pride Festival 2020
    2020 Highlights

    Belfast Pride Festival 2020

    0.19KM
    24 Jul - 02 Aug 2020

    Belfast Pride Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Belfast and is a celebration of the LGBTQA+…

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  • Nathan Carter – Rescheduled
    Nathan Carter – Rescheduled
    Music and Concerts

    Nathan Carter – Rescheduled

    1.05KM
    Sat, 13 Jun 2020, 7:00pm

    A huge attraction on the Irish music scene, Nathan Carter has brought a whole new generation of fans…

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  • American Independence Celebrations
    American Independence Celebrations
    History And Heritage

    American Independence Celebrations

    156.16KM
    03 - 05 Jul 2020

    Celebrate the 4th July with a festival for all the family at Ulster American Folk Park.

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  • Ronan Keating – Postponed: Date Announced Soon
    Ronan Keating – Postponed: Date Announced Soon
    Music and Concerts

    Ronan Keating – Postponed: Date Announced Soon

    1.61KM
    Fri, 05 Jun 2020, 7:00pm

    Ronan Keating has announced a summer tour that will include a show in Belfast playing Live At Botanic…

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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

  • 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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  • Deanes Deli Vin Cafe
    Deanes Deli Vin Cafe
    Café

    Deanes Deli Vin Cafe

    0.3KM

    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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  • 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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  • Granny Annies
    Granny Annies
    Pubs and Clubs

    Granny Annies

    0.59KM

    Oozing rustic charm, ‘home’ to traditional and modern live music, and just five minutes’ walk from Belfast City…

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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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  • 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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  • Belfast Empire
    Belfast Empire
    Pubs and Clubs

    Belfast Empire

    0.97KM

    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

    0.46KM

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

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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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  • 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 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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