Belfast has been the birthplace, spiritual home, inspiration and venue extraordinaire for musicians past and present in every genre, including 1950’s songstress Ruby Murray, the legendary Van Morrison, rock guitarist Gary Moore and pop super group Snow Patrol.
Belfast’s musical legacy is still alive and kicking today, with a stellar line up of international acts and up and coming local talent playing at a wide range of venues across the city on a nightly basis.
Delve into Belfast’s musical heritage with a visit to the Oh Yeah Music Centre or take a musical 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.
The city hosts a wide variety of traditional Irish music sessions and on any given night you’ll find locals and visitors alike toe-tapping to trad music in a crowded pub.
Enjoy a pint of Guinness and a bowl of Irish stew while listening to a few tunes beside a cosy fire in Kelly’s Cellars, one of Belfast's oldest pubs.
Better still, get a feel for the spirit of traditional Irish music by trying the hands-on approach, with beginner's bodhran (a traditional Irish drum) lessons at The Dirty Onion.
For the full Belfast pub experience, book a tour at Maddens Bar and experience the culture and craic (fun) that Belfast has to offer. Enjoy a tasting session of local drinks before being entertained by Irish musicians, dancers and story tellers.
Concerts and Gigs
It’s not just about the music but how you experience it. Belfast has some incredible live music venues, so whether you’re looking for an intimate gig or bagging tickets to top international artists, you'll find yourself in the perfect surroundings.
Smaller venues include the Belfast Empire, a beautifully converted church which hosts regular gigs and their popular Empire Laughs Back Comedy Club, and Voodoo which adds a bit of spice for those who like things a little different! For international touring acts, sell out club nights and local live bands, head to The Limelight.
The historic Ulster Hall, which dates back to 1862, is one of the oldest purpose-built concert halls in the UK and Ireland, and is home to the Ulster Orchestra. It’s also where Led Zeppelin famously took to the stage to debut Stairway to Heaven in 1971.
Belfast has plenty of places to enjoy world music and discover something new. Lose yourself in a tropical party at Revolución de Cuba with live samba music and salsa dancing, or be transported to 1930's New York at Bert’s Jazz bar.
Feel like a star and experience an evening reminiscent of 1920's Hollywood at Cabaret Supperclub, with live jazz, burlesque, contortionists, magicians, comedians and bands while you enjoy a sumptuous meal served by your very own Cabaret Butler.