Belfast resonates to an ever-changing soundtrack of live music. Whether it’s toe-tapping traditional Irish music, a standing room only gig or an evening of soothing jazz or classical, you’re guaranteed to find out what makes Belfast a city of music.

City of Music

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Belfast Music Guide

Discover Belfast’s famous faces and the best places for traditional music, live music events or something a little different, with our ultimate guide to the city’s music scene.

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Top 2019 Events

Belfast's calendar is jam packed with big, annual events, including concerts, gigs and music festivals. Here's our guide of the top events not to miss this year. 

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Traditional Irish Music

Sipping a drink in a crowded pub while listening to live music is a must to tick off your Belfast bucket list. Here’s our guide to the best venues for traditional Irish music.

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Music Legends

Home to names such as Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club, The Undertones, 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 & Concerts

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    Rebekah Fitch

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    Tue, 05 Mar

    Rebekah Fitch, Belfast-born alt-pop artist, brings her biggest and most ambitious show yet to The MAC.

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    David Bowie Tribute Night

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    Sat, 04 May

    Stuart Roach as David Bowie is sure to be an unmissable night as he turns himself into the music legend on Saturday 4 May.

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    Real Sketchy

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    07 Feb-05 Dec

    Always a great excuse to chill out, enjoy an exhibition, drink and draw after enjoying Belfast’s late night art scene!

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    Sophie Coyle and Band

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    Fri, 12 Apr

    After the launch of her critically acclaimed album “Blame Me for the Storm”, Sophie Coyle returns to Belfast with a fresh new set of songs w...

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    The Stranglers

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    Thu, 28 Feb

    Following their sold out Belfast show last year, English rock legends The Stranglers are pleased to announce a headline Belfast show for 201...

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    Some Guy Have All The Luck

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    Sat, 23 Feb

    This new show celebrating the life and career of Rod Stewart takes you through Rod's incredible story from his humble beginnings street busk...

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    St Patrick's Day with The Skallions

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    Sun, 17 Mar

    Back for another night, The Skallions will be teaming up once again with The Black Box to bring you a heavy dose of music, dancing, craic, b...

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    Market on the Square

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    06 Apr-07 Dec

    Picturesque Portaferry is home to ‘The Market on the Square’ which offers the very best in local food, art and crafts.

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    The King's Singers

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    Sat, 22 Jun

    The King's Singers will be performing their only concert on the island of Ireland in 2019 at Belfast Cathedral on Saturday 22 June.

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    Touch Sensitive

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    16 Feb-25 May

    Touch Sensitive is a Belfast-based record label that has beaten an ad-hoc, pan-genre path with it’s new and archival releases.

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    The Green Room Sessions

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    08 Feb-31 Jan

    The Green Room Sessions are an opportunity to catch one-off performances from guest artists as well as regular slots from an esteemed cast o...

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    Baby Daddy

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    Sun, 23 Jun

    Baby Daddy is a show for babies aged 6-18 months with an all-male cast. It features 3 male performers, each playing a live instrument, and t...

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    Spring Celebration

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    Sat, 23 Mar

    Enjoy an evening of joyful, uplifting music as Belfast Community Gospel Choir celebrates its tenth year in the iconic Ulster Hall!

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    The Bogus Pogues

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    Sun, 17 Mar

    Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish style with live music by one of the best traditional Irish bands – The Bogus Pogues!

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    Jim Mullen and The Ronnie Greer Organ Band

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    Sat, 23 Mar

    Jazz guitar legend Jim Mullen is unquestionably one of the all–time greats in the history of the music.

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    Johnny Cash and June Carter Tribute

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    Sat, 25 May

    Enjoy a fantastic night at The Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute show at La Mon Hotel and Country Club.

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    Baillies Mills at 80

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    Fri, 15 Mar

    Forty years after their first concert and eighty years since the band’s formation, Baillies Mills return to the Island Hall for a special ev...

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    Garth Brooks Tribute

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    Fri, 08 Mar

    Enjoy a great night of entertainment at La Mon with a tribute to country music legend Garth Brooks.

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    Roly Daniels

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    Fri, 08 Mar

    Following a hugely successful sell-out tour last year to nightly standing ovations join one of Ireland’s finest entertainers, showmen and si...

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    Music for the Sun King

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    Fri, 26 Apr

    Sestina presents an exciting programme of rarely performed French Baroque Music from the court of Louis XIV, featuring the stunning young vo...

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    Anthony Toner

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    Sat, 02 Mar

    Anthony Toner returns to celebrate the release of his ninth album, Our Lady of the Wind and Rain.

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    The Game

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    Tue, 05 Mar

    The Game resurrected West-Cost HipHop in the early 2000’s from the streets of Compton and his impact on the art was soon to be felt globally...

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    Doghouse Belfast Ska and 80’s at the Balmoral Hotel

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    Fri, 01 Mar

    Balmoral Hotel presents an amazing mix of retro 80’s sounds and headlining with top contemporary Ska band Doghouse.

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    Skull

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    21 Feb-20 Jun

    Escape the relentless agora in a night of recorded music and live drawing.

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    Michael Bublé Tribute Night

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    Sat, 30 Mar

    Why not spoil your mum or a special mother with a night of incredible music by one of the very best Michael Bublé tributes.

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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

  • Duke of York

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    Nestled along a narrow cobbled alleyway in the historic Half Bap area, the Duke offers a traditional Belfast welcome, craic and music.

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  • Perch Rooftop Bar

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    Belfast's highest rooftop bar, The Perch is located in the historic Linen Quarter, beside sister bars Rita's, Sweet Afton and Chinawhite.

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  • The Points

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    At the heart of Belfast, The Points creates a truly Irish experience that reflects the city’s culture and history.

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    Sunflower Public House

    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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  • Errigle Inn

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    Serving fabulous food and drink, The Errigle Inn features five bars, roof gardens, a beer garden and live televised sporting games.

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  • 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 and Restaurant.

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  • Voodoo

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    Voodoo is well established as a Belfast hotspot, adding a bit of spice for those who like things a little different.

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  • Kelly's Cellars
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    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 stew.

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  • Cabaret Supper Club

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    Sumptuous food, exceptional service and wondrous entertainment.

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    Cloth Ear

    Cloth Ear

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    The Cloth Ear is the five-star Merchant Hotel's cosy public bar in the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter.

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  • 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 food.

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  • Robinsons Bar
    Robinsons Bar

    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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  • Belfast Empire
    Belfast Empire

    Belfast Empire

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    A converted church in the heart of Belfast, The Empire hosts regular Music Hall gigs and comedians from the UK and international comedy circ...

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  • Henrys

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    Henrys, named after historic Belfast figure and United Irish man Henry Joy McCracken, has been a pub for over 100 years. Call into this Joys...

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  • Deanes Deli Bistro
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    Deanes Deli Bistro

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    Deanes Deli Bistro can be found on one of Belfast's most bustling streets, close to the Ulster Hall, the BBC and all the major hotels.

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  • Whites Tavern and Vandal

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    Built in 1630, Whites Tavern is one of Belfast’s oldest pubs.

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  • Deanes Deli Vin Cafe

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    Cafe by day serving breakfast, fabulous sandwiches, lunch specials and an afternoon menu. It transforms by night into a candlelit Tapas Bar.

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  • Filthy McNastys

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    Featuring the Secret Garden beer garden, live music, DJs, cocktails and open mic nights, Filthy McNastys is one of the biggest live entertai...

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  • McHugh's Bar & Restaurant
    McHugh's Bar & Restaurant

    McHugh's Bar & Restaurant

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    Located in the trendy Cathedral Quarter, McHughs is housed in one of Belfast's oldest buildings, dating back to 1711.

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  • Limelight Complex
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    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 nights and local live bands.

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  • Dirty Onion / Yardbird
    Dirty Onion / Yardbird

    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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  • 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 at The John Hewitt.

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  • Rita's Belfast
    Rita's Belfast

    Rita's Belfast

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    One of Belfast's most lavish cocktail dens, join Rita's talented bartenders and enjoy one of their many gins, a cocktail or light bite.

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  • Four Winds

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    Serving great food in excellent surroundings.

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  • Alibi
    Alibi

    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, food and music.

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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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