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

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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Music Events Not to Miss This Autumn

Belfast has a huge range of breath-taking music events this autumn; from small gigs to epic arena concerts and musical theatre shows. Here’s a list of the top things you don’t want to miss.

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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

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

  • Limelight Complex
    Limelight Complex

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fountain Tavern

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    The Fountain Tavern is a very traditional pub with Tudor design and has a warm and friendly atmosphere.

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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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  • 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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  • Cabaret Supper Club

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    Sumptuous food, exceptional service and wondrous entertainment.

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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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  • Sunflower Public House
    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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  • Whites Tavern and Vandal

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

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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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  • 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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  • Four Winds

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    Serving great food in excellent surroundings.

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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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  • Kelly's Cellars
    Kelly's Cellars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cloth Ear
    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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  • 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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  • 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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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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