Top music experiences in Belfast

  1. The Belfast International Arts Festival started life more than 50 years ago and has since grown to include a number of venues across the city, like the Grand Opera House. Jimi Hendrix is among the famous names to have appeared at the annual event.


  1. Long before Snow Patrol’s number one albums and sell-out stadium tours, Belfast’s biggest musical export in recent years could be found honing their talent at the Duke of York pub, tucked away on one of the city’s oldest streets. Go along and see if you spot the next big thing!


  1. Hear traditional music beneath Northern Ireland’s oldest thatched roof at The Crosskeys Inn. It’s a top-notch traditional Irish folk music venue, 45 minutes northwest of Belfast by road.


  1. The Bronte Music Club venue is a stunning 18th-century deconsecrated church and old school house in Drumballyroney, County Down, south of Belfast. It now plays host to country and Americana acts at an affordable price but used to be where novelists the Bronte sisters’ father Patrick taught.


  1. You can explore Belfast's proud musical heritage with the Belfast Music Exhibition and Tour. The guided bus tour goes through the heart of this rock ‘n’ roll city, taking in iconic sites such as Ulster Hall and Van Morrison’s childhood home.

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