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Belfast music

From punk to proms, trad to rock legends and fantastic emerging new talent, Belfast’s music scene (past and present) is one that everyone can be proud of. 

There’s already a host of music-related activity in the pipeline for Belfast throughout 2018-2019. We’re becoming the preferred prime location for one-off events and there’s an annual programme of music activities citywide.

Over the next few years, we’ll be working in partnership to galvanise the full potential of local music. We want to use it to strengthen the cultural ecosystem for the benefit of everyone.

Summer Season 2019

Belfast Music’s summer season is back. The line-up of music based events represents the strength and depth of the Belfast scene with some special guest appearances from our extended family across the region. 

From ceilidh’s to Afro-beats, Busk Off’s to Brazilian beats, acoustic to electronic we have just about all bases covered for all ages and music tastes, reflecting the vibrant landscape that is Belfast’s music scene.

Join us this summer to sample and experience what the city has to offer.

The Amplifier Project

Expressions of Interest Now Open for 2019

In our Belfast Agenda consultation people told us that by 2035 they want to be living in a city that is vibrant and attractive and where everyone fulfils their potential. Our commitment to building on the potential that music has for citizens and the sector is one step towards realising this ambition.

We’ve launched The Amplifier Project, to enhance the city’s existing musical offerings.

We are currently inviting expressions of interest from experienced music producers and organisations. We’re offering funding to deliver exciting initiatives which will enhance their existing programmes and demonstrate the potential for them to become significant music events for the city.

For more information, and to apply, please refer to the Expressions of Interest Guidance Notes.

Expressions of interest and declaration forms should be received no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 17 July.

For more information, please contact

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For more information on this project, call us on 028 9050 0543 or email

Mix the City Belfast

Belfast is the latest city to showcase its diverse array of music on Mix the City, the British Council’s award-winning interactive mixing website.

Belfast is one of 19 cities to share a selection of bespoke audio visual samples via this global platform. Other locations include Berlin, Glasgow, Moscow, Hamburg, Mumbai and Tel Aviv, and were curated by big acts such as Django Django and Ghostpoet.

Mix the City Belfast involved a collaboration of 95 artists, musicians and creators in total to deliver this iconic and exciting platform celebrating Belfast’s music. The footage, which you can view below, was curated by award-winning artist and composer Hannah Peel, and produced by Bounce Culture.

The participating musicians include Arco String Quartet, Úna Monaghan, Ulster Orchestra, Steve Davis, No Oil Paintings, Joseph Leighton, Die Hexen, Katie Richardson & Open House Choir, 1st Old Boys Band, Kaidi Tatham (DJ), John O’Neill (The Undertones), Willie Drennan and Duke Special and Hannah Peel.

For more information or to see and hear the samples yourself and create your own mix of Belfast visit

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028 9050 0543