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Music tourism

Belfast is a remarkable musical city. If you want to witness some of the history, the rising fortunes, the contradictions and the passionate hearts, you can hear it all. The music has been nurtured for centuries by the waterways and the hills. It reflects the clang of industry, the ferment of events and the new expressions of a fresh generation.

Supporting music tourism

In recent years we’ve launched a series of new tourism initiatives to celebrate our rich musical heritage and to help establish our reputation as a vibrant capital city with unique and exciting experiences.

We also work with partners including Visit Belfast, Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Tourism Ireland to promote our fantastic music scene.

South by Southwest

We play a vital role in supporting the creative industries in Belfast, with a key focus on the film, television, digital media and music sectors. One way in which we support these sectors is through our involvement in the South by Southwest (SXSW) initiative.

Globally, SXSW is the largest event that focuses on the creative side of the music and entertainment business. It takes place in Austin, Texas each year and includes a conference and exhibition, as well as a series of meetings, seminars, networking events and creative showcases.

In partnership with Invest Northern Ireland and Generator NI, we help organise the Belfast showcase event, which promotes the wealth of expertise, innovation and investment opportunities in Belfast’s creative sector to a targeted audience in the USA.

The Belfast Music Exhibition

Venue: Oh Yeah Music Centre (15-21 Gordon Street, Cathedral Quarter)

The Belfast Music Exhibition  at the Oh Yeah Music Centre takes you on a unique journey from Ruby Murray to Snow Patrol by way of Stiff Little Fingers, Dana and Clodagh Rogers, The Divine Comedy, Ash and The Undertones.

It also introduces you to Belfast's DJ culture, jazz and showbands, as well as looking fondly at our legacy for heavy rock and our progress through the 1980s.

The memorabilia on display includes platinum discs, badges, vintage stage gear, lyric sheets, film footage, ticket stubs and backstage passes.

There's also a film on the life of Terri Hooley, an array of musical memories from the public and a timeline which follows the chart successes of Northern Ireland acts from 1954 to the present day. 

The exhibition is free. For more information visit the Oh Yeah Music Centre.


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Tourism, culture and arts
028 9027 0426
Development Department
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP