Belfast Music - October 2015

There's something for everyone with our guide to Belfast's best gigs happening throughout October 2015

View a selection of musical performances in venues and spaces throughout Belfast this month, with a packed line-up of exciting gigs and more from emerging artists and international names.

More Than Conquerors, David C Clements - October 2 at the Mandela Hall - Book tickets

The much-loved Belfast band play their final show, having recently announced their split after six years delighting audiences with acclaimed releases and tireless touring.

PORTS - October 2 at the Black Box - Book tickets

The former Little Bear four-piece play Belfast as part of an Irish tour in support of new single 'Gameplay', the first release from debut album The Devil's a Songbird, which the band spent most of 2014 recording.

Girls Names - October 2 at The Empire - Book tickets

Belfast alternative/post-punk quartet Girls Names launch their third album Arms Around a Vision with support from psychedelic side-project Documenta.

The Lemonheads - October 4 at The Limelight - Book tickets

With nine album releases spanning an almost 30 year career, including the hit single 'Mrs Robinson', reformed US alt-rock luminaries The Lemonheads return to Belfast with iconic frontman Evan Dando.

"Weird Al" Yankovic - October 7 at The Limelight - Book tickets

Now in his fourth decade as a recording artist, the Grammy award-winning parody master brings his 2015 Mandatory World Tour to the Northern Ireland capital.

Andy Sheppard Quartet - October 9 at The MAC - Book tickets

Sheppard and previous collaborators, Michel Benita (bass) and Polar Bear rhythm master Seb Rochford (drums) have once again combined forces. The addition of guitarist and electronic artist Eivind Aarset adds a backdrop of ambient drones and electronic textures, giving Sheppard and co more space to explore. The result is an incredible piece of work built on subtlety, groove, control, and a deep understanding of one another.


Lulu - October 10 at the Waterfront Hall - Book tickets

The legendary Scottish singer, actress and television personality is back with her first album since 2005 - performing her hit songs that have influenced her life.

The Piatti Quartet - October 11 at The MAC - Book tickets

Prize-winners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti are amongst the UK’s foremost young ensembles with a host of awards and critically acclaimed recordings. Catch them on tour this October as they perform works by Webern, Wolf and Beethoven, along with a new commission by young British composer Joseph Phibbs.

Gretchen Peters - October 16 at the Fitzroy Church

Real Music Club presents a special performance from the New York country artist, following on from her latest album Blackbirds which features contributions from Glenarm singer-songwriter Ben Glover.

Johnny Marr - October 16 at The Limelight - Book tickets

The one-time Smiths guitarist, Morrisey co-songwriter, NME Godlike Genius and UK indie icon returns to Belfast for another much-anticipated solo show.


From Hell to the Unknown - October 17 at the Limelight - Book tickets

The Distortion Project celebrate 15 years of promoting the finest heavy metal in Belfast with a three-venue anniversary blowout featuring a mammoth 21 acts, including Xentrix, Acid Reign and Shrapnel.

One Direction - October 20 - 22 at the SSE Arena - Book tickets

Pop's biggest boyband play their final string of Northern Ireland shows before their much-publicised forthcoming hiatus.

Father John Misty - October 23 at the Mandela Hall - Book tickets

Having last played Belfast in 2011 as part of the Open House Festival, the former Fleet Foxes drummer returns as a successful solo act with second album I Love You, Honeybear in tow.

Shine 20th Birthday - October 31 at the Mandela Hall - Book tickets

Shine celebrates the landmark 20th birthday with a heavyweight line-up featuring underground house and techno music’s elite, delivering one of the biggest bills to grace the iconic event in recent years.

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