Eclectic line-up for Unmissable Belfast Music Week with MTV

More than 170 events to take place across the city

The cream of Northern Ireland’s musical talent will take centre stage during an unmissable line-up of gigs and events as part of this year’s Belfast Music Week (October 30 - November 6).

Music fans of all tastes and ages are in for a treat as a week-long programme of more than 170 gigs and events are held across the city as Belfast gets ready to host the MTV EMAs on November 6 – one of the biggest parties in the music industry calendar.

The full programme for Belfast Music Week was launched at the Ulster Hall, one of the city’s most iconic venues. It will host concerts every night during Music Week and will feature some of our hottest home-grown talent.

Highlights of the programme that’s set to get Belfast buzzing include:

An all-ages gig (14+) presented by Volume Control featuring A Plastic Rose, Rainy Boy Sleep, Silhouette, Axis Of and Colly Strings to be broadcast live on radio and online on BBC NI Across The Line.

The Hoedown featuring Foy Vance, Rams Pocket Radio, Lowly Knights, Katie and the Carnival, Ben Glover, Anthony Toner, Southern, Captain Cameron plus others.

The Northern Ireland Music Awards which will see punk forerunners Stiff Little Fingers raise the roof at the Ulster Hall as they pick up their ‘Legends’ award, and feature music from Cashier No 9, General Fiasco, And So I Watch You From Afar and Japanese Popstars.
A benefit gig for the Alzheimer’s Society featuring Ash, Divine Comedy and The Undertones.

Belfast Rocks! The Answer, Therapy? plus special guests.

And to mark Belfast playing host to the MTV EMAs 2011, MTV Live at the Ulster Hall will feature live performances from some of the world’s A-list musical stars on November 5. The line-up will be revealed at and

Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile, said the excitement was already starting to build for what’s set to be an unprecedented line-up of artists over the seven days.

He said: 'When we organised the first Belfast Music Week last year it was a huge success with more than 63,000 people attending over 100 gigs and events throughout the city, and generating more than £1.1m.

'This is a success story we want to build on and people are starting to discover what we’ve known for years - Belfast is the place to be for music. Attracting such a world-class event as the MTV EMAs is a great coup for the city and gives us the opportunity to showcase our home-grown talent on a global stage.

'This is a really exciting time for the local music scene and the line-up for Belfast Music Week 2011 is unrivalled in terms of what any other city is offering right now with some really special collaborations and never-to-be-repeated gigs.

'Whether you’re a fan of traditional or folk, classical or punk, rock or pop, we have something for everyone, and Belfast Music Week is the perfect opportunity to showcase that talent and prove our worth as a musical city.'

Belfast Music Week is organised by Belfast City Council with support from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Tourism Ireland, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland 2007-2013.

As well as gigs every night at the Ulster Hall, there will be live music events across the city – on buses, on the streets, at train stations, shopping centres and restaurants, and in communities – to make Belfast buzz.

There will also be exhibitions, a walking tour, film events and a series of industry workshops with some of the best-known names in the business sharing their knowledge and expertise to help support and develop Belfast’s creative sector on an international scale.

Tickets for the Ulster Hall gigs are available via the box office at or call 028 9033 4455. Check out the full Belfast Music Week listings on this website or download the programme.