Belfast City Blues Festival

Belfast's widest reaching music festival brings a weekend packed with gigs and special events to draw blues-lovers from far and wide

Festival Details


Friday, 23 June 2017 to Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Belfast City Blues Festival is back with a whopping 50 gigs across 22 venues from June 23 to 25.

Now in its ninth year, it’s one of the biggest blues festivals in Ireland and Northern Ireland and is the widest reaching music festival in Belfast, drawing crowds from far and wide.

This year highlights include the annual Rory Gallagher afternoon with artists joining the bill such as The Pat McManus Band, The Willie Byrne Band and Blackwood.

The weekend is packed full of gigs as well as amazing opportunities, including the now famous Blues On The Boat Music Cruises, taking place over the weekend on Belfast Lough. More than just music, there will be tasty food and drinks to spend a perfect Saturday afternoon sailing. The cruises are set to host top performers The Fabulous Mustangs, Rab McCullough & The Rev Doc and Lee Hedley & Co.

Topping off the Saturday night, the Belfast Barge Gigs will be showcasing some of the finest local blues talent in a chilled atmosphere. Performers include The Kenny McDowell Project and The Ronnie Greer Band featuring Ken Haddock.

And as always the festival will be a who's who of local music. Top names such as Pat McManus Ronnie Greer, Kenny McDowell, Rab McCullough and Lee Hedley are all set to take to the stage across the weekend. As well known local favourites, they are some of the most talented and well-recognised blues musicians around and promise exciting performances.

Festival-goers can also enjoy the Big Belfast City Blues Busk, taking place across the city with a top prize of £200.

At the Record & Memorabilia Fair fans can find the best of blues merchandise and vintage records from the best traders in the business. It’s just one of many events taking place at the Black Box and will be turning the city of Belfast into a celebration of the genre. Blues fans of all backgrounds can come together on this vibrant, fun-filled weekend.

Also at the festival, main sponsors American Holidays are delighted to present ‘Blues at the Market’ at St George’s Market, with The Iconettes performing in the market for a free of charge concert on Sunday June 25.

With plenty of events going on, there’s something for everyone. Whether they are just finding their love for blues or attending annually, the festival is a welcoming, friendly atmosphere for music lovers.

Other sponsors of the festival include Belfast City Council, Kolor Master Belfast, Sunday World, Berts, FT Contracts, Aer Lingus, Guinness and U105.

For more information, festival listings and tickets visit or connect with the Belfast City Blues Festival official Facebook page.