The Sonic Arts Research Centre
The Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s was opened by Karlheinz Stockhausen in 2004.
This state-of-the-art facility is leading the way in research and creative practice in sonic arts.
The Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music is the longest-running festival of contemporary music in Belfast.
It has a reputation for attracting high-calibre composers and performers from all over the world. Events will take place in and around Belfast, but mainly at the Sonic Arts Research Centre.
Get Involved with Performance Groups
Queen’s loves ensembles, performing groups and societies.
Made up of students and performers from the local community, groups meet and perform regularly and are a terrific way of getting involved. Students who regularly participate in a performance group will be awarded a Degree Plus award upon graduation.
The Music department at Queen’s is hub of activity for acoustic performance and composition.
Home to the Harty Room concert space, practice rooms and recording and composition studios, a generous collection of instruments, recordings and scores, puts music at the heart of the Queen’s campus.
The Mandela Hall is one of Belfast’s most popular live music venues.
It has hosted everyone from Slash, Feeder and Mumford & Sons to Little Boots and Airborne, as well as secret gigs by the likes of Radiohead and Two Door Cinema Club.
Belsonic is Belfast’s biggest outdoor music festival.
It takes place in August every year attracting big name bands and singers from around the world, playing to a capacity crowd of 5,000 over three amazing days.
Dance, dance, dance
Belfast may be small but it has always had a high-energy dance and techno scene that spawned local legendary club night Shine, in Queen’s Student Union, where Queen’s alumni, Radio One DJ Annie Mac got her big start, promoting club nights.
Trail-blazing indie and Beyond
Forget New York and London.
From the scorching punk beginnings of the Undertones, SLF and Rudi, to contemporary indie bands like Snow Patrol, Ash and Two Door Cinema Club, Belfast’s got the reason.
Tradition and contemporary
The influence of homegrown legends such as Van Morrison and Brian Kennedy can be seen and heard all around Belfast.
Join a pub session any night of the week, pick up an open mic session, or be the first to hear the next generation of singer-songwriters such as Soak.
Setting the Stage at the Oh Yeah Centre
With an eye for future talent, music fortunes flourish in Belfast’s very own Oh Yeah Centre, an all-in-one sound factory and talent space.
It also hosts live events with the likes of Elbow, Duke Special, Two Door Cinema Club and Jello Biafra.
Classical Music and Opera
The Ulster Orchestra is the only full-time professional orchestra in Northern Ireland.
Based in the Ulster Hall, it delivers music to diverse audiences here and around the world.
Grand Opera House
The Grand Opera House is Northern Ireland’s best-loved venue for opera lovers.
It hosts a wide variety of local and international contemporary performances. It’s also one of Belfast’s most-loved buildings, designed by the prolific theatre architect, Frank Matcham, in 1895.
Big Venues, big names
The SSE Arena, Ulster Hall and the Waterfront offer the best of big venues and name from around the world with all the facilities you’d expect.
Together, these venues have seen some of the biggest names in music from Led Zeppelin to Britney Spears.