Belfast Maritime Festival, 9th & 10th September

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Live music at The Belfast Maritime Festival

9 & 10 September 2023

Celebrating Belfast’s status as a UNESCO City of Music, over 100 of Northern Ireland’s leading musicians will be performing in outdoor venues across the Maritime Mile – all admission free.  Belfast City Council will be showcasing a fabulous programme, including americana, trad, jazz, opera, bluegrass, classical, indie and folk artists. 


Highlights include NI Music Prize winners such as Joshua Burnside, Winnie Ama, Sasha Samara and ROE, the extraordinary Duke Special who will be celebrating 21 years since his first album release, NI’s leading live soul band Manukahunney, two decades of Irish folk music with the Rapparees, premieres especially commissioned for the festival, new collaborations, the 30-piece Downshire Brass, and on Sunday 10th Sept, come and experience the power of 25 opera voices performing much-loved classic works together, presented by the award-winning Northern Ireland Opera.


Artists include Bernadette Morris, Broken String Band, Clay Pigeons, David Browne Murray, Dander, Downshire Brass, Duke Special, Eilis Phillips, Eleanor Gaffney, Emily McCormick, Emma Doran, Eva Kearney, Jack Warnock, Jackie Rainey, Joshua Burnside, Junior Johnson, King Cedar, Lauren O’Neill, Maggie Maguire, Mary McCabe, Manukahunney, Myles McCormack, Northern Ireland Opera, Pearse Larkin, Phil d’Alton, Rapparees, Roe, Rory Nellis, Sasha Samara, Two’s Company, Winnie Ama and Zac Mac.

For full details of the Belfast Maritime Festival, check out #BelfastMaritime

This event is brought to you by Belfast City Council, supported by Tourism NI and is delivered in partnership with Maritime Belfast Trust, Belfast Harbour, Odyssey Trust, Department for Communities and Titanic Quarter Ltd. Music programmed by the award-winning Snow Water.



Belfast Maritime Festival will welcome a flotilla of vessels and ships to Queen's Quay and Belfast Harbour Marina on 9th and 10th September. Taking place along the city’s Maritime Mile, with entertainment stretching across Queen’s Quay to HMS Caroline in the Titanic Quarter, the festival celebrates Belfast’s rich maritime heritage and spirit of innovation. In addition to music, free events include the first-ever ‘Science Street’ exploring topics such as navigation, marine biology, climate change and biodiversity, the Belfast Bazaar, featuring the very best local produce and crafts, photography exhibitions and a Kids’ Zone.



Compere BBC’s Gemma Bradley

11am Downshire Brass
12pm NI Opera presents Mary McCabe
1.15pm Broken String Band
3pm Sasha Samara & Band
4.30pm Manukahunney ft. Zac Mac


12pm Dander
1.30pm ROE
3pm Winnie Ama and Guests
4.30pm Harpist Lauren O’Neill with Maggie Maguire


12pm Jackie Rainey and Emma Doran
1.30pm Myles McCormack
3pm Two’s Company
4.30pm Phil d’Alton & Guests


Sail Back to SailortownJoin us for a magical evening of music, poetry and film celebrating the story of St Joseph’s Church and Sailortown, featuring an ‘In the Round’ with three of NI’s foremost singer-songwriters: King Cedar, ROE and Eilis Phillips. Tickets £5 at


Compere BBC’s Gemma Bradley

11am Joshua Burnside & Guests
12.30pm The Rapparees
2.30pm The NI Opera Chorus
4.15pm Duke Special


12pm Jack Warnock & Eleanor Gaffney
1.30pm Bernadette Morris
3pm Clay Pigeons ft. Junior Johnson
4.30pm Pearse Larkin & Guests


12pm Rory Nellis
1.30pm David Browne Murray
3pm Emily McCormick & Guests
4.30pm Eva Kearney

Check out trad sessions at the following locations on Saturday and Sunday:
11am: Lagan Footbridge
12pm: HMS Caroline
12pm: Queen’s Quay
1pm: Pump House
2pm: HMS Caroline
3pm: Pump House
4pm: Queen’s Quay
5pm: Lagan Footbridge

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