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Belfast has recently submitted a bid to become a UNESCO City of Music. For Belfast, the possibility of a designation is not about a title: it’s about using music to drive a new era of collaboration between the city’s citizens and its institutions as well as exploring how we all make music more relevant to people, and putting both cultural and economic development at the heart of the city’s future.

After what has been an extremely difficult time for the music sector, we are delighted to be working with Zeppo Arts to host a live music programme as part of the Belfast Maritime Weekender. We’ve an exciting line up showcasing some of our amazing local musical talent; we’ve got something for everyone with a wide variety of tastes and genres on offer, as well as some exciting and quirky venues! Listen out for some fantastic music along the quayside and watch out for our roving Ukulele and Brass Bands as you explore the Maritime Mile.

Music Highlights on the Mile


Music at the Market

11am - 8pm
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th September
Titanic Slipways

The Pop-Up Market will feature sets from a range of local artists including Paul Mervyn, Gerry Norman, the String Ninjas, False Alarm, Jukebox Unplugged, Two’s Company, David Browne Murray and Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival’s Musician in Residence – Reevah!

Clay Pigeons

3pm - 4pm Sat 4th September
On the deck of SS Nomadic
3:30pm -4:30pm Sun 5th September
Outside St Joseph's Church

The Clay Pigeons will be gracing the deck of the SS Nomadic bringing songs of the sea – blending a warm mixture of four part harmonies into their music they create a perfect listening experience for you to enjoy and sing along to!

Clay Pigeons

String Ninjas

5pm - 6pm Sat 4th Sept
The American Bar
3pm - 4pm, Sun 5th Sept
On the Deck of SS Nomadic

String Ninjas are a Belfast based instrumental duo consisting of Fingerstyle Guitarist Gavin Ferris & Electric Violinist Mick Conlon.  Their unique sound, characterised by heavy bass-lines, complex rhythms, technical solos and advanced performance techniques, has helped the Ninjas stand out, transfixing fans with their energetic live performances and warm, welcoming personalities.

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The Martello Jazz Band

6pm - 7pm
Saturday 4th September
Located on the grass area to the left hand side of SS Nomadic on Hamilton Dock

The Martello Jazz Band was formed in 1985 by a group of enthusiastic musicians re-creating a sound of the 1920’s & 1930’s Dixieland bands. The resulting music is fresh and full of vitality, while still retaining the traditional flavour.  Join us at the Stretch Tent at the Big Fish.


Maritime Open Mic

3pm -7pm
Sunday 5th September
The American Bar

The American Bar in the heart of Belfast’s Sailortown is host to today’s open session with some of the best musicians Belfast has to offer, compered by David Browne Murray. Free entry.


Live Music at Titanic Belfast

Hickson's Point & Titanic Belfast Atrium
Sat 4th & Sun 5th Sept

If you’re planning a visit to Titanic Belfast, listen out for the Belfast Youth Music School’s String Quartet, who will be in the atrium from 2pm – 4pm on Saturday. Plus, why not stop by Hickson’s Point, where you can pick up a clanger and enjoy some trad music from Andersonstown Music School! Playing on Sat from 1-3pm & 6-8pm, and on Sunday 12pm – 2pm & 3pm – 4pm.



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The Shipyard Slips

Sat 4 & Sun 5 Sept
Sat 12pm - 5pm & Sun 1pm - 5pm
Sinclair Seamen's Church

Come and listen to this mesmerising new audio work in the historic setting of Sinclair Seamen’s church. During lockdown, a group of people from Sailortown and beyond worked with artist and musician Ruth Clinton to form a digital choir and sing the song ‘The Shipyard Slips’ (David Wilde 1977).  The song is about the decline of the Belfast shipyards and details the hardships and historical events in the area. It references loss and longing for something, a narrative that resonates both with the history of Sailortown and the present day.

This audio installation has been made in collaboration with Ruth Clinton, Dr John D’Arcy and HIVE Choir.

Household Shipyard Slips 02 copy

Ticketed Performances


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Events Calendar

Belfast Maritime Weekender

Belfast Maritime Weekender

Get ready for a weekend of mini moments along the Maritime Mile on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September at the Belfast Maritime Weekender.

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On The Water

On The Water

There will be opportunities for landlubbers to have their own adventure on the high seas, with Taster Sessions, displays and demos.

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Quayside Family Fun

Quayside Family Fun

Join an array of nautical themed street performers and musicians as they bring the Maritime Mile to life.

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Ticketed Events & Tours

Ticketed Events & Tours

Here's a list of events and tours you can join in during the Belfast Maritime Weekender, Saturday 4 September and Sunday 5 September.

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Street Food & Cocktails

Street Food & Cocktails

Head down to the historic slipways and check out the NI Pop-up Maritime Street Food Market, with food vans, trucks, stalls and plenty of picnic tables.

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Lighting & Illuminations

Lighting & Illuminations

Discover Belfast's Maritime Mile by night as we bring to you an evening of lights & illumination as part of the Belfast Maritime Weekender. 8pm-11pm Sat & Sun.

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Planning Your Visit

Planning Your Visit

You can join in on the festival after getting here by walking, cycling, bus, car and train.

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Check out some of the amazing exhibitions from National Geographic, Out of Stores, Irish Coastal Rowing Federation and more.

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The Belfast Maritime Weekender is brought to you by Belfast City Council and Maritime Belfast Trust in partnership with Belfast Harbour, Titanic Quarter Limited, the Odyssey Trust, Department for Communities and Maritime Mile partners - energising Belfast together.

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