The 3Arena is a state-of the-art-venue with an intimate atmosphere, and has hosted some of the biggest names in music (Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Beyoncé), while Whelan’s is a Dublin institution: part traditional pub, part live music venue, it mixes trad, indie and rock over two levels (look out for the Stone Man propped against the bar). Vicar Street is a cosy setting for smaller performances, with a strong emphasis on soul, folk, jazz and foreign music. Meanwhile, The Grand Social’s three differently themed floors hosts live music, DJs and even pop up flea markets.
Once a Victorian church, The Belfast Empire Music Hall is now home to some of the finest rock, jazz and traditional music acts in the country. Meanwhile, The Grand Opera Hall is the oldest theatre in Belfast (1895) and has been honoured by performances from a galaxy of stars, including Pavorotti and Van Morrison. For something eclectic, the Oh Yeah Music Centre is a non-for-profit that supports young and upcoming acts. Looking for a bit of edge? Try The Limelight, a pub/nightclub renowned for its live rock and indie music. Oasis, Manic Street Preachers and Kaiser Chiefs have all graced the stage.