Whether it’s music, politics or just annoying the English you’re after there’s plenty of events to tickle your fancy in Belfast this month.

Ben and Mike from Royal Blood

Ben and Mike from Royal Blood

1. Royal Blood In The Ulster Hall

Royal Blood are the result of a lineage that stretches from present day heroes Queens of the Stone Age to Led Zeppelin, and all the way back to early blues pioneers.

The duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher started making music together in Worthing in 2013.

Catch them in the Ulster Hall on Sunday, March 8.


2. The Belfast Festival Of Ideas And Politics

This invigorating programme of events is designed to celebrate and support the role of the citizen in our local political and cultural life. Featuring seminars, workshops, film, comedy, quizzes and lively debate, the festival will provide a unique opportunity for Belfast citizens to have their say and engage with some of the big issues of our time.

It runs from March 9 to 15.

3. 800 Years Of Annoying The English

You thought you knew Irish History? Think again! This show sets out to reveal the shocking truth about our past, from St Patrick to Westlife, in a roller coaster, surreal and musical hour long show.

Fresh from a successful run at The Edinburgh Fringe festival ‘800 Years Of Annoying The English’ sees our disgraced historian Professor Fitznipple present his controversial new book to the world.

4. One Sandwich Short Of A Picnic

Returning in 2015, this dysfunctional family was an audience favourite when they appeared in the MAC.

Mum is so determined to keep up appearances that when Dad leaves her ‘to find himself’ she hires an actor to replace him. Join Big Telly as they attempt to keep the cat in the bag and the skeletons in the cupboard in this theatrical and entertaining evening of theatre.

It runs from March 18 to 22.

Idlewild on their acoustic tour of Scotland

Idlewild on their acoustic tour of Scotland

5. Idlewild In The Limelight 2

Cult Scottish Indie rockers have announced a Limelight 2 show for Friday, March 20. At the Scottish Music Awards 2014 they picked up the King Tuts Songwriting Award and performed an exclusive set featuring their new line-up.

Formed in  Edinburgh in late 1995, Idlewild’s sound cannot be easily placed into a specific genre, they have clearly been influenced by the likes of Gang Of Four, Pavement, REM, Blur & Fugazi. In 2010, the band entered an indefinite hiatus, but reunited in late 2013 to begin work on a new studio album.

6. Jailbreak At Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road Gaol presents ‘Jailbreak’, an AC/DC tribute concert on Saturday, March 21.

It promises to be a high energy show featuring hit after hit – not to be missed!

7. Brilliant Corners: A Festival Of Jazz

The four-day event is better than ever, meshing local talent with international contemporaries.

The line-up includes Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Fred Frith, Troyka, Get The Blessing, together with performances from local musicians and bands including Steve Davis’ ‘Human’, Meliana Gillard Quartet, Robocobra Quartet, Dave Stockard & Edward Lucas, and a very special ‘Guitar Circle’ event.

It runs from March 25 to 28.


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