It’s a busy month ahead this May in Belfast with a packed schedule of events across the city.

I’ve picked out 22 of the best for you.

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Mon May 25 | Mandela Hall
Just over a month after the release of their highly anticipated third album Darling Arithmetic.
Tickets £22.50,

Villagers, photographed in Paris by Mark nixon

Laura Marling
Friday, May 8 | Waterfront Hall
Brit Awasrd winner Laura Marling has taken the folk world by storm
Tickets £24-£26.50

INBV-SHOWS Laura Marling

Finbar Furey
Sunday, May 10 | Lyric Theatre
This show promises “an evening of pure Irish magic, great music, good humour”.
Tickets £22.50,

INBV-SHOWS Finbar Furey

Frank Pig Says Hello
Runs from May 12-14 | Lyric Theatre
Adapted from Pat McCabe’s novel The Butcher Boy.
Tickets £10-12,

INBV-SHOWS Frank Pig Says Hello

Clarkson, Hammond & May Live…
Runs from May 22-24 | Odyssey Arena
Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
Tickets £38-100,

INBV-SHOWS Clarkson, Hammond & May Live

Suzi Quatro
Friday, May 29 | Waterfront Hall
Celebrating 50 years in rock n roll Suzi Quatro is the original rock chick.
Tickets £22.50-£27.50,

INBV-SHOWS Suzi Quatro

David Sedaris
Sunday, May 31 | Ulster Hall
America’s best-selling literary funnyman David Sedaris became hugely popular on BBC Radio 4.
Tickets £26,

INBV-SHOWS David Sedaris

The Games People Play
Runs from May 15-17 | Lyric Theatre
Described as “The state of the nation play for the negative equity generation”.
Tickets £12-14,

INBV-SHOWS The Games People Play

5 Seconds of Summer
Saturday, May 30 | Odyssey Arena
The boys spent last summer playing stadiums around Europe with One Direction.
Tickets £30-£35.50,

INBV-SHOWS 5 Seconds of Summer

Balmoral Show
May 13-15 | Balmoral Park
The annual show (with Ulster Bank), in its 147th year, is Ireland’s largest agri-food event
Tickets up to £18,

INBV-SHOWS Balmoral Show

The Seven Heavens – 140th Season Gala Concert
Saturday May 30 | Ulster Hall
The Belfast Philharmonic Choir, Youth Choir and the Ulster Orchestra.
Tickets £12-18,

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A Night of Doris Day with Brigid O’Neill
May 8-9 | Grand Opera House
An evening of Doris Day’s best loved songs and on-screen clips.
Tickets £20,


Robot Month: Transformers Weekend
May 9-10 | W5
Celebrate the world of Transformers with comic creators Nick Roche and Simon Furman.

INBV-SHOWS Transformers

Exhibition: Locked In, Locked Out and Everything In Between, by Mary Claire Kehoe
May 8-30 | Ulster Hall
Traditional printmaking at its best.

INBV-SHOWS Exhibition Locked In, Locked Out

May 26-June 14 | The Mac
Belfast woman, Ruth is Crazy obsessed with Patsy Cline and Always looking for Mr Right.
Tickets £12-25,


Tom Baxter
Sunday May 31 | Limelight 1
English folk artist Tom has been on the scene for over a decade and is already firmly established in the industry.
Tickets £18,


Robots Month: Rogue Roboxits
Saturday May 16 | W5
A chance for kids to get creative and construct one of the new papercraft Rogue Roboxits.

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Hudson Taylor
Thursday May 28 | Ulster Hall
This tour comes after the release of their highly anticipated debut album and is their biggest tour to date.
Tickets £17,

INBV-SHOWS Hudson Taylor

Theatre of Hate
Friday May 15 | Voodoo Bar
80s post-punk at it’s best. Support by Stop Stop Start Again, No Matter and Going Full Retard.
Tickets £10,

INBV-SHOWS Theatre of Hate

War Iron, Astralnaut, Cursed Sun and Shrouded
Friday May 15 | Bar With No Name
Promoted by Shizznigh heavy metal gig with drink promos all night.
Adm £5 at the door


Stewart Lee A Room With A Stew
May 22-23 | Grand Opera House
A brand new live comedy show with fresh material.
Tickets £13.50-26,

INBV-SHOWS Stewart Lee

Shizznigh Promotions 200th show
Friday May 15 | Empire
Aggressors B.C, BeeMickSee, Good Friend, Hello Newman with a DJ set by Cushla
Adm £6 at the door

INBV-SHOWS Shizznigh

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