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10 things happening in Northern Ireland, April 30 - May 6: From Van Morrison to Fast & Furious Live


Van Morrison

As we head into the Bank Holiday Weekend, we take a look at the top events happening across Northern Ireland this week.

1. Nashville In Belfast

  • Belfast, April 28 - May 7


An action-packed, fun-filled week of events taking place across the city dedicated to Nashville, the music city of America.

For more information, visit www.visitbelfast.com.

2. Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2018

  • Belfast, May 3-13


The 19th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival boasts a staggering programme of live music, comedy, spoken word, theatre, literature, film and art with over 150 events for all ages taking place across 20 venues in the city.

For full event programme, visit www.CQAF.com.

3. It's Wine O'Clock

  • Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry, May 3


You are cordially invited to the wackiest, funniest wedding of the year.

South Armagh farmer’s wife, Vera, is thrilled that her son, Seamus, is getting hitched, but – surprise, surprise – not everything is going to plan.

A riotous rabble of larger-than-life (yet strangely familiar) characters will be joining Seamus and his blushing bride for a shindig that’s slosh-a-block with drink all fuelled by the ‘Winebulance’.

For more information, visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk.

4. Fast & Furious Live

  • SSE Arena, Belfast, May 4-6


Fast & Furious Live

Fast & Furious Live

Fast & Furious Live


The Fast & Furious Live show will transport fans straight into the world of Fast & Furious recreating the most awe-inspiring moments from the movies along with new stunts and story.

The adrenaline-fueled, two-hour show is set to be the most spectacular live arena production ever produced, featuring precision performance driving and newly created physics-defying stunts.

For more information, visit www.ssearenabelfast.com.

5. Festival of Fools 2018

  • Belfast, May 4-7


The Festival of Fools brings a jam-packed programme of circus performances, featuring breathtaking acrobatics, gut-busting comedy and jaw-dropping juggling to the streets of the city centre.

For full programme, visit www.foolsfestival.com.

6. Mary Black

  • Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry, May 4


Mary Black and her legendary band are back on tour in Ireland in Spring 2018 to promote her new album Mary Black sings Jimmy Mac.

As part of the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, Mary will be highlighting the songs of one of Ireland’s greatest song writers – Jimmy Mac Carthy.

For more information, visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk.

7. Scooter

  • Old Belfast Telegraph Building, Belfast May 4


H.P. Baxxter of Scooter (Photo by Stefan Menne/Getty Images)

H.P. Baxxter of Scooter (Photo by Stefan Menne/Getty Images)

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H.P. Baxxter of Scooter (Photo by Stefan Menne/Getty Images)


Iconic dance stars Scooter have will perform in Belfast as part of their 25 Years Wild & Wicked Tour.

Scooter are best known for their hits including The Logical Song, I'm Raving, and Jumping All Over The World.

For more information, www.shine.net.


  • The MAC, Belfast, May 5


PALMYRA is an exploration of revenge, the politics of destruction and what we consider to be barbaric, inviting people to step back from the news and look at what lies beneath and beyond civilization, in a challenging and contemporary piece to the MAC theatre.

For more information, visit www.themaclive.com.

9. Causeway Coast Challenge Walk

  • Co. Antrim, May 6


This event attracts walkers from all over Ireland and further afield.

The spectacular walk commences at Portballintrae and follows the spectacular coastal cliff top path along Runkerry beach, via the famous Giant's Causeway to eventually reach the little hamlet of Port Bradden, where participants turn and retrace their steps.

For more information, visit www.bannsideramblers.co.uk/causeway-challenge.

10. Van Morrison

  • Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry, May 6-7

Van Morrison


The legendary Belfast singer will take to the stage at the Millennium Forum as part of the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival.

Van will be showcasing songs from his most recent studio albums Roll with the Punches and Versatile – as well as dipping into some of his greatest and best known hits from undoubtedly one of the most revered back catalogues in music history.

For more information, visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk.

Belfast Telegraph