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9 things happening in Northern Ireland, May 7-13 - from Ed Sheeran to Snow Patrol

It's a huge week for music across Northern Ireland

Ed Sheeran (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Ed Sheeran (Isabel Infantes/PA)

The Bank Holiday may be over but there's still loads happening across Northern Ireland this week - including some huge names in the world of music performing on our local stages.

Here's our pick of what's happening in Northern Ireland this week.

1. Fat Friends

  • Grand Opera House, Belfast, May 8-12

The hit TV show Fat Friends from award-winning national treasure Kay Mellor has burst onto the stage in a brand new musical, with original music by Nick Lloyd Webber.

Join the infamous group of TV’s most loveable characters as they are put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super Slimmers by the lovelorn Lauren whilst Kelly fantasises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams.

For more information, visit

2. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

  • SSE Arena, Belfast, May 9
Noel Gallagher (Peter Byrne/PA)

The singer songwriter will perform a concert in Belfast for his 12-date UK and Ireland tour of the album Who Built The Moon?

For more information, visit

3. Ed Sheeran

  • Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast, May 9
Ed Sheeran (Isabel Infantes/PA)

The multi-award winning singer is set to perform in a huge outdoor gig in Belfast as part of his current European tour.

Thousands of fans will descend on the site for a night of great music, along with support acts Anne-Marie, Jamie Lawson, and Beoga.

For more information, here's our handy guide for all fans attending the concert.

4. Portadown Viking Experience 2018

  • Craigavon, May 11
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A celebration of heritage on the banks of the River Bann, the Portadown Viking Experience aims to bring 200 Viking re-enactors, artisans and craftspeople together at the original Viking site.

With rowing and sailing sessions for families, authentic Viking village history talks, warrior weapon training, and mock Viking battles for children, this day is sure to get everyone into the Viking spirit.

For more information, email

5. Snow Patrol

  • Derry~Londonderry, May 11
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The Millennium Forum welcomes the globally acclaimed Northern Irish band Snow Patrol, for an intimate gig in the Walled City.

The gig kicks off a series of intimate dates across the island of Ireland following the release of the band's new album Wildness.

For more information, visit

6. The O’Neills Story, Tullaghoge Fort and Hill of the O’Neill

  • Cookstown, May 12 
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The story of the O’Neill clan has caught the imagination of visitors and locals alike.

Join this historic walking tour, which follows in the clan’s footsteps.

For more information, visit

7. Pipe Band Championships

  • Bangor, May 12 
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Castle Park will be hosting the Pipe Band Championships. With over 40 bands and 50 Drum Majors competing at this event, it makes an impressive spectacle and a fantastic day out for all the family.

For more information, visit

8. Launch of Downhill Tree Trail

  • Coleraine, May 12
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Springtime is a great time to visit the Downhill Demesne.

This guided tour offers not only a chance to discover exotic trees and a secret arboretum but also the chance to see well-tended gardens in full bloom and woodland areas around the lake ablaze with wild flowers such as bluebells celandine and wild garlic.

For more information, visit

9. 2018 North West 200 Race Festival Week

  • Portstewart, May 13-17
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With three days of racing, 100 riders, 100k spectators and speeds of up to 209mph, the NW200 is one of Northern Ireland’s top sporting events and one of the world’s fastest road races.

The event includes exhibitions, charity cycles, mini moto cycling, car boot sales and displays of veteran, vintage and classic vehicles, as well as special guests and music entertainment.

For more information, visit

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