Empire Music Hall

Empire Music Hall
42 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, County Antrim, BT7 1JQ
  • Telephone 028 9024 9276
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  • Website www.thebelfastempire.com
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Opened in 1987 the Empire is small to medium sized venues specialising in live music and stand-up comedy. Sigur Rós played their debut Irish date at the venue and the stage has also seen the likes of Billy Bragg, Snow Patrol, Ash, The Divine Comedy and REM’s Peter Buck. The venue is known as the launch pad for The Hole in the Wall Gang and has also hosted gigs by Ardal O’Hanlon Dara O’Briain, Lee Evans and Michael McIntyre. Other entertainment at the Empire includes blues nights, salsa evenings, live sport of the big screen and pub quizzes.

Events at this venue

There are 27 events at this location

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The Bon Jovi Experience

Tribute to the New Jersey rockers.

Sat 8 Jul

The Boss UK

Bruce Springsteen tribute act.

Sat 1 Jul

£12 / 028 9024 9276

CC Houlihan & TCB Elvis Spectacular Band: Elvis Presley Tribute

The singer and band perform the music of the King of Rock'n'Roll.

The Dears

The acclaimed Montreal rock band plays a sweeping collection of orchestral pop/rock that is at once enlightening, angst-ridden and mesmerising.

Mon 16 Oct

£16 / 028 9024 9276

Dirty DC: AC/DC Tribute

Tribute band who have been playing throughout the UK and Europe since 1998.

Sat 30 Sep

The Empire Laughs Back Comedy Club

With alternating MCs Colin Murphy and Jake O'Kane.

Tue 23 May

£8 ( £7) / 028 9024 9276

Tue 30 May

£8 ( £7) / 028 9024 9276

Tue 6 Jun

£8 ( £7) / 028 9024 9276

Tue 13 Jun

£8 ( £7) / 028 9024 9276

The Femmes

London-based trio, playing vintage swing classics from the 1940s, together with modern hits.

Thu 25 May

£10 / 028 9024 9276

Hats Off to Led Zeppelin

One of the top UK Zeppelin tribute bands, managed by no other than the real band's manager's son.

Sat 23 Sep

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Eight brothers from Chicago, whose father Philip Cohran was best known as a trumpeter in Sun Ra's Arkestra and founder member of the AACM, playing psych-jazz and funk with a hip hop sensibility.

Sat 10 Jun

Ken Haddock's Bank Holiday Supper Club

Empire's Sunday night resident hero, folk singer-songwriter Ken Haddock and his band of seasoned musicians make the short hop from the basement to the Music Hall. With support from Amanda Agnew.

Sun 28 May

Legend: A Tribute to Bob Marley

Celebrate the music of Bob Marley with some of his greatest hits performed live by a talented cast.

Sat 5 Aug


Fuzzy dream rock from Mitski, taking on everything from the realities of happiness to anxiety in her latest release, Puberty 2.

Wed 7 Jun

£14 / 028 9024 9276


Pop and rock anthems and chart-toppers from the 80s.

Sat 3 Jun

£10 / 028 9024 9276

U105's Maurice Jay presents a night of 1980s-themed entertainment and music.

Pleasuredome Christmas Cracker

80s music and nostalgia night.

Sat 3 Jun

Raised On Rock

Classic rock covers from the likes of Foreigner, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, and many more.

Fri 30 Jun

£10 / 028 9024 9276

Ricky Ross

Deacon Blue frontman plays some Deacon Blue classics and some of his solo hits.

Thu 7 Dec

£22.50 / 028 9024 9276

The Rifles

Leeds indie rockers with mod leanings.

Thu 1 Jun

£17.50 / 028 9024 9276

The Rollin Clones: Rolling Stones Tribute

Tribute to Mick Jagger & Co, celebrating 15 years of The Rollin' Clones and 50 years of music from The Rolling Stones.

Sat 17 Jun

Sharon Shannon

The Ruan-born accordionist combines traditional Celtic music with modern folk.

Thu 29 Jun

£22.50 / 028 9024 9276


American rockers influenced by reggae, rocksteady, ska and Jamaican sounds.

Sun 15 Oct

£18 / 028 9024 9276

The Small Fakers: Small Faces Tribute

The band plays the hits of the rock'n'roll and mod group, including Itchycoo Park, Lazy Sunday and All Or Nothing.

Small Fakers Xmas Show

Small Fakers, The worlds best Tribute to The Sensational Small Faces. Coming to Belfast as their last show of the year Celebrating 10years of faking Small Faces

Sat 30 Dec

Sounds Of Northern Ireland: Class Acts 2017

A showcase of specially selected bands including Mosmo Strange, Civil Simian, Buffalos Bay and Emer Maguire.

Thu 15 Jun

Stone Foundation

Northern soul band from the Midlands, rocking the old school rhythm'n'blues sound on Hammond and horns.

Wed 21 Jun

£15.50 / 028 9024 9276

Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai

Acoustic vagabond from Australia joined by Japanese harmonica maestro.

Mon 20 Nov

Stu Larsen

The Australian troubadour performs deep and soulful folk-rock with melodic alternative country and blues-rock.

Mon 20 Nov

£10 / 028 9024 9276

Waldorf And Cannon

Alternative duo from Derry and Donegal. Plus support from Crossfire Hurricanes, The Holy Innocents and Dandys Loft.

Thu 8 Jun

£3 / 028 9024 9276

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