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Back to live: an at-a-glance guide to this year's post-lockdown concerts

With the global pandemic having decimated 2020's live music schedule, artists and fans have pinned their hopes on this year. David Roy has put together an at-a-glance rounds-up of some of the biggest and/or best shows we can look forward to throughout the rest of 2021, Covid permitting...

Van Morrison will be one of the first musical acts back on stage in Belfast at the end of the current lockdown

:: ROCK/INDIE/ALTERNATIVE

Van Morrison – February 11 to 14 and May 9 to 11, Europa Hotel, Belfast / April 30/May 1, Millennium Forum, Derry

James Vincent McMorrow – March 19, Telegraph Building, Belfast

Mayhem, Mortiis – March 24, The Limelight, Belfast

Andy Irvine & Paul Brady – March 31, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott – April 3, Ulster Hall, Belfast

Dea Matrona – April 3, The Limelight 2, Belfast

Doves – April 7, The Limelight, Belfast

The Lost Brothers – April 10, Ulster Sports Club, Belfast

Tim Burgess (The Charlatans, DJ set) – April 14, Ulster Sports Club, Belfast

Genesis – April 18, SSE Arena, Belfast

Teenage Fanclub – April 22, The Empire, Belfast

Geoff Tate – April 23, The Limelight, Belfast

Corrosion of Conformity – April 25, The Limelight 2, Belfast

Ricky Warwick – May 6, The Limelight 2, Belfast

Ian Brown – May 19, Ulster Hall, Belfast

The Lightning Seeds – May 21, The Limelight, Belfast

Ash: 25 Years of Ash – May 22, The Limelight, Belfast

Sparks play The Limelight in Belfast on May 26

Sparks – May 26, The Limelight, Belfast

The Macc Lads – June 4, The 2, Belfast

Damien Dempsey – June 4, The Empire, Belfast

Jane Weaver – June 5, The Black Box, Belfast

Deftones – June 6, 3Arena, Dublin

Rammstein – June 12, Boucher Playing Fields, Belfast

Trouble – June 15, The Limelight 2, Belfast

10cc – June 15, Ulster Hall, Belfast

Elvana – June 19, The Limelight, Belfast

The Frames – June 19, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

The Beat – June 21, The Empire, Belfast

Guns N' Roses – June 22, Marlay Park, Dublin

My Chemical Romance – June 22, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

Green Day's rescheduled show with Weezer and Fall Out Boy will take place at Dublin's RDS in June

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer – June 30, RDS Arena, Dublin

Beck – July 4, Trinity College, Dublin

Napalm Death – July 18, The Limelight 2, Belfast

Clutch – July 20, The Limelight, Belfast

Doyle – August 13, The Limelight 2, Belfast

Elbow – August 29, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Beebadoobee makes her Belfast debut at Oh Yeah on September 29

beabadoobee – September 29, Oh Yeah, Belfast

Robert Forster (Go-Betweens) – October 13, The Empire, Belfast

The Wedding Present: Seamonsters 30th Anniversary Tour – October 24, The Empire, Belfast

Alanis Morissette, Liz Phair – October 25, 3Arena, Dublin

Hayseed Dixie – October 30, The Empire, Belfast

Billy Bragg – November 2, Ulster Hall, Belfast

Paul Weller – November 9, Ulster Hall, Belfast

Idlewild – November 14, The Empire, Belfast

Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons – November 14, The Limelight, Belfast

Yungblud – November 20, 3Arena, Dublin

James, Happy Mondays – December 1, 3Arena, Dublin

Electric Six – December 3, The Limelight, Belfast

Grant Lee Phillips – December 6, The Empire, Belfast

Orange Goblin – December 10, The Limelight 2, Belfast

Horslips – December 10/11, St Columb's, Derry

The Undertones – December 18, The Limelight 2, Belfast

:: POP, ETC

Dua Lipa plays Dublin's 3Arena on September 18

Kneecap – March 13, Telegraph Building, Belfast

Beoga – March 17, The Limelight, Belfast

Harry Styles – March 19, 3Arena, Dublin

Stormzy – April 2/3, 3Arena, Dublin

Andre Rieu & his Johann Strauss Orchestra – April 8, The SSE Arena, Belfast

Little Mix – April 6/May 2, SSE Arena, Belfast

Celine Dion – April 11/12, 3Arena, Dublin

5 Seconds of Summer – April 13, SSE Arena, Belfast

UB40 feat Ali Campbell and Astro – April 17, 3Arena, Dublin

Hothouse Flowers – April 30, The Empire, Belfast

Pussycat Dolls – May 30, 3Arena, Dublin

Alicia Keys – June 3, 3Arena, Dublin

JLS – June 11, SSE Arena, Belfast

Duran Duran – June 13, St Anne's Park, Dublin

Ronan Keating – June 14, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

The Script – June 14/15, 3Arena, Dublin

The Killers – June 16, Malahide Castle, Dublin

David Gray – September 7, SSE Arena, Belfast

Snoop Dogg – September 11, SSE Arena, Belfast

Dua Lipa – September 18, 3Arena, Dublin

Texas – September 20, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Nathan Carter – October 1, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Erasure – October 4, 3Arena, Dublin

Lush Classical – October 16, SSE Arena, Belfast

Ryan McMullan – October 19/20, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Jools Holland – October 23, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Jason Donovan – October 30, Ulster Hall, Belfast

Belinda Carlisle – November 1, Cork Opera House / November 2, Vicar St, Dublin

Gabrielle – November 4, Ulster Hall, Belfast

Dionne Warwick – November 5, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Steps – November 15, SSE Arena, Belfast

Ryan McMullan – November 19/20, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Gary Barlow – November 27, SSE Arena, Belfast

Elton John – December 6, SSE Arena, Belfast

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe – December 7, SSE Arena, Belfast

Deacon Blue – December 16, Ulster Hall, Belfast

:: FESTIVALS

Live at The Big Top, Limerick – James Vincent McMorrow (March 18), Aslan (May 15), Ian Brown (May 19)

Live at The Marquee, Cork – The Coronas (May 28), Tom Jones (June 2), The National (June 7), Olly Murs (June 8), Deadmau5 (June 18), Sinead O'Connor (June 20), Pet Shop Boys (June 23), Christy Moore (June 26), Crowded House (June 28)

Live at Botanic Gardens, Belfast: Tom Jones (May 30/31), Olly Murs (June 7), The National (June 8)

Belsonic, Ormeau Park, Belfast – Ben Nicky & Friends (June 5), Lionel Richie (June 6), Gerry Cinnamon (June 9), Lewis Capaldi (June 20), Dermot Kennedy (June 24), MK (June 26), Picture This (June 27), Liam Gallagher (June 30)

Longitude – July 2 to 4, Marlay Park, Dublin: Kendrick Lamar, Tyler The Creator, a$ap Rocky etc

Live at The Iveagh Gardens, Dublin – Fontaines DC (July 3/4), Caribou (July 9), Damien Dempsey (July 10), James Blunt (July 11), Aslan (July 16), Pixies (July 17), Sinead O'Connor (July 18)

Stendhal – July 9/10, August 12 to 14, Ballmully Cottage Farm, Limavady

Galway International Arts Festival Big Top: Pixies (July 15/16), Flaming Lips (July 17), The Academic (July 22), Jon Hopkins (July 23), Kaiser Chiefs (July 24), Sinead O'Connor (July 25)

CHSQ, Custom House Square, Belfast: Camelphat (August 7), Fontaines DC (August 13), James Arthur (August 19), Kodaline (August 20), Simple Minds (August 23), Mall Grab (August 27), Scooter (August 29)

:: All dates correct at time of press.

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