If you’ve not yet discovered Candlelight concerts, let us lead you into the light. At a Candlelight concert in Belfast, exceptional live musicians perform some of your favourite tunes in the city’s most unique and gorgeous locations, surrounded by a sea of candles. The result is breathtaking. Its success in multiple cities around the UK is undeniable, but if you need a little more convincing, read on for the reasons you must attend a Candlelight concert this summer if you haven’t already.
1. The musicians
Candlelight concerts feature talented live performers, from solo pianists to string quartets. Some even feature jazz bands, depending on your choice of show. With their instruments, these performers serendate the crowd, and frankly, without them, the concerts would not be possible. Discover your new favourite musician at a Candlelight concert, as you hear them perform some established, much loved music.
2. The atmosphere
Another element these concerts would not be without: candles! And the atmosphere the hundreds of candles create is unrivalled. The venues, illuminated by the sea of light, are chosen for their rich history, stunning beauty, or uniqueness. You can expect gorgeous stained glassed windows, distinctive frescos and more looking even more beautiful bathed only in candlelight.
3. Hear the music of your favourite composers
Classical music is timeless, and at a Candlelight concert in Belfast, you’ll hear melodies from over 100 years ago right to modern day masterpieces. On some occasions, where the classical concertos are from ballets, musicians are joined on stage by dancers. Candlelight concerts make classical music accessible for all.
4. However, not all performances are classical music
That’s right; ever wanted to hear Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, or Beyonce’s Single Ladies, performed by a string quartet? Now’s your chance! Modern music from ABBA to Adele and Whitney Houston all get the Candlelight treatment, enabling you to hear fan favourites in a brand-new way.
What’s more, Candlelight concerts featuring iconic film scores are also often available; hear the works of Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, The Holiday, Inception, and many, many more) or celebrate 100 years of Warner Bros.
5. The stories behind the music
Not only do you get to hear much loved melodies at these concerts, but also little tidbits related to the songs or the tribute artist. The musicians converse with the audience between songs, and it’s fair to say that no one leaves the performance without discovering something new.
6. The ticket prices are unbeatable
This magical experience comes with an equally magical price tag; Candlelight concerts strive to be financially accessible to all. While you’ll find several types of tickets, varying in seating and proximity to the artists, ticket prices start from as little as £15 — a bargain, if you ask us!
7. The five-star reviews
The proof is in the pudding: those who have attended Candlelight concerts have given top reviews in their droves.
“Lovely venue and music was amazing – definitely recommend.”
“Amazing amazing amazing!! I purchased the Fleetwood Mac night for my mother’s birthday and she absolutely loved it!! Would go again 100%.”
“Fantastic experience. The quartet was one of the best I’ve heard. Will attend again.”
“Excellent. All staff were friendly, helpful and kind! Show was amazing. Very good night!”
“Fabulous hour of entertainment, we both really enjoyed it.”