Empire Music Hall
“One of my all-time favourite places is the Empire Music Hall,” says Duke. “This is a fantastic venue to play but also really great to experience gigs.” The converted church on Botanic Avenue is popular among students, and it’s easy to see why. It covers three floors, but the main stage, where you will see the main acts perform, has a retro, music-hall feel. He recommends checking the line-up if you’re looking for a good night out in Belfast. “You’ll often get touring bands from Europe and the US but also some great home-grown talent and resident acts, like Ken Haddock, who’s a fantastic regular.” Head to the intimate downstairs to discover some great new music, enjoy a pint and soak up the atmosphere.