Concert venue hire

Portico has seating for up to 300 and along with state of the art A/V facilities (including streaming, front and back projection, broadcast standard sound, recording facilities and stage lighting) the building provides a stunning backdrop for any event and the acoustics are fantastic!


I’ve been lucky enough to play in many halls around the world; Wigmore, Carnegie, Musikverein Vienna, concertgebouw, elbphilharmonie, etc. I would put the natural acoustic of Portico of Ards in at least the same category as these. I can always tell when playing certain slower repertoire on the marimba, as the hairs go on the back of my neck, and they certainly did here. A first class acoustic!

Owen Gunnell, O Duo

Who's played Portico?

Portico has hosted concerts in every genre from opera to pop. Artistes that have performed and / or recorded at Portico include:

4 in a Bar
The 4 of Us
Don Alder
Sir Thomas Allen
Martin Baker
The Bee Gees Gold
The Bela Quartet
Big Telly Theatre Productions
The Bjorn Identity
Sarah-Jane Brandon
Simon Callow
Cappella Caeciliana
William Caulfield
​Centre Stage Theatre Company
The Celtic Tenors
The Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Europe
Finghin Collins
Daniel Cook
The Cremona Quartet
Rodney Crowell
Neil Delamere
Kris Drever
Hugo Duncan
Emerald Armada
Ficino Ensemble
Thibaut Garcia
Dan Gordon
Linley Hamilton
Kaz Hawkins
The Henry Girls
Richard Hills
The Iconettes
Simon Johnston
Brian Kennedy
Dominic Kirwan
Tasmin Little
The Lonesome Ace Stringband
Owen Mac
Jules Maxwell
​Ruth McGinley
​Michael McHale
David Meade
Tim McGarry
The Mulligan Brothers
​Beth Nielsen-Chapman
John O'Conor
Northern Ireland Opera
O Duo
Craig Ogden
Young-Choon Park
Eilidh Patterson
Margaret Phillips
The Piatti Quartet
Patrick Rafter
The Rapparees
​Dave Rees-Williams Trio
Kathryn Rudge
Derek Ryan
​Tallis Scholars
Roman Simovic
Stephen Smyth
​Tenebrae Consort
Alessandro Taverna
Shane Todd
Anthony Toner
Ruth Trimble
The Ulster Orchestra 
Karen Underwood
Pip Utton
Robert Vincent
Jamie Walton