Sometimes, you just want to get away and hear some amazing music, but where to? The possibilities are endless, and when it comes to choosing a destination, surely you can’t go wrong. But still—wouldn’t it be nice if there were some kind of a guide to the best cities for specific categories of music?
Here, we share with you some cities around the world that are known for showcasing incredible talent that only live music can deliver. There really is something for everyone, and once you know where you are going, all that’s left to do is to pack your bags.
Where else to start, but with Nashville—the home to some of the greatest country music in the world. Nashville offers venues, like the world famous Grand Ole Opry and The Bluebird Café (where only a few lucky ones get in).
No matter what time of year you end up in Nashville, there are always incredible musicians just waiting to perform. When the music starts playing, and the cowboy boots get to tapping, you almost feel like jumping up on the stage yourself.
2) New Orleans
Some people may put New Orleans and Nashville in the same boat, but you know as well as I do that they just don’t know jazz music. The bars in New Orleans are plentiful and it is a rarity if they don’t come with some sort of live music every night.
The jazz is often accompanied by blues and soul music, making it a perfect fit for nearly any individual. If you want to have a good time, then head on down to New Orleans!
Vienna is beautiful and sets the backdrop for classical music unlike you will hear anywhere else. The concert halls are almost as incredible as the music itself, with elaborate paintings and ornate lighting.
While the Vienna Philharmonic may be difficult to get tickets for, any previous attendee will tell you it is well worth the money. All over the city, small classical groups can be found playing for your enjoyment as well.
In Ibiza, Spain, the clubs are loud with the sounds of electronic music pumping through the speakers. For those who are fans of a wild party, head to Ibiza.
DJ’s who are known worldwide find their way to Spain, playing in the clubs and at parties, making the dancing that much more exciting. Electronic music finds its origin here, so it’s no wonder that it is still so popular.
The whimsy feel of this town lends itself to the popularity of folk music that pulses through the culture and the people. No matter where you go in Edinburgh, it seems that there is always someone, or a group of people, strumming something together just for the fun of it.
The pubs in Edinburgh are a huge draw for tourists and locals alike. The Royal Oak is well-known for the musicians who come through and play along with the customers.
Whatever your style or taste in music, finding a place to hear amazing live musicians around the world will not be difficult. The only hard part will be narrowing down your search—and not breaking the bank in your quest for great live music.
Marcela De Vivo is a mother of three, music enthusiast and writer for music streaming site Arena, covering the latest in the music industry as well as music news from all over the world. She personally loves live music herself and is always discovering new artists to listen to. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook today!