10 of the World’s Best Cities for Music Lovers

Music is one thing that breaks all geographical barriers to reach the heart of its lovers. There are hundreds of excellent cities around the world for music lovers to visit. These are among the best.

Best Cities for Music Lovers

1. Chicago – Illinois, USA

The magnificent city of Chicago is famous for the blues. There are numerous clubs devoted to this type of music and many other genres. If you head to Grant Park in June you’ll be able to attend the free Blues Fest where the music of Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters is celebrated. Two of the best venues for music are the House of Blues and Kingston Mines.

2. London, England

With Britain being home to some of the best musical groups in history, it’s natural that the nation’s cosmopolitan capital city has a lot to offer music lovers. Some of the world’s most historic bands started out in London, such as The Who, Pink Floyd, The Kinks, and the Rolling Stones. The Beatles, of course, started out in Liverpool. There are several free concerts each year in Hyde Park and you can see all types of musical genres on show at the Royal Albert Hall, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

3. Memphis Tennessee, USA

If it was good enough for Elvis then it should be good enough for everybody else. Memphis, especially Beale Street, is another hotspot for blues music. The place was made famous by Louis Armstrong, B.B. King and many more artists. There are several excellent clubs along the street, which is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. One of the best festivals in town is the Beale Street Music Festival, which kick starts the city’s Memphis in May event.

4. Milan, Italy

One of the most famous venues in the world to witness an opera performance is Milan’s La Scala, which has been around for well over 200 years now. Quite a few operas by Giacomo Puccini premiered here, such as Madame Butterfly back in 1904 as well as Turandot in 1926. The opera season usually gets underway in December. You can also take tours of La Scala and visit the museum there.

5. New York, New York, USA

New York City has a long and rich musical history. It features a ton of venues to enjoy music such as Greenwich Village, Tin Pan Alley, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Madison Square Garden. Of course, the old Shea Stadium also hosted some of the world’s top acts including the Beatles. All types of music can be enjoyed here as well as the world’s best musicals on Broadway.

6. Vienna, Austria

The musical city of Vienna was made famous because of excellent composers such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. You’ll be able to see these composers and many more on the city’s Music Mile, which is basically a walk of fame. Mozart spent some of his most productive years at his apartment located at Domgasse 5. This is now a museum in his honor. Some of the best music venues in Vienna are the Theater an der Wien and the State Opera.

7. Los Angeles, California, USA

If you head to the Hollywood Bowl you’ll be able to enjoy concerts underneath the stars. Ever since 1922 the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra has been playing there during the summers. The venue is open all year long with the summer concert series running between June and October. You’ll also find concerts of all types there, such as rock and opera.

8. Austin, Texas, USA

Austin is home to over 200 live music venues and is known as the Live Music Capital of the World. Two of the top festivals are the Austin City Limits Festival, which takes place in the autumn and the South by Southwest Festival which takes place in March.

9. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

New Orleans is famous for Bourbon Street, where you’ll hear jazz music spill onto the streets all yearlong in the French Quarter. There’s also the Jazz and Heritage Fest to enjoy as well as the French Quarter Festival each spring, the Satchmo Summerfest, Mardi Gras, and the Voodoo Music Experience.

10. Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Nashville is known as Music City and features several excellent live venues. These include the Bluebird Café, the Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B, Musicians Hall of Fame, the CMA Music Festival, and the Grand Ole Opry.

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