One of the best things about music is that it’s international; wherever you go in the world, music is a constant that can bridge culture gaps and cross language barriers. What makes a gig special is its atmosphere, acoustics and aesthetics, as well of course, the performers. With venues being such an important aspect of a concert, we’ve shared our top eight live music spots from across the world.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, USA
The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a rock structure 10 miles away from Denver in Colorado, and has been hosting private, public and organisational performances for over 100 years. It has the capacity for 9,540 people and due to its unique beauty it has been a favoured gig spot for many famous musicians such, as Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead.
Slane Castle, Ireland
The sloping lands of this venue within the Boyne Valley in Ireland, forms a natural amphitheatre and has grounds that can hold over 80,000 people. Slane Castle has been hosting rock bands since the 1980s and can be found just an hour outside of Dublin.
The Caves, Edinburgh
Hidden within the cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s old town lies, The Caves. This venue can be hired out for a number of different events, but is most popular as a small, live music spot. The history of this venue is slightly sinister. For around 30 years the vaults were used to house a number of tradesmen as well as storage for illegal items. Reportedly, some of these ‘illegal items’ were bodies, including the victims of infamous Scottish serial killers Burke and Hare.
The Marvelous Floating Stage of the Bregenz Festival
Okay, so this one isn’t exactly a live music venue, as it’s built specifically for a festival that takes place every year but it definitely deserves a mention. The stage is a masterpiece on Lake Constance in Austria and plays host to many elaborate opera productions. Often the performances are original and innovative takes on classic opera. The surrounding waters are also frequently used as an extension of the stage.
Hollywood Bowl, USA
It’s unsurprising that this is one of the most famous amphitheatres in the world, due to its superb location in the hub of the entertainment industry and its spectacular views of the Hollywood Hills. With the capacity for a whopping 17,376 people, the Hollywood Bowl has attracted a horde of famous performers throughout the years including; The Who, The Beatles and The Doors as well as playing host to the annual, Playboy Jazz Festival.
Sultan’s Pool – Jerusalem
The Sultan’s Pool is an ancient water basin on the west side of Mount Zoin and is one of Jerusalem’s most popular venues for concerts and cultural events. As well as accommodating talented artists including, Bob Dylan, the site also kicks of the Jerusalem film festival with a screening in skylight.
Dalhalla Amphitheatre – Sweden
This summer concert venue is located in a former limestone quarry in the town of Rattvik. It was the Scandinavian equivalent of the Greek Olympus back in the day. With seating for up to 4,000 people, Dalhalla hosts between 20 and 30 events each summer with an array of different musical and theatrical performances. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery and even has its own moat, which separates the audience from the stage.
Although these are the eight that impressed us most, there are plenty more incredible concert venues across the globe. We’d love to hear your suggestions or pictures of you at your favourite music venue.