The World’s Top 9 Live Music Destinations: Celebrate World Music Day 21st June 2016

The World’s Top 9 Live Music Destinations:

Celebrate World Music Day 21st June 2016

Thirty-five years ago, World Music Day started with the French Culture Minister encouraging citizens with musical instruments to take to the streets and play in public.

Now a vast global event, it offers incredible, free musical performances in over 700 cities across 120 countries and a unique opportunity for musicians of all ages, amateur or professional, to get involved.

Using data from our real travel experts – the customers – this list tells you where to go for the best live music destinations that will come into their own on 21st June.


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A love of music in Ireland is a fundamental part of socialising and the jolly atmosphere of a live performance in a typical Irish pub is unlike anything else. Tap your foot and sing along with locals to a sentimental Irish folk song, ideally while enjoying a pint of the nation’s beloved Guinness. There are hundreds and hundreds of pubs in Dublin and many of these have live music every night of the week, earning it a high recommendation score from customers.

Where to stay? Check out the 11th Century Clontarf Castle Hotel for a historic stay close to all the toe-tapping action!

Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires has music coursing through its veins, known for its music and as the origin of the Tango. The city still displays a penchant for live music, particularly in the bars of Palermo, out of which the strumming of a guitar is almost constantly flowing. During the summer the city hosts a range of outdoor music festivals and events too.

Where to stay? The Lina's Tango Guesthouse is in the historic and bohemian San Telmo district and offers Tango lessons!


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Glasgow’s musical streets have been the breeding ground for many musical heavyweights such as Franz Ferdinand, The Fratellis, Simple Minds, Texas and Travis, and continue to offer a staggering volume and variety of home-grown talent. Quirky little music bars tucked beneath railway lines and in intimate basements are highlights of this cultural city, but you can also head to large-capacity venues like the Barrowland Ballroom for big shows.

Where to stay? Book a room at the stylish citizenM Glasgow just 400 meters away from Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.


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Melbourne is Australia’s culture capital and has a rich music scene ranging from indie to electronic and everything in-between. The smaller, stylish venue is its forte as there are lots of wonderfully shabby chic hotspots to be found in its hipster districts. A relatively recent addition, Howler, is an old warehouse turned musical space. Its tree trunk benches, brickwork, greenery and partially open roof make it bliss for a sunny evening pre-gig drink.

Where to stay? Check out the jazzy Adelphi Hotel in the heart of the vibrant Flinders Lane precinct and enjoy a cocktail at the hotel’s bar before heading to your music venue of choice.

New Orleans

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Recently getting fresh airtime as the location of Beyoncé’s Formation video, New Orleans is synonymous with music. It’s considered as the birthplace of jazz, but visitors will also be treated to live soul, blues, funk and rock all over the city. Expect plenty of jamming, festivals and fabled music clubs oozing characteristic New Orleans charm.

Where to stay? The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is located on the edge of the French Quarter and you can enjoy live jazz in the hotel’s lounge.

New York

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New York will always attract a diverse and high-calibre musical crowd, so it’s a failsafe option for fans wanting to experience some of the world’s best live music. You’ve got impressive venues like Carnegie Hall for classical or the iconic Madison Square Garden, where Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Elton John and Madonna have graced the stage. Then there’s the avant-garde scene, offering tiny concerts from up-and-coming talent. But just strolling NYC’s lively streets, you’ll find even the buskers here are frequently well worth a listen.

Where to stay? The Casablanca Hotel is a boutique Manhattan hotel where you can indulge in listening to live piano music on Friday nights!


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Enchanting Lisbon not only has a lovely climate and cityscape but it’s also great for live music. As a centre of fado, you can often hear this traditional Portuguese folk music wafting out of bars and down the winding cobblestone streets as you enjoy an al fresco evening drink. There’s also a buzzing cultural scene, including a variety of music that customers rated highly. Try the Coliseu dos Recreios, aka Lisbon’s Coliseum, for the big shows.

Where to stay? Set in an 18th century building, the Casa do Barao bed and breakfast is perfect for a stay in the sophisticated district of Chiado.


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When it comes to explaining why Austin is such an important live music destination, it’s hard to know where to start. But it’s definitely got everything to do with its musical street performers, its scores of concerts of every genre and its world-renowned music festival South by Southwest. The hazy Texan heat lends the city a unique vibe, perfect for barbecues combined with a night of live music. There’s an incredibly diverse range of sound, from rock and alternative to blues, folk and country.

Where to stay? Check out The Driskill, a legendary hotel in the city centre of Austin, also renowned as a historical landmark!


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Berlin has long been a city of the arts and according to customers, packs a powerful live music punch. The electronic music offering is second-to-none but there are all manner of live shows dotted all over the city at any one time. The German capital is a place where anything goes, so expect experimental, exciting sounds and a fun, engaging atmosphere.

Where to stay? nhow Berlin  is Europe's first music hotel, featuring two professional music recording studios.