All major cities have their own unique music scene, nurtured by locals who love nothing more than to support their favourite home-grown musicians and bands on stage.
However, for some cities, music is more than just a passion, it’s a way of life. Here are five cities that truly know how to rock and roll – some you may have heard of, others that are a bit more obscure. Any one of them would make a dream travel destination for the true music-junkie.
New Orleans, Louisiana
The US is jam-packed full of cities that are famous for making great music, from Elvis’ hometown of Memphis, to the birthplace of grunge, Seattle, and the showtune capital of the world, New York.
However, one city that trumps them all when it comes to getting your groove on is New Orleans, Louisiana. The Big Easy is famous for its vibrant nightlife, and anyone who loves jazz or the blues will be more than at home in this colourful city.
Novi Sad, Serbia
Serbia, a former member of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, is a country that might not necessarily come to mind when thinking of a musical holiday. However there are parts of this expansive Eastern European country that are beautiful and steeped in culture and history.
One such place is the city of Novi Sad, which every year hosts the impressive EXIT Festival. EXIT is a wild and hedonistic celebration of light, colour and – of course – sound. It’s estimated that more than two million people have visited the festival since its conception, with many of them naming it one of the best musical experiences they’ve ever had!
There’s no doubt that Liverpool is a city that knows how to make great music, but let’s be honest. This famous North England metropolis makes the list solely for being the birthplace of perhaps the greatest musical group ever to grace our ears – that’s right, we’re talking about Atomic Kitten!
Just kidding. Not that Atomic Kitten aren’t good in their own right, Liverpool is the city that gave the world The Beatles. It was here that John, Paul, George and Ringo got their start, playing the legendary Cavern Club on Matthew Street – a venue that is still open today. Why not visit it yourself on your next holiday?
Palm Springs, California
The small desert resort city of Palm Springs – located about 200km from the heart of Los Angeles – doesn’t immediately inspire visions of screaming music lovers and wicked sick guitar solos. In fact, most of the year you’re more likely to find senior citizens lounging by the pool than the Red Hot Chili Peppers giving it away in front of thousands of screaming fans.
However, every year in April, countless music lovers flood to this humble town to celebrate the Coachella Arts and Music Festival, which is held 40km away, just outside the town of Indio. Coachella is one of the biggest musical celebrations in the world, and is regularly attended by star studded celebrities and some of the biggest bands and DJs on earth.
Of course, you don’t necessarily have to jet off overseas to immerse yourself in musical culture. In fact, one of the world’s most vibrant music scenes is available right here in the land Down Under!
Visitvictoria.com described Melbourne as “the nation’s city of rock” – and for good reason! A number of famous Aussie musicians and bands got their starts in the Victorian capital, such as Jet, Gotye and everyone’s favourite bad seed, Nick Cave himself.
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Can you think of any other countries or cities that know how to make great music?