We dunno about you, but live music awakens something in our souls that a Spotify playlist just can’t. The connection and emotions are unreal and travelling is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a city or culture through live music. But how do you find it if you’re not a local? It’s easier than you think! Here’s our guide to finding live music wherever you go…
What's On Guides
The best place to start is with your mate Google! Most cities have an online ‘What’s On’ page that gives you a heads up on what musicians or bands are happening in the coming days. It also helps to identify which genres are popular in each city to help narrow your search. For example, New Orleans is famous for jazz, so you’re more likely to find live jazz spots. Whether you’re after big concerts from Beyonce, or are seeing an unknown locally loved band, you should be able to find who is in town when you are online.
Well Known Spots
If your ‘what’s on this weekend in XYZ’ search comes up with nada or no specifics, try going broader and identifying live music specific venues in your destination. You might not be able to see exactly who is playing, but as hubs for up and coming talent you’re likely to see something good (or at least have background music while you eat).
Recommendations for the win
If there’s no internet access or you’re looking for somewhere right now, work up some courage and ask locals or your hotel staff for recommendations. They’re sure to know a pub, bar or venue that has live sessions.
If All Else Fails, Follow The Noise
Worst comes to absolute worst, just head to an area with bars and listen out. Your ears may just lead you to live music heaven!