Beyond the UK
Ok, so our short list of some of the top UK music venues may be an interesting read for some, but the UK is nothing but a relatively insignificant land mass in terms of size in an exceedingly large world. Sure, people may have heard of Wembley Stadium since it has been used as a venue for some musical acts that are pretty big names, but it cannot be denied that what the UK has to offer isn’t the be-all and end-all of everything. After all, the world has some pretty fantastic buildings and structures to offer, particularly for musicians, orchestras, and musical performers in general, so it made sense not to limit ourselves to a few venues that the UK has to offer. The short list below is therefore intended simply to gather together some of the best international music venues in the world so that you can browse them, learn about them briefly, and go on to check them out in more detail if you so wish. So here they are: six of the most notable international music venues that we thought warranted a mention on this venue-oriented website.
Madison Square Garden, New York
To omit Madison Square Garden from this list would be to be either completely ignorant of or in denial about the fact that it is simply one of the most famous venues in the world today. Hosting events from WWE wrestling to all manner of musical performers such as Ed Sheeran, Kanye West, and Paramore, you only have to browse the listings for the next few weeks to realise that this venue is home to some of the biggest names in music that you are ever likely to see. Of course, those living outside of the US may find it a bit of a chore to get to, but if you’re every stateside, you may want to consider making this one of your pit stops, regardless of who or what may be appearing or performing when you are there.
The Powerstation, Auckland, NZ
Though it is unlikely that anyone is going to nip over to New Zealand from pretty much any other country in the world to go and see a performance of their favourite band or music artist, this venue, in spite of a turbulent past, has attracted big names in music over the years. Some performances taking place in the coming months include Passenger, The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Billy Bragg. Though this may not be the biggest venue in the world, you can almost guarantee that if your favourite band is playing in New Zealand, they will be doing so at The Powerstation
Vanguard Newtown, Australia
Not only is this music venue a place where a diverse range of musical performers have played over the years, but it is also one of the best bars in the world to visit (according to the magazine Travel & Leisure).
9:30 Club, Washington D.C
America being the size that it is has of course got a great deal of land mass in which to pack in a great number of musical venues, and the 9:30 Club in Washington just so happens to be regarded as one of the best venues on the legendary East Coast, if not one of the greatest in the world. Kate Nash, Skrillex, and Rob Zombie, and Lady Gaga are among the club’s future concerts, and with a capacity of 1200, fans get the chance to enjoy a relatively intimate setting with some of the world’s most famous performers.
Bowery Ballroom, New York
Yes, another New York-based venue, but the intimate 550 capacity and incredible balcony views cannot be emphasised enough as two of the best (and really the only) reasons you need to go and experience this incredible music venue.
Le Bataclan, France
An historic venue that once was host to vaudeville and functioned as a café, Le Bataclan has an incredible sound system that makes it attractive to some of the heavier styles of music, with bands such as Bring Me the Horizon playing there.