Around The World in 30 of the Most Magical Music Venues

Head to France to enjoy music in this stunning venue
Head to France to enjoy music in this stunning venue | © Shutterstock

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You know the deal with most gig venues. A dark, dingy room, puddles of sticky beer on the floor, and someone’s elbow in your face as you try to mosh to your favourite band. Standard.

But some venues are not only a lot more civilized than that, but really rather breathtaking. London’s Royal Albert Hall is an opulent delight fit for a king, while over in Sweden the stunning Dalhalla amphitheatre is set in a limestone quarry. Turkey’s Great Theatre of Ephesus was built way back in 10th century BC and Pennsylvania’s SteelStacks has five huge blast furnaces looming in the backdrop. Here we take you on a trip around the world via the dreamiest gig venues ever.

1. Teatro Antico di Taormina – Taormina, Italy

2. National Centre for the Performing Arts – Beijing, China

3. Romanian Athenaeum – Bucharest, Romania

4. Ermita de la Santa Cruz – Antigua, Guatemala

5. Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Jefferson County, USA

6. Omeara – London, England

7. Palacio de Bellas Artes – Mexico City, Mexico

8. Auditorium Parco della Musica – Rome, Italy

9. Dalhalla amphitheatre – Rättvik, Sweden

10. Arena of Nîmes – Nîmes, France

11. National Theater and Concert Hall – Taipei, Taiwan

12. Minack Theatre – Cornwall, England

13. Auditorio de Tenerife – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

14. Palau de la Música – Barcelona, Spain

15. Harpa – Reykjavik, Iceland

16. Palais Garnier – Paris, France

17. Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia

18. Royal Albert Hall – London, England

19. Ephesus – Alacati, Turkey

20. Walt Disney Concert Hall – Los Angeles, USA

21. Smetana Hall, Municipal House – Prague, Czech Republic

22. Carnegie Hall – New York, USA

23. St Michael’s Cave – Gibraltar

24. Waldbühne – Berlin, Germany

25. Concertgebouw – Amsterdam, Netherlands

26. Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, USA

27. SteelStacks – Bethlehem, USA

28. Margravial Opera House – Bayreuth, Germany

29. The Royal Opera House – Muscat, Oman

30. Théâtre Antique d’Orange – Orange, France

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