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Around The World in 30 of the Most Magical Music Venues

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Ann Lee
Music Editor
Updated: 25 May 2017

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

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

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3. Romanian Athenaeum – Bucharest, Romania

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4. Ermita de la Santa Cruz – Antigua, Guatemala

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5. Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Jefferson County, USA

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6. Omeara – London, England

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7. Palacio de Bellas Artes – Mexico City, Mexico

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8. Auditorium Parco della Musica – Rome, Italy

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9. Dalhalla amphitheatre – Rättvik, Sweden

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10. Arena of Nîmes – Nîmes, France

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11. National Theater and Concert Hall – Taipei, Taiwan

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12. Minack Theatre – Cornwall, England

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

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14. Palau de la Música – Barcelona, Spain

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15. Harpa – Reykjavik, Iceland

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 16. Palais Garnier – Paris, France

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17. Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia

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18. Royal Albert Hall – London, England

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19. Ephesus – Alacati, Turkey

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20. Walt Disney Concert Hall – Los Angeles, USA

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

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22. Carnegie Hall – New York, USA

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23. St Michael’s Cave – Gibraltar

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24. Waldbühne – Berlin, Germany

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25. Concertgebouw – Amsterdam, Netherlands

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26. Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, USA

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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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