Posted on 06/06/2021
Music can be a great part of a travelling experience. When you visit a musical city, you can feel it straight away and it is a connection that never disappears. So whether you're a fan of rock music, salsa or jazz, here is a list of the 7 cities we think you should definitely visit.
Known for salsa, cha-cha, timba and rumba, Havana is very diverse in terms of music, thanks to its European, Latin American, and African influences. You'll be able to hear music in the city's streets, as well as in bars. One of the best places to go to probably is Salon Rosado in Marianao, which hosts musical evenings every Saturday night. And of course, you'll be able hum Camila Cabello's famous song while you're at it!
Kingston in Jamaica is famous for its dancehall and reggae musical influences. Kingston is the destination of choice for Bob Marley's fans. But in recent years, the city also started to attract dancehall fans, such as Sean Paul's. Visit Bob Marley Museum, where he lived from 1975 until 1981, featuring an 80-seat theater, photo gallery, recording studio and gift shops. You'll even be able to try some Rastafarian-inspired dishes in the nearby cafe!
The whole of Ireland is a perfect place for music lovers, whether it is traditional Irish music that is very popular on the west coast, or more rock, indie and folk bands that come from Dublin. The capital city resonates with music day and night, so whether it is coming from buskers, pub musicians or live music venues, you'll never feel oppressed by silence in the Irish capital. Famous bands include U2, The Dubliners and Hozier, but if it is traditional music that you want, you should head to Doolin, a village in County Clare, that is considered to be the "capital of Irish traditional music".
Claiming to be the birthplace of rock, but also home of country and blues, Memphis has had a tremendous musical importance since the 50s, with big names such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, and Otis Redding recording music there. Graceland, Elvis' Tennessee estate, and "the ultimate rock 'n' roll destination" is definitely a must-see destination if you are in Memphis. But while in Tennessee, you should also visit Nashville. Known as the "Music City", it is home to hundreds of fantastic live music venues and to the Country Music Hall of Fame, a museum specialised in country music.
Being the city of the Beatles and therefore the world capital of pop, Liverpool is definitely a place to visit for music lovers, also hosting several special events such as the Liverpool International Music Festival. Head to the Cavern Club, a self-identified "cradle of British pop music", where the Beatles played nearly 300 times and hosting an annual International BeatleWeek every August.
Berlin encloses a very rich and diverse musical heritage, from its classical and opera history in the 18th century, having been such an inspiration for David Bowie in the 1970s, and being today home to the biggest techno scene in the world. With legendary nightclubs such as the world-famous Berghain, eminent DJs, vibrating house music and experimental music, Berlin is an unmissable city for music enthusiasts.
Being the birthplace of American jazz, and hosting the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the annual New World Rhythms Festival, as well as Mardi Gras, New Orleans is a buzzing place in terms of music. Famous musicians from Louisiana include Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino and Pete Fountain. If New Orleans is a symbol for jazz all over the world, the city also melts together many rythms and genres, such as blues, R&B, Zydeco and Bounce.