The 15 Best Music Venues in the World To See Before You Die

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Last updated on August 2nd, 2023 at 02:01 am

Where you see a show has an incredible impact on the overall experience. The best locations encapsulate the beauty of the song and the environment in one spot, creating the ultimate place to experience the artistry of sound in person.

Strap in and get ready to buy a plane ticket around the globe as we dive into the best music venues in the world to see before you die. These locations are incredible and spots you must see before the end of your life, no matter what it takes to get there.

1. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

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The Sydney Opera House image by Caleb Russell on Unsplash

First on our list of the best music venues in the world to see before you die is the iconic Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, known for its prominent location right next to the water and its distinctive sale design. It hosted many excellent performers within its walls over the years, including Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Massive Attack, and The Cure.

2. Arena of Nimes, Nimes, France

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The Arena of Nimes image by Alix Guerin on Unsplash.

The Arena of Nimes in Nimes, France, is a Roman amphitheater designed right in the middle of the city and is one of the most well-preserved amphitheaters from Ancient Roman times. Today, it hosts a myriad of musical talents from various genres, including the Arctic Monkeys, Sam Smith, Louise Attaue, Slipknot, The Black Keys, and Damso, among others.

3. Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado, United States

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Red Rocks Park at Sunrise, near Denver Colorado. Image from Shutterstock.

Red Rock Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, is a gorgeous music venue built right into the natural world, sitting below majestic rock structures that reflect and amplify the music tremendously. It’s an open-air amphitheater ideal for listening to music and famous stars such as Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, Stevie Nicks, and Willie Nelson have all performed there over the years.

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4. Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom

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Image of Royal Albert Hall by Johen Redman on Unsplash.

The Royal Albert Hall in London is an elegant location for a concert and is one of the most distinct and treasured buildings in the city of London. It’s in the round as a glorious music venue with hundreds of seats, home to performances mostly by individual singers such as Adele, and Eric Clapton. 

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5. Dalhalla Amphitheatre, Rattvik, Sweden

Fifth on our list of the best music venues in the world to see before you die is the glorious Dalhalla Amphitheatre in Sweden, built right into a former limestone quarry and developed into a summer music festival location. It’s an open-air amphitheater, allowing fresh air as you listen to your favorite tunes. 

6. The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom

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Image of the O2 Arena in the UK by K Howard on Unsplash.

The O2 Arena in London is a massive dome right on the river with enough room to fit 20,000 people inside, plus there’s shopping, locations for events, and space for enjoying gorgeous views. If you make your way inside the massive white bubble, you can enjoy the same air as performers like One Direction, Led Zeppelin, Peter Kay, and Hans Zimmer once did.

7. Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan

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The Nippon Budokan image from Shutterstock.

The Nippon Budokan in Tokyo is a classic-looking amphitheater, originally built for the summer Olympics for the inaugural judo competition. It has a traditional Japanese shape with a pointed roof and has hosted artists like Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, The Killers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and more over the years.  

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8. Gorge Amphitheater, Columbia River Valley, Washington, United States

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QUINCY, WA – JULY 26, 2006: Crowd of people watching a concert at Creation NW, a 4 day Christian concert festival at the Gorge Ampitheater in Washington. Image from Shutterstock.

The Gorge Amphitheater is an outdoor amphitheater in Washington, managed by Live Nation and located in the rural town of Gorge. It’s isolated and right next to a majestic river and mountain view, and in our opinion, is absolutely one of the best places for a concert ever!

9. Slane Castle, County Meath, Ireland

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Slane Castle. Image from Shutterstock.

Slane Castle in County Meath, Ireland, is an incredible Irish castle. It’s a classic location and a landmark of the past, but it’s also home to epic rock concerts from performers like Metallica, U2, Queen, David Bowie, REM, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. We can’t wait to see who graces these walls next!

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10. Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow, Poland

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Wieliczka Salt Mine Image from Shutterstock.

If you’ve ever wanted to go to a concert in a salt mine, you have the chance if you visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow, Poland. It comes from Neolithic times and provides a unique backdrop and glow for performers, mostly orchestras, like the Summer Music Festival and the Wieliczka Salt Mine National Orchestra.

11. Dubai Opera House, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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The Dubai Opera House image from Shutterstock.

The Dubai Opera House in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is a multi-format performing arts center with room for 2,000 people inside, designed with massive windows and a steep upwards slope you can’t miss. We aren’t sure who’s slated to come here next but it has hosted many famous singers over the years. 

12. Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, Austria

Next on our list of the best music venues in the world to see before you die is the Felsenreitschule in Salzburg, Austria, a unique theater with illuminated arches for an eye-catching display. If you’ve seen the movie The Sound of Music, you’ve already seen it, as it is the location where the Von Trapp family escapes the Nazis.

13. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens, Greece

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The Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Image by Hope Davis taken in 2021.

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens has a majestic name and an incredible appearance to match, existing as a Greek stone structure on the slope of the Acropolis at Athens. It looks exactly like an ancient Roman sitting arena and has been home to performers like Florence and the Machine, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, and other incredible singers and musicians.

14. Teatro Antico di Taormina, Taormina, Italy

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Teatro Antico di Taormina. Image by Alexis Subias on Unsplash.

The Greek Theater of Taormina, or the Teatro Antico di Taormina, is the second largest theater in Sicily, but it’s the most well-known in the country and easily one of the most admired in the world. It’s an ancient Greek theater with a beautiful ocean view that has been home to incredible performers like Tracy Chapman, Alanis Morrisette, and The Cure.

15. Hollywood Bowl, California, United States

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Los Angeles, Aug 29 2014 – John Williams shows at the Hollywood bowl amphitheater. Image from Shutterstock.

Our final choice for the best music venues in the world to see before you die is the Hollywood Bowl in California, a beautiful open-air amphitheater nestled right in the Hollywood Hills. Everyone has performed here, from the Beatles to Adele, so if you get to attend a performance here, you are in good company. 

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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