There’s nothing like rocking out at Red Rocks…

It seems like all the headline shows these days are about big lights, bright lasers and all sorts of smoke and mirrors. We’re totally ok with that, and love Taylor Swift unequivocally, but isn’t there something incredibly inspiring about letting the natural sunset behind the Grand Canyon or the cliffs of Sicily set the ambiance for the night, instead? Across the world, there are a few iconic concert venues which are worth traveling to, just to stand in, let alone see one of your favorite performers, so if you need some trip inspiration, it’s right here.

Red Rocks Ampitheatre, Colorado, USA

This outdoor venue is unlike any other. Surrounded by Red Rocks Park and literal red rocks just about everywhere, it’s a place worth visiting even for a silent disco with your headphones, let alone a massive artist. You’ll find everything from Top 40 hits to all time icons playing here, and with over 8,000 seats, you’ll light up the night sky.

The Float @ Marina Bay, Singapore

With the largest floating stage in the world and a location in the inimitable Marina Bay area of Singapore, this is easily one of the coolest venues in the world. Whether you see sport or music, it will most definitely be a day, or better yet, a night with views of the SkyTree light show in the background to remember…

Royal Albert Hall, London, England

This venue is a national treasure. The charismatic and distinctive building holds a large range of different shows each year, including classical, pop and rock concerts, ballet, sports and much more, all in the heart of London. The film screenings with live orchestra, like Star Wars, are simply untouchable and a must for any major movie nerds buffs.

Teatro Antico di Taormina, Taormina, Italy

Even without  a great concert or show, this ancient Greek theatre is a destination in itself. But fear, not, there are major concerts here all the time – like Sting, who’s playing this week. With money shot views and a whole lot of history, it’s definitely worth planning your next Sicily trip around a great concert at this inimitable venue.

Dalhalla, Rättvik, Sweden

Talk about unique! This summer music venue is set in a 60 meter deep limestone quarry, in just about the middle of nowhere. No matter who you end up seeing, summer in Sweden is a special experience, and you’ll have plenty to talk about if you plan a side trip around this unique Scandic concert experience.

Jones Beach Theatre, New York, USA

When you think of iconic venus in New York, Madison Square Garden immediately comes to mind. Although it’s a cool place for any event, the Theatre at Jones Beach offers something a little more unique than the arena experience. The outdoor Amphitheater brings impressive views over Jones Beach, on the South Shore of Long Island and headliners are timed around the moment of sunset. You can catch Kendrick Lamar, Jeff Beck and everything in between, but only during the summer.

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

We’d like to think that there aren’t many people in the world who wouldn’t recognize this truly remarkable piece of architecture, known as the Sydney Opera House. It is stunning both inside and out, and with over 40 shows a week there’s bound to be something worth seeing next time you’re in Sydney. And after the show, the nearby CBD and waterfront offers the perfect place for a drink, if you’re into that sort of thing!

Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

It’s hard to beat the vibe and atmosphere created at the one and only Paradiso. The stunning venue is built from a converted church with high ceilings and two levels of balconies to pray rock out. You can find everything from the world’s most famous DJ’s to heavy metal and everything in between. After the gig, you’re in Amsterdam, and it doesn’t get much groovier than Amsterdam.

National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China

Also known as The Giant Egg, this building is simply stunning, concert venue not withstanding. The titanium accented glass dome is surrounded by an artificial lake and is an iconic structure of the modern age, with virtually impeccable acoustics. The venue offers something for everyone, as The Giant Egg contains an opera house, concert hall and theatre. If you’re in Beijing, why not see what’s on?

Palau de la Música, Barcelona, Spain

The unique and beautiful building puts artists on edge, as it’s hard to tell who the real headliner and crowd pleaser will be. We’re looking at you, Bieber. The natural light that flows through the stained glass windows and ceiling is simply breathtaking, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site you can claim culturally redeeming value, whatever artist you choose to see.

 

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Featured image courtesy of the Royal Albert Hall, London.