For music lovers, Europe is full of great places to experience local and regional music, or even more popular tunes. Across the continent, there are many locations that draw raving reviews from concertgoers. Here are the top 10 music venues – the best places to have a memorable musical experience – in Europe.
1. La Riviera, Madrid
La Riviera is located on the banks of the Manzanares River. Whether you’re looking for music concerts, dance nights, disc jockey sessions or large- scale festivals, La Riviera is one of the most popular clubs in Madrid for a reason. Able to handle 2,500 people, the club has six bars to serve whatever drink you desire. La Riviera is located at Calle Virgen del Puerto, s/n, 28005, Madrid, Spain.
2. Vera, Groningen
Will and the People are a Rock band from the UK. Vera is located in a building that does not look special at first glance. Yet it is one of the oldest preserved houses in Groningen. The music style that has dominated the pop stage over the years is rock, from indie and post rock to punk and metal. There is also reggae, electronic music such as hip hop, drum 'n' bass and techno, and avant-garde / experimental music. Vera runs on volunteers who are members of the Vera association.
3. Sinister Noise Club
Rome’s Sinister Noise Club is an eight-year-old underground music club that offers space on two levels – the concert stage and dance floor are housed on the basement floor, while the ground floor offers a bar with art installations, vintage pictures and a large selection of alcoholic beverages. Sinister Noise Club is located at Via dei Magazzini Generali, 4b, Rome, Italy.
4. O2 Academy Brixton, London
This South London venue was established in 1983; it houses one of the largest fixed stages in Europe. This popular site can seat nearly 5,000, with 3,760 standing downstairs, 1,083 seated and 78 standing in the circle. Alternatively, the site can accommodate 2,931 for events where all are seated. O2 Academy Brixton is located at 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL, London, England.
5. The Grey Hall, Copenhagen
The largest concert hall in Christiania, Copenhagen, the Grey Hall has a long history, dating back to its origins in 1891 as a riding hall. Throughout the year, the Grey Hall is home to art shows, concerts and events. In December, the concert hall features the area’s Christmas celebrations. The Grey Hall is located at Refshalevej 21 432 København K, Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark.
6. Columbiahalle, Berlin
Columbiahalle stands out from the nightclubs and music venues in Berlin – balconies allow visitors to enjoy their music and hide away, while the company has some of the best acoustics in Europe. Since 1998, the music hall has attracted music lovers with a sprawling floor level and high ceilings that allow for amazing light shows. The venue accommodates 3,500 individuals. Columbiahalle is located at Columbiadamm 13-21, Kreuzberg 10965, Berlin, Germany.
7. Sala Apolo, Barcelona
Barcelona’s Sala Apolo is a gathering spot for lovers of punk music. The club features two separate areas – with the main floor designed for dancing and the upstairs to be a casual drinking area. Each night, the club features a different theme and musical acts from multiple genres. Sala Apolo is located at c/Nou de la Rambla 113, 08004 Barcelona, Spain.
8. Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen
If you’re looking for a jazz house with exceptional sound, dining opportunity and a rich history, you’ll want to check out Jazzhus Montmartre, in Copenhagen. First opened in 1959, the club has hosted legends over the years, becoming a legendary location in its own right. The original Jazzhus Montmartre closed in 1995, and a second incarnation opened in 2010. But, music isn’t the only feature. Occasionally, the club will host unique art installations. Jazzhus Montmartre is located at Store Regnegade 19A, DK-1110 Copenhagen K, Denmark.
9. Olympia, Paris
Since 1888, Olympia Paris has been a fixture in the Paris music scene. In 1954, Bruno Coquatrix took over the iconic venue, which was originally opened by the creator of the Moulin Rouge. Throughout the years, a wide range of performers have taken the stage. Olympia seats almost 2,000 concertgoers in orchestra and balcony seating. The Olympia is located at 28, Boulevard des Capucines – 75009 Paris, France.
10. Paradiso, Amsterdam
This former church turned nightclub and concert venue is recognized as one of the best places to experience concerts in Amsterdam. Pop, rock and electronic music acts take the stage and are not forgotten. When live performances aren’t scheduled, disc jockeys turn the venue into a nightclub that must be experienced. The main room consists of the stage and dance floor, as well as a large balcony that wraps around the stage and dance floor. The music takes over two floors of the club, while a basement-level café offers a quieter place to socialize. The Paradiso is located at Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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