For those times when having a pint and catching a band at your local just won’t suffice, we recommend taking in your favourite act somewhere a little special…like an abandoned train station, a 1920s art deco cinema or the gardens of a psychiatric facility in Europe. Here’s the Music Feeds guide to live music venues from around the world that you should check out next time you hop in your private jet for a little globetrotting.
NewsWritten by Sarah Bella on June 16, 2013
1. Paradiso, Amsterdam. A former church building that dates back to the 19th century, Paradiso is also a former hippie squat but has been a live music venue since 1968.
2. Psychiatrická léčebna, Czech Repbublic. The home of Czech music festival Mezi ploty is also the gardens of the biggest psychiatric hospital in the country.
3. The Shed, England. Bands drop by Jon Earl's shed in the countryside to play live and have their shows uploaded to Youtube as part of the Songs From The Shed series.
4. The Troubador, West Hollywood. The Californian club has been running since 1957 and launched the careers of Elton John, Joni Mitchell and Carole King before becoming synonymous with bands like Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses in the '80s.
5. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Colorado. A natural amphitheatre in the middle of a state park, with sound that bounces off the rock formations. U2 played a notable gig here in 1983 and it was a favourite venue of The Grateful Dead.
6. Brixton Academy, London. The former art deco cinema was built in 1929, almost demolished in 1974, used for equipment storage for the rest of the '70s and turned into a music venue in 1981 and has since been voted venue of the year 12 times in the NME Awards.
7. Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, California. A former outlaw biker burrito bar on a wild-west themed movie set in the Mojave Desert. Locals include Josh Homme and bands that've played include Lucinda Williams, Vampire Weekend, Robert Plant and Arctic Monkeys.
8. Proud Camden, London. A 200-year-old Grade II Listed Horse Hospital in the Stables Market in Camden, once used for treating horses injured pulling canal barges and now playing host to bands live The Kooks and Stereophonics.
9. La Flèche d'Or, Paris. This venue is housed in a converted train station that overlooks an abandoned rail line that runs around the whole of Paris. It's also known for having the best and latest indie bands playing.
10. Circolo Degli Artisti, Rome. The venue plays host to bands from all of Europe and contains two dance floors, a series of green gardens, gazebos, and a swimming pool, all within ancient Roman walls.