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Four of the best holiday destinations for music lovers

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After a year without live music, vacation spots celebrating all things musical are the perfect way to get back into the rhythm of enjoying gigs again. And whether you choose to stay close to home or go long-haul in pursuit of a musical adventure, we’ve picked out four of the best destination for discovering the sounds as well as the sights of the city.

Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

Nashville has been nicknamed the ‘music city’. But while it has a vibrant music scene spanning many genres its true heart is as the home of country music. If you are a country music fan Nashville is the place to go with a honky tonk on every corner, where you can enjoy a delicious burger, cold beer and live music.

Top music-related attractions include the Johnny Cash Museum, The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, and the historic RCA Studio B, where many famous artists including Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson recorded hits.

Havana, Cuba

Music and dancing are at the centre of the culture of Cuba’s capital, Havana. If you want to experience music in a whole new way and get carried away with the rhythm of the city, then book a ticket to Havana. With its 1950s vibe still firmly intact, Havana is a unique place to visit and provides a stark contrast to other major cities in the Western world.

Havana Street. Image by Carmel Thomason
Havana Street. Image by Carmel Thomason

Havana’s lack of consumerism, which can feel like a breath of fresh air. Live music is everywhere on the streets – sip an iced-daiquiri, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy.

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool was the place to be seen in the 1960s when The Beatles took the world by storm. If you love the Fab Four, Liverpool has got to be top of your travel bucket list. From The Beatles Story museum through to The Beatles Tour of the city, you will be able to find out everything you ever wanted to know about the band that changed the face of popular music.

Cavern Club, Liverpool. Image by Alberto Barco Figari from Pixabay
Cavern Club, Liverpool. Image by Alberto Barco Figari from Pixabay


And of course no trip to the home of The Beatles would be complete without a trip to its iconic Cavern club, where the band played almost 300 times, after their first appearance in 1961. The Cavern is still a thriving music venue today and has hosted an incredible list of stars including Oasis, Queen, Elton John and the Rolling Stones.

Manchester, United Kingdom

We might be biased, but if you are looking for a UK city with a star-studded musical heritage then Manchester is it. Think The Bee Gees, Oasis, The Happy Mondays, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, New Order, Simply Red, Elbow, Take That, The 1975 and so many more. Manchester is still home to many live music venues and if you want to learn more about its musical heritage you can join a Manchester Music sightseeing tour, where you can visit the places that inspired the soundtrack of this incredible city.

O2 Ritz Manchester Photo by Matthew Waring on Unsplash
O2 Ritz Manchester Photo by Matthew Waring on Unsplash
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Carmel Thomason
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Written by Carmel Thomason