Nashville, US

Some cities just live and breathe mu­sic, but where are the top places mu­sic lovers should travel to at least once in their life­time? re­ports.

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Ben Ground­wa­ter

You know when you’re in a city that loves mu­sic. It’s all the venues dis­play­ing lists of bands com­ing to play. It’s the record stores that sit on ev­ery cor­ner. It’s the sound of live mu­sic float­ing through the air, work­ing its way out of pubs and bars and theatres and clubs.

Some cities just live and breathe mu­sic. It’s in the DNA. It’s not a part of life – it is life. It is the sort of places that ev­ery mu­sic fan should visit in their life­time.

(First though, a short ad­mis­sion – I’ve had to ex­clude some truly great mu­sic cities from this list, purely for the sake of space. So to New York, Port­land, Seat­tle, Mem­phis, Chicago, Cleve­land, Bos­ton, Leipzig, Bologna, Lon­don, Vi­enna and many more: apolo­gies.)

Los An­ge­les’ mu­si­cal glory years are prob­a­bly be­hind it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun vis­it­ing the venues that made it fa­mous. For Beach Boys vibes, drive out to Santa Mon­ica. Lovers of the Doors, go straight to Venice Beach, or stay at the Alta Cienega Mo­tel.

Those who dig Span­dex and big hair, mean­while, head to the Sun­set Strip, where 80s icons rocked venues like Dragon­fly, the Roxy and the Viper Room, drank at the Rain­bow Bar and Grill, and caused havoc in the Chateau Mar­mont.

Ha­vana, Cuba

It seems like there isn’t a mo­ment in the day or night in Ha­vana that isn’t punc­tu­ated by the beat of bolero, the rhythm of cu­ba­ton, the sway of dan­zon. Mu­sic is ev­ery­where in the Cuban cap­i­tal, be­ing played by buskers on street cor­ners, pour­ing out of bars and clubs, drift­ing from the win­dows of apart­ments and houses. Peo­ple here love mu­sic, and they love to dance. ‘‘Mu­sic City’’ is so named be­cause it lives and breathes live mu­sic – Nashville was and still is a ma­jor hub for coun­try and western; how­ever, with the likes of Jack White (White Stripes) and Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) set­ting up shop here, Nashville also has a huge in­die and blues scene. There are hun­dreds of mu­sic venues to visit, from the fa­mous Ryman Au­di­to­rium, to the Blue­bird Cafe and the Sta­tion Inn.

Ber­lin, Ger­many

Ber­lin’s mu­si­cal his­tory is a long and

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Aloe Blacc per­forms in New Or­leans, Louisiana.

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