Every musician dreams of the day they are asked to play their first live gig. These early performances may be in a small music hall, club or similar but performing live means the world to those showcasing their talents. Once a band or musician has become known around the world, they can be asked to play in some of the planet’s iconic music venues. There are dozens of such venues dotted around the globe and here we take a look at three of the most famous music venues in the world.
The Cavern Club
The Cavern Club first opened on January 16, 1957 as a jazz club but then became the focus of the rock and roll scene in Liverpool. The original Cavern Club closed down in March 1973 and was filled in during the construction work on the Merseyrail underground rail loop. These days, the Cavern Club is a nightclub, but it still has a place in the hearts of musicians worldwide. Already a bustling venue, the Canvern Club became famous on a global stage when The Beatles first performed there in February 9, 1961 and the Cavern Club instantly became synonymous with the “fab four.” Dutch rock band Focus were the last band to play in the old Cavern Club, but the likes of Paul McCartney, The Wanted, Adele and Jessie J have all played live music at the venue since its grand reopening in 1984, which saw the new club retain many of the original bricks and the layout was made similar to the original plans.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one of the most picturesque music venues you will ever set eyes on due to it being an actual rock structure. You’ll find it near Morrison, Colorado, around 10 miles west of Denver and once you have seen it you will never forget it. With a capacity of 9,525, Red Rocks Amphitheatre has held public and private performances for more than 100 years. The earliest notable rock-and-roll performances came in 1964 when The Beatles visited it during their US-tour. Other notable bands to play at Red Rocks Amphitheatre include U2, Sonny & Cher, and the late John Denver.
Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in New York City in Manhattan. The venue is regularly used for major basketball, ice hockey, circuses and major boxing matches, along with hosting some of the biggest bands and music artists in the world. The venue has more than 18,000 seats which usually completely sell out when the likes of The Police, Madonna, Elton John and Elvis Presley have performed there. “The Garden” opened on February 11, 1968, which makes it the oldest major sporting facility in the New York metropolitan area and today is so popular that it is the fourth-busiest music arena in the world in terms of tick sales, falling only behind The O2 Arena, the Manchester Arena and The SSE Hydro of the United Kingdom. A little Madison Square Garden fact for you: John Lennon played his final concert here before he was murdered.