Watching a live performance is thrilling in itself, but getting to do it while being in the midst of a stunning stage makes the experience unforgettable.
In countries around the world, there are music venues that have been built in breathtaking natural and historical locations that include underground caverns and 19th-century forts.
From Ireland’s Slane Castle, which has hosted musicians like the Rolling Stones and David Bowie, to Sweden’s Dalhalla amphitheater, built in a former limestone quarry, here are 15 fascinating places you can enjoy live music around the world.
The annual Bregenz Festival, which is held in Austria from July through August, is known for the incredible fantasy-like sets built on its floating stage.
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At SteelStacks, a cultural venue located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, grand mills rise from the stage. The venue is located in the former site of Bethlehem Steel, the second largest steel manufacturer in the nation.
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The Théâtre Antique d’Orange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Orange, France, is an ancient Roman theater that dates back to the first century. Today, the venue features the original stone architecture on its stage and surroundings.
The Dalhalla amphitheater is a former limestone quarry located in Rättvik, Sweden. Concertgoers are submerged 196 feet below the surrounding lush forests to see the variety of music events it holds from June to September every year.
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Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, located in Morrison, is the result of years of gradual earth movement that slowly carved the walls of the amphitheater. At 6,500 feet above sea level, it offers panoramic views in the heart of the Rockies.
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The ancient Teatro Antico di Taormina, located in Taormina, Italy, is a Greek theater built in the early seventh century BC. The Taormina Arte Committee has been holding concerts, theater performances, and cinema showings at the stunning historical location since 1983.
Learn more about the Taormina Arte Committee.
The Tabernacle is a 1910 church in Atlanta, Georgia, that was converted into a House of Blues club during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The music venue still contains its original ornate painted balconies, decorated ceilings, stained-glass windows, and a large crystal chandelier.
The Gorge Amphitheater is a 27,500-seat outdoor venue in George, Washington, that’s set on top of a cliff to give you magnificent views of the Columbia River and Columbia Gorge canyon while you listen to your favorite tunes.
The Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval is a palace that was constructed entirely from individual pebbles that were collected by a postman named Joseph Ferdinand Cheval for 33 years. The palace, which was constructed in 1907, hosts concerts during the June and July.
The Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, located in Jones Beach, New York, sits at the edge of the water at the popular beach. The venue offers concerts from July through September and has hosted big-name musicians like Jimmy Buffet, Nine Inch Nails, and Neil Young.
Ermita de la Santa Cruz is an ancient church in Antigua, Guatemala, that dates back to 1664. Despite suffering several earthquakes, the church was restored as a permanent outdoor theater in 1973 to host operas and ballets.
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St Michael’s Cave is a network of limestone caves situated in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve of Gibraltar. The cave has been used as a theater since the early ’60s and has a seating capacity of 400 to offer intimate performances in a magnificent underground setting.
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Learn more about St Michael’s Cave.
Punta Christo, built in the 19th century, was one of several forts situated in the city of Pula, Croatia. Previously, Pula was one of the biggest forts in Europe. Today the site hosts festivals like the Dimensions Festival in August and the Outlook Festival in September.
The ancestral home of the Conyngham family and the frequent roaming grounds of King George IV, Ireland’s Slane Castle, located in County Meath, has been staging concerts throughout the year since 1981. It has hosted some of music’s biggest names including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Queen, and David Bowie.
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Bluegrass Underground is a monthly concert series that runs from August through December inside the Volcano Room of the Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tennessee. Taking place more than 333 feet underground, the venue offers top-notch natural acoustics in a breathtaking cave landscape.