Pack a hamper for a pre-concert picnic at the Hollywood Bowl, set against the Hollywood Hills. The summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Bowl has witnessed some historic performances, including the Beatles, Elton John and Pavarotti.
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Legends of jazz have played Ronnie Scott’s since 1959, with the likes of Buddy Rich, Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis hitting the stage. Book a dinner and show or order drinks and snacks at the bar at this intimate jazz club.
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Hip-hop, funk, ska, jazz – if it’s got soul you’ll hear it at Dakar’s Institut Français. The institute hosts a busy musical programme, and is one of the best venues in the city to hear Baaba Maal, Orchestra Baobab and other celebrated musicians from West Africa.
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For fans of country music the top 10 music venue destination in the world is the Grand Ole Opry. Take a behind-the-scenes tour or see the likes of Charley Pride or Emmylou Harris play the legendary stage that dates back to the early days of radio in 1925 and still screens weekly on television.
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The Argentine capital’s historic ND/Ateneo theatre stages tango masters, folk and rock legends. Buenos Aires’ annual international jazz festival is held here as well as poetry, film and many other cultural events.
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The celebrated Apollo Theater is a proud symbol of Harlem’s renaissance. Take a tour or catch the Wednesday-evening Apollo Amateur Night, which over the past 75 years has launched the careers of such stars as Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5.
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From the Beatles and Bob Dylan to Queen and Yellow Magic Orchestra, performing and recording live at the Budokan is a goal for musicians from East and West. Originally built as a venue for martial arts, the arena stages major international touring acts.
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The stars of electronica, house and trance play the outdoor stage at Warung Beach Club, on the sands south of Sao Paulo. The decor is Balinese and the programme of regular events featuring international DJs ensures the atmosphere is steamy.
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New Orleans jazz plays nightly at Preservation Hall, a classic Louisiana building built in 1750 and operating as a jazz club since 1961. Catch a performance by brass bands and jazz ensembles including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, whose former members include Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton.
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There’s live traditional Irish music every night at one of Dublin’s oldest bars, O’Donoghue’s near St Stephen’s Green. Mementoes of the hotel’s musical heritage adorn the walls, including legendary performances by Christy Moore and the Dubliners.
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