The tour is now one of the biggest revenues for artists, according to Billboard. Before an artist tour, it is important for them and the tour management to book venues that are suitable for their target audience - considering location, type of venue, capacity and facilities.
There are countless large concert halls in the world, large arenas small clubs, this article will tell you about the 10 best live music venues in the world!
Concert halls: Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom
Opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria, Albert Hall is one of Britain's most sought-after and distinctive concert halls. It can accommodate 5,272 people and hosts more than 400 events each year, including rock, pop and classical concerts, opera and ballet performances, film screenings and sporting events.
Regular performers include Eric Clapton, Shirley Bassey, and James Last. “The Proms” is its best-known event, having taken place here every summer since 1941. Designed to suit all genres, this venue features a permanent D&B Audio Technik sound system.
The stage is semi-circular in shape, with more than enough room for any band or orchestra to perform easily. The loading docks are two floors lower so that the trucks can drop off sets, materials and artists.
The hall has a second performance space, the Elgar Hall, which also hosts musical events and has its own restaurant. Located above the porch at Door 9 on the third floor (circle level), the room is very adaptable and has a full tech kit available.
With its own DMX lighting system, the room can also benefit from natural light or be darkened. It is intended for AV projection and high quality Meyer UPJ PA 4 speakers and 4 Meyer UP4-XP speakers, 2 portable radio microphones and an iPod link directly to the AV system.
There is a 32x XLR floor box hooked up to the AV system if you want to use your own sound desk. A wide range of microphones and monitors is available for these two rooms. The exit from this room can also be channeled to the rest of the room.
Concert halls :Red Rocks Amphitheater - Colorado, United States
Featured in our "Top 10 Venues in America" article, Red Rocks is one of the most unique and beautiful concert halls in the world. It is 10 miles west of Denver, Colorado, United States and is part of Denver's mountain parks, Red Rocks Park.
Located between two gigantic sandstone boulders 6,450 feet above sea level, it creates natural acoustics that money can't buy. Once the sun goes down and the lights come on, this amazing place turns into a breathtaking spectacle.
It can accommodate up to 10,000 fans who have watched famous performances such as Jimi Hendrix, the rolling stones, the Beatles, U2 and Earth, Wind and Fire. A 14 × 20ft high-resolution LED display was also added on the stage side in 2017 to enhance the fan experience.
Concert halls :Sydney Opera House - Sydney, Australia
First concert hall in Australia, the Sydney Opera House hosts more than 2,000 events per year for more than 8.2 million people. Built in 1973, this multi-venue performing arts center has hosted some of the greatest musicians, such as Brian Wilson, Bon Iver, and Mary J. Blige.
The Opera House includes a number of different facilities for tour groups. There's the concert hall main (2,679 seats), a pre-stage theater (1,507 seats), a dramatic theater (544 seats), a theater hall (398 seats), the studio (280 seats or 400 standing seats), the Utzon room ( for small shows)), a recording studio and an outdoor forecourt.
A D&B Audio Technik Line Array system is installed in the main hall. This system was implemented to improve the amplified performance as well as the turnaround time between productions.
An area behind the stage allowed the sound team to position a pre-configured console, processing equipment and audio cables.
This reduces the setup time for groups or artists. Acoustic clouds are located above the stage, which can be lowered and raised by the technical team to meet acoustic needs. The loading dock is a shared area and trucks over 4.3 meters must provide alternate access.
The only downside to this place is that parking is not free! From the loading dock, staff help unload and transport all equipment to the elevator where they go up to the 1st floor and climb a short ramp onto the stage.
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Concert halls : The O2 Arena - London, United Kingdom
Another of the UK's incredible concert venues, the O2 Arena is a versatile indoor event facility that can accommodate 20,000 people. It is the second highest domestic capacity in the UK.
It offers performances by artists such as Prince, Céline Dion, Queen and Stormzy.
Behind the scenes there is a VIP club lounge, changing rooms and a VIP entrance and exit for performers. The dome structure is 52 meters high at its central point and is a major piece of architecture on the London skyline.
The arena can be modified to sit, stand, table or can even be transformed into a sports area. Due to its location, the venue has an 11pm curfew. There are full locker rooms, offices and support spaces.
The very large loading area can accommodate 4 large trucks and the standard stage measures 60x40x6 feet. The venue can provide all major AVs (including special effects). There is a large underground service yard for performers and crew and 12 trucks can park in this space. There is free parking for crew members, performers, support trucks, cars and private cars.
Concert halls : Grosser Musikvereinssaal - Vienna, Austria
A legend among Vienna's classical music halls, this concert hall opened in 1870. Primarily used for classical concerts, it is considered the crown jewel among concert halls.
This Vienna music hall offers 2000 seats for classical music lovers, but is also popular with architecture enthusiasts. With its long rectangular shape (50x20x20 feet), the hall is known to provide the best environment for acoustics, which makes it ideal for classical music.
As it is richly coated in gold color, it is sometimes referred to as the "golden box". In this purpose-built building, the wooden floor is hollow, which acts like a resonator box.
Together with the suspended wooden ceiling, this allows sound to resonate throughout the room. In total, there are six music rooms in this classical music venue.
Concert halls : Nippon Budokan - Tokyo, Japan
This indoor arena is located in the heart of the Japanese capital, Tokyo. Built in 1964, the venue has hosted some of the biggest names in Western music culture, such as Toto, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Diana Ross, Aerosmith, and Iron Maiden.
The octagonal building can accommodate 14,471 places. Its main purpose is to host martial arts competitions, but it has become a popular concert venue for artists and groups over the past 50 years.
In 1966, the Beatles were the first group to perform from the western world. Many artists have recorded live here, such as Bob Dylan, Santana and Frank Sinatra. Located in the heart of Tokyo, the Budokan has all the usual facilities of a capital at your fingertips.
Concert halls : Radio City Music Hall - New York, United States
The Radio City Music Hall is known as the “people's palace”. Designed for artists to entertain and entertain while uplifting and inspiring, Radio City is a place of beauty offering great entertainment at affordable prices. Built in 1932, this large and striking Art Deco auditorium can accommodate around 5,960 seats.
The lobby is remarkable at about 60 feet high. The place maintains its original goal of being an astonishing tribute to human achievement in art, science and industry.
Said to be the largest indoor theater in the world, each of the three stage sections is hydraulically raised for staging effects, and the whole orchestra can be lowered and raised. In addition to its 25,000 lights, the stage can also send out fountains of water, rain, fog and clouds.
Concert halls : Eventim Apollo - London, United Kingdom
One of London's premier music venues is the Eventim Apollo (formerly known as Hammersmith Apollo). It is also one of the largest and best preserved original theaters with a capacity of 3,487 seats.
Opened in 1932 as Hammersmith Odeon, it has undergone several name and ownership changes. Legendary artists such as The Rolling Stones, Queen and Bob Marley have performed here over the decades.
The Eventim has an Art Deco designed interior with high-tech sound and light installations. Many different floor configurations are available depending on the type of performance required to sit / stand. The place also has its own large theater organ.
Concert halls : Dubai Opera House - Dubai, UAE
The Dubai Opera is a newer building, having opened in 2016. It has hosted artists and groups from all over the world, such as Katherine Jenkins, Russell Howard, world-class tribute acts, ballets and classical concerts. This 2,500-seat room is perfect for acoustic, classical and pop performances.
The luxurious cultural area of downtown Dubai is home to the magnificent concert hall. The room can be configured in three ways; as a theater, concert hall or event hall with a flat floor. It also has a superb rooftop restaurant with views of the city of Dubai.
Concert halls : Ronnie Scotts - London, United Kingdom
London's iconic small concert hall, Ronnie Scotts hosts jazz concerts and jams every night of the week, attracting professional musicians from around the world to perform. Saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the club in 1959 as a small basement club where local musicians could play.
Early artists included Miles Davis and Count Basie, and to this day he has continued to feature the biggest names in the jazz scene, such as Lee Ritenour, Marcus Miller and Jules Holland.
It's also the perfect place to spot the rising stars and the next big thing! Jazz club-style seating at the table creates a more intimate atmosphere in the small room.
The stage measures 6m x 4m and there are several small changing rooms for the performers backstage and downstairs. The venue has a 48-inch console, 24 outputs and a front-mounted monitor mix, as well as an impressive rear line, mics, monitors and recording facilities.
If you still want to rent your own equipAs a backline, we are always there for you. Ronnie Scotts also has a smaller room, the Ronnies Bar, above the main club which has its own technical facilities and a DJ system.
From the intimate Ronnie Scotts jazz club in London to the 25,000 extravagant lights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, we hope you've enjoyed our best venues around the world.
Brighton, Dublin, Brisbane and Manchester are other notable examples of incredible concert venues - there are simply too many to list.
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