Looking for the perfect soundtrack to your summer holidays this year? There are many towns, cities and entire nations across the globe who fly the flag for live music, thumping venues and dancing in the streets. Whether you're a fan of Motown or Mozart, these places inspire with their musical legacies and create audible memories that you'll be humming long after you're home. Here are a few of the best places to head for a music-themed break.
What Nashville is to country-fans and Memphis is for Elvis, Detroit is a huge draw for anyone who's ever listened to Motown. A music label that went on to define a genre, the swinging, do-wopping sound of the ’60s is still rife in the classic venues of the Magic Stick and Fox Theatre. Visit the fascinating Motown Museum during the day to provide some context.
The choice is overwhelming if you're opting for musical holidays to the Caribbean, but for a top night's partying, head to Jamaica. The most Afro-inspired of the islands, Jamaica is perhaps best-known for its reggae sounds, which can be heard drifting out onto the streets and the beach around popular spots like the ‘Hip Strip' in Montego Bay and Kingston. If you're after more of a Latino bent try Puerto Rico or Cuba; Rumba is played, sung and danced daily around the alleyways of Havana.
For something a little more composed, try Austria's elegant capital, which has introduced the world to the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert over the years. With classical concerts happening on a near-nightly basis, you can get a look into some of the most stunning music venues in Europe, from the State Opera House to the Burgtheater. The local folk sounds of Schrammelmusik are also worth checking out and can be found in numerous beer halls around town.
Jazz fans flock to the streets of New Orleans, where not one but two musical revolutions happened in the early 20th century and their legacy is evident for all to hear. Credited with the birth of jazz itself, make sure you soak it up in all its variations while you're here: from the Dixie vibes in the old French Quarter to the Cajun stylings in the uptown bars. Try the aptly named House of Blues on Decatur Street if you're feeling more mellow.
Renowned for its techno beats, the German city has been flooded with travellers looking for a dance party since the 1980s. But Berlin isn't just for raving in reclaimed warehouses; a youthful, eclectic live music scene brings you anything from underground indie bands to dub-step, to death metal. The penchant for spoken word and open mike nights makes this a brilliant arts destination as well.