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Top 10 live music cities in the world

Top 10 live music cities in the world
Top 10 live music cities in the world
Written by Harry Johnson

London has the highest number of upcoming concerts (5,088) and the second highest number of music venues (207). Over 2,500 major artists call the city home, including legendary artists such as Elton John, Queen, David Bowie and Adele.

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As the world begins to open up again and fans are eager to see their favorite musicians, travel and music industry experts have analyzed the most musical global cities to reveal world’s best cities for live music. 

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To conduct the study, cities were given a normalized score out of 10 for each factor, including the number of music venues per city, upcoming concerts, major music festivals and the number of artists from each city.

The best global cities for live music in 2021

RankCity, Country PopulationNumber of music venuesUpcoming concertsMajor music festivalsArtists & bands from the cityLive music score /10
1London, United Kingdom 8,961,9892075,08882,5077.85
2New York City, United States 8,804,1901883,26723,0116.60
3Los Angeles, United States 3,898,7472403,00332,2576.54
4Chicago, United States 2,746,388951,992221,7326.16
5San Francisco, United States873,965951,91547923.58
6Toronto, Canada 2,731,57159615146313.52
7Paris, France2,175,601543,10527713.48
8Atlanta, United States498,715921,40565313.32
9Austin, United States 961,85511599833842.95
10Berlin, Germany3,664,088462,25434682.89

Taking the crown for the best city for live music is London, United Kingdom

London has the highest number of upcoming concerts (5,088) and the second highest number of music venues (207). Over 2,500 major artists call the city home, including legendary artists such as Elton John, Queen, David Bowie and Adele. 

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About the author

Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for almost 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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