- Travel and music industry experts have analyzed the most musical cities to rank world’s best cities for live music.
- Chicago, United States, is the best city for major music festivals , with 22 taking place in the city each year.
- By far the city that hosts the most pop concerts is Las Vegas, United States, with 26.6% of all gigs in the city falling under the genre.
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.
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
|Rank||City, Country||Population||Number of music venues||Upcoming concerts||Major music festivals||Artists & bands from the city||Live music score /10|
|1||London, United Kingdom||8,961,989||207||5,088||8||2,507||7.85|
|2||New York City, United States||8,804,190||188||3,267||2||3,011||6.60|
|3||Los Angeles, United States||3,898,747||240||3,003||3||2,257||6.54|
|4||Chicago, United States||2,746,388||95||1,992||22||1,732||6.16|
|5||San Francisco, United States||873,965||95||1,915||4||792||3.58|
|8||Atlanta, United States||498,715||92||1,405||6||531||3.32|
|9||Austin, United States||961,855||115||998||3||384||2.95|
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.