From Gramophone to cassette players, and from Walkman to having mp3 players in hand held devices, it has become a lot easier to carry your favorite songs anywhere and have the pleasure of listening, at any time, and at any place. But in spite of all these devices and sound systems that might produce spellbinding sounds, there’s nothing that beats the thrill and excitement of a live concert. Even if you get to hear more noise than the melodies, a true music lover will take a live concert over a prerecorded song anytime. London … being one of the most popular and happening cities in the world, has had its fair share of concert venues, having hosted almost all famous artists. Let’s take a look at the top five concert venues in London.
Royal Albert Hall
Situated near the South Kensington Area, Royal Albert Hall is a famous venue for music concerts, hosting some of the most well-known names from music world including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Corrs, and many more. The hall is more than a century old and it hosts up to 350 events each year. You can book tickets online by going to their website, and choosing your gallery. Doesn’t matter if you are a fan of rock, pop, jazz, or Classical music, you will be able to find an artist or band of that genre sooner than later.
In a very short span of time, O2 Arena has managed to host some big names from the music world, the likes of Elton John, Bon Jovi, Spice Girls, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and it was set to host one of the most anticipated comebacks in the history of music (i.e. Michael Jackson) that was canceled following the artist untimely death. O2 Arena with its huge capacity comes second on the list of UK’s largest venues for concert.
The Dublin Castle, Camden
While not as big as The O2 Arena, and far from having a rich history like Royal Albert Hall, The Dublin Castle is still a place worth visiting if you are looking for some live indie rock music. Situated in the Camden Town, The Dublin Castle is a rather small club. The venue is there for almost 30 years and got the artists like Billy Bragg, Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys, or Supergrass to perform. Mainly famous for indie rock music, but for a small entrance fee/ticket you will get to hear four live bands on daily basis, along with some great variety of drinks. You will also find a very impressive song selection at the bar’s jukebox.
Hyde Park is famous for many reasons, but it is also known for hosting some really famous names like Pink Floyd, Canned Heat, The Corrs, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Nelly Furtado, Steps, Kings of Leon, and last but not the least, Madonna in recent past. Although, the number of concerts at Hyde Park are likely to be cut down after the nearby residents complaining about the noise according, still there are quite some concerts slated for the coming months at Hyde Park.
Known precisely for football games, Wembley Stadium has also hosted some memorable music concerts, for example Live Earth Concert, and a very famous live performance by Queen (the Band) in 86 and Bon Jovi in 95. The stadium doesn’t host music concerts that frequently, but there’s every chance that there will be another memorable concert on cards when you are visiting London, so you must keep an eye.