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14 unmissable music events and festivals

July 12, 2019

Music is always a good idea but there’s something special about summer songs, al fresco festivals and classical concerts.

Until September 14, 2019

BBC Proms

The world’s greatest classical music festival brings to London its usual dazzling array of international talent. From big-name performers to the extraordinary rising stars of the Young Musician prom, the Proms culminate in the patriotic, flag-waving Last Night that celebrates all things British. 

Royal Albert Hall and various locations around London
Image © Chris Christodoulou

london proms with large audience in royal albert hall

Select Fridays until September, 2019

Park Nights

The Serpentine Galleries hosts a series of live summertime events within its semi-enclosed Pavilion, a charismatic structure that’s redesigned each year by a leading international architect. Found in the leafy environs of Hyde Park, visitors are treated to a diverse and engaging blend of dance, comedy, and theatre.

Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, London, W2
+44 (0)20 7402 6075
Image © The Serpentine Galleries

london destination guide park nights at the serptentine gallery

November 15 – 24, 2019

EFG London Jazz Festival

One of the world’s leading celebrations of jazz, the EFG London Jazz Festival returns in November, bringing with it rising stars in addition to the biggest names in the business. Expect a diverse ensemble of concerts and club nights at myriad venues across the city throughout its ten-day run.

Various locations across London
+44 (0)20 7324 1880
Image © London Jazz Festival/Emile Holba

london destination guide london jazz festival

Until August 25, 2019

Glyndebourne Festival

One of the world’s most esteemed opera houses, Glyndebourne is also the prettiest. Nestled in Surrey’s South Downs, its immaculately tended gardens spill out around it, making it an ideal venue for a summer opera festival. This year’s instalment includes spectacular performances of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Mozart’s The Magic Flute among other much-loved favourites.

Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5UU
+44(0)1273 815000

Glyndebourne performance with protagonists embracing on stage

Until August 11, 2019

Electronic Music from Kraftwerk to Daft Punk

The controversial electronic beats that skittered across dancefloors in Chicago and Detroit in the early 1980s changed the course of music history and marked the birth of electronic dance music. This aural retrospective honours the genre’s humble and boundary-pushing roots with a skilled curation by French sound artist Jean-Yves Leloup.

Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris |+33 (0)1 44 84 44 84
Image © AFP, Charles Platieau

orchestra with large audience

August 23 – 25, 2019

Rock en Seine

The Rock en Seine music festival takes place on the edge of the city, within the leafy Parc de Saint-Cloud. The three-day event welcomes more than 100,000 music enthusiasts to enjoy dozens of big-name artists perform across five stages. Highlights this year include Aphex Twin, Foals and The Cure.

Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, 92210

rock in seine with large crowd

Until September, 2019

Classique au Vert

Classical music concerts set a verdant floral expanse, Classique au Vert is the city’s al fresco celebration of the genre. For seven summery weekends while the Parc Floral is in full bloom, music enthusiasts are treated to exquisite recitals of popular symphonies as well as contemporary cutting-edge works.

Parc Floral, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
+33 (0)1 45 43 77 58

close up of violinist brushing bow against strings

Until September, 2019

Gianicolo in Musica

A fresh edition of Gianicolo in Musica reverberates from Janiculum Hill on summer evenings until mid-September. The outdoor music festival offers a foot-tapping programme of jazz, blues, swing, soul and tango, strummed by talented local and international musicians, and set against sweeping vistas of the Eternal City at night.

Terrazza del Gianicolo, Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi, 00165 Rome
+39 331 7098 854

view of rome from hotel eden, rome

Until September 6, 2019

Music Concerts at the Castel Sant’Angelo

An imposing ancient Roman fortress in the heart of the city, Castel Sant’Angelo has had many different uses: a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian, a prison, a safe house for the Pope, and now, a museum turned concert venue. This summer, the historic monument hosts a number of classical concerts that make use of the lovely setting as well as the balmy summertime weather.

Castel Sant’Angelo, Lungotevere Castello, 50, Rome
+39 06 6819 111

Bridge and Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome.

Until August, 2019

Milano Arte Musica

In homage to musica antica (the music of old), Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicala puts on classical concerts throughout the summer months. Works by celebrated composers like Bach and Handel ring through Milan’s most historic venues, from ornate churches and pillared basilicas to intimate halls and theatres.

Various locations across Milan
+39 02 7631 7176
Image © Alberto Panzani

intimate concert with cellist playing

August 30 – 31, 2019

Milano rocks

On the last weekend in August, rock music heavyweights take to the stage at Milano Rocks. British band Florence + The Machine headlines with 1975 on Friday, while Twenty One Pilots and Billie Eilish attend from the US for Saturday’s lead acts. Expect big crowds and amped-up decibels.

MIND Milano Innovation District, Via Cristina Belgioioso, 171, 20157 Milan
+39 02 6982 6701
Image © Simonkr

Milano rocks with large crowd
Los Angeles

Until August, 2019

Summer Concerts at The Grove

The summer concert series at The Grove features performances from international talent as well as emerging stars. Set against the backdrop of the mall and next to the Farmers Market, the outdoor concerts are held under the warm, star-studded summer skies.

189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 323 900 8080
Image © Caruso

concert at the grove depicting artist on stage in front of a crowd, los angeles

July 26 – August 4, 2019

Beverly Hills International Music Festival

The Beverly Hills International Music Festival returns for its 16th edition this July, featuring both emerging talent and established classical musicians. With performances taking place at the Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Greystone Mansion, this is an educational voyage into the world of chamber music.

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Greystone Mansion
+1 310 779 7622

violinist holding bow against strings and playing a tune

Select Fridays in summer

Jazz Evenings at LACMA

Bring a picnic and roll out a blanket on LACMA’s front lawn on select Friday nights in summer. The museum hosts jazz concerts headlined by the finest musicians in town, with legends such as Kenny Burrell, Billy Childs, John Clayton, Janis Mann, and Barbara Morrison having wowed audiences in the past.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90036
+1 323 857 6000

drummer mind-set on the stage
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