Some vacations live and die by the music venues in town or the hot local DJs and bands creating music exclusive to the area. If you're looking for a world-class music and dance scene for your next vacation, here are four awesome candidates.
New Orleans, Louisiana – A fiery mix of gospel, rock, blues, and other earthy beats make New Orleans home and has set the stage for some the world's finest acts come Jazz Fest, a 10 day party that features some of the biggest names around. This festival holds different stages (think Germany's Oktoberfest but with music), each hosting a genre of music like blues tents, congo square stage, jazz & heritage stage, and more. Mardi Gras, the event synonymous with foreplay and carnival antics, has a parade schedule that features gyrating float riders throwing beds and coins to the crowds in what is the ultimate dance fest.
Chicago, IL – Chicago is home to world-class musical attractions such as Grant Park's Lollapalooza festival that comprises of more than 70 acts, many of which comprise of A-list musicians. This year's Lollapalooza will feature Eminem, the Good Fighters, Coldplay, A Perfect Circle and lesser-known acts like Foster the People and the Kills. Look for it August 5th to the 7th. Another Chicago highlight is its active blues scene, with a Blues Festival in the same park and in hundreds of other venues throughout the year.
Ibiza, Spain – Unquestionably the liveliest party city in arguably the country with the most electric nightlife in all of Europe, Ibiza is a music and dance enthusiast’s dream with three story discos playing different music on each floor and the largest nightclub in the world. Foam parties are the norm, as are chill out music enclaves like the Cafe del Mar and the hundreds of others lining Ibiza's tight alleyways.
Vienna, Austria – Vienna is rich in musical history, with classical music pioneers like Mozart and Beethoven having built part of their careers here. "The City of Music" and self-proclaimed world's music capital, there are endless concert halls playing all types of music with a lively pop scene. Check out the Vienna State Opera, one of the finest opera houses in the world, and the Vienna Volksoper to catch a ballet performance. You will never have any trouble finding a concert or performance here!