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  • Zoe Lim

Best Musical Places to Travel to

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

a picture of the beatles walking at abbey road

1. Seattle

Seattle is home to the greatest rock and grunge movement in the 90s. The big 4 grunge bands of the 90s - Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam - all came out of this city to reach across the world with their talent and music. It also sparked the 'Riot Grrl' movement where all-female underground bands combined punk music, politics and feminism to address issues such as racism, sexuality and female empowerment.

Places to visit in Seattle :

  • Mother Love Bone mural on Easy Street Records

  • EMP Music Museum

  • Viretta Park (unofficial Kurt Cobain memorial)

  • London Bridge Studios

2. London

The big names of Rock n Roll all formed in London - The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Queen. The Beatles also made a 10-minute photoshoot outside Abbey Road Studios one of the most iconic moments in rock n roll history. Til today, it remains a famous spot for Instagram and tourist shoots. If you are going to tour London, remember to check out the residences of Jimi Hendrix and George Frederic Handel on Brook Street, as well as Heddon and Berwick street which were places where David Bowie and Oasis used as inspiration for their music.

3. Vienna

Vienna was bristling with musical talent in the 19th century with Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss spending their peak of their career at this very city. If you have watched The Sound of Music, the piece 'Edelweiss' was also inspired by this picturesque city. The remnants of the great Viennese Classical period are still evident at every turn today.

Places to visit in Vienna :

  • The gardenesque cemeteries to see Beethoven, Strauss and Brahms' graves.

  • The 19th district

  • Haus der Musik (Music Musuem in Vienna)

4. Paris

Paris has a rich musical history with classical , jazz and rock roots. It is home to the leading musical institutions including the Paris Opera, the Orchestre de Paris and the Paris Conservatory. A number of musical festivals also take place annually in Paris, such as the Paris Jazz Festival and the rock festival Rock en Seine. The Summer Solstice is held on every 21 June which features free performances of classical, rock and jazz at venues all over Paris.

5. Memphis

The Memphis music history is almost as old as the city itself. It introduced the beauty of Blues & Rock'n'roll music to the world with legends like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. To take a trip down the musical memory lane of Memphis , you should visit :

  • Sun Studio

  • Stax Records

  • Beale Street


Zoe is an avid fan of all kinds of music. Her primary instrument is the guitar but she is always passionately learning how to play other instruments such as the drums and keyboard. She is currently playing the bass guitar in a band and has been routinely involved in music since she was a child.

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