Everybody has their favourite venues to watch concerts in. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the most loved venues in the world.
Barrowlands – Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow’s most famous venue opened in its current form on Christmas Eve 1960. It’s sprung dancefloor and acoustic have made it a favourite venue for both touring bands and fans alike. With a 2100 capacity, it’s the perfect size for watching music. Today many of the gigs that should be there are hosted at O2 venues, but it still has its fair share and until you’ve been there under the stars on the roof you’ll never understand how magical it is.
Madison Square Garden – New York City, USA
The third building to bear the name Madison Square Gardens, the arena opened in 1968 and is the home to New York Rangers hockey team and the New York Knicks Basketball team. It is one of the best-known arenas in the world and has a capacity of 20000 for concerts, all of which happen in the round. It was the venue for George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh, the last venue John Lennon played before his murder and Led Zeppelin and Pearl Jam both filmed live videos there.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Colorado, USA
A natural open-air amphitheatre, set in rocks 10 miles from Denver Colorado, the theatre has seating for 9250 people. The venue was finished in 1941 and hosted a 25-piece brass band on its opening. The Beatles played their only non-sold-out show in the USA here in 1964, Jimi Hendrix played in 1968 and U2 filmed their U2 Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky here. Rock concerts were stopped here for a while in the 1970s after 1000 people without tickets turned up to see Jethro Tull leading to a riot and tear gas being fired by the police.
Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Starting life as a church, the Paradiso was taken over by hippies as a squat in 1967 and turned into an entertainment and leisure club. It became synonymous with hippie counterculture until punk and new wave took over in the mid-1970s. By the 1980s it was hosting raves and dance parties too. Today it’s still got its two-tier balcony setup and has hosted acts including Adele, Amy Winehouse, Nirvana, the Rolling Stones and Link Wray.
Brixton Academy – London, England
After the Astoria Theatre was demolished to allow a new Crossrail station, Brixton academy became London’s number one non-arena venue. A former cinema with a 5000 capacity, the venue’s sloped floor makes it a perfect concert venue. Al Jolson opened the venue in 1929 before it closed between 1972 and 1981. It’s a favourite venue for recording live albums with Hawkwind, Faith No More, Machine Head, Motorhead, Sepultura and New Order all recording live performances here. It’s also the venue for music videos with Suede, The Sex Pistols and Iron Maiden all recording videos there.