When it comes to planning a music tour, figuring out where to go is all part of the fun. Want some inspiration? Read our short guide to five music tour destinations which are enduringly popular and should be on your 2019 music tour shortlist.
The kids have gone back to school and the leaves are changing colour which can only mean one thing: it’s time to get planning your music tour for 2019.
A music tour is the perfect opportunity to experience performing at the heart of Europe’s most picturesque cities while soaking up some of the best culture the Old Continent has to offer.
We’ve compiled a list of our top five European destinations for both school music tour groups and adult music touring parties. Interested in learning more, or want us to tailor something just for your group, please get in touch.
Perform in Sunny Spain
An old favourite, Spain has layers of culture to be discovered and beautiful places to perform. Why not venture to Barcelona where groups can perform during a mass service at the capital’s gothic Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, or to the Poble Espanyol where performances take place on the stone bandstand in the main square.
You can also explore the hilly region of Andalucia, where your group can give an intimate performance in the courtyard of the Viana Palace in Cordoba. Larger groups and orchestras might want to try the Concert Hall of the Conservatory of Music in Seville which has easy coach drop-off access close by.
An hour and a half away by train is the small port city Cadiz, which hosts the oldest carnival celebrations in all of Spain from 28 February to 10 March 2019. A great way to spend a day out and discover southern Spain in all its glory.
On the road slightly less travelled lies Croatia. Croatia is home to port city Rijeka which has been nominated European Capital of Culture for 2020. It is the perfect place to stop on the way to the island of Krk, where you can play in the bustling town harbour. The island is connected to mainland Croatia by bridge making it easily accessible via coach.
Facing the island of Krk and home to one of the world’s best preserved Roman amphitheaters is Pula. You can perform in the Forum, the main square overlooked by the Roman Temple of Augustus. Less crowded than Dubrovnik, it’s a great destination for groups of all sizes to both perform and soak up the region’s traditional wine making and fishing culture.
Another old favourite, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Germany. Covering over 2,000 square miles of vast woodland sprinkled with mountainous views, the Black Forest is a truly unique destination. Perform on a stage overlooking Lake Titisee, the largest natural lake of the Black Forest, which also hosts an open air pool surveyed by a lifeguard making it perfect for school groups.
The Rhineland in Western Germany boasts an array of historic locations. The spa town of Bad Kreuznach, known for its medieval bridge dating back to 1300, hosts performances throughout the summer and works well for a variety of different music groups. The town of Boppard also holds regular concerts on its main bandstand located just next to the Rhine.
While you’re there, you might consider taking a trip to Munich’s annual Springfest, known as Octoberfest’s little sister. The festival kicks off with a grand opening ceremony on 26 April 2019, and is the perfect opportunity to sample Bavaria’s finest beer and bratwurst.
The perfect mix of sun and culture, Sicily is certainly one to keep in mind. A former hub of Ancient Greece and the birthplace of mathematician Archimedes, the coastal town of Siracusa is a unique destination. You can perform in the city’s cathedral which was granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2005 or on the Piazza del Duomo.
The slightly smaller town of Taormina is an interesting one to explore for groups of all ages. Choirs and orchestras can perform inside the town’s 15th century cathedral, while slightly larger groups may be better suited to performing outside on the town square.
Taormina is also home to the Taormina Arts Festival which runs over the summer and includes the Taormina Film Festival in July and a jazz festival in September. Tickets sell out fast, so make sure to book in advance.
A stone’s throw away on the Eurostar or by coach, Belgium is sure to be a hot spot for music tours in 2019.
The daily Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres is a special chance to perform and pay tribute to the men who lost their lives defending the town during WW1. It is held every night at 8pm. Early arrival is advised as the gate is packed almost every night.
Just over an hour away is Ghent which holds its annual Gentse Feesten every July, one of the world’s largest culture festivals. The streets are flooded with street artists, acrobats and music from 19 until 28 July, just after the city’s 10-day jazz festival.
The Flemish coastal town of Ostend is popular in December for its charming Christmas markets. The bandstand at the heart of the town overlooks the festivities and slots fill up early so an early booking is advised.
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