Here in the UK, we have a rich musical history with many must-see destinations and tourist attractions for music fans to visit. Here are some of the top hotspots for music lovers and why they became so famous.
Many of us will have grown up listening to Beatles’ vinyl records belonging to our parents or grandparents. In Liverpool, fans of the fab four can retrace the footsteps of The Beatles in their formative years and visit landmarks like Mendips, the childhood home of John Lennon, where he composed many of his early songs, former children’s home Strawberry Fields immortalized in the song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ or The Cavern Club, which hosted The Beatles in their early days.
Fans can also take open-top ‘Magical Mystery’ bus tours around important Beatles sites across the city or visit The Beatles Story Museum at Liverpool’s Albert Docks.
London is a fantastic destination for music lovers, with plenty of sights to see and places to visit. From the Good Mixer pub in Camden where Amy Winehouse was a regular to Handel and Hendrix House for fans of classical and rock music, the English capital has something for fans of any musical genre.
You can also pose like The Beatles on the Abbey Road crossing or wander down Denmark Street in Soho – also known as Tin Pan Alley, following in the footsteps of David Bowie, Bob Marley, and The Kinks.
Glasgow is a UNESCO city of music and home to many iconic musical landmarks such as King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. It’s here that the band Oasis were first signed to a record label and where many other big-name bands like Radiohead, The Verve and Arctic Monkeys have played.
There’s also the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, which stages over 250 performances every year and Piping Live, an annual global bag-piping event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world.
Steeped in myth and legend and overlooked by Glastonbury Tor, the town of Glastonbury in Somerset is a New Age site of special interest but undoubtedly most famous for its annual music festival.
Held at Worthy Farm in Pilton, the first Glastonbury festival took place in 1970. Back then, it was a one-day event named ‘The Pop, Blues and Folk Festival’ and it was attended by 1,500 people. In contrast, as of 2022, Glastonbury Festival was a five-day affair, headlined by global artists Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and former Beatle Paul McCartney with a capacity of 210,000 people!
Along with multiple stages and live music acts, the festival offers other attractions like a circus field, a kids’ field for families and even a stone circle. If you enjoy live music or you just want to be part of cultural history, then Glastonbury Festival is the music event for you.