Favourite artist skipping your local city? Concert tickets all sold out? Why not go on tour with your favourite performer and discover some great new places along the way? Live music offers the perfect excuse to travel – be it in your own country or even around the world! Here are five ideas for trips with a musical twist in 2023.

Travelling to a concert or festival offers you the opportunity to discover newplaces and meet new people with similar interests – all while experiencing the excitement of seeing your favourite artists perform live. Check out our suggestions for city breaks or longer holidays that can be combined with a concert or music festival.

Red Hot Chili Peppers in Vienna

If you love to rock out, then you should experience a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at least once in your life. The legendary funk-rock band’s line-up consists of Anthony Kiedis on vocals, John Frusciante on guitar, Flea on bass and Chad Smith on drums and sounds even better live than on their records! Expect numerous extended solos and plenty of creative jamming on stage. Their breathtaking live performances are an extraordinary dose of positive energy that will leave you buzzing!

Crowd at a festival © shutterstock
Crowd at a festival © shutterstock

Red Hot Chili Peppers begin their European tour in June 2023. The Vienna concert will have two incredible supporting artists on stage – punk-rock icon Iggy Pop and young artist King Princess. The concert takes place on Friday, July 14 at the Ernst Happel Stadium, offering the ideal opportunity to extend you weekend with a city break. After the concert, you can visit museums and galleries such as the Belvedere and the Museum of Art History. During your visit, you can admire Vienna’s stunning architecture and captivating street art which, when combined with your live music experience, will offer you a weekend to remember. Read more about the artistic side of the Austrian capital here.

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The Weeknd in Warsaw

Why not enjoy a musical city break in Poland? Pop and R&B lovers can catch The Weeknd at Warsaw’s National Stadium in Warsaw on August 9th 2023. The “After Hours ‘til Dawn” tour is the Canadian artist’s seventh, promoting his fourth and fifth studio albums. With hits such as “Blinding Lights”, “Starboy” and “I Feel it Coming” guaranteed to get the crowds moving, this concert is sure to be a hit.

Friends having fun on a music festival © shutterstock
Friends having fun on a music festival © shutterstock

So, what else is there to do in Warsaw? The concert takes place on a Wednesday, so we’d recommend arriving the day before to make the most of your trip. Entrance to the capital’s museums and galleries is waived on Tuesdays, meaning that you can take in the National Museum and the Zachęta Art Gallery for free. Rest from the city’s bustle in Łazienki Królewskie, where you can surround yourself with beautiful nature and architecture. If you’re travelling with the whole family, check out the Copernicus Science Centre for a boredom-free break!

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The Sziget Festival in Budapest

One artist simply not enough? Sziget is one of Europe’s largest festivals and focuses on alternative music. The festival takes place from 10 to 15 August this year in the Hungarian capital. Although the organisers have only announced a small number of the artists who will appear on Sziget’s numerous stages, the line-up already looks promising. Billie Eilish, Imagine Dragons, Yungblud, Foals, Moderat, Nothing But Thieves and Florence + The Machine are all confirmed and this is just the beginning!

Friends at a festival © iStock
Friends at a festival © iStock

Thanks to its location, Sziget offers the ideal opportunity to explore Budapest. One of the places that you simply must visit is the Hungarian parliament building. This is probably the most popular symbol, not just of the capital, but the whole of Hungary. The Chain Bridge that connects the two banks of the Danube, the Szechenyi and Gellert Baths and the Royal Castle with its beautiful Fisherman’s Bastion are all well worth including in your itinerary.

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Mad Cool Festival in Madrid

Mad Cool, takes place from July 6 to 8 2023 in the Spanish capital, offering fans three-day dose of live music from the very best artists across various genres. Due to the diverse line-up, you can be sure there’s something for everyone here – Sam Smith, Lizzo, Years & Years are just some of the confirmed pop acts. Meanwhile, Lil Nas X and Machine Gun Kelly are representing the rap genre. This year’s stellar line-up also includes Robbie Williams, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, the 1975, Liam Gallagher and The Black Keys.

A group of friends having fun at a festival © iStock
A group of friends having fun at a festival © iStock

Madrid is a vibrant city full of culture, history and tradition. The city’s most beautiful and largest park is El Retiro, offering weary festival-goers the perfect respite from the event’s hustle and bustle. Near the park, you will also find numerous museums attracting art lovers from all over Europe, such as the Reina Sofía and the Prado Museums. It is also worth visiting flagship monuments, such as the Royal Palace and the Triumphal Arch. Want to know more? Read our article for the best foodie finds for your stay in Madrid.

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Adele in Las Vegas

How about a big trip to the US, combined with Adele’s much-anticipated Las Vegas show? This pop icon appears on Caesars Palace’s Colosseum stage every few days until the end of March, guaranteeing intimate and emotional events. Hits as “Easy On Me”, “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” will resound from the stage, and Adele’s powerful voice is even more impressive live than in her studio recordings. Highly personal lyrics that are easy to identify with and phenomenal vocals make an Adele concert a pleasure for every pop music lover.

Insides of the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas © Michael M on Unsplash
Insides of the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas © Michael M on Unsplash

How to spend your time in Las Vegas? The concert itself takes place in a unique location. Caesars Palace is one of the last old-school Vegas casinos and it is unmatched in charm and atmosphere. The Las Vegas Strip is packed with glitzy modern hotels, casinos and restaurants competing for your attention. Don’t miss the Bellagio fountain, the botanical gardens at Wynn Las Vegas and free circus performances. While Las Vegas is full of unique attractions and entertainment galore, the city’s surroundings offer stunning scenery – from Red Rock Canyon to the blue waters of Lake Mead.

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