Musical Journeys

5 Under the Radar Music Cities

Berlin, London, Memphis, Milan, Nashville, and Vienna are easily among the top cities that come to mind when it comes to music. But if you want to go off-the-beaten paths, here are some of the under the radar music cities that are also on UNESCO’s Creative Cities of Music list.

Bogotá, Colombia
Bogotá
Finding a live music venue in Bogotá should not be a problem with about 500 places to choose from not to mention the hundreds of music festivals that occur around the country. The city is carving a solid reputation for its vibrant music scene. From opera to the country’s unique music traditions and a wide range of genres in between, Bogotá has plenty to offer to music lovers.

Brazzaville, Congo
Brazzaville, Congo
In Brazzaville, music is a form of celebration. It reflects the lives and traditions of the people. From rumba to soukous, the city showcases music that reflects its rich cultural heritage.

Ghent, Belgium
Ghent, Belgium
Creativity is one of the things that would be easy to associate with Ghent. And it is something that goes beyond art and design. The city has also a thriving music scene and hosts a wide array of free concerts where artists can perform. It is also home to a Jazz Festival that draws the best local and international talents.

Hamamatsu, Japan
Hamamatsu, Japan
Hamamatsu boasts of some of the best musical instruments. It produces some of the finest grand pianos and other music equipment in the world. Music plays is deeply woven in the fabric of the city.

Hannover, Germany
Hannover
Hannover is not only the birthplace of vinyl. It also produced the first music cassette and home to one of the best known heavy metal bands in the world — Scorpion. The city boasts of a prestigious music school.