Profitable tip: Cumberland Caverns, Tennessee, US
300 ft underground is the final place on earth I’d anticipate to expertise my most memorable gig. Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville Tennessee is a cave expertise with fairly a distinction. Bands carry out in an enormous cave referred to as the Volcano Room, the place you’re seated with probably the most superb rock formations throughout you. A colossal chandelier hangs from the ceiling and the acoustics are probably the most pure and crystal-clear I’ve ever heard. I noticed Aaron Lee Tasjan carry out there and his voice sounded simply unbelievable. I used to be additionally glad of the scrumptious cave chilli.• cumberlandcaverns.comjordan bailey
Rocky Prime, Tokyo

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I really like Rocky Prime in Ginza. It’s a tiny bluegrass membership up three flights of stairs between Ginza and Shimbashi stations. The acts are principally native however the usual of enjoying is sort of excessive (though the singing in English generally is a bit ropy). The membership has been there ceaselessly, and the partitions are coated with an unbelievable who’s who of pictures and tributes from musicians passing by means of, with all people from Invoice Monroe on. There’s normally a 2,000 yen (£14) cowl for the music, however the food and drinks are low cost by Tokyo requirements.On FacebookDave

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Freak Present, Essen, Germany

Freak Present is a scuzzy, underground bar, which might maintain about 200 at a push. The bands play contained in the mouth of a shark. They promote a number of completely different beers and have common beer tasting evenings. It prices between nothing and €20 relying on the band. Music is normally steel and punk, however can even embrace ska and even nation. The viewers are about 10cm from the band and it might probably get ferociously loud. Simply as rock music needs to be. Bands like Powersolo and the Morlocks had been notably good.• freakshow-bar.deJess Phillips
Going Om, Singapore

I really like Going Om, on Haji Lane, in Singapore – it’s so small inside that the acts play on the road exterior. It’s on a tiny avenue that feels such as you’ve stepped again in time within the coronary heart of such a contemporary metropolis. In a spot that has so many guidelines and rules, Goin Om stays authentically soulful. It’s free to get in most nights, the drinks are pretty low cost for Singapore, and also you’ll inevitably find yourself dancing on the street. Additionally they serve superb muffins and juices and the bar workers are a number of the friendliest I’ve met. • Bouttel
Le Sirius, Lyon

A set of boat bars – péniches – line the banks of the Rhone in Lyon. All year long locals flock there to meet up with associates, chill out on the river banks, drink and other people watch. Le Sirius is one among these bars, however it’s additionally a free, floating gig venue. It’s the proper place to catch a neighborhood band, have a drink, dance to reside rock, swing or jazz and absorb the environment of France’s second metropolis. Go to in the summertime and recuperate post-gig by chilling out on the picturesque river banks.• Entry from about €5, lesirius.comMaddy Miller
Bovine Intercourse Membership, Toronto

The implausibly named Bovine Intercourse Membership options neither cows nor specific acts of intercourse. What this Toronto membership does provide is a gritty, industrially ornamented room that holds 200 individuals and a number of the high up-and-coming rock, punk and different bands. You’ll additionally encounter weekly burlesque reveals, an upstairs tiki bar and the occasional big-name rock star having fun with a drink after their live performance at one of many metropolis’s bigger venues. The steel junk-festooned exterior typically attracts feedback from these purchasing on fashionable Queen Road West – comparable to one concerned-looking father declaring to his pram pushing spouse after spying the occasions poster, “Oh, it’s music.”• Entry from about C$7 (£4), On FacebookKK Mauronik
Teatro del Charango, La Paz, Bolivia

For an uncommon, very intimate evening out in La Paz, head out to the Museo de Instrumentos Musicales. Up some steps is the little Teatro del Charango, the place Franz Valverde (and associates) will entertain you along with his sensible conventional muyu muyu acoustic guitar enjoying. You’ll be warmly greeted by an viewers of about 25 Bolivian muyu muyu aficionados. Hold your eyes on Franz – he’ll all of the sudden flip over the guitar with out lacking a notice, revealing a second, in a different way stringed guitar on the opposite aspect. An exquisite expertise – however examine upfront what’s on and when – and don’t be shocked if you end up having a chat to the Nice Man himself in the event you’re a couple of minutes early.• On FacebookChris Marshall
Charity Cafe, Rome
Sitting within the again row you would nearly attain out and contact the lead singer on the stage, a stage so small the band members have to sit down on their amps and mikes aren’t at all times wanted. However what it lacks in dimension the Charity Cafe in By way of Panisperna greater than makes up for in fashion and atmosphere. We didn’t know the title of the blues band final Saturday evening however it hinged on a virtuoso guitarist and Greta, whose frail however vocally assured efficiency felt very Amy Winehouse-ish in her early years. Add to that the fantastic workers and “at seat” service – “welcome again!” she mentioned on our second go to – and also you’ll bear in mind it for a while.Alan Francis
La Porte Noire, Brussels

The Black Door is a small pub inside 16th-century vaulted cellars. It has an ideal medieval environment and, being in Belgium, has many glorious beers on faucet. One of the vital full of life gigs I’ve seen there was Brighton pirate band The Captain’s Beard. The music suited the environment notably effectively, seemingly transporting the viewers to a pirate’s hideout. There was dancing on the tables, downing drinks, and a stuffed treasure chest for the band on the finish.• Stay music on Thursdays and DJ units on Saturdays, laportenoire.beSarah Geijsels
The Moorings, Portmagee, County Kerry

After a ship journey to Skellig Michael, an island eight miles off the coast of County Kerry, I wandered into the principle hostelry within the tiny village of Portmagee, The Moorings. It was a random Tuesday evening in late summer season, however the place was buzzing. It appeared your entire village (together with native schoolkids who had been nonetheless busking the Star Wars theme tune as midnight approached) had come out to entertain guests with conventional dance, well-known singalongs, and trad music. The environment was electrical and welcoming, and felt like we had been sharing a spontaneous celebration of tradition and music on this far-flung nook of a magical nation.• Coughlan