The best gig destinations in Europe and what you need to take with you

Whether you’re heading to a summer festival in Spain or visiting a previously unexplored city to catch your favourite band, there’s nothing like combining travel with music to guarantee a fantastic trip away. Here are some of our favourite European gig venues we think you should check out.

– Paradiso in Amsterdam is an incredible 19th century church converted into a gig venue, hosting a range of artists from Adele to the Rolling Stones. The intimate vibe and beautiful décor make for a totally unique atmosphere.

– Head down to Germany for the Columbia Halle in Berlin; a really popular gig venue where you’ll be able to get up close and personal with the band. From the outside it’s unassuming, but inside you and 3500 or so other people will enjoy world-class shows, and the acoustics are great.

– Another fairly small but recommended gig venue in Europe is Madrid’s Costello Club, which can get quite busy at weekends but serves fantastic cocktails alongside your live music.

– The Sinister Noise Club in Rome might sound a little scary, but if you’re after an underground club (literally), this one’s for you. Enjoy craft beer on the leather sofas before the gig, then head downstairs to enjoy Rome’s latest indie offering.

Remember, it’s important to stay safe at gigs and if you’re heading abroad you’ll need to be extra vigilant at the venue to make the most of your time away. Wherever you’re heading, check out our tips on what to take to stay safe:

– If you can take one in, a bottle of water is a must have. A lot of gig venues will make you leave any liquids at the door so at the very least, make sure you have enough change to buy a bottle of water at the venue. The last thing you want to do is get dehydrated in the hot gig atmosphere!

– Whether dancing, jiving, moshing or just nodding your head at the back, there’s always a chance you might get separated from your mates, especially if it’s busy. And it’s just your luck that you’ll run out of battery as soon as you’re trying to get in touch with them after the gig, so a portable phone charger is a very handy piece to put in your suitcase – just make sure it’s charged!

– Know your limits and don’t drink too much – alcohol can make a great gig turn into a bit of a nightmare if you overdo it, and getting too drunk will spoil your memories of your favourite band in a brand new city.

– If something unfortunately does happen while you’re abroad, you need to make sure you’ve got a valid EHIC with you, also known as the European Health Insurance Card. This means free or reduced-cost healthcare across European Economic Area countries and Switzerland, and will cover your treatment until you return to the UK. You never know when you might need it and it’s important to carry it with you when travelling abroad in case of emergencies.

Follow these tips and you’ll have an amazing time watching your favourite band in a new destination!

  • Felonious Punk

    The Sinister Noise Club is pretty fucking awesome. I’ve seen several shows there and it’s got some bad-ass nocturnal vibes going for it. The Paradiso is definitely one of the best European venues you can go to if you want to see a show though.

  • Lucky Neko

    Is it advisable to travel to Europe by summer next year? The safety of the bands, the performers & of course the audience should be of utmost concern.