Newest Travel Craze: Music Tourism

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Dead Heads were known for following the Grateful Dead all around the world, since most of their concerts were free. Did it matter that their music sucked? Not a bit. But, the practice has led to the latest craze in travel: Music Tourism. It’s mostly about festivals, but there’s something to be said about hitting spots like The Cavern Club in London or CBGB’s in New York. You just had to be there…
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Rock and Pop Music Festival

The Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is usually held in July, and the emphasis is summer, fun and good times. There’s a bit of Country sprinkled in, but it’s not about dogs, trucks and divorce. There’s no crying at Summerfest…
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Latin Music Festival

Carnival in Brazil, like its counterpart in New Orleans, marks the beginning of Lent, which ends with a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras. And, oh yeah, a celebration of Brazilian Booty, which is just as world famous…
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World Music Festival

For 50 years now, the Notting Hill Carnival in London has been celebrating emerging world musical tastes (currently Caribbean-flavored) and goes off at the end of August. It started with a few hundred people. This year, they’re expecting over a million…
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Jazz Music Festival

The world famous Montreal International Jazz Festival also kicks off annually in early July, so tickets are already sold out. But, if hundreds of jazz musicians, who most people have never heard of, is your thing, book early for the next round. Somebody important is discovered every year…
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Opera Music Festival

At the La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy, every week is a festival and has been since the theater was built in 1778. Anybody who ever was, is, or will be a star of the opera has played there…
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Dixieland Music Festival

Held annually in New Orleans (naturally) in early February, this festival is not held strictly to Dixieland music. It’s also a mixture of Jazz and Zydeco as well. Hey, it’s N’Arlins… it’s gotta be awesome…
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Classic Rock Music Festival

Held in June on the Isle Of Wight, in the English Channel, the festival started out as the British version of Woodstock and has been rocking out since 1968. Although plenty of new bands break there each year, you can’t blame the Brits if they’re a bit partial to the Dinosaurs of Rock. Every year that passes, one or more species goes extinct…
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Classical Music Festival

Bach, Mozart and Beethoven live on in the city that invented Classical Music centuries ago. The Vienna Spring Festival kicks off annually in late April and early May and includes plenty of “contemporary” Classical music by some of the finest musicians and composers in the world. Da-Da-Da-Dum…
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Hip Hop Music Festival

The Summer Jam Hip Hop Music Festival has been held annually in East Rutherford, New Jersey since 1994. It’s not certain there will be a 2017 gathering, though. The last one, held in June, ended in a massive riot in the parking lot. Don’t book early…
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