The Best Live Music Venues in India

Want to catch some top live performances? Here's your fix!

 
The Best Live Music Venues in India
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Live music has a flavour to it that recorded music is never able to provide. Artists come on stage with a very different energy than what they bring to the recording studio. This results in them infusing their music with unexpected improvisations that take their music to next levels. In India, we are blessed to have great venues that encourage live music to be played regularly, making them a hotspot for top artists to go and perform. Here’s a list of some of the best places that you can visit for an evening of great live music.

National Centre For Performing Arts, Mumbai

The grand NCPA auditorium
The grand NCPA auditorium

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If you’re a fan of Indian classical music, NCPA is the place to be for experiencing top-quality music from respected artists. But that’s not all, other Indian artists and artists from around the world regularly make their presence felt at the venue as well. Located at Nariman Point in South Bombay, it has a rich history of showcasing experimental theatre acts as well.

Shisha Jazz Café, Pune

In recent years, a large number of places in Pune have started opening their doors to live acts. Among them is Koregaon Park’s Shisha Jazz Café, which, as its name suggests, provides excellent jazz acts for you to enjoy your evenings.

Hard Rock Café

A rock gig at Hard Rock Cafe
A rock gig at Hard Rock Cafe

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Well, this is a no-brainer. It is one of Hard Rock Café’s main principles to encourage live performances. Spread across India in cities like Bombay, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad and more, it gives easy access to fans to watch their favourite bands perform.

Shanmukhananda Hall, Mumbai

This is yet another venue that’s known for hosting Indian classical and generally eastern music gigs. Located in Sion, Mumbai, it’s a massive auditorium that has a seating capacity of more than 2000. Artists like Hariharan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Taufiq Qureshi and have their acts here regularly.

The Humming Tree, Bangaluru

A solo performance at The Humming Tree
A solo performance at The Humming Tree

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The Humming Tree was started by its owners with the aim of encouraging budding musicians. And so far, thousands of new acts in Bangaluru have gotten a chance to showcase their talent at this venue, located in Indira Nagar.

Mehboob Studios, Mumbai

Mehboob Studios in Bandra is a name synonymous with Bollywood, but lately, the owners have also started renting the space out for music events. It’s a very popular haunt for established as well as independent bands in the city of Mumbai.

Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi

Located on Copernicus Marg, Kamani Auditorium impresses a great deal with its acoustics and lighting. It’s a hot spot for those interested in Indian classical music.

Tell us where you stay, and which is the best haunt for live music lovers around you.