Travel to the Sound of Music.
Some say music and travel are closely linked; after all many of us listen to music every day when travelling, whether it's using an MP3 player on an overcrowded bus or train or turning on the radio or a CD when driving to work.
But have you thought about basing your next trip around your love of music? For many, a chance to hear a favourite piece performed in the home country of the composer or visit a building connected with their music idol would almost certainly be on their bucket list.
The Flexicover Team tunes in to some destinations for all tastes!
Memphis & the Mississippi Delta, USA
Tennessee is best known for its diverse music scene, with venues that appeal to every taste. And Memphis probably has one of the most famous residences in the country, Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Once you've done the tour you could check out the famed Sun Studios, where not only did Presley himself record but other music heavyweights such as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison also did their thing. When you've finished in Memphis take Highway 61 to the Mississippi Delta. Clarksdale is the site of the fabled ‘crossroads’ where early blues legend Robert Johnson reportedly sold his soul to the devil. The town is also home to some real blues bars including Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club. Music to your ears!
Vienna is rich in musical history and claims that more famous composers have lived there than in any other city - hard to argue with when classical music greats such as Arnold Schoenberg, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart all at one point called Vienna their home. The self-proclaimed world's music capital is home to endless concert halls playing all types of music with a lively pop scene. Check out the Vienna State Opera, one of the most striking opera houses in the world. You will never have any trouble finding a concert or performance with festivals and live music events throughout the whole year! Beat that!
New York City, USA
New York City is famously “the city that never sleeps”. Its theatres, cinemas, music halls, opera halls and landmarks are legendary throughout the world and the music of New York City is as diverse as the people that inhabit it. It has long been a thriving home for jazz, rock and the blues and it is the birthplace of hip hop, Latin freestyle, bebop, disco and punk rock. The Holy Grail for music lovers has to be Radio City Music Hall where the Stage Door tour lets you explore the secrets of the Great Stage, marvel at the amazing art-deco interiors and production areas, see the vast Radio City art collection and perhaps the most appealing part of the tour is the opportunity to actually meet and take a picture with a Radio City Rockette! The Rockettes is a world-class dance troupe who, since 1932, has performed at the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Rock on, Big Apple!
Situated in the north-east of the country, Verona is renowned as the setting for the most famous love story in the world, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, but it’s also listed by UNESCO as a capital of music and poetry. Verona is the city of opera and is home to the Arena di Verona, an enormous, spectacular Roman amphitheatre. Internationally famous for large-scale opera performances and for one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind, Verona is remarkably well-preserved and you can discover much more than just the music - there’s history, theatre, art, and of course, wine and food. If music be the food of love …………
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has a rich musical heritage and Belfast has embraced this with The Belfast Music Tour, a guided bus tour through the heart of the city. Highlights include the Ulster Hall, which has played host to several rock legends including Thin Lizzy, U2, the Smiths and the Rolling Stones. It’s also where Led Zeppelin first performed Stairway to Heaven - often referred to as one of the greatest rock songs of all time. It also takes in the birthplace of Van Morrision and Cyprus Avenue, the tree-lined street that features in many of his songs. The tour finishes at the Oh Yeah Centre in Gordon Street, where you will have a chance to check out the Belfast Music Exhibition, exhibits include costumes, equipment and rock memorabilia relating to Belfast’s biggest names, including the Fender guitar that Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol used to write Run and Chasing Cars - another string to the City’s bow!
Wherever you travel to and whatever musical experience you choose, at Flexicover, we are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.