Memorable Travel Moments: 8 concerts around the world

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We couldn’t have a memorable travel moments series without talking about music. We are just as passionate about music as we are travel and sport.

We always are on the lookout for concerts that are on in any country we are living in or traveling through.

Here are some of our most memorable music concert moments from around the world…

Meeting Xavier Rudd, Washington DC

Xavier Rudd Byron Bay Blues Fest
Xavier Rudd

There was only about 30 people present in the small coffee shop in a suburb of Washington D.C  We discovered that Xavier was playing through his website, and Craig whisked me up to D. C for my birthday to see him in this intimate setting.

He rocked the house. It was so cool to be watching one of our Aussie faves in a coffee shop.

At the end we walked up to meet him and he gave us this massive bear hug and was so excited to be chatting with some fellow Aussies. We loved how warm and embracing he was.

 Up close and Intimate with John Butler Trio, Chapel Hill, NC

John Butler Trio
Up close and personal with John Butler Trio

We had only been living in the US for a month when we discovered that John Butler was going to be playing at a pub in Chapel Hill, North Carolina not far from Raleigh. John Butler usually plays to crowds in the tens of thousands in Oz, but in Chapel Hill there were only about 80 people present.

OMG. Front row hang over the fence seats!!

It was amazing to be so close to one of our music idols!

Jack Johnson, in a forest by a lake, Raleigh NC

Located among 14 acres of stately hardwoods and pines and beautifully situated next to Symphony Lake, Koka Booth Ampitheatre is one of those music venues that makes you skin tingle, especially when you have someone as incredible as Jack Johnson playing.

Sitting by the lake, in the middle of a small forest, during the summer time, with picnic blankets and bottles of wine- you couldn’t have a more memorable music moment.

What can I say except

“Hey, My name is Jack.”

Yes Jack. We love you.

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rolling Stones, Rose Bowl California

The Rose Bowl is an iconic sporting venue, one I have always wanted to visit, and to be able to see two of the biggest bands at the one concert was amazing.

I couldn’t believe it when we found out the Chili Peppers would be supporting the Stones, and to be a part of the 100,000 strong crowd was a very memorable moment from our trip to LA way back in 1994.

Not only was it a great concert, but that very concert was also featured on an episode of the hit TV show at the time, Beverley Hills 90210 lol.

Ben Harper, Greek Amphitheater LA

We were so excited to discover that Ben Harper was playing in LA while we were there. And we were even more excited when we arrived at the Greek Amphitheater and saw what an amazing venue it was, set in the middle of Griffith Park.

The natural bushland venue made it the perfect place to see our favourite Ben Harper. The acoustics were great and it was small enough that we could see him despite being up the back. Seeing Damien Marley as support added to the coolness factor of the concert.

Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia

Byron Bay Bluesfest in picturesBen Harper sang “You Look Like Gold,” just to me at the Bluesfest.

Yes. he. did.

I was privileged to be present at his warm up jam session and it was definitely a highlight of my LIFE!

Craig and I scored media passes to the five day Bluesfest in April of this year. It was simply amazing, and Craig was super excited to be given access to the photography pit for some amazing up close photos.

 Robbie Williams, Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland

I wasn’t ever really a major fan of Robbie Williams; I liked his music, but not really him. That was, until we saw him live at Phoenix Park in Dublin.

He was the first person after the Pope to hold a live audience at the park and with 100,000 people in attendance I think he did an amazing job.

What blew me away with Robbie was not just his entertaining performance but his wit, likeable personality and ability to connect with the crowd.

I loved how he sat on the edge of the stage, swinging his legs in glee and giggling in total joy and awe at how many people were at his concert. He was truly inspired and grateful by it.

I walked away a major fan of Robbie!

U2 Wembley Stadium, London

I’m not sure if I remember this concert more for the electrifying U2 performance or for the fact that it was the first time I was to meet Antone.

This tall, lanky Irish man came jumping through our circle of bopping friends, fists pumping, body slamming yelling,

“Fooken Hell. How foooken good are U2 man? U2. Yeaoooow”

Lucky our friend Johan knew him and quickly introduced us. That was the beginning of a very long friendship with one crazy guy, who is U2’s number one fan even today.

Man, it’s U2 at Wembley Stadium. Really what else can I say?

What have been some of your memorable concerts from around the world? Please share in the comments below…

10 thoughts on “Memorable Travel Moments: 8 concerts around the world”

  1. Just recently I went to Outside Lands in San Francisco, and it was incredible! The Black Keys, OK Go, Christina Perri and……MUSE! I think MUSE is just phenomenal. Amazing performance.

    Something about a huge gathering of people listening to music that just fires everyone up!

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Grace Jones at The Sage in Gateshead (a super futuristic looking venue) was mind-blowing. The dramatic sets, the inneundos, and dragging tipsy audience members on stage to dance with her.

    The woman knows how to wow a crowd!

    1. She’s not someone I’ve ever thought to listen to but the concert sounds great from what you say! I think performance is key! You have to give it your all.

  3. I think you guys already know how jealous I am of your Xavier Rudd and Jack Johnson encounters. I am dying to see another Jack concert and although I’ve planned now to go to three different Xavier concerts (and bought tickets for one) I’ve yet to get there!!

    I did get to see a cool Ben Harper show though in my hometown as a graduation present from my boyfriend at the times brother (much cooler than any gift said boyfriend gave me!).

    Music is a huge part of memories, and I hope to add some shows to my travels this year!

    1. Hopefully you can get to see Xavier this time in Oz. i’m sure he’ll be playing somewhere soon. Your boyfriend can get you tickets to that one! 🙂

  4. I love seeing people who are popular in my home country preform in another! Guarantee to be an empty show! After Maroon5 had blown up in the US, they played a show in London the summer I spent there. The bar was dead and I ended up chatting with another American all night!

    Robbie is AMAZING in concert! He is the reason I stopped in Belgium for one night:).

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