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We launched a series of unique and unforgettable live experiences this summer while championing the most exciting up and coming talent through our Virgin Money Emerging Stars programme (see below to read all about our amazing gigs).

So, to celebrate the return to live music, we’ve compiled a roundup of the most iconic and incredible mu-sic venues around the world. Whether it’s an eco-festival in the mountains, or a gig in a colosseum that’s more your thing, these are the live music experiences that should be on your bucket list.

Up at The O2

London, UK

Mosa Wild performing up at The O2.
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Since its opening in 2007, The O2 Link opens in a new window has been visited by over 70 million people and played host to countless global superstars including Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Celine Dion, and Adele – but a new concert experience was on the horizon…literally.

As the UK emerges from lockdown and with a summer of fun well underway, Virgin Money hosted a series of innovative live gigs on the roof of the world’s most popular music, entertainment and leisure venue – Up at The O2 with the Virgin Money Emerging Stars – to celebrate the return to live music.

Yes, you read that right! 52m above the city, people enjoyed an intimate and unique music experience at Up at The O2 while soaking up panoramic, sunset views over the city of London. With performances from Virgin Money Emerging Stars DYLAN, Aaron Taylor and Mosa Wild, it was a music experience like no other.

It was part of a series of exciting events and experiences this year as live music finally returns, Virgin Money Mobile Banking app customers had access to these gigs as part of a developing customer rewards programme.

Mosa Wild up at The O2.
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Laura Whitmore up at The O2.
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Florida Keys Underwater Music Festival

Big Pine Key, Florida

Grab your wetsuit and snorkeling gear because it’s time to head to the Florida sea bed to rock out at the Florida Keys Underwater Music Festival Link opens in a new window. The underwater music festival takes place surrounded by the only living coral barrier reef in the United States and aims to both fundraise and raise awareness for coral reef protection and responsible diving.

How do you rock out, you say? As the tropical fish swim by, you are tuned into the local Keys radio station through underwater speakers, allowing you to jam out on the seabed - there’s even a prize for the best dressed seabed superstar!

It’s truly a music experience like no other. Did you know the sound waves travel faster in water than air? So, you have full surround sound, instantly.

The festival will take place from the 9th-10th July 2022.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Denver, Colorado

The Red Rocks Amphitheatre Link opens in a new window began construction in 1936 but was known as the ‘Garden of the Angels’ and the ‘Garden of the Titans’ before it was officially given the name of ‘Red Rocks’ after Denver acquired the space in 1928.

With capacity for 9,500 spectators on the 800 tonnes of quarried stone and 30,000 pounds of reinforced steel, the amphitheatre has welcomed the likes of U2, The Eagles and Coldplay to the stage, with performances that have gone down in musical history.

Now listed as a National Historic Landmark, Red Rocks also screens films throughout the year and hosts ‘Yoga on the Rocks’, a truly unforgettable experience surrounded by the picturesque landscape of Colorado. This year, huge acts including Busta Rhymes and Wiz Khalifa are gracing the stage on 1st September.

The full list of concerts, films and fitness events until October 2022 are listed on the site.

Meadows in the Mountains

Rhodopes Mountains, Bulgaria

If you want to experience high altitude adrenaline alongside an alternative lineup then Meadows in the Mountains Link opens in a new window is for you.

Taking place in Bulgaria, the three-day festival promises unforgettable memories, as well as views! Step into Bulgarian culture to enjoy folk tales and open mic events whilst you’re 850m above sea level in the Rhodope Mountains.

The festival works to protect the landscape and also encourages visitors to reconnect with nature with sessions of yoga and meditation available throughout your time in the mountains.

One festival goer said: “I’ve been part of the festival organising scene for over thirty years, and this tops anything I ever attended...Lovely people, perfect location, and love-up deep and sexy house and world musical bliss…”

The festival will take place 2nd-5th June 2022.

Colosseum Rome

Rome, Italy

As the largest standing amphitheatre in the world, the Colosseum in Rome is a truly breathtaking venue for live music. Once the arena for gladiator battles for over 50,000 spectators to enjoy, the historic venue has now hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry.

Most notably, the Colosseum hosted Pink Floyd in 1971, Paul McCartney in 2003 and Elton John in 2005 - but the list does go on!

The site is also open for tourists to come and explore but when the next chance arises why not combine music and history and enjoy a night under the stars?

With plans to build a retractable floor to allow the colosseum to hold regular concerts and theatre performances by 2023, there’s truly no better time to plan a live music experience in Rome.

Ready for live music?

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