Music is a great method of escapism in hectic times, and is a way of connecting with a new place and new people.
Listening to music at the end of the day is a useful tool of reflection and relaxation, detaching you from the stresses of everyday life, especially the stress facing new expats who are adjusting to a different way of life.
As well as the escapism factor, music can be extremely useful in social situations. It can act as a great ice breaker, sparking conversations, and uncovering common interests for expats trying to make new friends abroad.
Of upmost importance for new expats is the way in which music brings people together for social events. Music concerts and gigs are an excellent way of meeting people and forming friendships, as well as being a way to uncover exciting social hang outs in your new hometown. There are some fantastic music venues around the world, including:
Paradiso, Amsterdam – A 19th century Church transformed into a three floor music venue
Dalhalla, Amphitheatre, Sweden – Located in a limestone quarry, the stage is separated from the audience by a moat
Sydney Opera House, Australia – Breath-taking world famous venue that houses a wide variety of music events (not just opera!), multiple rooms and halls to cater for different events as well a multitude of bars and restaurants.
Blue Frog, Mumbai – A great chance to experience what the modern Indian music scene has to offer, in stylishly elegant surrounding
Bar Brahma, Sao Paolo - For popular Brazilian music look no further. This music venue and restaurant first opened in 1949 as a meeting place for artists, politicians and intellectuals