Bengaluru has a reputation of being a music hub and the same is justified by the number of live music venues that the city has to offer. Bengaluru has an audience for every kind of music and if live music is your poison, then check out these diverse places for a musical evening that will be hard to forget.
Spread over 10000 sq. ft. with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, blueFROG Bengaluru is a state-of-the-art venue. With cutting-edge sound system synced with controlled light installations, this two-storey venue combines the best of an old-world balcony style theatre. It has been hosting an attractive mix of live and electronic acts from all over the world in the last few years. Talk about high-quality acoustic experience, rich smoky ambience along with scrumptious cuisine and a superb bar, this is one of the best venues in the city.
Location: No. 3, MSR West Park, Church Street, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
As they claim, BFlat is Bengaluru’s first steadfast venue for live music and it is famous for live jazz concerts. Opened in March 2009, they have hosted prominent home-grown and international musicians and bands like Ranjit Barot, Selva Ganesh, Mahesh Vinayakram, Lou Majaw, Osam Ezzeldin, George Brooks, Louiz Banks, Gino Banks, Mohini Dey, Izaline Calister, EYM Trio, Soulmate, Sanjay Divecha, Skinny Alley, Dhruv Ghanekar, Electro-Deluxe, NoJazz, Malabi Tropical, Alex Machacek, Minino Garay, Nina Van Horn, Paban Das Baul, Brian Molley, EOL Trio, Bellatrix, and much more. This is quite an appealing spot as it is open to a mixed genre of music. Apart from live music performances, this place also hosts experimental theatre, music school workshops and even stand-up comedy sessions.
Location: 776, 2nd Floor, Above Kotak Bank, 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008
In Bengaluru, Social needs no introduction. The Koramangala Social is literally like nothing you’ve seen before. Located in the heart of the concrete jungle, the Kormangla Social is over 13,000 square feet across two floors. Apart from boasting about having the largest workspace in India, Social also hosts musicians and bands around the globe. They recently hosted musicians like Young Marco, Stalvart John, Anjunadeep’s Yotto and Jeremy Olander, Corvec, Sébastien Léger, Fort Romea, Bjorn Torske, and finest Indian artists such as Praveen Achary, Arjun Vagale, and Karsh Kale among others.
Location: 118, 3rd Floor, Koramangala Industrial Area, 7th Block, Opp. ICICI Bank, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560095
The Humming Tree
Location: No.949, 12th Main Road, Doopanahalli, Indira Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008
Located at Palace Grounds, Bengaluru, Pebbles is a wonderful ecosystem to wind down and let everything go. Under the banyan tree, the jungle vibe of this place is truly overwhelming. Mostly organising psychedelic and trance gigs including some heavyweights from the same music field, this place is the ideal place to dance it out on weekends. You can experience any gathering filled with wild setup and see how music lovers could feel the vibes. Pebble has hosted artists like Loud, Ajja, 1200 Micrograms, Skazi, Azax Syndrome in the past and will be hosting artists like Arjuna, Govinda, Goa Gil in February 2018.
Location: 3 Princess Academy, Palace Grounds, Ramanna Maharishi Road, Princess Academy, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560080
The Tao Terraces
Located on the fifth floor of 1 MG Road Mall, The Tao Terraces is a multi-level oriental themed rooftop lounge in the middle of Bengaluru CBD. Get away from the cities hustle and bustle for a weekday dinner or a date night. During the weekends, at night the place transforms into a club, that is a perfect outdoor venue for underground house and deep house music with amazing local and international artists. Definitely a ‘not to be missed’ venue in Bengaluru.
Location: 5th Floor, 1 MG Mall, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Opp. Taj Vivanta, Halasuru, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008
Hard Rock Café
Hard Rock Cafe needs no introduction and this place really lives up to the name. Started in 2007, HRC completed a decade in Bengaluru. Talk about three distinct seating areas, musical history, or even a variety of dining options, Hard Rock Café is a place for rock and contemporary music’s biggest heavyweights along with the signature retail shop. Situated in the heart of the thriving metropolitan city of Bengaluru, the 9000 square foot cafe includes an open patio, 100-seat eatery, and 120-seat bar area. Famous for live music gigs, the wide-reaching HRC Bengaluru has hosted musicians/bands like Thaikkudam Bridge, The Raghu Dixit Project, Benny Dayal, Perfect Strangers, When Chai Met Toast, and The Local Train among others.
Location: No.40, St. Marks Road, Opp LIC Building, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Indigo Live Music Bar
If you are looking for a banging sound structure along with a power-driven vibe and a whole lot of madness, head to Indigo Live Music Bar. A fantastic looking place with two levels, Indigo Live Music Bar is Bengaluru’s first Music Bar, defined by its great music and a large performance stage, and an awesome open-air deck. On the fifth floor, the level one has the performance space along with a mind-blowing LED screen, 3D projector mapping, beautiful graffitis on the walls, whereas on the sixth floor the level two is the Indigo Live terrace. Perfect for lazy brunches or all day dining, Indigo Live terrace serves food from all across the globe.
Location: 71/72, Jyoti Nivas College Rd, 6th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560095
If you are a music buff and you haven’t visited this place, you are definitely missing out on something, especially folks, who love Jazz, Retro Rock and Blues. Don’t miss Sunday evenings as they usually have a live band. The ambience is cosy, seamlessly planned along with the photographs of musicians enhancing the walls.
Location: 2nd Floor, Msk Plaza 54, 100h Road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560038
It is different when it is live!