Just about any place in existence can be turned into an alternative venue for live music these days.
[NOTE: This is an archived post from Almost Famous, a music blog for unsigned musicians which I ran from 2012-2013]
If our list of five places you could to play a gig weren’t enough inspiration for you, here’s five more alternative, unusual and ambitious places where stars of the music world have plugged in and played.
Waiting for the bus
Well, it worked for Massive Attack. Opening up the 2013 Manchester Festival, the group teamed with film director Adam Curtis to present an audio visual orgy in a unique gig at an abandoned bus depot.
Acoustic-strumming songstress Katie Melua once played a show submerged deep underwater in a submarine, don’t you know?
Playing a gig in the sky sort of lost its cool-factor when everybody’s least-favourite ballad-maker James Blunt scored a record for playing the highest gig ever; some 41,000 feet up in a plane.
But hey, Kim Wilde and The Black Eyed Peas also did it, so it’s always an option.
Way up high
Like, in space. Remember that story in the news recently about the astronaut playing his guitar whilst on board a space craft?
OK, so it wasn’t a gig as such, but still.
Up on The Roof
The Beatles did it. Need I say more?
Chris Skoyles is a former music journalist and gig promoter who now writes website content for a living and plays guitar very badly.