Visitors won’t be disappointed by Florida’s music scene, with venues dotted all around the state playing host to some of the world’s biggest names. You’ll find plenty of smaller venues throughout Florida too, where you can catch upcoming artists, indie bands and musicians from niche genres.
Want to know where you can catch the best gigs? Keep on reading so you can beat the queues, book your tickets early and fill your holiday with amazing music!
Location: Sunrise, Miami
You’ll find more than just music at BB&T Center, with the arena named the official home of the Florida Panthers. Hockey. Sport, comedy and music events take place here all year round, with the arena holding around 20,000 people.
For 2017, huge acts such as Bon Jovi, Panic! At the Disco, Neil Diamond, Bruno Mars and Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey are all expected to perform.
Another large arena, if you’re in Tampa keep an eye on Amalie Arena’s events list. The arena holds up to 20,500 people and ice-skating, hockey and basketball games take place here throughout the year.
With bands and artists of all genres playing here, there’s bound to be something to entertain everyone. This year, Red Hot Chili Peppers will be taking the stage on April 27th as part of The Getaway tour. Heartthrob Shawn Mendes will be performing late July, while indie band Twenty One Pilots will play on February 28th. In the past, stars such as Britney Spears, Kayne West and The Who have entertained here.
An indie lover’s paradise, Will’s Pub is a no-frills kind of place. It’s all about music and great craft beer, there’s no need for flashing lights and fancy effects here. With a small, 200-person capacity, gigs here are known for their intimacy.
In the past, bands like The Decemberists and Thee Oh Sees have performed here. This year, the calendar is packed with great artists such as Alison Crutchfield and The Fizz and ska punk band Voodoo Glow Skulls. Even when no bands are playing, Will’s Pub is fantastic place to chill and get involved with the local music community.
Famous for showcasing some of the best bands from the indie scene, The Social won’t disappoint. Previously, bands such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Drums. Both local and regional artists perform here, and the venue is rated highly by critics.
If you’re visiting in 2017, don’t miss New Found Glory, Sammy Adams and The Mezingers.Â With space for only 400 people, tickets sell out quick!
Florida has a thriving music scene, and there are so many music venues around the Sunshine State. Whether you’re into rock, jazz, classical or hip hop, you’ll definitely be able to find an exciting gig to go to during your holiday.