Exploring Iceland's music scene with artist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir

The lead singer of Icelandic folk/indie band Of Monsters and Men reflects on the country’s prolific creative output, including otherworldly music from the likes of Björk, and recommends the ultimate festival for music-lovers.

From my city to yours: legendary DJ Don Letts on London’s best musical hangouts

The Grammy award-winning musical maestro rose to fame after catalysing a fusion of the reggae and punk genres in 1970s London — and unifying their crowds. Here, he discusses the capital’s world-class music scene, and recommends his top hangouts.

The inside guide to Vienna's eclectic music scene

The Austrian capital is alive with music, from raucous jazz clubs and three-day festivals to masterful violin makers.

Tales of San Francisco: the Fillmore District's historic jazz scene, as told by musician Sam Peoples Jr

Musician Sam Peoples Jr is part of the Fillmore Jazz Ambassadors, a group dedicated to bringing jazz back to the city’s once-swinging musical epicentre. He reflects on the highs and lows of Fillmore’s dynamic jazz culture.

From my city to yours: Coventry through the eyes of 2 Tone music icon Pauline Black

Pauline Black, lead singer of The Selecter, has lived in Coventry — the birthplace of 2 Tone music in the 1970s — for the past 50 years. As the city prepares to become the UK's City of Culture for 2021, Pauline reflects on its powerful musical past.

From my city to yours: Detroit through the eyes of Motown musician Omar Aragonés

Omar is Detroit born and bred, and the love he feels for his city goes hand in hand with his passion for music. From listening to live music at Cliff Bell’s to dining at Supino Pizzeria, he reveals how best to get under the skin of Michigan’s largest city.
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Sarawak may be Malaysia’s most musical state — here’s why

Dramatic rainforest, pristine beaches and rare wildlife are all reasons to visit Sarawak — but it’s also a place where jungle beats play long into the night. Every year Sarawak hosts the Rainforest World Music Festival, start planning a visit now.

Vienna: how to experience the Capital of Music in 2020

The Austrian capital is hitting all the right notes as it gears up for a year of tuneful celebrations.

Life in Berlin: meet the people making the city their home

German singer Jennifer Weist and Barry Burns of multi-instrumentalist of Scottish band Mogwai talk about their Berlin.

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