With a cluster of casinos hitting this shoreline it’s no surprise you’ll find a thriving music scene too. Whether it’s indoors, outdoors or annual festivals, music is celebrated on a daily and nightly basis in good old “Casino City.” Welcome to Macau’s music world for the Millenials. Here are top 5 spots to get your groove on in Macau.
1-Electronic Dance Music Festival a.k.a. Road to Ultra (RTU) Macau
Get your Gangnam-style on, Mackanse version in this new festival devoted to the ultra crazed sensation of electronic dance music (EDM).
In June, the city hosted an A-list of DJers like Nicky Romero, DVBBS, and Porter Robinson and for a brief moment in Twitterworld hashtag #RTUMacau ruled. The location for this epic DJ fun: Cubic, City of Dreams, Macau’s largest and most prestigious nightclub. Now that the RTU’s party’s fizzled the dancin’ is still rippin’ a hole on this dance floor.
2-The Cotai Arena
The Cotai Arena is a stage for international music celebs. Hear “Livin’ on a Prayer,” and “You Give Love a Bad Name,” two iconic rock classics from legendary artist Bon Jovi. No wonder the crowds will be in euphora come this September. The Grammy award winning star will be in town for his upcoming Bon Jovi Live in Macau tour. Even if you can’t experience American rock hits on that evening the Cotai Arena in the Venetian Macau regaled for having the best undisturbed sightlines regularly schedules memorable concerts year-round.
Over by the MGM Macau find one of the best spots in town for live music, the Lion’s Bar. Named no doubt after MGM’s signature symbol of the roaring lion, this dance den fuses DJs, signature cocktails, and pulsating lights on the dance floor. It’s time to let your hair down at this live entertainment venue. DJ Ted apparently has rhapsodized his DJ magic when Canadian songstresses Celine Dion and Avril Lavigne (albeit on separate occasions) were there.
This local nightclub hotspot is a hidden gem. Housed in the corporate AIA Tower, expats and locals arrive after hours to dance and listen to the hottest tunes. Gaggles of ladies arrive for Wednesday’s Ladies Nights while the guys come out on Thursday nights for Gentlemen’s Night. If you don’t feel like dancing at D2 you can always watch a team of pro dancers flitting in acrobatic contortions and diving into insane aerial acts. Be wary some of them are skin exposing shows.
5-28th Macau International Music Festival
The Macau International Music Festival (October 4-November 1, 2015) is an annual music festival that showcases a rich eclectic collection of the world’s finest musical artists and performers in a broad range of genres like chamber music, opera, Chinese folk music and jazz. Last year the play list included American performance artist Laurie Anderson, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra from Russia, and the hit Broadway musical, Hairspray among other notable shows.
For more ideas on where to get your groove on in Macau check out the website of Macau Government Tourism Office.
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