In recent years, we have seen an increasing number of classical music concerts taking place in unconventional locations. In this context, we wonder if this attracts more people to concerts and, consequently, to classical music. The answer is certainly yes because any innovative element is of great interest to both the regular classical music audience and those who are curious to see a new approach to a concert.
This trend gained momentum approximately 20 years ago when many private orchestras or chamber ensembles that did not have a stable venue for their concerts emerged. Social and industrial changes began to generate numerous vacant locations, especially with the closure of industrial halls, and some churches were left empty due to depopulation.
In this article, we aim to present several ideas for unconventional locations where you can hold your concerts. However, it’s important to understand that while the public is highly receptive to concerts in unconventional locations, these venues come with certain disadvantages for both performers and the audience.
One of the most unique locations for holding a concert is a cave or a former mine. Many examples of such locations can be found, especially in regions with a strong mining industry, as abandoned mines were not repurposed for other uses until concerts started being held in them. The advantages of such a location include excellent acoustics, a unique atmosphere, and a constant temperature in an underground setting. The overall experience of attending a concert in such a place is unforgettable for the audience. However, there are also disadvantages, such as increased humidity, which can affect both the instruments and the musicians. Difficult access to some caves can also be a logistical challenge for both performers and the audience.
Former industrial halls have also become popular venues for classical music concerts in recent years. In this case, the audience’s experience is unique, as they are exposed to interesting acoustics, and if the repertoire is chosen wisely, it can transport the audience into the heart of an industrial process. However, the disadvantages can include the safety risks associated with some deteriorating industrial halls. It’s important to ensure the safety of your audience when organizing a concert in such a location.
Unconventional locations for concerts can also include public transportation. In recent times, there have been more examples of concerts taking place on trams or buses, offering a bohemian atmosphere during a journey through major cities. Although these are often used for tourist purposes, public transportation can also be an interesting venue for a concert. However, the limited space in most public transportation vehicles can be a significant disadvantage, as they cannot accommodate a large number of spectators or a full-sized orchestra.
Last but not least, churches are a classic yet unconventional venue for classical music concerts. Due to their excellent acoustics and architecture that often transports the audience to the era when the music was composed, churches have been used for concerts for a long time. Many churches have been converted into concert halls after losing their congregations and have become permanent venues for many European orchestras.
These are just a few examples of unconventional locations for holding concerts, but your imagination should have no bounds, and certainly, an interesting venue can attract a large audience to your concerts.