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5° North Music Festival
The 5° North Music Festival hits George Town this November, bringing with them a truckload of local music goodness, food and drinks. The festival lineup includes local veteran powerpop band OAG as well as Jumero, Wanted Symphony and Shake 'n Bake among many others. If you're excited about the prospect of mingling with homegrown talent, get your tickets now.
11th Penang Island Jazz Festival
Back for its eleventh year, the Penang Island Jazz Festival kicks off the year-end with a stellar lineup of regionally and internationally renowned musicians. American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox takes centre stage along with Afro-Lusophone jazz musician Carmen Souza as this year’s headliners. Apart from the creative fringe stages, you can look forward to an array of music-related activities including workshops, jazz exhibitions, afterhours jazz jam and music forums. And for those who wish to start their morning with soothing tunes, Sunrise at TSG (Tropical Spice Garden) is the one to catch.
Bars, clubs and live music venues
The Canteen at ChinaHouse
The premier live music venue in George Town
Talk Talk Wine Bar & Lounge
Rustic in its outlook, but with a cool and trendy crowd
The place in Hard Rock Penang where guests can enjoy drinks, pizzas and snacks on the beach
That Little Wine Bar
There are more than 50 labels of wines here
Stay close to Eastin Hotel and you'll find Desire ideally situated next to it. Despite the inclusion of private KTV rooms and dark leather furnishing, they're better known for live bands, which goes well with any drink of your choice from wines, beers to cocktails.