There is a common misconception that Israel is not a great place for live entertainment. Many times you’ll hear people lamenting at the lack of big name concerts in the Holy Land. However, if you dig deeper, you’ll find that there are plenty of wonderful opportunities to enjoy live music, both local and international, in the land flowing with milk and honey (and music). Although it’s true that Israel’s selection of international star-studded concerts is not as wide as other countries’, many big-name artists still come to perform in Israel, while this gives you a perfect opportunity to check out other artists that you may have never thought to see live before. Check out the variety of venues and some of the top attractions that Israel has to offer.
The best live music venues in Israel
Get ready for bright lights, booming stereos, and 980 square meters of all-night fun. With the most advanced sound and lighting systems out there, Reading 3 is the perfect venue for local and international artists. On top of its three platforms, the space offers kosher catering and premium bar service fit for any occasion. Located in the bustling north Tel Aviv port, in just five short years, Reading 3 has risen to be a leading event space for private business events , launches and parties. Book your next gathering with the best in the industry for an experience you’ll be talking about for years.
If you miss local venues where you can fight your way through a crowd to inch as close to the stage as possible, do not worry. Barby is that exact venue, and has been a classic music venue in the White City since the year 1994. Barby hosts live shows by a variety of artists, most recently bands such as Gogol Bordello, Washed Out, and two completely sold out shows by The Kooks. In addition to international artists, Barby hosts Israeli musicians as well. Located on the outskirts of Florentin, Barby is the perfect local venue to have an incredible musical experience.
Sometimes, the best live concert experiences are the huge ones, where you and 50,000 other fans come together in support of one of your favorite artists. Up until recently, the only venue that could provide such an experience was the one at Park HaYarkon. Fret not, since Rishon LeZion has now delivered with Amphi Live Park. Live Park is a performance and event venue that offers seating in the orchestra section or room for dancing in the grassy general admission area. In addition to live shows, this venue hosts festivals and other events as well.
If you’re looking for something completely different to do this weekend, Bascula is the perfect place for you. Bascula is the self-proclaimed Urban Circus of Tel Aviv. Bascula aims to bring the Circus into the Israeli mainstream and also to serve as a home base for local artists and performers. Located in the up and coming area of Harakevet Street in Southern Tel Aviv, a Bascula experience is surely one you will not forget. However, circus shows are not the only productions at Bascula; you can also attend plays, workshops, and other live events there.
The Menora Mivtachim Arena is the largest covered arena in the central region of Israel. It was built to serve as a multi-purpose venue hosting some of the biggest sporting and cultural events in the country. Here you will find music festivals, children’s events, pop and rock concerts and dance performances, among other events. The arena is built to provide all patrons with maximum convenience, comfort and eye-level views. It also serves as the home court for the Maccabi Tel Aviv club and the Israeli national basketball team.
Every city needs a venue like Levontin 7. This venue slash pub offers local artists a chance to play live shows in an intimate setting. Every single night of the week, Levontin 7 hosts a variety of artists, so no matter what your schedule looks like, you always have a chance to get an evening of live music in your week. Additionally, Levontin 7 offers a large selection of high quality alcohol that you may imbibe as you enjoy the sounds of local talent. Check out each month's calendar to see who is part of the the lineup!
Looking to broaden your musical tastes? Or maybe you know exactly what you want to hear. With numerous shows throughout the week and locations in Herzliya and Tel Aviv, Zappa is a king in the industry. With over twelve years of success, Zappa knows what they are doing when it comes to nightlife. From food and drinks to a fabulous sound system, the two venues are an awesome destination for visitors and locals alike.
Nestled on one of Tel Aviv’s bustling nightlife streets, King George, it’s no wonder you’ll feel like local royalty the minute you step inside OzenBar. The dimly lit ambience coupled with brick walls is reminiscent of a dive bar in the middle of New York City’s East Village. Close your eyes and just imagine intimate and thrilling live shows every night of the week.