Top 5 Live Music Venues in Los Angeles



If you didn’t already know, Los Angeles has an incredibly large music scene. This city has everything from local indie bands to breakout pop acts and from aspiring rappers to absolute rockstars. There are also tons of music venues in LA that range from small clubs to enormous stadiums. Obviously, not all music venues are the same and that statement rings especially true in Los Angeles. If you’re ever in the LA area, try to attend a concert at one of these venues and you will undoubtedly have a great time.

Number Five: Rose Bowl. Located thirty minutes from the heart of LA, the Rose Bowl is one of the biggest venues in southern California. This stadium traditionally hosts UCLA football games and has a capacity of 92,542. While I will admit that if your seat is in the back of the venue you might as well just not go at all, the seats in the lower bowl and on the floor are definitely worth the price. There’s no better feeling than standing on the floor of the Rose Bowl, singing along to your favorite song, and looking around at 92,542 other people doing the same thing.

Number Four: House of Blues. The House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood is an awesome venue to see live music at. There’s more than enough room for everyone to fit on the floor, but if necessary, there is also a standing-room-only balcony that has a great view as well. If you’re willing to spend extra money on food and drinks, you can reserve a VIP table on the balcony which has a great view of the stage. At the House of Blues, the stage is quite spacious so the artists can move around a lot and interact with their fans, no matter where the fans are standing.

Number Three: Club Nokia. Club Nokia is one of my favorite standing-room-only venues in all of Los Angeles. While it does have a seated balcony area for most shows, I prefer to stand on the floor because it is laid out excellently. Instead of just one large open area, the floor of Club Nokia is divided into three levels, each one raised slightly higher than the previous. This layout is perfect for extremely popular concerts where a ton of people are on the floor because you don’t have to fight your way through the crowd to find a spot where you can see the artist. The front of each level gives audience members the perfect view of the stage and is the perfect place to stand for a concert at Club Nokia.

Number Two: Staples Center. Located in Downtown LA, the Staples Center is one of the most popular venues in Los Angeles. Almost every big name has played there including Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, One Direction, and Taylor Swift. However, Staples Center’s 18,118-person capacity is often too small and cannot hold every LA native who wants to attend a concert. Therefore, many artists book several nights in a row at Staples, including One Direction who performed there for four nights in 2013 and Taylor Swift who will play five nights there at the end of August. Furthermore, the sound board at Staples is always run excellently, and the music that radiates through the speakers is extremely high quality.

Number One: The Roxy. Without a doubt, this small and intimate venue on Sunset Boulevard is my favorite venue throughout all of LA. Its 500-person capacity makes it the perfect place to see local acts or even larger bands who want to have a more private gig. The Roxy is a small enough venue so that no matter where you stand, you will always have a good view of the performer, yet it doesn’t feel as if the walls are closing in on you. The stage has an extremely unique placement in the northeast corner of the venue, and its rounded edge lets fans stand on all sides. Even better, there is not a gap between the stage and the crowd, which is great because it helps you feel more connected to the artist.

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