One for all the musos out there
hat such a tiny country should have bequeathed such a rich musical legacy to the world is one of the enduring mysteries of English culture. But from Elgar to Coldplay, England has always led the way musically.
Our biggest exports are, of course, The Beatles, those four lads from Liverpool who changed the face of popular culture. Today, their home city does ample justice to the Fab Four, with the Beatles Story at Albert Dock, and the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney both must-sees.
Nearby Manchester is another musical heavyweight, spawning the Stone Roses, The Smiths, New Order and Oasis, among others. Visitors can explore this side of the city by downloading an audio guide and taking a tour to discover the Sound of Manchester .
Music-loving visitors should also make sure they stop in at the capital, which has more attractions than any local could hope to check out in a lifetime, let alone the average tourist. Classical lovers wishing to see classic works by Elgar in a modern setting should be sure to visit The Proms , a two month long classical music festival held each summer at venues around London.
Finally, for the chance to see musical legends young and old performing, England’s music festivals are essential. Glastonbury is the daddy of them all, but the new wave of boutique festivals such as Vintage at Goodwood and Secret Garden Party are equally worth a visit.
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