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NYC Concert Venue Guide

Live Music Every Night of the Year

NYC concert venues host the world’s most famous talent in the BEST venues imaginable! Our NYC music scene is second to none. Our top New York City Concert Venues include the new Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden, Met Life Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre and lots of smaller, more intimate performance venues. The big headliners, filling our huge outdoor stadiums, usually perform June through September.


Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden is a favorite concert and sports venue of every New Yorker! When it comes to concerts, it would be far easier to list who doesn’t play here! Billy Joel monthly, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake are just a few highlights of the last few years. MSG, Beacon Theatre and Radio City Music Hall are all owned by the same company.

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Barclays Center, Brooklyn

Barclays Center Brooklyn

Partially owned by Jay-Z – need I say more about the level of talent Barclays Center attracts? Barbra Streisand, Beyonce (obviously), Neil Diamond, Elton John, Linkin Park, Justin Timberlake – and that’s in less than a year! The food is awesome, the venue is still new and getting there could not be easier.

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Beacon Theatre

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The Beacon Theatre is a classic, intimate concert and show venue with New York landmark status and a strong, loyal local following. Typical talent performing at the Beacon Theatre includes: Jerry Seinfeld, Allman Brothers Band, John Legend, Steely Dan, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Barenaked Ladies, Jeff Beck, the Annual Night of Too Many Stars, hosted by Jon Stewart and much more.

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Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall is not just for the Rockettes, although they are spectacular. All year round, Radio City hosts talent like Alicia Keys, Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X, The Doobie Bros, Jazz Musicians, The NY Philharmonic, Classical Musicians and more.



Lincoln Center - Opera, Ballet, NY Philharmonic, Jazz, Broadway

You really haven't been to NYC until you experience THE beating heart of our Arts & Culture scene, Lincoln Center, home to the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Ballet, Julliard School, Broadway and so much more. See what NYC's (always amazing) classic cultural scene has to offer while you are here.

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Jones Beach Ampitheater, Long Island

Jones Beach Summer Concert Schedule

The Jones Beach Amphitheater is one of THE coolest places for a summer concert and they attract an amazing summer line up every year. The world’s top talent, outdoors, easy access from the City, a great audience, and overlooking the ocean…could you ask for more?

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The Bowery Ballroom

The Bowery Ballroom is a legendary venue located in the heart of the Lower East Side. With a capacity of just 575, it offers an intimate setting for fans to see their favorite artists up close. The venue has hosted a wide range of acts over the years, from indie rock bands to singer-songwriters and everything in between. The Bowery Ballroom is known for its excellent sound quality and cozy atmosphere, making it a favorite among both fans and performers. If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable concert experience, be sure to check out a show at the Bowery Ballroom.

The Apollo Theater

The Apollo Theater is a legendary venue located in Harlem, NYC. It has a rich history dating back to the 1930s, when it was a hub for African American performers during the era of segregation. Today, the Apollo continues to showcase a diverse range of talent, from up-and-coming artists to established stars. The theater has a capacity of 1,506 and features a stunning art deco design. It’s a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the history and culture of live music in NYC.

Brooklyn Steel

Brooklyn Steel is a relatively new addition to the NYC concert venue scene, but it has quickly become a favorite among music lovers. Located in the trendy neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Steel has a capacity of 1,800 and hosts a variety of genres, from indie rock to electronic music. Brooklyn Steel boasts a state of the art sound system, spacious dance floor, balcony with great views of the stage and a full bar. Brooklyn Steel is a definite for any live music fan in NYC.

Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Music Hall of Williamsburg is popular amongst the NYC music scene and located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It has a capacity of 600 and features a mix of indie, rock, and electronic acts. The venue has a modern, industrial design with exposed brick walls and a spacious dance floor. It’s a great spot for discovering new artists and experiencing the vibrant music scene of Brooklyn.



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Smaller NYC Concert Venues

Sometimes you want a more intimate setting, smaller bands or the ability to get tickets for tonight, in which case, here are some of our best smaller venues for live music:

  • Joe’s Pub
  • Irving Plaza
  • The Bowery Ballroom
  • Cafe Wha?
  • Village Vanguard
  • Union Hall
  • The Living Room
  • City Winery


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Jones Beach Summer Concerts

Jones Beach Summer Concert Schedule

May - September
Jones Beach Concerts 2023 feature Luke Bryan, Dave Matthews Band, Matchbox Twenty, Foreigner & Loverboy, Goo Goo Dolls & OAR, Big Time Rush, Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper and SO MUCH MORE!

The world's top talent, outdoors, easy access from the City, a great audience, and overlooking the ocean...could you ask for more?

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Central Park SummerStage

Central Park SummerStage

May - September
All Over NYC

SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, brings over 100 performances to eighteen parks throughout the five boroughs. Most of the concerts are free, though a few require advanced tickets.

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MetLife Stadium Summer Concerts

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The Rooftop @ Pier 17 Concerts

NYC's newest open-air venue at The Seaport, The Rooftop at Pier 17 hosts its Summer Concert Series with iconic views of the Brooklyn Bridge & Manhattan skyline.

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TODAY Show Summer Concert Series

TODAY Show Toyota Summer Concert Series

May - September, Fridays
49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza

The 2023 lineup includes Kelly Clarkson, The Jonas Brothers, Chance the Rapper, Niall Horan, Big Time Rush, TWICE, Dan + Shay and more! 

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Good Morning America Summer Concert Series

Good Morning America Summer Concert Series

July - September, Fridays
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park & Times Square studio

The Good Morning America Summer Concert Series takes place most Fridays, July-September. The 2023 lineup kicks of on on July 14th with Jung Kook of BTS , followed by Carly Rae Jepsen, Hozier, Tim McGraw and more.

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Forest Hills Stadium Outdoor Summer Concerts

Forest Hills Stadium (outdoors) hosts performances by Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, The Who, D’Angelo, Zac Brown Band and many more. Originally built in 1923 as the home of the US Open tennis tournament, Forest Hills Stadium has played host to the greats of tennis and music.

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Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk Outdoor Summer Concerts

A fabulous new, 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

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NYC 2023 Concerts Shows by Month

Billy Joel, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Josh Groban, Lorde, Mötley Crüe with Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett , Coldplay, Governors Ball Music Festival, Electric Zoo Festival and more being announced daily. Plus, see Billy Joel continue his monthly residency @ MSG and Jerry Seinfeld monthly at The Beacon.


Billy Joel at MSG

Billy has announced the end of his monthly residency at MSG after 10 years of sold out shows! His last performance (though the man does love an encore:) will be July 25, 2024. Billy Joel at MSG has happened every single month, making us New Yorkers the luckiest people on earth for decades! Billy LOVES to perform for his home fans and he never disappoints.

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Billy Joel at MSG

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  • Billy Joel - Nov 22 & Dec 19, 2023 + Jan 11, Feb 9, March 28 & April 26, June 8 & July 25 (FINAL SHOW), 2024 @ MSG

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Insider Guides to NYC Concert Venues

Our insider guides to Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden, Met Life Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre and lots of smaller, more intimate venues. Get discount ticket insider tips, hotels and dining information.


Concert Schedule and Tickets

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