Nightlife is not all parties, it is the live music shows, gigs at cafes or a kickass concert. You get to witness the best of the music events in Istanbul; from live music to the tours of artists, there is a lot that the city has in store for you. For a different choice of music, there are distinct events in Istanbul. For classical music lovers, they have classical music shows and concerts, while for the groovers they have concerts in Istanbul to dance your heart out.
The city is never out of stock when it’s music events so get grooving already.
Istanbul, the multicultural hub along with being the historical and cultural centre of Turkey, has some unique characteristic features that reflect its long history of different phases, the nation's culture and even the political environment of the country. Music in Istanbul has seen an outburst both in quality and quantity. Acts like music concerts, karaoke nights and gigs fill the musical atmosphere of Istanbul. Among them, Istanbul concerts draw a large number of audience and are highly influenced by western music like rock, jazz and pop. To host this, Istanbul has numerous concert halls sprung across the city. One such is the Zorlu Center PSM, a performing arts venue in Besiktas, showcases diverse artistic genres including West End musicals, Broadway, opera, dance, classical, jazz and the best artists. It is also Europe’s largest and the world’s third largest performing arts venue. Another popular concert venue in Istanbul, Salon Iksv located at the entrance and first floor of IKSV's building is specialised in hosting classical, jazz, rock, alternative and world music concerts.
The love for music in Istanbul can be proved by the continuous hosting of two of the most prestigious and highly acclaimed music events of the city named the Istanbul Music Festival and the Istanbul International Music Festival apart from popular Istanbul concerts. The Istanbul Music Festival, throughout its history of around 40 years has maintained the image of playing a major role in building up an appreciation for classical music in Istanbul and Turkey and invites critically acclaimed artists from all over the world. On the other hand, the Istanbul International Music Festival that held in every June offers a wide range of European classical music along with ballet, opera and traditional musical flavours and is also known for bridging cultural and religious diversions of the city.
If you want to hear the real nightingales, you probably shouldn’t miss the live performances of music in Istanbul. It can also be said that the live performances fall under the category of Istanbul concerts as they are organized with a high level of professionalism. You shouldn’t leave the city without watching a live jazz performance. Talking about this, the Nardis Jazz Club, which is located at the Kuledibi Sok is one of the best places to fo live music in Istanbul. The club also features a bar where you can enjoy the warm environment with professional jazz being performed at the stage. Running parallel in quality is another place called the Dorock XL Kadıköy located at Neset Omer Sokak 3C next to Migros Shopping Center, which attracts people who love to see a live band playing in front of them.