As Austria’s second-largest city, Graz earned the distinction of becoming a Unesco World Heritage site in 1999. The city is popular not only for its universities, but also for its delicious food, vibrant art scene and spectacular music venues. Here are Culture Trip’s five favourite places to catch live music in Graz.
Explosiv is the place for superb concerts. Whatever your taste, be it punk, metal, hardcore, indie, alternative or hip-hop, this is the place for you. Boasting top-notch, professional lighting and sound rigs, Explosiv indeed guarantees explosive concerts. In addition, you can treat yourself to a variety of drinks, from organic juices to beer to wine, and in the cafe there are smaller shows and even lectures, workshops and readings.
This venue is a popular place among the youth of Graz, and that’s no surprise, what with all of the concerts on offer almost daily. The selection is always broad, ranging from swing nights to tech-house to hits from the ’80s and ’90s. There is a small cafe on the premises where you can grab something to eat before you head off to a swing or tango evening. It’s also good to know that all the ingredients used in the cafe have fair-trade certification.
If you long for a loud place with good music where you can meet lots of people, look no further. Close to the Mur River, Club Wakuum presents DJs who serve up party music, but there is also a wide selection from other genres, such as classical music and indie rock. You can also choose from a large variety of alcoholic drinks.
This cafe can be found in a picturesque park in the middle of Graz and provides a beautiful venue for concerts and live music programmes in both summer and winter. There is a monthly music programme during the summer, and DJs play from time to time. You might not know it, but many musical talents have been discovered here.
Dom im Berg
This unique venue is breathtaking in terms of its unusually large size: set in 733sqm (7,890sqft) with 11m (36ft) of head space, this place can host practically any events taking place in Graz. Due to a special wall coating, the acoustics are impeccable, so this spot serves as an ideal place for events ranging from congresses, balls and theatre performances to clubbing, elaborate corporate presentations and so on. If you like loud music, then Dom im Berg is the perfect place for you.