Max Jefferson

The 5 Best Live Music Venues in New Hampshire

Situated in New England, New Hampshire is one of the most unusual states you can find in the US. The state has a rich musical culture, having 9 state songs, 8 of which are made as honorary composition. A lot of famous musicians have graced the concerts throughout the state. Examples include Tina Turner, U2, and the Pixies.

Most concertgoers would agree that the venue is as important as the artist(s) who perform there. We can help you find some of the best concerts in New Hampshire. Just use this list of the top 5 venues in the state for live entertainment.

1. 3S Artspace - Portsmouth, NH

Owned by a nonprofit organization, this venue is dedicated to the true expression of art instead of being a commercial enterprise. Indeed, they provide chances to underrepresented and unconventional shows. The place offers an artistic atmosphere which is different from the usual concert experience. They have a nice selection of beer and the adjacent restaurant offers some tasty food.

Address: 319 Vaughan St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Phone: (603) 766-3330


2. Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH

This is a seasonal music concert that also hosts comedy shows. The venue is active from April to November, and hosts about 70 shows during this period. It is ranked at the 23rd position by Pollstar in the Top 100 Worldwide Club Venues. The venue is small enough to allow a great view for everyone. A lot of renowned stars have performed here. Examples include Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, Phish, Dropkick Murphys and U2.

Address: 169 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH 03842

Phone: 603-929-4100


3. Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion - Gilford, NH

If outdoor concerts are your thing, then you would love this venue which is situated on the banks of the beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. It has a seating capacity of around 9000. It is also one of the most popular summer concerts you can find in the region. Not only that, this venue takes a place in the list of the 10 Best Concert Venues Across the USA by USA Today. Renowned artists/bands such as Florida Georgia Line, ZZ Top, Sugarland, and Twenty One Pilots have done gigs here.

Address: 72 Meadowbrook Ln, Gilford, NH 03249

Phone: (603) 293-4700


4. Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH

With a capacity of about 700, this small-sized venue offers an intimate setting for the audience. Besides musical events, the venue hosts occasional theatrical and comedy shows. You would especially like the great acoustics of the theatre. Also, the seats are quite comfortable and there is a dedicated smoking area. The venue has seen performances from artists such as Mike Peters, Art Alexakis, and John Eddie.

Address: 10 A St, Derry, NH 03038

Phone: (603) 437-5100


5. The Music Hall - Portsmouth, NH

This is a historic theater that was actually built in 1878. It is in fact the oldest functioning theater in New Hampshire and the 14th oldest in the US. The interior is beautifully designed and the small size offers an intimate feel. Thanks to the raised rows of seat, everyone gets a nice view no matter where they sit. The Music Hall has seen acts from popular artists such as Tony Bennett, Bruce Cockburn, and Suzanne Vega.

Address: 28 Chestnut St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Phone: 603.436.2400


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