Top 5 Shows to See in Nashville this May
Summer has sprung here in Nashville, and what does that mean? Everyone who is anyone will be passing through Music City on their summer tour. The first half of May is teeming with must-go concerts, and we’re here to tell you which ones you just can’t miss.
1. Lana Del Rey
Unfortunately, May 2nd has come and gone meaning that Lana has as well. If you had to chance to catch her at the beautiful Ryman Auditorium Friday night, then lucky you because her show sold out in an hour! Those that attended were graced by the presence of one of the classiest and sexiest acts around today- Lana exudes confidence on stage and the crowd of teenage girls was absolutely eating it up.
2. Beats Antique
Head over to Marathon Music Works on Wednesday May 7th for both an auditory and visual journey performance by Beats Antique. Belly dancer Zoe Jakes commands the stage as the full band creates a fusion of electronic and Middle Eastern influenced music behind her. Currently on their A Thousand Faces tour, Beats Antique immerses the audience in a trippy adventure not to be missed!
3. Neon Trees with Smallpools
A concert at The Ryman is a concert to attend, but Neon Trees with opening band Smallpools is a must see. Front man Tyler Glenn is known for his multiple heroin-chic outfits and high intensity performances that rock fan’s faces off. The band loves to interact with their screaming fans, and even at a formal venue like The Ryman- Neon Trees will have everybody on their feet. Make sure to get there early on the night of Monday May 12th to see Smallpools perform first because the next time they tour it will be as a headlining act!
4. Bombay Bicycle Club
Everyone knows that before you make it big, you play Exit/In. Just look up at the venue’s wall and read every name of the bands that have played there and you’ll see names as big as Kings of Leon. May 14th is Bombay Bicycle Club’s debut Nashville show, and you can count on them blowing the small crowd away at Exit/In. This indie/electronic-blues rock band won’t be playing venues this size for much longer, so head down to Elliston Place that Wednesday evening and witness the calm before the storm for Bombay Bicycle Club career.
5. The 1975
Marathon Music Works, without doubt, has the most impressive calendar for the month of May- and coming up on the 15th is British rock/synth pop band The 1975. Their teenage angst lyrics and unforgettably catchy melodies will have the crowd groovin’ around all night, and with only one album released just about everyone will know (and scream) the words. This band was made for a venue of Marathon’s capacity- intimacy being what drives their live shows- and with the show already sold out, it’s bound to be a night to remember.
Written By: Rachel Oldham