Nelson Mandela Forum
Viale Malta, 6
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Via Ghibellina, 99
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Viale del Visarno
Not quite big enough to be a player on the European music scene, but just big enough to still attract mainstream talent, concerts in Florence do run the gamut from A-list extravaganzas to smoky dives with budding stars.
There are only a handful of really big music halls in Florence, but everyone from Jamiroquai, Oasis, Springsteen, Madonna, and Danielle Silvestri have graced the stages of the Viper Theatre, Nelson Mandela Forum, Auditorium Flog, Stadio Artemio Franchi (home of ACF Fiorentina), and ObiHall Teatro di Firenze.
It’s not all big names and high tickets prices though – Florence concerts can be seen in small and medium venues all over town. There are popular student hangouts like The Red Garter featuring live shows on the weekends, jazz spots like La Cite with nightly tunes, big DJ shows and live music at Otel, and acoustic guitar performances at Chiodo Fisso.
As with most events in Italy, not only in Florence, everything seems to happen at the last moment without any real notification. This holds true for concerts as well. To avoid disappointment look out for flyers, posters and local newspapers announcing special shows and concerts.