New York City is home to some of the most famous music venues in the country—even around the world.
From the “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden, and the iconic Radio City Music Hall to newer venues like the Barclays Center, there is no doubt that New York City is the east coast hub for live music. However, many artists have surprised fans by choosing some rather unconventional locations to perform.
Here’s a look at some of the craziest places that your favorite artists have turned into venues:
On June 13, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will perform on Ellis Island, putting on an intimate show and paying tribute to the many migrants who have passed through there. #EdOnEllis
Chelsea’s Pace Gallery is a fitting venue when performing a song called “Picasso Baby.” Over the span of six hours, rapper Jay Z performed his hit song for a select crowd while standing in the center of the gallery.
What do you get when you combine a truck and Times Square? A Paul McCartney performance, of course! In 2013, McCartney showed up in the middle of Times Square in a large tractor-trailer to play an impromptu 13-song set for his fans.
In a commercial for the GRAMMYs, hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis jumped on a city bus to surprise fans with an unconventional performance of “Can’t Hold Us.”
You might not think that underneath the Brooklyn Bridge would be a popular music venue but both U2 and Katy Perry have performed on temporary stages. And of course there was that time U2 got driven through the streets of NYC, causing quite the commotion. Good times.
In train stations, there are those “performers” but you never really stop to listen to them. In 2010, the crowds stopped at New York’s Penn Station when Keith Urban put on a surprise show in celebration of his newest album.
As one of New York City’s most famous hotels, The Plaza is a great choice for the location for a surprise concert. That is exactly what Sheryl Crow thought as she put on a performance in the hotel’s grand ballroom.
The last place you might ever think to be a venue would be an airport with the craziness of thousands of travelers. But JetBlue’s Live from T5 concert series have brought artists such as Phillip Phillips, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding and Jason Derulo to JFK airport.
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