10 great gig venues the world over: readers’ travel tips

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Three hundred feet underground is the last place on earth I would expect to experience my most memorable gig. Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville Tennessee is a cave experience with quite a difference. Bands perform in a huge cave called the Volcano Room, where you are seated with the most amazing rock formations all around you. A colossal chandelier hangs from the ceiling and the acoustics are the most natural and crystal-clear I have ever heard. I saw Aaron Lee Tasjan perform there and his voice sounded just incredible. I was also glad of the delicious cave chilli.
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