Sounds of the City - Milan

10th April 2019

Italy - Italy team

Music guides in Milan
« Our guide to unearthing musical adventures in Europe’s fashion capital »

Often referred to as the capital of fashion, the historic city of Milan boasts a fervent, trend-setting music culture. From underground jazz to its famous late-night dance music scene, the city captures a wide range of international sounds.


If you are looking to dance under the lights to the latest in electronic music, look no further than the magnificent Magazzini Generali. Its large industrial interior plays host to up to 3000 revelers partying to the biggest names in DJ culture playing the finest in cutting edge sounds. Ideally located close to the city centre, this late-night venue is a perfect place for anyone looking to party into the early hours.


If busy dance floors and lasers aren’t your thing then there are plenty of other great musical options on offer. Santeria has two venues in Milan, with the original Santeria Paladini 8 in the east of the city being the more intimate space. The café-restaurant and leafy secluded courtyard is home to a wide range of cultural offerings, from theatre and film screenings to relaxed jazz nights popular with fashionable locals.

Heading uptown

If you’re willing to explore a little further then in the north of the city you’ll find the fantastic Spirit De Milan. Far from the tourist trail, the stunning venue opened in 2015 and pays homage to 1940s swing music culture. Watch and marvel at the electrifying moves of its seasoned regulars as you get transported to a bygone time and place. And don’t be shy to get your dancing shoes on as there are plenty of novices gracing the floor too!


Should you be looking to get under the skin of Milan’s fashionable nightlife then look no further than the intimate VOLT CLUB, a venue popular with Milan’s super-hip youth. Owned by fashion guru Claudio Antonioli and opened in 2016, it’s one of Milan's most beautiful clubs; with black interiors and designer lighting. It exudes class and style, offering up a range of desirable cocktails to an energetic crowd, and it’s a regular host to some of the best names in underground dance music with Maya Jane Coles, Kiasmos and Peggy Gou all playing recently. Beware however - dress to impress if you want to get in!

Festival season

August can be quiet in Milan as many of the city’s residents go on holiday, but by the end of the month the city is alive again, playing host to Milano Rocks festival. The epic weekend of shows takes place at MIND – Milano Innovation District and has featured international superstars such as Imagine Dragons and Twenty One Pilots, with Florence & The Machine and The 1975 due to play the event this year.


The city also offers up the opportunity to watch new and emerging talent free of charge during Milan Music Week, which takes place in November. The event consists of a full week of initiatives, concerts and meetings spread all over its bars and clubs, with important participation from national and international music scenes.

Digging in the crates

Beyond the fantastic range of music venues and events, Milan is home to some of Italy’s best record stores, and one such essential space is Backflip Records, founded in 2015. Trend-setting in its taste, with a little digging you’ll find the best in new and used Latin gems, Italian disco, and LA hip-hop. And while you’re in a country famous for its horror movies, why not check out a unique store dedicated to the genre? The brilliant if terrifying Bloodbuster is packed with soundtracks on CD and vinyl and is a short walk from Repubblica Metro station.


Whatever your taste, Milan delivers a wide range of exciting, energetic and hip sounds around every corner. There’s no shortage of late night fun to be had and always something new for your ears to discover.