This book explores the growing phenomenon of music tourism – instances of people visiting places because of a connection with music. Asking how an abstract art form such as music can lead to tourism and how the popularity of music tourism in contemporary culture might be explained, it presents a comparative study of musical tourism in various locations across Europe, in relation to a range of musical genres. Through the concept of ‘musical topophilia’, the author offers a timely and insightful analysis of the affective attachment to place and music, showing how and why music literally moves people. This account enables us to grasp the complex ways in which music, place, and tourism are connected in practice. Based on empirical case studies, Contemporary Music Tourism lays the foundation for a theoretical grounding of music tourism as a research field and, as such, will appeal to scholars of geography, music, sociology, tourism, and cultural studies.

chapter Chapter 1|17 pages

Music, place, and tourism

chapter Chapter 2|22 pages

Musical topophilia

chapter Chapter 3|18 pages

Sharing songs on Hirakata Square

On music listening and imagining place

chapter Chapter 6|17 pages

The value of music tourism