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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = concert_hall
Musikverein Vienna June 2006 480.jpg
Hall designed for performances of live (usually classical) music.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: de facto

[W] Concert Hall Concert Halls are buildings, or sometimes rooms in a larger building, built specifically for the performance of live music, mainly from the classical tradition.

Traditionally, on OSM, concert halls have mainly (but not exclusively) been mapped using amenity=theatre, which requires use of one or more additional tags such as theatre:genre=philharmonic or theatre:type=concert_hall. Such approaches are somewhat obscure and don't reflect that although both theatres & concert halls are used for live performances they are actually no closer as buildings and performance spaces than theatres are to cinemas.

Concert halls differ from theatres in a number of ways: open stage, no or very limited back stage area, significantly different acoustic design, no fly tower, orchestra pit, wings etc. Concert Halls may have a large organ built into their fabric, often with parts of the organ, including the console occupying a prominent position at the rear of the stage area. Equally the rear of the stage often rises in a series of tiers to accommodate sections of an orchestra and choral singers. In many cases, the [W] Sydney Opera House Sydney Opera House being a good example, theatres and concert halls share backstage and front-of-house facilities in a single building.

Notable concert halls include: [W] Tonhalle Tonhalle, Zurich; [W] Musikverein Musikverein, Vienna; [W] Royal Albert Hall the Royal Albert Hall, London; [W] Holywell Music Room Holywell Music Room, Oxford w65237635 b j; Royal Festival Hall, London.

How to Map

Either add a node to the centre of the concert hall (building or space), or create a way. Tag the element with amenity=concert_hall. You can name it with name=*. If the concert hall is a dedicated building and it is mapped as a way, add building=public.

See also

  • building=* - useful to map the building itself

Use of theatre genre tags

The following tags are already in use for identifying facilities tagged amenity=theatre which are likely to be concert halls.

Music theatre

  • theatre:genre=philharmonic - A theatre for orchestral performances
  • theatre:genre=chamber_music - A theatre for soloist or small ensemble music performances

Alternative tagging

A number of alternative means of tagging concert halls include

  • amenity=theatre often on its own, but better with theatre:genre=philharmonic
  • amenity=music_venue a more generic tag, which also includes venues for other forms of music such as jazz, folk, pop, rock etc. This tag does not imply a dedicated space for music performance.