Here’s Another Reason to Visit Cuba Now: A Free Rolling Stones Concert

You can’t always get what you want—unless you want to see the Rolling Stones, for free, in Cuba.

Want to see The Rolling Stones play for free? That may be the stuff of daydreams: unless you happen to be traveling to Cuba at the end of this month.

On Friday, March 25, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood will take the stage in Havana and perform the country’s first-ever open-air British rock concert.

“We have performed in many special places,” the band said, “but this show is going to be a landmark event for us.”

The Stones have a reputation for playing enormous—and free—concerts. Just 10 years ago, they played for an audience of 1.5 million people on Copacabana Beach in Brazil. While it’s unlikely the concert will draw a crowd of that size (there are still travel regulations in place, and airlines haven’t resumed regular service there yet) the show will undoubtedly still be one for the history books.

In addition to entertaining Cubans and travelers from around the world, The Rolling Stones are also leading an initiative to to provide instruments and equipment to Cuban musicians, whether they’re rock ‘n rollers or salsa performers.

Sometimes, there are concerts and music festivals worth traveling for. We think this is probably one of them. To hear Paint It Black in Cuba, check out these nine ways to get there now.

Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.

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