As a former musician, I am a bit selective about clubs to go to and bands to listen to. There are a few places that never disappoint with the selection of bands. Mask Live is one of them.
Located very close to Istiklal Street, Mask Live offers live music all days of the week. There are some bands that perform regularly, as well as selected concerts of both well known or emerging bands.
In fact the interior is pretty small, which is good to allow you to interact with the bands but sometimes you can feel a bit squished. That is why, sometimes half of the customers go out to smoke and socialize. Now it’s become a tradition for Mask. I have many friends that go to Mask and spend their time outdoors, listening to the music from outside and chat there.
The concert schedule is posted on their website regularly. In summer time, since Istanbul locals move southwest, the performances are more seldom.
During the Gezi Park protests Taksim square was closed to the public. But everything is back to normal now.
Please check the website or give a call during summer time. Schedules can change.