Plymouth is a vibrant city with a thriving live music scene hugely popular with students at Plymouth's universities, and there are several great live music venues to choose from. Here are some of the best:
1. Plymouth Pavilions
Plymouth Pavilions, a prominent landmark in the heart of Plymouth, has a rich history as a premier concert venue. Opening its doors in 1991, the building has hosted countless memorable performances over the years. With a capacity of over 4,000, it quickly became a favorite among both artists and fans alike. The venue's versatility and state-of-the-art facilities have attracted renowned musicians and bands from various genres, cementing its reputation as a go-to destination for live music in the region. From electrifying rock concerts to mesmerizing pop shows and everything in between, Plymouth Pavilions has continuously delivered unforgettable experiences, earning its place as a cherished hub for music enthusiasts in Plymouth and beyond.
It is the largest live music venue in the city of Plymouth and hosts a range of events, including music concerts, comedy shows, and theatre performances. For a venue that can accommodate 4,000 people, it has excellent acoustics.
Plymouth Pavilions has played host to gigs by major bands and artists, including:
- My Chemical Romance
- Alice Cooper
- The Vaccines
2. The Junction
This is a popular music venue that hosts live bands and DJs. It has a capacity of around 500 people and has a reputation for showcasing up-and-coming artists.
3. The Underground
This is a smaller venue that is known for hosting live music events and club nights. It has a capacity of around 150 people and has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Located on Mutley Plain.
4. The B-Bar
This is a quirky music venue located in the Barbican area of Plymouth. It hosts a range of live music events, including jazz, folk, and world music.
5. The Depo
Probably the best dance and electronic music club in Plymouth. Regular DJ's, live sets and bands + outdoor summer events.
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6. Blues Bar and Grill, Barbican
Blues Bar does what it says on the tin. It’s a Blues bar. It provides grilled food. It’s cosy, a little fancy and it hosts equally gorgeous music. With both scheduled gigs running all the time and the occasional excitement of an open mic night, the only day on which there isn’t live music is Monday. Tuesdays are a pretty safe bet for their fantastic house regulars.
7. Home Park
The home of Plymouth Argyle Football Club also hosts some massive touring bands. This Summer you can see Muse, Rod Steward, Boy George, Kiss, Absolute Bowie.
Overall, there are plenty of great live music venues to choose from in Plymouth, catering to a variety of tastes and genres.
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