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Top Music Venues in South Devon

South Devon, a region steeped in natural beauty, also boasts a vibrant music scene that caters to a wide range of tastes, from indie rock to classical choral performances. Whether you're a local resident or a visitor looking to soak in some local culture, the array of venues ensures there's always a performance to attend. Here's a guide to some of the top music venues in South Devon

Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh 

For a serene and spiritually uplifting musical experience, Buckfast Abbey is unparalleled. Here, music is intertwined with daily monastic life, offering visitors a chance to enjoy Gregorian chants and stellar performances in a majestic setting. 

Powderham, Kenton 

Imagine attending a concert amidst the enchanting ambiance of a medieval estate. Powderham offers just that and more. Set against the backdrop of centuries-old architecture and sprawling gardens, this venue hosts unforgettable outdoor concerts and music festivals. It's a perfect blend of history, culture and sonic bliss. 

Exeter Phoenix, Exeter 

Situated on the bustling Gandy Street, Exeter Phoenix marks the pulse of the city's art scene. Established in the late 1990s, this multi-arts venue is not just about music; it’s a cultural hub where live shows, cinema screenings and creative workshops converge. For music lovers, it offers an eclectic mix of performances that cater to all tastes. 

Exmouth Pavilion, Exmouth 

Nestled on Exmouth’s scenic Esplanade, Exmouth Pavilion is a cornerstone for entertainment, often hosting live music and comedy shows. If you're visiting during the summer, the Pavilion’s eclectic calendar is sure to enhance your evenings with quality performances. 

Crediton Arts Centre, Crediton 

What was once Hayward’s School has been transformed into a cherished community arts venue. Crediton Arts Centre blends its historical charm with a diverse lineup of musical and theatrical performances, making it a cultural staple for the town since 2004. 

The Foundry, Torquay 

Located in the heart of Torquay, The Foundry stands tall as a beacon of musical diversity. With its state-of-the-art sound system and dynamic lineup of artists spanning various genres, this venue guarantees nights filled with rhythm and soul. From indie rock gigs to electronic dance parties, The Foundry never fails to set the stage on fire. 

Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth  

As one of the largest venues in the region, Plymouth Pavilions needs no introduction. Its grandeur and versatility make it a hotspot for major concerts and events. From chart-topping pop stars to legendary rock bands, Pavilions hosts an impressive roster of performers, drawing crowds from across South Devon and beyond. 

Home Park, Plymouth 

Home to Plymouth Argyle Football Club, Home Park can also transform into a pulsating music venue. With stadium-sized concerts, this versatile space caters to a diverse range of musical tastes. Whether you're cheering for your favourite team or dancing to the beat, Home Park never disappoints. 

The Beehive, Honiton 

For those craving an intimate musical experience, The Beehive in Honiton is the place to be. This cosy pub exudes charm and character, providing a welcoming atmosphere for live music aficionados. With its lineup of local talents and occasional touring acts, The Beehive offers a taste of authentic Devonshire hospitality. 

Tavistock Wharf, Tavistock 

Nestled along the banks of the River Tavy, The Wharf in Tavistock is a hidden gem for music lovers. Its rustic charm and intimate setting make it a favourite among both artists and audiences. From folk nights to jazz performances, The Wharf showcases the best of South Devon's homegrown talent in a laid-back, waterfront setting. 

Lemon Grove, Exeter 

As one of Exeter's premier music venues, Lemon Grove has earned a reputation for hosting electrifying live performances. With its vibrant atmosphere and top-notch acoustics, this venue attracts top artists and emerging talents alike. From rock concerts to underground DJ sets, Lemon Grove never fails to deliver an unforgettable night of music and revelry. 

The Junction, Plymouth 

Situated in the heart of Plymouth's bustling city centre on Mutley Plain, The Junction is a hub of musical creativity and expression. With its eclectic programming and inclusive atmosphere, this venue celebrates diversity in all its forms.  

The Old Warehouse, Kingsbridge 

Tucked away in the charming town of Kingsbridge, The Old Warehouse offers a unique music experience. This restaurant-come-music venue serves as a platform for local bands and emerging artists to showcase their talents. With its intimate stage, The Old Warehouse captures the essence of grassroots music culture. 

Bomba, Exeter 

Bomba is a hotspot for world music enthusiasts. From Afrobeat to Jazz, and Indie to House, the venue promises a lively atmosphere with DJs and live performances that keep the dance floor buzzing through the night. 

Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter 

Central to Exeter’s community events, the Corn Exchange hosts a broad spectrum of activities, including memorable music gigs and comedy shows. It stands as a testament to the city’s commitment to nurturing public spaces for arts and entertainment. 

The Cavern, Exeter 

Iconic in its own right, The Cavern has been the launching pad for numerous international bands since 1991. This venue is the heartthrob of indie music lovers and serves as a cultural landmark within Exeter. 

Ashburton Arts Centre, Ashburton 

Housed in a historic church, the Ashburton Arts Centre offers intimate performances with exceptional acoustics, making every musical event a memorable one. Its charming setting only adds to the allure. 

Exeter Cathedral, Exeter 

A venue where history and music intertwine beautifully, Exeter Cathedral offers breathtaking choral performances. Its music program enriches the cultural landscape, continuing a centuries-old tradition of sacred music. 

The Barrel House, Totnes 

Rounding off our musical journey is Barrel House in Totnes, a hidden gem for music enthusiasts and beer aficionados alike. Boasting a cosy atmosphere and a stellar lineup of live acts, this venue promises unforgettable nights of music and merriment. And with Totnes Brewing Co. on-site, you can savour a pint of locally crafted beer before or after the gig, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to your musical experience. 

South Devon's music venues offer a unique blend of historical charm and vibrant contemporary culture. Whether you're drawn to the serene chants at Buckfast Abbey or the indie vibes at The Cavern, each venue offers a distinct slice of South Devon's rich cultural tapestry. So next time you're in South Devon, immerse yourself in its lively music scene and let the rhythms and melodies colour your experience of this enchanting region. 

If you're looking for live music and shows in South Devon, be sure to check out our 'What's On - Music Events' section here. 

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