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Plymouth Pavilions

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Plymouth Pavilions
The Pavilion
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LocationPlymouth, England
Coordinates50°22′8″N 4°9′0″W / 50.36889°N 4.15000°W / 50.36889; -4.15000
OwnerPlymouth Pavilions Ltd
CapacityConcerts: 4,000
Seated: 2,500
Conferences: 2,200
Basketball: 1,480
Plymouth Raiders (BBL)

Plymouth Pavilions is an entertainment and sports complex in Plymouth, Devon, England. It has an ice rink and indoor arena. The arena is used as an entertainment venue and also for corporate hire.

The Pavilions is built on the site of the former Millbay railway station that is directly opposite the Duke of Cornwall Hotel. The granite pillars which can be seen outside the main entrance were once the gate posts to the station.

Ice rink and pool closure

Plymouth Pavilions is one of the only indoor centres with an Ice rink in Devon. On the Rink they host under 18 nights, family sessions and even entertainment.

Plymouth Pavilions was also the home of a family fun indoor swimming pool - including an underwater-themed extension which closed in 2003; however on 18 March 2012, in response to the opening of the modern, state-of-the-art Plymouth Life Centre, the swimming pool was shut down. The area once used by the pool has been vacated and abandoned, as of 2018.[1]

The Arena, Shows and concerts

The Plymouth Pavilions Arena has a standing capacity of 4000 and a seated capacity of 2500. The Arena frequently hosts and promotes large scale concerts, previous artists to have played at The Pavilions include: Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, Little Mix and Pink. The fastest selling show at Pavilions, was The Arctic Monkeys, selling out in one hour in 2006.[2] In 2012 that record was matched by Gary Barlow, selling out in just under one hour.[3]

The Plymouth Pavilions has its own box office and ticketing platform for Ticketing purchases, this is called The Ticket Store. As of 2018 Plymouth Pavilions launched 'Pavilions Introduces', an intimate academy sized gig night for established and upcoming south west talent. The first night featured the South Wests Land of the Giants with support from London based band Tankus The Henge.

Notable shows and concerts Year
Kylie Minogue, New Kids On The Block, Beverley Craven, The Moody Blues 1991
Barclay James Harvest, Status Quo, KISS, Crowded House, Jethro Tull 1992
Inxs, Squeeze, The Kinks, Roy Wood, Brian May Band 1993
Electric Light Orchestra Part Two, Pantera, Whitesnake 1994
Bryan Ferry, The Friendly Foetus Foes 1995
Deep Purple, Backstreet Boys,Manic Street Preachers 1996
Radiohead, Whitenake, Peter Andre 1997
Yes, Tori Amos 1998
Van Morrison, Mike and The Mechanics, Elvis Costello, Pet Shop Boys 1999
Paul Weller, Gene Pitney, John Mayall and Peter Green 2000
Louise, Muse, Atomic Kitten, Melanie C, David Cassidy 2001
Coldplay, Chris De Burgh, David Gray, Oasis, Manic Street Preachers 2002
Def Leppard, Julio Iglesias, Level 42 2003
Travis, Eddie Izzard, LeAnn Rimes, Blondie, Will Young,Finn Brothers 2004
Green Day, P!nk, Judas Priest, Little Britain Live, Machine Head, Motorhead & Kings of Leon, Joan Armatrading 2005
Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Oasis, Elkie Brooks, Sugababes, Jack Johnson, Lostprophets, P!nk, Motorhead & Jet 2006
My Chemical Romance, Bloc Party, P!nk, Kings of Leon, Kanye West, Billy Connolly, Ricky Gervais, The Darkness, Tim Vine, Bowling For Soup, The Feeling, Heaven & Hell, Lamb of God, Enter Shikari & Lemar 2007
Björk, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Lee Evans, N-Dubz, The Mighty Boosh, Bullet for My Valentine, Pendulum, The Feeling, Korn, The Moody Blues, Sugababes & McFly 2008
Al Murray, Kenny Rogers, Keane, The Saturdays, Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Bloc Party, The Nolans, Enter Shikari, Lily Allen, Lemar & Them Crooked Vultures 2009
Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, The Prodigy, Paloma Faith, Frankie Boyle, The Moody Blues, JLS, Dizzee Rascal, Scouting for Girls, Crowded House, Machine Head, Pendulum, Pixie Lott, Biffy Clyro, Halestorm, Buckcherry, Papa Roach & Disturbed. 2010
James Blunt, The Wanted, Alexandra Burke, Morrissey, Evanescence with The Pretty Reckless, Jason Manford, Tinie Tempah, Plan B, N-Dubz, Olly Murs, UK Subs, The Anti-Nowhere League, Motorhead, Insense, Rise To Remain, Ghost, In Flames, Trivium, Example, Jessie J, Katy B, Eliza Doolittle, Glen Campbell, The Saturdays 2011
One Direction, Frankie Boyle, McFly, Thin Lizzy, Michael McIntyre, John Bishop, Professor Green, Ed Sheeran, Enter Shikari, Blur, Noah and the Whale, Rizzle Kicks, Deacon Blue, Peter Andre, Madness, Steps 2012
Little Mix, Plan B, Miranda Hart, Paloma Faith, Leona Lewis, Gary Barlow, The Lumineers 2013
Lily Allen, A Day To Remember, The Saturdays, Machine Head, Bombay Bicycle Club 2014
Status Quo, Royal Blood, Paloma Faith, Ben Howard, Elvis Costello, Slayer, Will Young, Dan and Phil [4] 2015
Tom Odell, Passenger, Massive Attack, Rudimental, Joe Bonamassa, Bastille, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Deacon Blue, Jools Holland, Greg Porter, Jack Garrett, Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne, Leona Lewis, Joss Stone, The Levellers, Peter Andre, Ronan Keating, Wet Wet Wet, Shane Filan of Westlife 2016
Bananarama, The Prodigy, Liam gallagher, Craig David, Adam Ant, Billy Ocean, Busted, Elbow, James Arthur, Kaiser chiefs, Mike and the Mechanics, Paul Rogers, Robert Plant, Stereophonics, The Kooks, Shakin Stevens 2017
Paul Weller, Joe Bonnamassa, The Prodigy, Joanna Lumley, Rick Astley, The Super Vet, Peppa Pig, James Martin, Caro Emerald, League of Gentlemen, Michael Mcintyre, Bill Bailey, Catherine Ryan, Ed Byrne, Tankus the Henge, Land of the Giants, WWE 2018
Don Broco, Paul Carrack, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Ant Middleton, Peter Andre, Brian Cox, Brit Floyd, Dara O'Briain, Billy Ocean, Haunt the Woods, Wildwood Kin, The Vamps, Mike and the mechanics, The Specials, UB40, The Vamps, Bill Bailey, Michael Ball, Adam Kay, MTV Crashes, The Native, Milo Gore, The Pixies, Brian Cox, Bianca Del Rio, Harry Redknapp, Will Young, The Kaizens, Eddy Izzard, Two Door Cinema Club, Diversity, Kevin Bloody Wilson, WWE, Jack Savoretti, Sam Fender, Tim Minchin, Snow Patrol, Lenny Henry, Jack Whitehall, Jonathan Pie, Romesh Ranganathan, Jools Holland, Rhod Gilbert, Rob Beckett 2019



Main arena, home to the Plymouth Raiders.
Main arena, home to the Plymouth Raiders.

The arena is home to the Plymouth Raiders professional basketball team, who compete in the elite British Basketball League. The Raiders have one of the biggest fan bases in British basketball, and games are often played in front of sell-out crowds of up to 1,480 people. The arena has been home to the Raiders since 1996, when the team moved in from the nearby Mayflower Centre looking for a bigger venue to play at.

The venue is one of the most unusual looking basketball arenas in the country, with one large two-tiered stand and a smaller temporary stand situated on the events stage. It is known for its off-court entertainment including spectacular in-house sound & light shows with pyrotechnics.

Premier League Darts

From 2005 to 2008, the arena was part of the Premier League Darts event for the PDC.

Year Week Date
2005 Week 6 Thursday 21 April
2006 Play-Offs Monday 29 May
2007 Week 1 Thursday 1 February
2008 Week 2 Thursday 7 February

Other sporting events

On 1 April 2016 it was announced by the WWE that the arena would host a date for the upcoming NXT UK tour in June, which was later followed up by UK company 5 Star Wrestling hosting an event in the Pavilions. The WWE announced in 2018 that they would be returning to the Pavilions for their UK NXT show taking place in October 2018.


  1. ^ "Swimming Pool". ThisIsDevon.
  2. ^ "Arctic Monkeys". BBC. Retrieved 15 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Gary Barlow". This is Plymouth. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  4. ^

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