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Live music events in Exeter

The largest concert hall west of Bristol, the Exeter Great Hall has a long history of staging concerts by music greats.  U2, Bob Marley and Pink Floyd and more recently, Razorlight, the Kaiser Chiefs and Newton Faulkner have all played at the 1800 capacity venue based on the Streatham campus.

The ITV’s X Factor programme selected the Great Hall as the venue to film the homecoming gig of a finalist on the programme at the end of 2013 and Muse entertained a sell-out crowd in March 2015 with a homecoming gig as part of their UK Psycho tour.

Whatever the genre, the Great Hall is an excellent live music venue.


Classics Galore

BSOAs well as being an excellent space for pop and rock concerts, the excellent acoustics, moveable seating and fixed tiered balcony area make the Great Hall the perfect venue for choir performances and classical concerts. The Military Wives Choir performed a gala concert  alongside the La La Choirs, a local group from Lympstone back in 2012 and the UK wide biannual Choir of the Year competition also battled it out in the Great Hall in the same year.


A lasting relationship with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

The University is proud to have a lasting relationship with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, with the Great Hall celebrating it’s 50th anniversary of hosting concerts from this world renowned organisation in January 2015. The concert season runs through to May – for a full list of BSO concerts taking place in the Great Hall, and details of how to book tickets, visit the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra events page.


Pre-concert dining and refreshments

Our Terrace Restaurant, located next to the Great Hall and accessed via the doors to the right of the stage, is open from 5pm before each BSO performance for pre-concert drinks and dining, plus an interval service. The menu includes traditional favourites including soup, carvery meals and fish and chips. No need to book a table, just turn up.


Arts and Culture

Music plays a big part in the Universty’s Arts and Culture strategy, which aims to provide a central hub for arts and culture activities. The team work in partnership with many organisations, including the Exeter Northcott Theatre and the Exeter Phoenix to bring events to the area.

What's On

To find out about up and coming live music events at the University take a look at the Arts and Culture events listing or