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Not to be missed this summer, Royal William Yard is set to celebrate the best local musical talent, with the return of its Yard Sessions programme of live music. The stage is set for a sensational season of FREE open-air gigs at Plymouth’s popular waterside destination, served alongside locally-sourced refreshments and a great atmosphere.

With performances by the water’s edge and Grade I listed buildings forming a dramatic backdrop, this series of seven Yard Sessions take place in a venue like no other. Visitors can look forward to chilled tunes on select Friday evenings from 5.30 to 8pm between May and September. It’s a chance to sit back and relax as the sun goes down, and discover an eclectic mix of live music amidst the stunning coastal scenery.

Yard Sessions are hosted by South West SUP, metres from the sea at Firestone Arch. Enjoy refreshments and light bites from The Shack, wine from by Le Vignoble and beer from Steel Brew. Make an evening of it and dine at one of the many eateries, or grab food to go using the conveniently placed QR codes to enjoy a meal with music. Stay for longer, sink into velvet sofas and enjoy Everyman Cinema’s Friday ‘Late Nights Season’ screenings.

With a mix of firm favourites and Yard Sessions newcomers, this is the 2024 Yard Sessions line-up:


Friday 24th May

Andy Quick

Eclectic songwriter and laid back storyteller, Andy has played countless festivals with Land Of The Giants and The Andy Quick Band. For this Yard Session Andy will be joined by guitarist Matt George and percussionist Jack Rosewarne-Hebb to deliver a lively bunch of anthems.


Friday 14th June

Paul Armer

Singer-songwriter Paul offers a collection of honest, heartfelt songs that mirror and connect with an audience. Inspired by various genres and iconic artists spanning bluegrass, country and folk, his sound resides where these influences meet. 


Friday 12th July

Russell Sinclair and Amber Jade Smith

United by their shared passion for music and their love for reimagining classic tune – including those by Dolly Parton and Tom Petty – this duo have a reputation for putting their own stamp on every song they touch.


Friday 28th June

Simon and John

Offering a blend of acoustic rock classics and much-loved favourites, Simon and John boast an infectious brand of good music, humour audience participation. Having played together for many years, this duo always leave audiences tapping their feet and wanting more


Friday 26th July

Thomas Ford and Becca Langsford

This Cornish brother and sister jump blues duo have been playing music together for the last 20 years. Their energetic live shows are driven by slide guitar, harmonica and washboard, for fans of blues shouters, jump jive and fingerpicked guitar. 

Yard Sessions Thomas Ford and Becca Langsford


Friday 9th August

Alex Hart

Devon born singer and songwriter Alex Hart is proving to be an important addition to the UK's current crop of classy country and roots artists. Accompanied by a guitarist at this Yard Session, Alex’s talented vocals are set to soar.


Friday 6th September


An English songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist, Rue unveils a signature blend of soulful vocals and rhythmic guitar playing, adorned with a captivating jazz essence. Performing as a trio for Yard Sessions, expect a performance to end the season in style.


More music, more venues

There are opportunities to enjoy live music throughout the summer, elsewhere at Royal William Yard. A regular programme of musical talent is on offer at microbrewery and taphouse, Steel Brew. Its Steel Sunday Music sessions showcase acclaimed local performers, and Steel Live Band Night features everything from big local bands to world renowned tribute acts.


Le Vignoble will host its Summer Party on 15th June. This staple in the annual events calendar will feature an afternoon and night of live music, good food and great wine on the terrace and Green. Music comes courtesy of Rue, Waine Downing, Russell Sinclair and DJ Vinyl Paul.

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