Barbican Theatre presents

Soundwave Sessions: February

For ages 16+
Thu 23 Feb
Doors / bar open: 7pmFirst performer 7:30pm
Approx 2.5hrs

Barbican Theatre bring you Soundwave Sessions - live music gigs in Plymouth in unique venues. 

February 2023 Venue

National Marine Aquarium Plymouth
Our bands and artists will perform in front of the main Eddystone tank and there's a distinct ocean theme this month!

February 2023 Line Up 

(click on each for more info)
Hands Of The Heron
Hands of the Heron is a dreamfolk trio from Bristol, UK. Their instantly recognisable vocal harmonies are delivered by three frontwomen, each of whom brings a signature writing style to the band's mercurial sound. They move effortlessly between sparse choral folk and spellbinding chamber pop, richly layered with an assortment of strings, drones and reeds.
Their long-awaited second album 13 Moons was released in February 2021 and has been praised as "a wondrous collection of curious story-songs, choral singing and carefully layered instrumentation" (Joyzine) with "songwriting mastery that perfectly delivers reverberating folk-pop" (Tap The Feed). Esteemed jazz critic Ted Gioia recommended 13 Moons as one of his top recordings for 2021.
The Great Sea Choir
The Great Sea Choir are a mixed-voice a cappella folk choir directed by Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall of folk duo Suthering.
Based in Plymouth, the choir are known for their intricate and rhythmic arrangements and the high quality of their singing. Despite being a mixed ability group of un-auditioned singers, the choir create an impressive and professional sound, brilliantly executing a wide range of folk music; from unique modern takes on traditional songs to textured, choral interpretations of contemporary music. Their sense of community, which is at the heart of what they do, shines through in their singing. 
The choir pride themselves on having high musical standards and excellent vocal technique; they learn quickly and perform textured and often complex arrangements in up to eight part harmony. 
The choir have performed in world class venues like Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and Bristol Beacon,  receiving recognition for their debut EP Within The Sound from local BBC Introducing and BBC radio shows as well as becoming the winners of the 2016 Heart FM choir competition.
Call Of The Ocean
Call Of The Ocean are a group of Plymouth based musicians and vocalists aged 16-25 who write and perform original stories and songs about the underwater world, featuring hypnotic scores and voices.

What are Soundwave Sessions?

Soundwave Sessions are going to be the best nights in Plymouth - buy a ticket, be part of some really special gigs and discover your next favourite musician. They'll happen on the last Thursday of the month and every time will be at a different venue and have different bands and artists performing.

Epic artists at epic places...every month.


All tickets are £10
(this price is inclusive of any booking fees and charges)

Terms of Entry

Soundwave Sessions gigs are suitable for ages 16+
When alcohol is on sale challenge 25 will be in operation.
Photo ID may be requested for anyone our team believes to be under the age of 25.
All tickets are to be purchased online through the barbican theatre website.
There will be a limited number of tickets available for purchase at the door.

Soundwave Sessions coming up:

Thursday 26 January 2023 at St Lukes, former Toys R Us, Western Approach
Thursday 23 February 2023 at National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
Thursday 30 March 2023 at Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Subject to license. 


Age Guidance / Challenge 25
Soundwave Sessions gigs are suitable for ages 16+. As alcohol will be on sale those aged 16 or 17 must be accompanied by someone aged 18+
As alcohol is on sale challenge 25 will be in operation. Photo ID may be requested for anyone our team believes to be under the age of 25.
Acccessibility FAQs
National Marine Aquarium Plymouth has step free access and accessible toilets.
If you have any access requirements requirements please email our team at and someone will get back to you as soon as they can.


Ticket FAQs
All tickets are £10
(this price is inclusive of any booking fees and charges)
How are tickets issued?
All tickets are issued as e-tickets which are sent to the email used at the time of booking. (if they haven't arrived within a few hours or booking please check your junk folder - if they still haven't arrived please email with your booking name and reference number) We no longer issue physical tickets. On the day of the show you'll also receive an SMS message with a link to your tickets so please ensure you add a mobile number to your account when you book.
What do I do with my tickets when I arrive at the venue? 
You can present your tickets on your smartphone/device or as a print out. If you don't have access to a smart device or a printer you can also give your name / booking ref at the box office and we can check you in that way (which does however take a little bit longer)
Travel & Parking FAQs
The nearest parking is at Sutton Harbour Car Park,
Please note: the Sutton harbour car park is a privately-owned pay & display, operated by Britannia Car Parks. There are no change facilities. Soundwave Sessions gigs usually last between 2 and 2.5 hours. The car park has payment by phone and contactless payment.
The NMA advise Sutton Harbour carpark users to ensure they understand and fully adhere to the requirements laid-out by the carpark operators – Britannia Parking. 
Alternatively over the footbridge on the Barbican side is Elphinstone car park which is Plymouth City Council owned. This is approx 5 mins walk from the aquarium.
Public Transport
Plymouth Train Station 
Most bus routes in Plymouth serve Plymouth City Centre, with the majority operating via Royal Parade which is a 20 minute walk from National Marine Aquarium.
Plymouth Citybus website (opens in a new tab)
Stagecoach website(opens in a new tab)
Health / Emotional / Trigger Warnings & Safe Space
Emotional warnings: There are no emotional content / trigger warnings that we are currently aware of.
Health warnings: some haze / smoke effects may be used in performances. There are also likely to be flashing lights. These shows will feature loud, live music  played through amps / speakers (as with most music performances like this) If you would like to bring ear defenders you are welcome to. We will have a very limited number available to hire  (on the door, first come first served) for £3.
Barbican Theatre and any venues used by the organisation are safe spaces - safe to be who you are, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender, identity, or sexual orientation.
Venue Info / Bar / Refreshments
National Marine Aquarium
Rope Walk
United Kingdom
What 3 Words: ///boom.candy.gallons
There will be a bar on site selling alcoholic and soft drinks. ID will be required for anyone who looks under 25 #Challenge25
No external food or drink to be brought onto premises (except water)

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