Devon airshow expands with 'new experiences'

English Riviera Air Show 2023 -Credit:Alistair MacPhee/Miracle PR
English Riviera Air Show 2023 -Credit:Alistair MacPhee/Miracle PR

Organisers of the English Riviera Airshow say it will be "better than ever" in 2024 with a host of new additions including "premium" experiences with seating and live music all weekend. The two-day event, also known as the Torbay Airshow, first took place in 2016.

For the first time in the airshow’s history, there will be a special opening night on the Friday before the event (May 31). Members of the public are invited to Paignton Green from 6pm to 10pm to kick off the weekend with a line-up of live music headlined by The Barefoot Bandits.

As with the rest of the airshow, the opening night is free to attend and food and drinks can be purchased from a range of stands. This year's airshow will also feature live music all weekend on Paignton Green.

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Devon-based ten-piece band Joey the Lips will headline at 9:15pm on Saturday. Meanwhile, Sunday will feature a range of local bands and artists such as Harbour Band, AJ & Elliot and The Vinyl Avengers.

Another new addition for 2024 is the static Spitfire. Visitors can see the classic fighter aircraft up close or pay for a professional photograph.

This year’s airshow will have an event village on Preston Green with stalls, catering stands and a bar. The village will include a new Artisan marquee showcasing premium crafts, gifts, food and drinks from local businesses.

In addition, new paid-for services are being introduced, with a £25 charge for a dedicated seating area with deckchairs, Visitors can also upgrade, with a £35 package including "access to luxury WC facilities so that you don’t need to queue".

A VIP Hospitality package in partnership with Mercure Hotels costs £1,000 for a table of ten and includes "private premium viewing areas, locally crafted beverages, delectable street food and live music" in a private entertainment space.

Cllr Jackie Thomas, cabinet member for Tourism, Culture & Events and Corporate Services at Torbay Council, said: ‘‘Everyone has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this year’s English Riviera Airshow bigger and better than ever. The two-day spectacular is jam-packed with displays, attractions and activities that will keep the whole family entertained. Do come along and enjoy what is set to be a fantastic weekend for the Bay.’"

The English Riviera Airshow is taking place on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. To see the full line up of live music and timings visit

Aeroview TV will cover the airshow live on their Youtube channel. To find out more visit