Scottish Event Campus

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) features the SEC Centre - five interconnected exhibition and meeting spaces, the iconic 3,000 seat SEC Armadillo and our most recent addition, The SSE Hydro – a 13,000 capacity concert, sporting and special events arena.  With its infinite flexibility, the campus has gone from strength to strength and, with planned expansion and development, will continue to position Glasgow on the world stage.  

SEC Armadillo

Designed by world-renowned architects Foster + Partners, the SEC Armadillo is a Glasgow landmark with a unique style and practical, comfortable facilities for up to 3,000.

SEC Centre

SEC Centre offers five interconnected exhibition and event halls with a combined area of over 22,000sqm.    

SSE Hydro

A truly iconic structure, the 13,000 capacity SSE Hydro is Scotland’s home of live entertainment and is consistently ranked by Pollstar in the top three arenas globally.

Apr 28, 2017


Teenage hysteria reached new heights when 18-year-old Canadian pop sensation Shawn Mendes opened his hotly anticipated 2017 Illuminate World Tour at The SSE Hydro on 27 April.

As a social media superstar with 22 million Instagram followers, Shawn is used to his loyal fanbase keeping up with his every move. However, his dashing Disney prince smile and clean cut charm proved too much for the Hydro crowd in person. In awe of their idol, teens were reduced to tears from the moment he stepped on stage for the debut live performance of his smash new single There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.

Mid gig he disappeared, only to pop up in the middle of the adoring crowd on a B stage performing his UK Number 1 single Stitches and covering Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill.

Throughout his 90-minute set devoted fans sang along to every word and offered ecstatic screams of support whenever he glanced their way.

Far from being just a pretty face for swooning Scottish teens – Shawn’s raw vocal talent and musicianship was clear as he finished with fan favourite anthem Treat You Better.

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