5 amazing live music venues in Southampton for students


Whether seeing one of your all-time favourite bands or going to discover your next obsession, you can’t beat a night of live music.

Not sure where to head for your next gig? We’ve got Southampton students covered with these 5 amazing venues.


Engine Rooms

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One of Southampton’s newest live music venues, Engine Rooms plays host to an eclectic mix of artists, featuring both up-and-coming bands and established performers.

Buzzcocks and Embrace have played here in the last few years, while some alternative bands will be hitting the venue in autumn, including The Sherlocks in October.

If you fancy something a bit different, there are comedy nights here too, as well as open mic nights.


The Hobbit

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If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, look no further!

In this local watering hole, you can enjoy live music in an intimate venue (complete with a beer garden) while sipping on a Hobbit cocktail.

Why not try a Frodo – containing vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and lemonade? Or The Nazgûl, a limited edition cocktail including black sambuca, blackcurrant, liquer and cola?

To experience The Nazgûl you’ll have to complete the Fellowship T-Shirt Quest, which involves trying each cocktail on the menu – the perfect excuse to head back for more gigs.


The Joiners Arms



The Joiners Arms - an iconic grassroots venue that’s hosted countless acts before they hit the big time - is a must-go while you’re a student in Southampton.

Arctic Monkeys, Two Door Cinema Club and Biffy Clyro have all played here.


The O2 Guildhall



We can’t leave out the biggest live music venue in Southampton: The O2 Guildhall.

In a beautiful Grade II listed building dating from 1937, with an audience capacity of over 1,700, this venue has hosted massive artists such as Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs and Amy Winehouse.

Definitely head here for a night to remember when your favourite band is in town. (Royal Blood are playing in August, Hozier in September and Kodaline in November.)


The Stag’s



And, of course, this list would not be complete without the University of Southampton Student’s Union’s very own pub and live music venue, The Stag’s.

With regular live music nights featuring student bands, cheap drinks, and a prime location on campus, you’re sure to have a fun night out with friends here.


Whichever venue you choose, you're certain to have a fun night experiencing Southampton’s music scene - and enjoying a well-earned break from uni.


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