Welcome to TicketWeb City Guides. Each month we’re going to be focussing on a UK/Irish/European city, why you should go and what to do when you get there. First up, Southampton!
I’m allowed to say this because I spent most of my teenage years there, but Southampton isn’t the most glamorous of places. However, what it lacks in glamour, it more than makes up for in independent spirit, based on a long history of people believing that if they want something done the best way is to do it themselves. Countless friends started their own bands, record labels, clothing companies, promotion companies, recording studios and shops in the area. Scratch beneath the surface of this coastal town and there are some real gems to be found. Here’s what I recommend doing when on the south coast.
Where to catch some live music.
The Joiners Arms – Arguably the most iconic venue in the city. The 200 capacity venue in the St Mary’s area has seen the likes of Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Oasis and local lad Frank Turner play their stage over the years.
The 1865 – One of the cities newer venues, the 750 cap venue caters to acts who are a bit more established. Run by the same team as The Joiners.
The Brook – Located in the popular student area of Portswood, The Brook hosts everything from tribute bands, upcoming artists and for a good singalong, some of the best UK tribute acts.
Where to wet your whistle.
The Hobbit – They serve a variety of cocktail concoctions inspired by the J.R.R Tolkien novels. (Try a Gandalf, it won’t disappoint)
Mettricks – For some of the best coffee in the city during the day and 2-4-1 cocktails in the evening.
BrewDog – The craft beer chain has finally opened in the city!
Where to carry on the party.
The Edge & Box Bar – The cities only Gay nightclub has become super popular with everyone! Their huge outdoor area is perfect for summer months, they have a licence until 5am and they even serve food late so there’s no need to grab that dodgy kebab.
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Where to fill your stomach.
7Bone – This independent burger establishment has been keeping the locals well fed since 2013. They even have a burger named after local Southampton Football Club legend Matt Le Tissier called “Taking Le Tiss.”
Any hidden gems
The Alexandra is super popular with locals. It’s a great pub that just happens to serve STAR WARS themed cocktails. They also have FREE retro video games and pool on some nights. Basically, it’s amazing.
Local bands, you need to hear.
Southampton is so much more than just Craig David. Here’re some of our favourite artists with an SO postcode.
The punk-rockers release their debut album on Roadrunner Records this March.
Currently on tour with Busted, the foursome make tropical infused indie-pop.
Melodic metalcore. Heading out on a headline tour this Spring.
The 22-year-old making cool-as-you-like pop music.
Super catchy math rockers who are making waves.
A mish mash of everything from indie to psychedelia. Their latest album Everything Is A Lie is a monster.
5 piece metalcore band who can count on support from Kerrang and Rocksound.
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