Address: 141 St Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1NS
Telphone: 02381 782021
Brief History: Since opening in 1968, The Joiners has become a staple of the UK live touring scene. Thousands of artists have graced its stage down the years. NME recognised its place in British music history by awarding it the title of best small venue in 2013.
Who has played there? A regular stop on a band’s journey to superstardom, The Joiners has hosted Oasis, Green Day, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Foals, Radiohead, Muse, The Verve, Kasabian and many more acts who have gone onto bigger things.
Have there been any “I was there” moments?
Too many to list them all. In 2012 local lad Frank Turner played 2 benefit sets in one day (on his birthday no less) to help the venue pay off some bills. The shows sold out in 90 seconds.
How do I get there?
Located in the St Mary’s area of the city, the venue is 20 minutes walk from Southampton Central train station. Local bus operators Bluestar frequently from the station towards the area. Check times here http://www.bluestarbus.co.uk/
Where to park
If you get there early enough, there’s a small pay and display car park close to the venue off James street. Alternatively, there’s plenty of on-street parking a small walk away outside Debenhams on Houndwell place.
Where should I eat?
For the best burger in the city, head to 7Bone. Their chilli cheese fries are outrageous.
For vegan/veggie eats, The Art House cafe is super popular with locals.
Where can I stay?
Find great places to stay on Airbnb.
Go! If you live in the area you should visit The Joiners as much as humanly possible. The venue like many others its size has been through tough times recently and there would be a huge cultural void left in Southampton if it were to disappear. The Joiners has a real family vibe with a strong sense of community and will introduce you to lifelong friends.