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Venue Guide: The Brook, Southampton

Everything you need to know about the south coast venue...

The Brook is a lively, diverse and successful Independent Music Venue in Southampton that has been long established in the city’s music scene. Here’s what you need to know… 


466 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 3SD

Telephone Number: 02380 555 366

Brief History

Since opening in the ’90s, the venue has played host to a wide spectrum of artists and has an enriched music ‘menu’ including original artists, a wealth of fantastic Tribute acts and a steady flow of highly respected Heritage Rock Bands.  The Brook holds regular comedy nights in a cabaret-style setup.

Balcony Bar, situated upstairs at The Brook.  With a 150 capacity, it has been designed to offer a space for smaller events.  It currently hosts regular DJ nights, Sunday Sessions and Family Festivals with live music and street food.  

 How many people does it hold? 550

Who has played there?

Passenger, Jess Glynn, Tom Odell, Mel C, Public Service Broadcasting, Bring Me The Horizon, Taylor Hawkins, Michael McIntyre, Billy Bragg and loads more. 

Have there been any “I was there” moments? 

Passenger penned the very successful “Heart’s On Fire” at the end of the venue’s bar. 

How do I get there?

The closest train stations to the venue are Swaythling and St Denys, both of which are a ten-minute walk away. 

Here’s a handy map: 

Where should I eat?

The Brook is now offering a selection of hot tasty pies with all the trimmings thanks to a mouth-watering partnership with expert, award-winning pie makers Pieminister. 


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Other highly recommended places to ear are La Baronia, Mango Thai Tapas, Baffi and Trago Lounge

Where can I stay?

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Find out where the venue recommends resting your weary head HERE

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The venue has an exciting new range of music inspired wines from Claymore, as well as an extensive choice of fine craft ales, lager and gins.  Possibly one of the best-stocked music venues in The South.

The Brook is a large and beautiful old building full of character and charm, yet still maintaining an intimate concert venue, where all who want can get up close and personal with the bands. They boast fantastic sounds thanks to the split-level layout, with superb facilities ~ the wide stage is complemented by an equally wide dance floor, both of which are overlooked by a wrap-around balcony that gives a perfect view of the performance.

Accessibility Information

The Brook has an Equal Access Policy and welcomes all customers with physical or mental impairments.  They adhere to the Equality Act 2010 and are working closely with Attitude is Everything to make your visit to The Brook as enjoyable and accessible as they possibly can.

If you require any more information or would like to speak to us the venue about its access, please contact the Box Office on 023 8055 5366.  Their office hours are 1.00pm-7.00pm Wednesday – Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays) or visit their site –

Where can you carry on the party?

Mango Thai Tapas Bar & Lounge in Ocean Village. The Social
 and Heartbreakers are all highly recommended.                    

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