“ Civic Centre, Southampton. „
I've been to see artists such as Bowling for Soup and Sum 41 at Southampton Guildhall within the last few months. It's not a bad venue at all. This review is based on going to see live music acts.
It books several well known acts, mainly comedians and musicians and is well equipped for either. The seating/standing area is huge, a very open area. Capacity varies depending on the event, but there is permanent seating on the balcony which overlooks the arena but they are quite far back and wouldn't want to even try them out for a show. Either side of the arena both sides have a bar which sells alcoholic and soft drinks as well as snacks, but they are very pricey (Double Southern Comfort and lemonade was £6.20!!!), so I wouldn't recommend buying anything unless you're treating yourself or someone else. During live music though it does get quite warm especially if you're deep in the crowd and they do hand out free cups of water so you can be poor and still hydrate yourself! For toilets and a cloakroom you'd ahve to leave the arena and go downstairs, I didn't see any disabled toilets while I was there but I'm sure they'd have some located sensibly.
Determining prices of events going on depend on the act that's playing. A concert typically costs around the £20 mark which is very reasonable, with the comedians varying dramatically, depending on their popularity.
I've recommended going to the Guildhall to friends and they've enjoyed its atmosphere as wel as the act they've gone to see. I've never been to see a comedian there though I do anticipate gonig to some future shows to see what they've like. It's not perfect but it's the biggest Southampton has for that range of entertainment.
I am a Southampton girl born and bred and have been to the Southampton Guildhall for many concerts, plays, exhibits and i was even in a christmas carol concert when i was 6 there.
It is described on its website as the South's largest multi-purpose entertainment venue. Well i don't know if that is true or not but it certainly isn't the most classiest.
The guildhall is based right in the centre of Southampton next to the civic offices. It is roughly a 5-10 minute walk from the central train station. It has a capacity of 1749 and hosts a number of relatively famous artists every year. But no one ever big really plays there because it is not really up to the standards of something like the bic in Bournemouth.
The last refit of the guildhall was done in roughly 1989 and it is in desperate need of another one.
The stage is small, the seating is very uncomfortable and the carpet is held together with carpet has most definitely seen better days as its held together mostly by carpet tape!
It annoys me that Southampton is a big city and we have no decent concert venues meaning we miss out on some of the bigger artists.
St marys stadium have had Bon Jovi and Elton John, but they cant hold the events all of the time, it should be up to the guildhall to hold better and bigger events.
We went to see a night with queen last year, which is a tribute band ran by the chap who won stars in their eyes a few years back as Freddie mercury. The band were fantastic, but we could barely hear a thing and there just felt like there was no atmosphere.
I really wish they would change it, i think if they made the venue better it would bring some biggest artists down our way and everyone would benefit from the people coming into the city to see them. More money for everyone all round!
Come on Southampton!
This is the South's largest multipurpose entertainment venue. The capacity of it is 1749. It was refurbished in 1989 bringing is up to todays entertainment needs.
I have been to the Southampton Guildhall a few times to see bands. I prefer hard rock and metal and not many bands that I like tend to visit Southampton so when one does I make sure I go. As well as bands visiting they sometimes use the venue for fairs and exhibitions.
It is fairly easy to find and is around 5-10 minute walk from Southampton Central station.
When I get there the queue is long but seems to go down quickly. Inside the doors they sell the official merchandise and there are a few people selling unofficial merchandise outside.
I quite like the building inside. The stage is at the opposite end to the doors. The floor is carpeted. There is a bar on each side of the main hall is original 1930s art deco surroundings. I think it is expensive. It cost £4.50 for a pint of cider last time I went. The venue is mainly standing and there is a very small balcony with some seats but most gigs are standing. There are facilities for the disabled.
...because that is what you will be dancing around all night! Southampton Guildhall - venue for many, many gigs in the South ranging from the likes of Stereophonics and Placebo to ABBA Gold a tribute to ABBA and BBC Music Live Festival. I won't complain too much because if the Guildhall wasn't there then I would have to travel further afield to see the bands BUT, and that is big BUT, why oh why is Southampton Guildhall used for gigs when it must have the worst acoustics in Britain! The carpet and high ceiling do not help matters one little bit. Decent bands can be made to sound appalling by these factors. Onto the good points! (Yes there are some!) There are two bars leading directly out of the main hall - one on either side! The prices are cheap! £1.50 for apint of lager! I was very impressed! There are also regular CD fairs at the Guidhall! One a month and a huge one every couple of months! The Guidhall is in the town centre and under a five minute walk from both Southampton Central train station and the city bus station. I must give you a warning that it is an uphill walk of around 400 metres from the station - hence a 5 min walk! I know Iwan Thomas (ha ha yes Southampton does have a fine athlete living in its midst!) could make it under a minute, but for the more relaxed of us this may take slightly longer! Prices vary according to event.