Civic Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom, SO14 7LP
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Southampton Guildhall is the South's largest multipurpose entertainment venue. Hosting some of the biggest names in music from Pink Floyd & David Bowie in the 70's to present day bands such as Hard Fi, Manic Street Preachers, The Killers, The Kaiser Chiefs & Amy Winehouse. With a capacity of 1,749 and in the heart of the city centre, 10 minutes from the railway station, amidst cafes, restaurants and shops it's the place to be!
Whether you are organizing a major exhibition, conference, banquet, dinner dance, concert or wedding reception the Guildhall through its experience and expertise can effectively host your event.
For tickets please call: 023 8063 2601 - To hire the venue please call: 023 8083 2453
The Guildhall's first full-scale CD release is something rather special. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of Southampton’s wonderful venue, we have produced a new CD of glorious and diverse music performed on the venue’s amazing and unique Compton pipe organ.
The album is entitled ‘Grand Variety’. further information is availabel HERE
Southampton Guildhall is centrally located, close to all transport links, main businesses, quality hotels, shopping and leisure facilities. Visit southampton.romanse.org.uk to find out about traffic information.
M3 from London and Basingstoke - M27 - Junction 14 on to A33 for Southampton following the signs for City Centre, at Charlotte Place Roundabout take the A3034 (Brunswick Pl) follow the road round, to your left there is the large Civic Building, the Southampton Guildhall is located within this civic complex. Entrance to the Guildhall is in West Marlands Road. M27 link from the East. Junction 5 (signed Eastleigh Airport) - A335 to Southampton. Follow the signs for City Centre. Do not follow signs for Docks. At the Charlotte Place Roundabout take the A3034 (Brunswick Pl) follow the road round, to your left there is the large Civic Building, the Southampton Guildhall is located within this civic complex. Entrance to the Guildhall is in West Marlands Road. M27 link from the West. Junction 3 M27. A3024 follow the signs for City Centre. Western Esplanade, railway station on left, large Civic Building at the top of the hill, the Southampton Guildhall is located within this civic complex. Entrance to the Guildhall is in West Marlands Road.
Parking is located within walking distance. Grosvenor Square Car Park in Grosvenor Sq off Cumberland Road. West Park Car Park in West Park Rd off Havelock Road. Civic centre Car Park on Civic Centre Road.
Southampton Central Railway station is within 10 minutes walk, with regular and frequent services from London and other major city links.
Southampton International Airport is 6 miles away from the city centre. With main railway line to Southampton Central from Southampton Parkway Station. Southampton Airport
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Venue Address: Southampton Guildhall West Marlands Road Civic Centre Southampton SO14 7LP
Box Office: 02380 632601
Customer Enquiries: email@example.com
Venue Manager: Mandy Fields | General Manager | Tel: 023 8083 2775 | Fax: 08707 492354 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue Assistant Manager: Ian Leversidge | Assistant Manager | Tel: +44 2380 832289 | Fax:+44 8707 492354 | Email: email@example.com
Operations Department: Les Turner | Operations Manager | Tel: 023 8083 2289 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Box Office: Carolynn Freeman | Box Office Manager | Tel: 023 8083 2246 (Direct Line) | Box Office: 023 8063 2601 | Fax: 08707 492354 | Email: email@example.com
Marketing: Leah Lloyd | Marketing Manager | Tel: 023 8083 3112 | Fax: 08707 492354 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Department: Simon Williams | Head Technician | Tel: 023 8083 2286 | Fax: 023 8083 2009 | Email: email@example.com
Scott Ordish | Senior Technician | Tel: 023 8083 2286 | Fax: 023 8083 2009 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bars: Mark Doncaster | Bars Manager | Tel: 023 8083 2622 | Fax: 08707 492354 | Email: email@example.com
Administration: Judy Amandini | Administrator | Tel: 023 8083 2453 | Fax: 08707 492354 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR BOX OFFICE IS LOCATED IN THE NORTHGUILD BY THE CITY LIBRARY & ART GALLERY IN COMMERCIAL ROAD OPENING TIMES: Monday to Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm Sunday - CLOSED
During these hours, please call: 023 8063 2601 for Tickets
For Group Bookings please call: 023 8083 3612
Booking Fees will apply to phone bookings
On the night of the event: The Box Office in The Guildhall itself opens approximately 1 hour before the show.
By Post: Give the name of the show of your choice. Enclose Cheque/Postal Order payable to 'Live Nation' plus £1.50 post/handling.
Group Booking: Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more on select shows.
Special Offers & Discounts: All special offers and discounts apply to full price tickets only and only one offer per ticket. The Guildhall reserves the right to introduce or withdraw prices and discounts without notice.
Refunds: Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded. Tickets may in some circumstances be accepted for resale, subject to a charge of £2.50. Guildhall sales take priority.
Rock/Pop Concerts: No reservations will be taken without full payment. All standing tickets sent by post will have proof of purchase obtained by the Box Office, therefore entry into the event will be refused on the night without a ticket.
Southampton Guildhall Box Office also sells for events at Southampton Joiners, Southampton University, Talking Heads and Soul Cellar. Please call 02380 632601 for details.
Proposals to build a 'Town Hall' existed in 1878 and after 51 years of discussion the construction work began in 1929. In 1934 the decision to build the Guildhall was made and work was started taking nearly three years to complete due to the scarcity of material and labour as a result of WWII.
In 1937 a brand new state-of-the-art Guildhall, built in classical style of the 1930s, was opened by the 17th Earl of Derby and is today part of a Grade 2* listed building. Incorporated into the building of the Guildhall was the John Compton Dual Console Pipe Organ unique instrument taking two years to build and is probably worth around £1 million.
The organ survived WWII without a scratch even when an unexploded bomb landed right in the centre of the hall. It is still in working order and played at Civil and graduation ceremonies.
The Guildhall's resident Bert Osborne Band, in true theatrical tradition, insisted that the show must go on and played regularly throughout the war years and after; great artists including Paul Robson, Beniamino Gigli graced the stage along with many others, musicians, pop stars, comedians, jazz and military bands and so on.
In the seventies a different sound arrived at the Guildhall - Rock Bands bringing Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, and David Bowie. In the early eighties the Guidhall attracted artistes from America, Gloria Gaynor, Victor Borge, and live broadcasting with the BBC Antiques Roadshow.
In 1989 the good news came that the Guildhall was to be refurbished, enhancing its facilities to meet the challenges of entertainment needs, taking it into the 21st century. Southampton Guildhall is now the South's largest multipurpose entertainment venue combining Comedy, Classical Orchestras, Family Entertainment and Rock/Pop.
The most popular events still remain in Rock & Pop, with sell out shows from some of the biggest names through the nineties Blur, Oasis, The Charlatans, and Prodigy, and into the 21st century with today's top bands - Southampton-born Craig David, Toploader, Faithless, Suede, Daniel Bedingfield and Sugababes.
BOX OFFICE: 02380 632601
Southampton Guildhall is the city's largest multi-functional venue with smaller venues adjacent. Whether you are organising a major conference, exhibition, banquet, show, concert, live television or radio, a meeting or a wedding, the Guildhall through its experience and expertise can effectively host your event.
Two attractive bars areas are situated adjacent to the main auditorium in original 1930s art deco surroundings. The Guildhall has facilities for wheelchair users and the disabled.
Hire the Guildhall, Solent Suite or Lecture Theatre for your event. Call either: Judy Amandini (Administrator) on 023 8083 2453, Mandy Fields (Venue Manager) on 023 8083 2775 or Les Turner on 023 8083 2289 to discuss your event or arrange a tour of the rooms available.
The Guildhall can seat up to 1,271 people or take up to 1,749 for a standing concert. We can seat any number up to 600 for dinner. The Solent Suite, a smaller venue within the complex can accommodate 200 for the smaller party or wedding reception.
Our caterers offer a wide selection of menus with dishes to suit all tastes and budgets' Click here to be taken to Wise Catering's website and view their menus.
LOOKING FOR A VENUE TO HOST YOUR EVENT? Then look no further, Southampton Guildhall is the prefect venue to host your party, concert, wedding reception, dinner or conference. With two other smaller venues within the Guildhall, there is a venue to suit all events.
See our Venue Hire Brochure for more information. The Guildhall Hirer's brochure gives full details of the facilities available, including; Guildhall Statistics; Technical Equipment; Sample menus and wine lists.
If you require a brochure sent by post, including hire costs etc please email email@example.com with your address and include what type of event you would like to bring to the venue.
Charlotte Place, Southampton, SO14 0TB
Tel: +44 (0) 23 8037 1111
Special Rates for Guildhall patrons
Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
34 – 35 High Street
Tel: +44 (0) 23 8038 6460
20% off for Guildhall Patrons. Quote ‘Live Nation’
White Star Tavern Dining & Rooms
28 Oxford Street Southampton SO14 3DJ
Reservations: 023 8082 1990
Special Rates for Guildhall patrons
Herbert Walker Avenue, Southampton, SO15 1HJ
Front Desk: 44-870-4009073
Bracken Place, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 3RB
Tel: 02380 702700 Special rates for Guildhall patrons, please ask when booking.
The White Horse
Market Place, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8ZJ
TEL: 01794 512431
Special rates for Guildhall patrons, please ask when booking.
BEST WESTERN Chilworth Manor
Southampton, Hampshire SO16 7JF
Tel: 023 8076 7333
Special rates for Guildhall patrons, please ask when booking.
Southampton Park Hotel
Cumberland Place, Southampton, SO15 2WY
Tel: 02380 343 343
Southampton West Premier Inn, Romsey Road, Ower, SO51 6ZJ
Tel: 0871 527 9004
Fax: 0871 527 9005
Joe Daflo's - 023 8023 1101 61 Commercial Road
Tosca's - 023 8057 2844 44 Commercial Road
Pizza Bites - 023 8022 5919 52 Commercial Road
Buon Gusto - 023 8033 1543 1 Commercial Road
La Cantina - 023 8022 0500 53-5a Bedford Place
Bella Italia - 023 8033 9215 19 Hanover Buildings
Lizard Lounge & Apartment 26 - 023 8063 2604 28a Bedford Place
Thai Cafe Pattaya - 023 8033 0911 9 Commercial Road
Buffalo Bills - 023 8023 6699 12 Commercial Road
Encore - 023 8022 5687 22 Commercial Road
Ask - 023 8033 8588 Rank Leisure World, West Quay Road
Bengal Brasserie - 023 8023 0988 7 Bedford Place
Langley's Bistro - 023 8022 4551 10 Bedford Place
Natraj Balti - 023 8036 6344 3 Winchester Street
Pride of India - 023 8033 3978 19 Bedford Place
La Tavernetta Italian - 023 8063 5185 Civic Centre Road
Radio Taxis Tel: 023 8066 6666
Streamline Tel: 023 8022 3355
ATS Tel: 023 8022 2222
A2B Taxis Tel: 023 8022 3450
City Cars Tel: 023 8044 4444
Central Shirley Cabs Tel: 023 8039 3939
Executive Limousines Tel: 0845 226 0741
For more information on Southampton, visit the official tourism website www.visit-southampton.co.uk
Full level access to the Guildhall can be made via a purpose built ramp to the right of the Main Entrance. Space is available for wheelchair users in the auditorium at concerts and at stand-up concerts we have a viewing platform for wheelchair users. Please inform the box office of your requirements at the time of booking. Full level toilet facilities are located on the ground floor of the Guildhall auditorium.
For wheelchair users performing on stage there is a motorised lift available on request. Guide Dogs are welcome. Please inform the box office at the time of booking.
The Southampton Guildhall aims to review and improve its disable facilities to meet the needs of all our customers. Specific requests or comments regarding access/personal needs should go through the Guildhall Management Team who will endeavour to accommodate them. Contact numbers can be found on the contact page.
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Thanks for your interest, we currently have no positions available at Southampton Guildhall. Keep checking back for future opportunities.
Download an application form here & job description here OR pick one up from the Guildhall Box Office (next to the Central Library & City Art Gallery entrance) and either hand in or send completed forms to Recruitment, The Box Office, Southampton Guildhall, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LP.
All applicants must be over 18
Due to the sheer volume of enquiries, and our current lack of resources, the technical department are sadly unable to offer any kind of work experience or voluntary placements at the moment.
Vacancies do however occasionally arise for casual technicians. We don’t normally advertise when we are looking to recruit, but instead keep a file of application forms from interested individuals. Due to the nature of casual employment, it is difficult for us to say when we might need to recruit, and due to some basic training being required before commencement of work, for financial reasons we tend to wait until we have multiple vacancies.
If you would be interested in applying for a casual technician post next time we recruit, please have a look at the job description and person specification below, and if you feel you meet the criteria, please return a completed application form either by fax 023 8083 2009, or by post to Simon Williams, Southampton Guildhall, West Marlands Road, Southampton, SO14 7LP.
Please note it is Live Nations policy to keep application forms on file for four months, after which they are confidentially destroyed.
Thank-you for your interest in the department.
Click here to download the job description and person specification
Click here to download an application form
Please also look at the Technical Local Web Links section for a list of other local venues and supply companies you may also wish to consider contacting.
All your requirements should be discussed well in advance with the department, so we may best advise you on how to make your event the best it can be, and ensure it meets your budget!
The department is technically responsible for all lighting, sound, a/v, crew, health and safety and production management of three main areas within the complex: the Guildhall, the Solent Suite and the Lecture Theatre - whether serviced directly, or overseeing external companies.
The Lecture Theatre is a 118-seat venue used mostly for meetings and basic lectures. The venue has basic sound, lighting and audio-visual equipment available.
The Solent Suite is a 250 capacity room, which is often also used as an over-spill area for the Guildhall, so on larger events, additional lighting, sound and draping may be brought in. Discos, meetings, exhibitions, trade fairs and small dinner dances are also catered for.
The Guildhall is the main venue where most of the department’s energies are focused. The venue’s main feature is its flexibility, although there is a fixed balcony within the back wall, the main auditorium is flat. Its current maximum standing capacity is 1749, so it puts us on the 2000 capacity touring circuit for Rock and Roll tours - of which we typically do about 30-50 a year. From flat floor, we can go to a fully seated auditorium, with a maximum capacity of 1290. Between the two, we can cover everything from an organ concert, to a seated dinner, student ball, fashion show, dance event, conference or exhibition.
Technically, the venue has a basic infrastructure, predominantly orientated towards touring techniques. The FOH house sound system is capable of covering the entire auditorium, to a very reasonable lever, and is easily complemented with additional boxes for larger shows. Lighting is reasonable with onstage illumination coming from either a grid of open white cyc units for basic events, or a front and back pre-rig truss of Par's and specials. We can supplement all our systems by hiring additional equipment if the client has the budget.
As there is no fly tower, and wing space is minimal, we do not have suitable production facilities for full-scale theatre productions, and as such we do not fabricate staging, costumes or scenery etc.
The department strives to service every event individually; themed events are a speciality, with specific equipment hired in to complement some of the larger events, to the client’s requirements. We also aim to service all private events through the department, and feel we can offer the best service to our clients, with our knowledge of the venue and its capabilities.
The Technical Department covers a very mixed programme of events, from school speech days, to large student balls with flown lighting, sound and themeing. Working with clients that are new to running events, clients that have been using the venue annually for many years, through to touring professionals, promoters and self-contained productions.
Dimming – 156 circuits Avolites ART 4000
Control – Chamsys MQ100 + wing, Zero 88 Jester 24/48
Colour medium – over 40 colours in stock from LEE
Lanterns – About 200 P64 cans, 16 x 1kw single cyc units, 6 x Source 4 15-30 zooms, 4 x 4 lite DWE blinders, 6 x P64 ACL Bars, 4 x Atomic strobes, 6 x 400w UV gun's
Other – 32” Mirror Ball, smoke and haze machines
Followspots – 2 x Robert Juliat ‘Korrigan mk1’ 5° - 9° 1200w HMI
Main PA – L’Acoustics dV DOSC
Mixing – Midas Venice 240, Yamaha O1V
Muilticore – 40ch send 20ch return
Outboard – Behringer, Rane, Dynacord and Yamaha
Mic's – Shure SM58, SM57, BETA 52A, Shure Premier Radio system, AKG 747, C1000’s
Playback – Tape, CD, Minidisk, Tascam and Denon
PA – 12 x L’Acoustics dV-DOSC, 4 x DV subs + in fill’s
Main stage 48’W x 27’D x 3’6”H (fixed)
Stage height 28’
Black walls, ceiling, flooring, backdrop and truss boarders
Additional staging – up to 12 x 6’ x 4’ Steeldeck, 6 x 8’ x 4’ Steeldeck
Various single and three phase supplies for house equipment
Production and exhibition power from 13A up to 200A 3 phase
Various distribution units available
Various 13A, 15A, 16A, 32A, 63A and 125A TRS
Various Socapex, fan-outs
Stage weights and braces
Rigging - Spanset's, Shackles, Steels, O Rings etc.
Trussing – Pre rig and 20” box
Motors – 8 x 1 ton Morris, 8 x 1 ton Lodestar, 2 x 1 ton Verlinde, 6 x 500kg Verlinde Tirlift
Auditorium - 114’L x 72’W x 48’H (approx)
Stage – 48’7” W x 26’3”D x 27’11”H (approx)
We can also dry hire equipment to any specification
Click here to download our ‘Safety & Technical Procedures for Visiting Productions’
Click here to download Adobe Acrobat (PDF) viewer
Click here for a slideshow on Flickr of show images the technical department have serviced in the Guildhall
Below is a list of other local venues and supply companies you may also wish to consider contacting:
Theatres/ arts centres:
Lighting/ Sound/ Audio Visual rental:
Décor/ set companies: