Civic Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom, SO14 7LP

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About O2 Guildhall Southampton

O2 Guildhall Southampton 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 or email

The O2 Guildhall Southampton'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

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O2 Guildhall Southampton is centrally located, close to all transport links, main businesses, quality hotels, shopping and leisure facilities. Visit to find out about traffic information.


By Road

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 O2 Guildhall Southampton 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 O2 Guildhall Southampton 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 O2 Guildhall Southampton 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.

By Rail

Southampton Central Railway station is within 10 minutes walk, with regular and frequent services from London and other major city links.

 By Air

Southampton International Airport is 6 miles away from the city centre. With main railway line to Southampton Central from Southampton Parkway Station. Southampton Airport

By Bus

First Bus Solent Blue Line By Coach National Express Megabus


Where to park

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Venue Address: O2 Guildhall Southampton, West Marlands Road Civic Centre Southampton SO14 7LP

Box Office: 023 8063 2601


Customer Enquiries:


Area General Manager Mandy Wickham 023 8083 2775


Deputy General Manager Les Turner 023 8083 2289


Venue Assistant Manager Ian Leversidge 023 8083 2289


Box Office Manager Carolynn Freeman 023 8083 2611


Marketing Manager Leah Lloyd 023 8083 3112


Technical Department
Head Technician Simon Williams 023 8083 2286
Senior Technician Scott Ordish 023 8083 2286


Bars Manager Mark Doncaster 023 8083 2622


Administrator Judy Amandini 023 8083 2453



Monday and Wednesday: 9am-6pm

Thursday: 10am-4pm

Friday: 9am-4pm

The Box Office is closed on Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. 

During these hours, please call: 023 8063 2601 for Tickets

For Group Bookings please call: 023 8083 3612

Booking Fees will apply to bookings
On the night of the event: The Box Office in O2 Guildhall Southampton itself opens approximately 1 hour before the show.
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.
O2 Guildhall Southampton Box Office also sells for events at Southampton Joiners, Southampton University, Talking Heads and Soul Cellar. Please call 02380 632601 for details.

Venue History

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.


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.


Venue Info

BOX OFFICE: 02380 632601

O2 Guildhall Southampton 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 O2 Guildhall Southampton, Solent Suite or Lecture Theatre for your event. Call either: Judy Amandini (Administrator) on 023 8083 2453, or Les Turner / Ian Leversidge on 023 8083 2289 to discuss your event or arrange a tour of the rooms available.

Or email

The O2 Guildhall Southamptoncan 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, O2 Guildhall Southampton 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.

For venue hire information, including hire costs etc please email with your address and include what type of event you would like to bring to the venue.


Grand Harbour Hotel

West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1AG,

Tel: +44 (0) 23 8063 3033

15% discount off best available B&B rate for O2 Guildhall Southampton Patrons. Quote “Guildhall”



Jurys Inn

Charlotte Place, Southampton, SO14 0TB

Tel: +44 (0) 23 8037 1111

10% discount off flexible day rate for O2 Guildhall Southampton patrons



White Star Tavern Dining & Rooms

28 Oxford Street Southampton SO14 3DJ

Reservations: 023 8082 1990

Special Rates for Guildhall patrons



Holiday Inn

Herbert Walker Avenue, Southampton, SO15 1HJ

Front Desk: 0871 942 9073



Hilton Southampton

Bracken Place, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 3RB

Tel: 02380 702700 15% of 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




Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27 Jct7 SO30 3XA
Tel: 023 8060 6060


Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27 Jct7 SO30 3XA

Tel: 023 8060 6060



RESTAURANTS in the Cultural Quarter

The Stable, Above Bar Street 023 8023 6710 - 20% discount for our customers on show days with valid ticket

Belgium & Blues, Cultural Quarter - 15% off food & 10% off selected lager for our customers on show days with valid ticket.

The Artisan, Guildhall Square 023 80201 2007

Mettricks, Guilhdhall Square 023 8036 1507 

La Tavernetta Cucina Italiana Tapas Bar,  Civic Centre Road  023 8063 5185

Turtle Bay, Guildhall Square 023 8063 9568

Caffé Momento, Guildhall Square 023 8023 3717

The Cellar, West Marlands Road 023 8071 0648



Radio Taxis Tel: 023 8066 6666

Full level access to O2 Guildhall Southampton 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 venue 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.

O2 Guildhall Southampton 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 venue Management Team who will endeavour to accommodate them.

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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 O2 Guildhall Southampton 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

For all technical specifications please call 023 8083 2286



Click here for a slideshow on Flickr of show images the technical department have serviced in O2 Guildhall Southampton

O2 Guildhall Southampton