Shop Local Southampton Listings Oct 26 - Nov 1 2021

2021-10-25, Chris

What do Kasabian, Scouting for Girls, Public Service Broadcasting and Billy Brag all have in common? They're all playing this week in Southampton! And that's not even the half of it. There are multiple comedy nights, drag superstars, big-name club DJs, rock nights, huge events in Guildhall Square such as Oktoberfest, and Halloween specials galore.

Special shout outs this week go to DJ Hammy, who is returning after 18 months playing online, at the brand new Mercantile Flea in the huge old Sainsburys in Bitterne on Wednesday night, and to local metalcore band Our Hollow Our Home who are organising not one but two days of live bands in the 1865 this weekend (under the guise 'Holloween').

Featured photo: Bad Cat at Gods House Tower

==== TUESDAY 26 OCTOBER ====
---- Live Music ----
Scouting for Girls + | Engine Rooms <19:00>
Support: Aliensdontringdoorbells, Ben Mckelvey

Venom Prison (death metal, South Wales) | The Joiners <19:30>

---- Shows ----
Stand Up in the Basement (comedy) | Mango Thai Tapas, Ocean Village <20:00>

---- Events ----
Taylor Swift - Singing, Dance & Costume Workshop | D.@rt Centre, Hedge End <08:30>

---- Live Music ----
Miss Vincent (punk rock, Southampton) Album Launch Show | The Joiners <19:30>

---- DJs and Club Nights ----
DJ Hammy Presents Supersonic | The Mercantile Flea <17:30>

Music Bingo - 90s & 00s | London Road Brew House <20:30>

---- Events ----
Peter Blake's Music Icons (Deborah Goatley-Birch) | Southampton City Art Gallery <10:30>

Woodland Wednesday | Bursledon Windmill <10:00>

Sapphic Cafe (lesbian meetup) - Halloween Fashion Show | The Art House <19:00>

---- Live Music ----
Public Service Broadcasting (electronic / historic soundscapes, London) | Southampton Guildhall <19:00>

The Ibiza Classical Orchestra: Symphonica Ibiza | Guildhall Square <18:00>

Trash Boat (punk rock, St Albans) | The Loft <19:30>
Support: Strange Bones, Calva Louise

Blues with Hugh Budden & Mo Thomas | Belgium and Blues <20:30>

Shadowing Hank: Hank Marvin and the Shadows Tribute | Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton <19:30>

---- DJs and Club Nights ----
Interplanetary Criminal (dubs, breaks, bass) | Engine Rooms <22:00>

Solardo (house, Manchester) | Switch <10:30>

Urban vs Garage | Tokyo <21:00>

---- Shows ----
Breakdancing with Poppin' Ron | MAST (Mayflower Studios) <16:30>

---- Events ----
The Big Sustainability Expo | St Mary's Stadium <09:00>

Southampton Photographers and Models Social | The Alexandra <19:00>

==== FRIDAY 29 OCTOBER ====
---- Live Music ----
Silverbacks (indie, Dublin) Heartbreakers | Heartbreakers <19:30>

Stone Foundation (soul) | The Brook <19:30>

Our Propaganda (Alt rock, Southampton) Live | The 1865 <19:30>

71 Chain - playing the music of Irish blues legend Rory Gallagher (Southampton) | The Dolphin, St Denys <20:30>

Moving Voices | The Art House <19:30>

Haunt The Woods (Prog, Cornwall) | The Joiners <19:30>

Grab Da Mic (Live Hip-hop & Open Mic) | The Angel <19:00>

Wang Dang Doodle Band | The Platform Tavern <21:00>

Halloween Rum Festival - DP (accoustic alt / pop) | The Black Phoenix Pub <17:00>

Little Joe | The Bricklayers Arms <20:00>

---- Live Music (Covers) ----
Total Recall (80s) | The Robin Hood, Sholing <21:00>

The Chill (party band) | The Junction Inn, St Denys <21:00>

---- DJs and Club Nights ----
Apocalypse Halloween (alt) | The Joiners <22:30>

Fired Up (alt) | Suburbia <22:00>

Loca Loco Spanish Party | The Stage Door <22:30>

Time Tunnel 12 Year Anniversary | Engine Rooms <22:00>

Halloween Ball | The Frog and Frigate <22:00>

Halloween Party | Mile High Southampton <21:00>

Scaryoke | Oasis Bar <20:00>

Karaoke with DJ Rob | Brass Monkey <20:00>

Halloween Neon Party | Tropic Bar <19:00>

Pop Punk vs Punk Rock | Beards & Boards <17:00>

Bingo Loco | Engine Rooms <19:00>

Spooky Mill Silent Disco | Bursledon Windmill <17:30>

---- Shows ----
Manford's Comedy Club | The Stage Door <20:00>

Magic Goes Wrong | The Mayflower <19:30>

---- Events ----
<sold out> Oktoberfest Southampton | Guildhall Square <17:30>

Salsa Caliente | Tracie's Latin Club <20:30>

Traditional Lebanese Evening: Food, Belly Dance and Music | Beity, Old Town <19:30>

October Quiz (slight Halloween Theme) | Board in the City <19:00>

Woodmill Fright Night | Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre <17:30>

---- Live Music ----

Kasabian | Southampton Guildhall <19:00>

5th Birthday Halloween Bash ft. Junco Shakers (Skiffle, Swing, Rhythm & Blues, Southampton) | Belgium and Blues <17:00>

The Sweetchunks Band (Folk legends, Southampton) | The Black Phoenix Pub <21:00>

Holloween 2021 Day 1 | The 1865 <16:00>
organised by Our Hollow Our Home (metalcore, Southampton)
also ft. Invisions, Chuggaboomm, Ursus, Deference, Asleep At The Helm, Majin

The South (ft. members of The Beautiful South) | The Brook <19:30>

Bloxx (indie pop, Uxbridge) | The Loft <19:00>
Support: The Rills, Emma McGrath

The Voodoo Sheiks (R&B) | The Platform Tavern <21:00>

Holiday Ghosts (rock, Falmouth) 30.10.21 | Heartbreakers <19:30>

Hattie Jacques (mod-soul-britpop, Southampton) | Saints Pub <20:00>

Famous Monsters - Tribute to The Misfits | The Hobbit <20:00>

Lord Apex (hip-hop/rap, London) | The Joiners <19:30>

---- Live Music (Covers) ----
Gastric Band (rock) | The Wellington Arms <22:00>

The Pocket Rockers | The Malvern <20:45>

---- DJs and Club Nights ----
On a Mission - Halloween Warehouse Party - ft. Hazard / Serum / Critical Impact / Agro / Newton | Engine Rooms <22:00>

Daddy Witch Halloween Party | Cricketers Bedford Place <21:00>

Devils Night Delight: Halloween Special | The Hobbit <22:00>

Projekt Halloween Saturday | Switch <21:00>

Glowz - Halloween Uv Paint Party | Pre-Bar <21:00>

Halloween Disco | Brass Monkey <20:00>

Official Holloween Aftershow Party | Suburbia <23:00>

Halloween Neon Party | Tropic Bar <19:00>

Big Spooky One ft. DJ Craig Law & DJ KT | The Edge <18:00>

Halloween Party | Pig n Whistle Pub <19:00>

Halloween Disco | The Humble Plumb <19:00>

Spooky Island Halloween Spectacular | Orange Rooms <18:00>

Halloween / Karaoke Party | Rocket Ronnies Pool Club <19:00>

Dead Disco | London Road Brew House <19:00>

Ale’o’ween @ Clockwork | Shirley, Southampton <19:00>

Halloween @ B&b | Beards & Boards <18:00>

Ale-o-ween | Waterloo Arms <12:00>

Cats and Bats Halloween Party | OX:47 Lounge <12:00>

Kids Halloween Party | DM Studios <14:00>

Kid Bookie & Biphony - Live Lounge with Buds | The Angel <12:00>

---- Events ----
22nd Tango Anniversary & Halloween Special | Tracie's Latin Club <19:00>

Southampton Ghost Tour | Southampton City Centre <18:30>

Queen's Gambit Club | Board in the City <18:00>

Halloween Pop-up | Happy Bean, Bedford Place <17:00>

Exbury Club Bonfire & Fireworks Night | Exbury Club <17:00>

Discussion Group: Interrupting White Supremacy in 'model' Britain | October Books <16:00>

Big Fat Halloween Quiz | The Black Phoenix Pub <17:00>

Plant/seed Sale and Swap | Highbridge Community Farm <11:30>

==== SUNDAY 31 OCTOBER ====
---- Live Music ----
Billy Bragg | Southampton Guildhall <19:00>

Charley Macaulay (Vocalist, Southampton) | Marcos Bar Ristorante <19:30>

Hannah James and Toby Kuhn | The Art House <15:30>

JP Payney (of Skamageddon, Southampton) | The Dolphin, St Denys <15:00>

Holloween 2021 Day 2 | The 1865 <13:00>
organised by Our Hollow Our Home
ft. As December Falls, Thecityisours, Defences, Glass Heart, Dream Awake, Lastelle, Royals, Lightwave, Palmist

John Moody (guitar) | The Four Horseshoes, Nursling <16:30>

---- Live Music (Covers) ----
Halloween with The Estelles (Motown, Portsmouth) | Bacaro <18:00>

---- DJs and Club Nights ----
Halloween Party Night | Trilogy Nightclub Southampton <22:00>

Karaoke with Aura Jay | The Edge <18:00>

Orange Rooms Presents: Carnevil | Orange Rooms <22:00>

The Haunted House Party | Engine Rooms <22:00>

Halloween | The Shooting Star <19:00>

Cocktails & Scaryoke | The Stage Door <18:00>

Kids Halloween Disco | Brass Monkey <12:00>

---- Shows ----
The Greatest Love of All (ft. the music of Whitney Houston) | Mayflower Theatre <19:30>

<sold out> Dawn's Spooky Kookie Tea Party | The Stage Door <13:00>

---- Events ----
Halloween Quiz | Cricketers, Bedford Place <21:00>

The Winston Quiz | The Winston Pub <19:00>

Halloween Paddle - | The Paddle Centre, Swanwick <15:45>

Half Term Spooky Creature Art Session | Board in the City <14:00>

Children's Halloween Brunch | Funky Flamingo <12:00>

Bat Box Making on Halloween | Lepe Country Park <10:00>

Half-moon Havoc | Nu Game Arcade <15:00>

Volunteer Day | Sholing Valleys Study Centre <10:00>

==== MONDAY 01 NOVEMBER ====
---- Live Music ----
Write a Note | MAST (Mayflower Studios) <19:30>
Poetry open mucic and music from Dan O'Farrell

Rain City (rock, California) | The Joiners <19:00>
Support: Aceres, Siamese

University Lunchtime Concert: Playing Miles Davis, Birth of The Cool | Turner Sims <13:00>

Thanks for reading! As ever, if you like this post please like & share on our Facebook group, and do let us know if you found a great event, artist or venue through Shop Local.

A Love Letter to Bakeries

2021-10-13, Chris

Bakeries are awesome. They deserve our support.

Artisan bakeries understandably attract a premium but there are plenty of great traditional and international bakeries still offering tasty morsels at surprisingly low prices. Hoffers Bakery on Burgess Road are one such place. Still keeping up the tradition of mixing and baking their own bread daily, these delicious and fresh crusty rolls cost me just £1.

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Aside from being delicious and locally owned, there are other benefits too such as cutting down on food miles and packaging.

There are bakeries dotted all around the city but there aren't plentiful enough to take them for granted. Indeed, Shop Local Southampton was originally founded after my favourite French bakery (Victor Hugo Boulangerie) closed down in Old Town.

So, next time you need some baked goods why not head down to your local bakery? Here are some of my favourites, if you have any to add to the list please mention them in our Facebook group:

- Hoffers Bakery, Burgess Road
- G. Cotton Bakers, Bitterne Park Triangle
- The Oven Door, Woolston
- Dani & Deea Artisan Bakery & Patisserie, East Street
- Hoxton Bakehouse (Millbrook / available at Gods House Tower)
- Bakers Dozen, Netley

This isn't even to mention all the great local cafes baking their own goods, and the enterprising locals who own their own cake baking businesses.

Culture and Festivities in the City

2021-09-27, Chris

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending Arches Open Studios 2021, an annual opportunity to enter a vibrant world of artist workshops hidden under Central Bridge, and enjoy live music, interactive art, and refreshment courtesy of Butcher's Hook.

This was followed up by attending Re:Claim Southampton - an event on such a scale that seeing everything would be impossible. The diversity of the city's cultural offering was on full display. Guildhall Square was shared by the hip hop stage, street art demonstrations, skateboarding festival and cage football.

Photo by Xandy Hand

In the parks, the thumping sounds of Jerk Jam and the Headsessions Soundsystem brought the likes of King Tubby and Channel One Soundsystem to the city.

A more peaceful experience awaited at the Luminarium, a blow up network of tunnels and chambers filled with light and ethereal sounds.

City favourites Foor and Tyrone brought the festivities to a close with a sundown UK Garage set on Westquay esplanade.

After hours, the street party on Carlton Place showed off the city's new pedestrianised hospitality area in style, with local bars providing liquid refreshment.

This weekend has left me with the feeling that yes - Southampton can, and arguably should, be City of Culture 2025.

Big thanks to the fantastic GO! Southampton (who, in related news, definitely deserve their charter renewal) for making the event happen. Thanks also to SoCo Music Project, Solent University, BBC Music, Southampton City Council, Jerk Jam, Headsessions Soundsystem, Southampton Hiphop Heritage, ZoieLogic, Architects of Air, Skate Southampton, and everyone involved in organising Re:Claim Southampton. And of course to the artists of Arches Studios for opening their workspaces to the public once again.

And it doesn't stop there - next weekend sees the welcome return of Music in the City. Venues are spread across the city from Bedford Place to Gods House Tower, including the opportunity to enjoy performances in city vaults usually off-limits to the public.

Southampton Pride Did Us Proud

2021-08-29, Chris

Yesterday, Southampton was able to get together and enjoy the return of Southampton Pride to the August Bank Holiday weekend, starting with a new parade route from Queens Park leading to an 11-hour celebration at Guildhall Square, with the Guildhall providing a stunning backdrop for the newly located main stage.

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There will be an Official Pride Aftermovie released soon, but until then if you'd like a taste of the main stage action there are recordings of the live streams on Facebook.

Southampton Pride Livestream Part One
- Hunting Hearts
- Aura Jay (compère)
- Bella Black
- MAST Theatre (performing from Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World)
- Timeless
- Lucinda Lashes (compère)
- Meg Emelie and Lawrence (2:17:30)
- The Neptune Girls (2:42:10)
- DJ Claire Fuller
- The Dolly Show (3:23:40)
- Golden Groove (3:58:30)
- Cherry Liquor (compère from 4:41:20)
- Eva Iglesias

Southampton Pride Livestream Part 2
- Our Propaganda
- Jade Chamberlain (as Kylie)
- Joe Black (compère from 1:14:30)
- Sam Callahan (1:19:20)
- Dawn
- Shannon B

The multi-camera set up, giant screen and live stream provided by the students of Solent University was an impressive feat, and I'm sure one appreciated by those who were isolating and could not attend. Unfortunately not all the acts are available online - for example the energetic closing performance by Donna Marie as Lady Gaga (pictured below), and none of the great acts on the second 'SO Stage' were live streamed (I made a note to look up Anna Foye who was awesome).

Putting together a large event such as Pride is a monumental logistical undertaking at the best of times. Given the stories coming out of other events concerning the lack of basic facilities such as toilets is to the credit to the organisers that everything ran so smoothly. The new parade route starting in Queens Park worked well, as did a brilliant and varied programme of performances on both stages, and important details such as the acoustics, well stocked bars, food trucks and well maintained toilets.

Most importantly, the city was able to get together to celebrate, support and demand the universal freedom to be who you want to be and the freedom to engage in any consenting adult relationships. Unfortunately this fundamental freedom is still not enjoyed by many around the world.

Southampton Pride is a free event to attend (something that is making it more unique by the year), but not a free event to put on. If you'd like to support Pride there's usually a donations bucket in The Stage Door / Painted Wagon, or there are volunteer opportunities and an official merchandise shop.

My thanks to all the organisers, volunteers and supporting businesses and organisations for making Southampton Pride an event we can all enjoy, and be proud of.

Aliens Land in Guildhall Square

2021-07-17, Chris

As part of a series of events marking 400 years since the Mayflower's departure from Southampton and Plymouth, last night we were treated to a surreal, fun and quirky sci-fi dance display. At 8pm, the 'Future Cargo' truck ominously sitting on Guildhall Square opens up and reveals its contents. I guarantee Guildhall Square has never quite seen anything like it.

The display makes full use of an internal conveyor belt and a Tardis-esque number of props. The coordination between the dancers, who are kept very busy throughout the 45 minute run time, is spot on and very other-worldly. The action on 'screen' is matched by stereo sound delivered through special headphones, really taking you out of the square and into the world of Future Cargo.

We finished the evening with drinks at Mettricks Guildhall, and what may be a contender for the best halloumi fries in the city. Coated in a 'Southern fried halloumi' style they were crunchy on the outside and gooey in the middle. They pair very well with the 2 for £10 cocktail offer.

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The last opportunity to see it is tonight, and tickets are still available via the Visit Southampton website. If you can catch it, I thoroughly recommend it.

Results of the Bedford Place Business Survey

2021-06-30, Chris

The original Shop Local Southampton survey of readers demonstrated a huge show of support for the Bedford Place car-free scheme, with 96.2% of 500 responders having a positive opinion of it. Unfortunately, soon after we published the results, the council decided to announce that the scheme was to close in mid-July after its own survey of businesses on Bedford Place showed a small margin in favour of the action.

Shop Local Southampton carried out its own survey of businesses and the results are very interesting. Of the Bedford Place businesses inside the current car-free zone, 5 of 6 approved of the scheme remaining at all times. Looking at the wider Bedford Place, businesses were split precisely 50/50 on whether to re-open the road to cars during the day (comparing the red and orange sections of the graphs with the blue) - though there was a large majority (73% discounting neutral responses) in favour of a car-free scheme in the evenings and weekends.
Note: In the graphs below, 'Approve' refers to a business approving of the car-free scheme continuing full time.

When adding Carlton Place businesses to the results, there is a large degree of support for maintaining the car-free zone at all times.

Whether supporting or opposing the scheme, I had some great conversations with business owners in the area. On either side of the debate there is a strong desire for Bedford Place to become a destination area, and I'm sure there is room for mutual agreement. Most of those I talked with on both sides of the debate expressed widespread support for other measures such as:
- Traffic calming (e.g. raised platforms to reduce speed, single lane areas)
- Enforcement of a reduced speed limit (20mph zone)
- Additional seating / road narrowing (e.g. for restaurants outside of the current scheme, and using spare capacity in Upper Banister Street Car Park)
- Investment in the scheme area and expanding the reach of improvements to the rest of Bedford Place, e.g. with street art

The raw data of responses can be found in the table below. I did try to reach every business in Bedford Place and Carlton Place, but unfortunately in some cases the owner wasn't available and we weren't able to communicate remotely. My apologies if we didn't get to speak this time.

ResponseBedford Place (Scheme Only)Bedford Place (All)Bedford Place & Carlton Place
Evenings & Weekends Only077
Total Attempted85170
Total Answered63750

Where do we go from here? It is clear from the original Shop Local Southampton member survey that there is widespread support for the Bedford Place scheme. Other surveys have shown majority support amongst local residents. Even within Bedford Place businesses, there is strong support for the scheme continuing in some form, though they are split on opening during the day. I didn't find majority support for ending the car-free zone amongst any group of businesses.

If the road is to re-open to cars during the day, we should not wait a year to implement an evening / weekend car-free scheme - we should look to automated barriers immediately, or delay any changes, so that businesses can continue to benefit from the extra space in the critical summer months. We should also look to other road calming measures to avoid a return of dangerously fast cars to the area, to add more space for visitors and residents to roam safely, and to improve the overall aesthetic of Bedford Place.

Thanks to everyone that has engaged so far, from those who responded to the original survey, to the hundreds of detailed comments and ideas for Bedford Place and our city, and to businesses and councillors on all sides of the debate. Bedford Place presents us with a real opportunity for Southampton to have its very own boutique shopping, eating and drinking district. Let's make something great happen!