Have Your Say on the Portswood Scheme

I’d like to survey the opinion of Shop Local Southampton members as to the impact they think these changes have on proposed changes to the Portswood Scheme.

The original Portswood Scheme, as consulted upon by Southampton City Council, envisaged a permanent bus/taxi/bike/delivery-only zone between Westridge Road and the St Denys Road Junction, with a larger pedestrian dwell area, outdoor hospitality, seating, greenery, extra disabled parking and crossings.

Southampton City Council are now proposing to alter the Portswood Scheme to be part-time only (0700-1000 and 1600-1900), and for the bus gate to cover a smaller area (the area between St Denys Road and the St Denys Road Spur by Trago Lounge is proposed to be open to all traffic at all times).

Have your say on the proposed changes at


Shop Local Southampton Listings 24 January 2023

We are well into the swing of 2023 with more than 100 events for you this week Southampton, from reggae to metal, soul to folk. What are you thinking of going to?

Lighter days are coming – The River Itchen at St Denys

==== TUESDAY 24 JANUARY ====
—- Shows —-
My Fair Lady | Mayflower Theatre <19:00>

—- Events —-
Southampton vs Newcastle United | St Mary’s Stadium <20:00>

Valentines Pottery Painting | The Crafty Bug Café <10:00>

Touch CIC Pizza Social | Design Chapel <19:00>

—- Live Music —-
Public Body (art punk, Brighton) | Heartbreakers <20:00>
Support: Shtëpi (art rock, Guildford)

Blues Jam | Cricketers Bedford Place <20:00>

Plug & Play Open Sessions Open Mic | Suburbia <19:30>

Open Open to All Session | The Art House <19:00>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Music Bingo Movies and Musicals | London Road Brew House <20:00>

—- Shows —-
Evita | MAST (Mayflower Studios) <19:30>

My Fair Lady | Mayflower Theatre <19:00>

—- Events —-
Harbour Highlights: 2001: A Space Odyssey | Harbour Lights <20:01>

B&N Quiz | Belgium and Blues <20:00>

Community Cafe, Warm Space and Pantry | The Art House <11:00 and 18:00>

—- Wednesday: Event —-
Local Heritage Session | Totton Library <10:00>

—- Live Music —-
DBS Soul Collective (neo soul, Southampton) | Ava’s, Oxford Street (new venue) <19:00>

Blues with Drew Hall | Belgium and Blues <20:30>

Open Mic | The Rockstone <19:00>

Thursday Open Mic Night | The Dolphin, St Denys <19:00>

Barton Peveril Session Orchestra | Barton Peveril Sixth Form College <19:30>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Speakerboxxx – The Great British Drake Off | Orange Rooms <22:00>

—- Shows —-
My Fair Lady | Mayflower Theatre <14:00 and 19:00>

—- Events —-
The Oil Machine: Film and Conversation | October Books <19:00>

==== FRIDAY 27 JANUARY ====
—- Live Music —-
Dumb Poets (indie rock, Poole) | Platform Tavern <20:00>

Gildas Quartet | Britten in Surround Sound | Turner Sims <19:30>

Tom Jones & Neil Diamond Tribute | Sarisbury Green Community Centre <20:30>

Under the Sky (metal, Southampton) | The Joiners <19:30>

Moving Voices with Special Guest Rich Lansley | The Art House <19:00>

Arcaeon (prog metal, Reading) | The Hobbit <19:00>
Support: Lestweforget

Gracie Abrams (pop, Los Angeles – California) | The Brook <19:00>

Keith James Presents the Music of Yusuf – Cat Stevens | Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton <19:30>

—- Live Music (Covers) —-
Old School R&B / Garage Night ft. Izzi Mousdale | Whiskey Blue <20:00>

Kyall Donovan and the Rolling Substitutes | Cricketers Bedford Place <21:00>

Swedish Keith | Scholars Arms <21:00>

The Jays (pop) | The Bricklayers Arms <20:30>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Deeper (d&b) | The Loft <20:00>

Karaoke with Musictronic Djs | The Quarter Lounge <20:00>

Mass Appeal | Overdraft, Shirley <19:00>

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

My Fair Lady | Mayflower Theatre <19:00>

—- Events —-
Beity Lebanese Night | Beity, Old Town <19:00>

Unity Brewing Pub Quiz | Unity Brewing Co Tap <19:00>

January Quiz with James | Board in the City <19:00>

Tree Planting Session | Sholing Valleys Study Centre <10:00>

Our 6th Birthday | London Road Brew House <17:00>

Ladies Golf Social/taster Session | Southampton Municipal Golf Course <10:00>

Birdwatching with a Ranger | Lepe Country Park <09:00>

—- Live Music —-
Swamp Stomp String Band (americana, London) | Belgium and Blues <21:30>

The Alex Wilson Blues Band | The Platform Tavern <21:00>

Skamaggedon (ska, Southampton) | Ice House <20:30>

Maja Lena (indie folk, Stroud / Sweden) | Heartbreakers <19:30>

No Jacket Required – Phil Collins Tribute: Live – The 20th Anniversary UK Tour | The Brook, Southampton <19:30>

Cause for Control (punk pop) | The Attic, Totton <19:00>

Basement Torture Killings (death metal, London) – 10 Plagues (death metal, Brighton) | The 1865 <18:30>
Special Guests: Unburier-embolectomy

Kid Klumsy (rock ‘n roll, Coalville) | The Hobbit <17:00>

Winter Concert | St. James Road Methodist Church <15:30>

—- Live Music (Covers) —-
AudioSonics (rock ‘n roll) | The Wellington Arms <22:00>

New Age (modern rock) | The Bittern <21:00>

The Vagabonds (Portsmouth) | The Dolphin, St Denys <20:00>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Roots Dance Pt3 | The Alexandra <19:00>

DJ Hammy Presents Supersonic at the Mercantile Flea | The Greedy Flea <18:00>

Apocalypse Southampton | Suburbia <22:30>

Simply Urban | Cafe Parfait <22:00>

Kings of the Rollers & Inja | Engine Rooms <22:00>

—- Shows —-
Hair Trigger | The Stage Door <20:00>

My Fair Lady | Mayflower Theatre <14:00 and 19:00>

Children’s Comedy Show | The Attic, Totton <13:30>

DCA Showcase 2023 | The Berry Theatre <13:00>

Big Mouth Theatre Fareham Interact Presents an Upside Down Tale | Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton <12:30>

—- Events —-
Ghost Tour | St Michael’s Square <20:30>

Southampton vs Blackpool | St Mary’s Stadium <15:00>

Book Launch: Lunch on a Green Ledge by Stella Davis | October Books <14:00>

BITC Bring and Buy 2023 | Board in the City <12:00>

Bird Feeder Workshop | Lepe Country Park <10:00>

D&D One Shots | Board in the City <12:00>

Community Cafe | The Art House <11:00>

Pottery Painting Pop Up | The Mercantile Flea, Bitterne <10:30>

Hope, Happiness & Wellbeing Meditation Retreat | Kadampa Meditation Centre <10:00>

Community and Family Fun Session | Solent University, Southampton <09:30>

SOS NHS Southampton March and Rally | Bargate <12:00>

Little Pickles Markets – Hedge End | Hedge End Salvation Army Church & Community Centre <14:00>

Sangha Arts: Songs & Spoken Word | Triratna Southampton Buddhist Centre <18:30>

Climbing, Training, Hormones and the Menstrual Cycle: With Maddy Cope | Boulder Shack <18:00>

==== SUNDAY 29 JANUARY ====
—- Live Music —-
DEAFDEAFDEAF (post-punk, Manchester) | Heartbreakers <19:30>
Support: Temples of Youth (dream pop, Southampton) + Happy Cry (indie, Bournemouth)

The Heavy Sessions (jam) | The Firehouse <17:00>

Foot/Long (folk, Southampton) | The Platform Tavern <17:00>

Live Jumbo Jam Night ft. Sam Flight, Plaque Panther & Issy Somers (singer-songwriter, Southampton) | O’Neill’s Southampton <16:00>

—- Live Music (Covers) —-
The Pop Pickers (classic hits, Fareham) at Woolston Trades & Labour Club | Woolston & District Trades & Labour Club <15:00>

AudioSonics (rock ‘n roll) | The Victoria Woolston <15:00>

—- Events —-
Sunday Cinema Club – 8 Mile | Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa <17:00>

Conservation Session | Sholing Valleys Study Centre <10:00>

==== MONDAY 30 JANUARY ====
—- Live Music —-
Write a Note | MAST (Mayflower Studios) <19:45>

Amber Arcades (dream pop, Utrecht – Netherlands) + Hater + Thala | The Joiners <19:30>

Black Star Riders’ Ricky Warwick Acoustic | HMV Southampton <17:00>

—- Events —-
CEP Workshop: What Can We Achieve Together for Children & Young People ? | John Hansard Gallery <16:00>

Quiz for Town Quay Park | Dancing Man Brewery <19:00>


Supporting Local Business on a Budget

In these economically difficult times, we have limited resources to spend. By choosing to spend our money locally this Christmas and into the New Year we keep our pounds within Southampton, support local people and ensure that our favourite local businesses are still there for us in better times.

With Christmas coming up, a small thoughtful present from a local business could mean so much to the makers / sellers, as well as to the receiver. We don’t need so spend lots of money to show lots of love.

International Foods
You can also find loose bunches of coriander, parsley etc in much larger portions than the supermarket, without the packaging, and for a cheaper price. And you’re supporting a local business. Triple win!

International Foods and all independent Middle Eastern and Asian supermarkets also sell spices in much more useful sizes than the normal supermarket pots.

Easy Tz Meals
Looking for great quality local ready-made meals? Look no further than Easy Tz Meals. Founded by Board in the City’s Tia during the lockdown, Easy Tz focusses on creating delicious, nutritious and affordable meals using surplus food wherever possible. Vegan and meat Christmas meals are still available for just £4.50 each, but be quick as orders need to be in by Monday 12 December. Weekly meals resume in the new year. For more information and to order, see Easy Tz Meals.

Southampton City Art Gallery
What’s cheaper than cheap? Free, of course. And the council-run City Art Gallery is a jewel in our cultural crown that can be enjoyed entirely for free. If you haven’t been recently it’s worth a trip, as the exhibitions change regularly. Nearby John Hansard Gallery is also free.

If you wish to support the gallery, donations are accepted and there is a small shop of topical gifts. The gallery also hosts makers fairs from time to time.

Bitterne Park Stores
Bitterne Park Stores is a a refillable package-free paradise, as well as stocking great local fresh bread, beer, grocery supplies and treats. On a budget, not many vegetables go further than a red cabbage – they can be used for coleslaw, as a side to a roast, and as a base for stews – I got 7 generous portions out of one cabbage! From the refillable food I really like the crystallised ginger and dates.

Refills are great value, with environmentally friendly washing liquid working out cheaper per ml than big brand washing liquids on offer in major supermarkets. I also enjoy the convenience of filling up a 5 litre container and not having to think about washing liquid for a long time.

Local Takeaways
Takeaways don’t have to break the bank either, for example:
– A delicious loaded falafel wrap from Shawarma Express in Portswood is just £5.95.
– A pita with gyros souvlaki or halloumi from Sula’s is just £6.50
– Burritos at Mexigo start at £6.75
– A chicken or paneer tikka sizzler at 5 Rivers is £8.45
– A Margherita pizza at It’s a Pizza Thing is £8

Buy direct to avoid 1/3 commissions paid to the large companies either by them, you, or often both of you.

I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface here. It’s such an important time for to support each other, and choosing to go to a locally owned café or pub, or buying a ticket to a gig, can make all the difference right now. Things are so tight that such a decision is essentially a vote to keep them in business.

We are lucky in Southampton to have such a wealth and diversity of shopping, food, drink. Looking to the generosity of a lot of local businesses during Covid (not exactly a walk in the park for themselves) – for example the free meals Shelina from Lakaz Maman prepared for children during school holidays – shows that they’re a core part of our community.

Got any money saving tips that also help local business? Post on our Facebook or Twitter threads.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for supporting local this Christmas!


A New Cat in Town

Nestled round the corner from Bedford Place on the newly pedestrianised Carlton Place you’ll find Cheshire Cat Clothing – a brand new bohemian / festival-esque clothing store, bringing colourful clothing to Southampton and adding to an increasingly alternative feel in the area.

In the back you’ll also find WitchLox’s studio, who specialise in dreadlocks, alternative hairdressing, extensions, dread beads, wigs, as well as maintenance of the above.

As you can see from the photo, the store is gorgeously laid out and well worth a visit for the aesthetics alone. Owl themed items seem especially popular and don’t last long on the shelves. Prices are more affordable than I guessed given the quality on offer. Cheshire Cat Clothing assures us that items are ethically sourced and a portion of profits is returned to assist NGOs carrying out philanthropic work in the countries of origin.

You can find Cheshire Cat Clothing and Witchlox at 21 Carlton Place – check Facebook for opening hours.


Shop Local Southampton Listings March 1 – 7

Waiting for The Book of Mormon to begin at the gorgeous Mayflower Theatre

==== TUESDAY 01 MARCH ====
—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Headliners (festival anthems) | Orange Rooms <22:00>

—- Shows —-
Dracula | MAST (Mayflower Studios) <19:30>

Book of Mormon (until Saturday) | Mayflower Theatre <19:30>

—- Events —-
Speed Quizzing | Regents Park Southampton <20:00>

==== WEDNESDAY 02 MARCH ====
—- Live Music —-
Gong (prog rock, Paris) | The 1865 <19:30>

Mirrorman Presents: | Heartbreakers <19:30>
ft. My Black Poison, Ordali, Lethal Injection, Orberon

Isle of Wight Festival New Blood Competition Quarter-finals | The Joiners <19:15>
ft. Rob Clamp (singer songwriter, South coast), Toerags (Southampton), Mondays At Gecko (indie rock, Southampton), Laura Dia (soul, Bristol), Siobhán & The Sunset Haze (folk rock, South Coast)

—- Events —-
Kickboxing & Fitness | Drummond Centre <19:30>

Short Notice One Shot | Board in the City <18:30>

Community Club | St James’ Park <11:00>

Walk & Talk – Southampton Parent Carer Forum | Southampton Common <10:00>

==== THURSDAY 03 MARCH ====
—- Live Music —-
Pete Robson (blues) | Belgium and Blues <20:30>

Battle of the Bands | The Hobbit <20:00>

Franck Carducci & The Fantastic Squad (alt rock) + That Joe Payne | The 1865 <19:30>

Pintglass | Suburbia <19:00>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Hybrid Minds (drum and bass)  | Switch <22:00>

—- Shows —-
Swing n Sinatra | Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton <19:30>

—- Events —-
Crafty Tales and Making Stuff Up | St Denys Church, Dundee Road, SO17 2ND <20:00>

==== FRIDAY 04 MARCH ====
—- Live Music —-
Cut Capers (jazzy hip hop, Bristol) & Still Moving DJs (live percussion & dinosaurs, Southampton) | The Brook <19:30>

J Fashole Luke Trio | The Art House <19:30>

Leonardo Giuliani (blues & country, Southampton) | Belgium and Blues <21:00>

Death Goals (mathcore, London) + Treehouse | The Hobbit <20:00>

Serenades | The Joiners <19:30>

Melt Yourself Down (jazz & folk, London) | The Loft Southampton <18:30>

—- Live Music (Covers) —-
Electric 80 (synth pop, Portsmouth) | The Robin Hood, Sholing <21:00>

The 45s (rock, Hampshire) | The Bittern <21:00>

Carboncopy | The Yacht, Woolston <20:30>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Damaged Goods | Heartbreakers <22:00>

Karaoke | Brass Monkey <20:00>

Curryoke Night | Junction Inn <18:00>

—- Shows —-
Ray Mears – We Are Nature | MAST (Mayflower Studios) <19:30>

Luke Kempner (impressionist): Macho Macho Man | Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton <19:30>

—- Events —-
Salsa Caliente | Tracie’s Latin Club <20:30>

Ghost Stories from the Brickworks | Bursledon Brickworks Museum <19:30>

Birthday Bonanza – Classics & Specials From Our Favortie Breweries | The Butcher’s Hook <16:00>

==== SATURDAY 05 MARCH ====
—- Live Music —-
Titanic Survivors (mod rock, Southampton) | The Robin Hood, Sholing <21:00>

The Alchemy (indie, Canterbury) + The Hideaways | The Hobbit <20:00>

A Foreigner’s Journey (tribute)  | The 1865 <19:30>

Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart (dub, London) | The Brook <19:30>

Colpocleisis, .357 Homicide, Embolectomy | The Firehouse <19:30>

Death Blooms (metal) | Heartbreakers <19:00>

Hair Trigger (hair metal) | The Stage Door <19:00>

Ultimate Coldplay | Engine Rooms <18:30>

—- Live Music (Covers) —-
The Voltaires (pop rock, Portsmouth) | The Bitterne Park Social Club <20:30>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Projekt – Majestic | Switch <22:30>

Hospitality Southampton 2022 | Engine Rooms <22:00>
ft. S.P.Y, Danny Byrd, Unglued, Degs, Lens, Viridity, Patient

Shockwave: Rock & Metal Night | The Shooting Star <21:00>

Soul Shoes (Northern soul, Southampton) | The Dolphin, St Denys <19:30>

DJ Hammy Presents Supersonic | The Mercantile Flea, Bitterne <18:00>

DJ SamC | Brass Monkey <20:00>

Disco Kings Launch Party | Mile High Southampton <21:00>

—- Shows —-
The Thinking Drinkers | MAST (Mayflower Studios) <20:00>

—- Events —-
March Clothes Swap at Gods House Tower | God’s House Tower <13:00>

Spring Plant/ Seed Sale and Swap Extravaganza | Highbridge Farm <11:35>

Freemantle Repair Cafe | Freemantle Baptist Church <10:30>

Vegan Market | Guildhall Square <10:30>

Dynamism for Grounding with Lorna Chapman | Durley Memorial Hall <10:00>

==== SUNDAY 06 MARCH ====
—- Live Music —-
Casey Lowry (indie pop, Chesterfield) | The Joiners <19:00>

Lazuli (prog rock, France) | The 1865 <19:00>

Southampton University Symphonic Wind Orchestr Spring Concert 2022 | Turner Sims <17:00>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Aura Jay’s Karaoke Day | The Edge <22:00>

—- Events —-
Peace Vigil for Ukraine | Queen’s Peace Fountain <14:00>

Steamcosies (Southampton Steampunk Society) & Chums Drop-in | The Titanic <13:30>

==== MONDAY 07 MARCH ====
—- Live Music —-
Wolf Alice (indie rock, London) | Southampton Guildhall <19:00>

Giddly Fuitar – David n Chris @ Moosickal Mondays | Veg Out Community Cafe at October Books <12:30>

—- Shows —-
In Conversation with Sandy Mccall Smith | MAST (Mayflower Studios) <19:30>

—- Events —-
Film Screening: Mothers of the Revolution | October Books <19:00>

Community Club | St James’ Park <11:00>

Listings Uncategorized

Shop Local Southampton Listings Feb 15-21

Got a bit of a stormy week coming up, but that’s okay because there’s some excellent music, comedy and events happening around our city to keep us entertained. For this week’s cover photo, here’s a view over Southampton from last week – no matter what the weather throws at us this week brighter days are, quite literally, on their way! What are you most looking forward to? Enjoy, Southampton.

—- Live Music —-
Artfulscribe X Playlist: Recitations (musicians and poets) | MAST (Mayflower Studios) <19:30>
ft. Bellatrix, Héloïse Werner, Colin Alexander, Issa Farrah & Antosh Wojcik

Los Bitchos (Cumbia(South American folk)-influenced psychedelia, London) | The Joiners <19:30>

Southampton Jazz Club: Ray D’inverno and Andy Hague | The Stage Door <20:00>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Noir Night (DnB) | Orange Rooms <22:00>

—- Live Music —-
Rolo Tomassi (mathcore, Sheffield) + Pupil Slicer + Heriot | The Loft <19:30>

Smoke Fairies (indie-folk, Chichester) | The Joiners <19:30>

—- Shows —-
The Book of Mormon | Mayflower Theatre <19:30>

—- Events —-
Kickboxing & Fitness | Drummond Centre <19:30>

Booksigning: Radical Football by Steve Fleming | October Books <12:00>

Community Club | St James’ Park <11:00>

February Full Moon Swim | Andark Lake <18:00>

—- Live Music —-
Rooster Tooth (blues duo) | Belgium and Blues <20:30>

Inbound | Heartbreakers <20:00>

Battle of the Bands | The Hobbit <19:30>
ft. 17 bands inc Prion Son, Earthborn Kings, Sywren, Weird Uncles, Pot Kettle Black, Speaking of Witches

Florilegium (classical) | Turner Sims <19:30>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
The Social Experiment (underground electronic) | Orange Rooms <22:00>

Rehab Thursdays – Scene This? (alt, punk punk, anthems) | The Shooting Star <22:00>

Motive (16+ dnb rave ft. Bou & Mrtraumatik)_ | Engine Rooms <18:30>

==== FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY ====
—- Live Music —-
Sweetchunks Band (Hampshirian-folk legends, Southampton) | Cricketers Bedford Place <20:00>

<sold out> Boston Manor (alt-rock, Blackpool) + Movements | The 1865 <19:00>

Tom Odell (singer-songwriter, Chichester) | Southampton Guildhall <19:00>

Guns 2 Roses (tribute) | The Brook <19:30>

Recall The Remains (metalcore, Telford) | The Hobbit <18:00>
Support: Rituals, Forlorn

—- Live Music (Covers) —-
New Age (modern rock) | The Robin Hood, Sholing <21:00>

Somethin’ Else | The Yacht, Woolston <21:00>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Reggaeton Party | Engine Rooms <22:30>

Emo Club | The Joiners <23:00>

Galentines (BDBM – Queer Femme Night) | Heartbreakers <22:00>

Bingo with Dawn Day | The Edge <21:00>

Beyond Blues with Justin P | Belgium and Blues <20:00>

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

Musica Feliz | Rita’s, Oxford Street <19:00>

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

Oh No, George | MAST (Mayflower Studios) <16:30>

—- Live Music —-
Supersonics (Oasis tribute) | The Alexandra <21:00>

Morag Tong (metal, London) | The Firehouse <19:30>
Support: Halveksia, No Worth of Man

Rufus Stone (soul, Southampton) | The 1865 <19:30>

<sold out> Yard Act (post-punk, Leeds) | The Joiners <19:30>

Utter Buskers (acoustic folk, Southampton) | The Mercantile Flea, Bitterne <19:00>

Gutlocker (sludge metal, Woking) + Secreum + Imperium + Dying Vision | Suburbia <18:30>

Confessions of a Traitor (metalcore, London) | The Hobbit <17:30>

—- Live Music (Covers) —-
Mama Belle (soul and rock) | The Bittern <21:00>

Snake Heart (classic rock, Southampton) X the Regents | Regents Park Southampton <21:00>

Hybrid (metal) | The Yacht, Woolston <20:00>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-

SO3 Collective (EDM) | The Dolphin <17:00>

Darkzy | Engine Rooms <22:30>

Big Narstie | Switch <22:30>

Delight (alt) | The Hobbit <22:00>

—- Shows —-
Comedy Night | The Stage Door <19:00>

—- Events —-
Saints vs Everton | St Mary’s Stadium <15:00>

Whose Beak? February Half Term Trail | Itchen Valley Country Park <10:30>

Weather and Wellies | Manor Farm <10:00>

Family Fun Day | MAST (Mayflower Studios) <10:00>

==== SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY ====
—- Live Music —-
Rain (prog) | The 1865 <19:00>
Support: Poke

Tuto Marcondes (latin jazz, Southampton) | Rubys at the Grand <19:00>

<sold out> Stand Atlantic (pop punk, Sydney) + Lauran Hibberd (singer-songwriter, Isle of Wight) + The Dead Love | The Loft <19:00>

Pete Harris and Jon Vaughan | The Platform Tavern <19:00>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Aura Jay’s Karaoke | The Edge <22:00>

—- Events —-
February Clothes Swap | Mettricks Guildhall <18:00>

==== MONDAY 21 FEBRUARY ====
—- Live Music —-
Vince Kellett (singer/guitarist, Southampton) | Veg Out Community Vegan Cafe at October Books <12:30>

—- Shows —-
Twirlywoos | MAST (Mayflower Studios) <13:30>

—- Events —-
Ballroom Beginners Waltz & Jive Course | Tracie’s Latin Club <19:00>

Community Club at St. James’ Park | St James’ Park <11:00>


Shop Local Southampton Listings Jan 10-17

The Sweetchunks Band, with Devil’s Prefects and Jolly Roger – The Hobbit

After careful consideration we decided to bring the listings back for the New Year because our venues are open, and need our support 💖. Please do what you can to be safe – get your booster and test regularly – and go out and support our lovely venues and great bands ^_^.

==== TUESDAY 11 JANUARY ====
—- Live Music —-
New Year’s Blues Jam | Gusto lounge <20:15>

—- Events —-
January Radical Reading Group: Me, Not You | October Books <19:30>

—- Live Music —-
Plug & Play Open Sessions | Suburbia <19:30>

—- Events —-
January Book Club: Shuggie Bain | The Bookshop Alehouse <19:30>

Kickboxing & Fitness | Drummond Centre <19:30>

Bike Dr. | Bitterne Precinct <10:00>

Community Club | St James’ Park <11:00>

—- Live Music —-
Blues with Phil Mills | Belgium and Blues <20:30>

—- Events —-
Community Pantry & Takeaway Drinks | The Art House <11:00>

==== FRIDAY 14 JANUARY ====
—- Live Music —-
Carl Barat | The Joiners <19:30>
Best known for being the co-frontman with Peter Doherty of the garage rock band The Libertines

—- Live Music (Covers) —-
Bifröst (metal, Southampton) | The Robin Hood, Sholing <21:00>

—- Live Music —-
Absolute Bowie – Greatest Hits Show | The Brook <19:30>

The Smyths (tribute) – The Queen Is Dead 35th Anniversary | Engine Rooms <19:30>

—- Live Music (Covers) —-
Spirit | Windsor Castle, Shirley <21:00>

Black Smoke Rebellion (rock) | The Yacht, Woolston <21:00>

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

Bifröst (metal, Southampton) | The Bittern <21:00>

RockWaves | Bitterne Park Social Club <20:30>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Classic Hip Hop in the Cellar | Belgium and Blues <20:00>

—- Shows —-
Jason Manford: Like Me | Southampton Guildhall <19:30>

==== SUNDAY 16 JANUARY ====
—- Live Music —-
Gryphon | The 1865 <19:00>

Hannah Reem (blues-jazz singer, Portsmouth) and Mary Red | Woolston & District Trades & Labour Club <15:00>

—- Live Music (Covers) —-
The Goods | The Bittern <17:00>

==== MONDAY 17 JANUARY ====
—- Live Music —-
<sold out> Porridge Radio (art-rock, Brighton) | Heartbreakers <19:30>

Music Student Performances | Turner Sims <13:00>
Free opportunity to check out performances by University of Southampton Music Students

—- Events —-
Chat to an Ecohome Owner | October Books <19:00>

Community Club at St. James’ Park | St James’ Park <11:00>


Veganuary in Southampton

Whether you’re a long time vegan, going vegan for the month, or just wanting to try out the large range of vegan food on offer in January, Southampton has you covered. Local businesses have really pulled the stops out this year, so let’s all go out and support them, they need it after the year they’ve had!

Café Thrive should be the first call for anyone interested in vegan cooking, cakes and hot drinks in Southampton, and the offering is so strong that it should be on everyone’s radar. A 2-storey café overlooking the Central Parks, their Veganuary offerings include cronuts, an Italian tofu and roasted vegetable salad, a cherry bakewell hot chocolate, and this gorgeous ‘chicken’ burger. Their entire menu is always vegan, and their pumpkin spice latte is one of my favourite drinks in the city.

The Black Phoenix (Bedford Place) have a new and returning vegan special for every single week of January. The stars of the first week are the brand new Elvis (pictured) with peanut butter, caramelised bananas and bourbon infused cherry jam. This is paired with the returning ‘Monster’ burger with black garlic ‘mayo’, mushrooms and pickled onion crisps (yep). On Mondays you can also get 20% off all the new vegan dishes of the week. To top it off, their excellent vegan mozzarella sticks (rated by Chris as actually better than real mozzarella sticks) have returned for January.

For even more burger goodness, head to Lakaz Maman, home of Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo’s Mauritian restaurant. They’ve just announced their latest burger for Veganuary – the Meaty Jack – a mountain of spicy battered jackfruit in a brioche bun.

Just a couple of doors down you’ll find Piecaramba, home to 4 vegan pies on their standard menu, vegan mash and mushy peas, additional vegetarian pies, and a Veganuary special ‘Spudnik’ featuring leek, mushroom and potato in a white sauce. This is truly pie heaven, and possibly the best pie shop in the country. Jay Rayner (Masterchef, The Guardian) reckons so.

Stakks is a pancake house on the upper level of Marlands shopping centre. A pancake house might not be the most obvious choice for vegan food, but Stakks have your Veganuary covered with a separate fully vegan menu featuring 9 delicious savoury and sweet vegan pancake stakks. All can be made gluten free on request.

Popsi’s, a gorgeous Bedford Place pizza restaurant (currently takeaway / delivery only) have gone the extra mile for Veganuary, creating 3 new vegan “meats” – bacon (pictured on the pizza below), chicken and peperoni. They’ve also created vegan garlic butter bites.

The Nest Coffee House on London Road has an almost unbelievable range of vegan pastries and doughnuts, and indeed I had no idea they were vegan until I saw the ‘#vegan’ hashtag with one of their posts. Even once I knew, I was still blown away with how delicious and creamy the doughnuts were. January’s doughnut lineup includes raspberry & white chocolate, boujee biscoff, brownie, and their gorgeous cinnamon rolls. Some of their doughnuts are pictured below. See you there?

Rice Up Wholefoods is Southampton’s vegan supermarket on Hanover buildings, with a great deli of pastries etc to take away (I believe they can warm them for you on request). Sadly, Rice Up has been hit hard by recent events and they need our support – visiting and buying things is definitely one way, they’re also running a Crowdfunder if you’d like to support but can’t get down there.

Even traditional restaurants such as Ennios have gotten in on the Veganuary action, how nice does their vegan take on Crespelle (stuffed pancakes) look?

Baboo Ji in Portswood is offering 15% off all vegan dishes on collection. And yep, everything in the image below – from the masala dosa to the Bombay potatoes, is vegan.

The fully vegan Art House are following the Covid situation closely and hoping to reopen for community café events next week, but for now they open for takeaway coffee, soup, drinks, snacks, and their community pantry, 1100 – 1500 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

A post about Veganuary wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Veg Out Community Vegan Café, which runs in the community space at the back of October Books (Portswood) every Monday with lunch served from 1215 and features live acoustic music. The café is run entirely by volunteers (indeed, they’re urgently looking for more to be able to continue opening!) and creates dishes from food donated by local businesses to avoid wastage. October Books are notable on their own merit for being a great independent book store and also stockists of a large range of vegan food products (many from Infinity Foods in Brighton), as well as cleaning products and cooking books.

Crossing over the river, Bitterne Park Stores re-opens on Tuesday 11th January and hosts a huge range of vegan alternative meats, cheeses, chocolates, beers and much more. You’ll also find that a surprising number of the pastries at Cottons Bakery next door are vegan.

For Sunday roasts there are always plenty of options – including Black Phoenix and The Alexandra. The photo below is of Belgium and Blues‘ offering, which does look mighty tasty (and I do like beer)…

Overdraft in Shirley have always got a tasty range of vegan options, tacos and nachos. They have announced a Veganuary special, tostadas filled with local purple sweet potatoes, homemade queso, chilli and avocado – sounds delicious.

The final shout out (at the moment, if I can’t resist adding others!) goes to Board in the City. Not a vegan eatery, but they have plenty of options for you to much on whilst playing board games, from a burger to pizza, pie, soya mince nachos, and truly fantastic chips.

Hope you have fun trying out the excellent culinary options Southampton has to offer, whether vegan or not. This isn’t a complete list of course, I’d love to hear your favourite local businesses and what they’re doing for Veganuary on our Facebook post.


A Taste of Italy in Bedford Place

A brand new Italian deli has opened in Bedford Place, offering a wide variety of Italian products including wine, biscuits, cakes, cheese, San Marzano tomatoes (widely accepted as the tomato to use in Italian cooking), a huge array of pastas, preserves, beer and spirits.

The staff are welcoming and happy to help you make an informed decision on which goodies to take home. It’s not as easy to travel to Italy in the current situation, but alongside some of our great Italian restaurants, Florio’s D’Italia is one of the best ways to transport yourself to the great flavours of the country whilst never leaving Southampton.

Inside the freezer you’ll find pistachio gelato, and even bread baked in Milan ready for you to take home and thaw. I can verify that the bread is delicious toasted.

Florio’s D’Italia, who also have a shop in Portsmouth, is open 6 days a week from 1000 – 1830.


Shop Local Southampton Listings Nov 30 – Dec 6

As we enter the festive season there are some real treats in store for you Southampton. This week we can feast ourselves on the beautiful folk legends from Plymouth, Mad Dog Mcrea from the West of the South, and the intriguing art-folk sounds of Hannah Moule & The Moulettes from the East. Alestorm are here to drink our beer, Slade are determined to knock you out of the Noddy Game, and Up The Highstreet launch a daily Christmas cracker of local live lounge acts. Bridget Hart is returning home to launch her new book, a poetry queer retelling of Grease. There’s even a live version of A Question of Sport. Something for everyone and we love it.

Photo from last week: Junco Shakers, The Dolphin (St Denys)

—- Live Music —-
Alestorm, Gloryhammer and Bootyard Bandits | Southampton Guildhall <19:00>

Roxanne De Bastion Live Instore Set & Signing | Vinilo Record Store <13:00>

Groove Bakers Blues Jam | Gusto lounge <20:00>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Switch OTR | Switch <22:30>

—- Shows —-
A Question of Sport Live | Mayflower Theatre <19:30>

—- Events —-
SO: Let’s Talk About Music | The Spark Building, Solent University <14:00 and 18:00>

—- Live Music —-
Bad Touch & Piston | The Joiners <19:30>

Black Country, New Road | The 1865 <19:30>

The Balzary Sessions | The Mercantile Flea <19:30>
ft. Fables, Stuey Goodeve, Tyler Collins, Steve White

SAS Band (pop rock) – Wed | The Brook <19:30>

Laurence Henderson’s Electric Trio Arms | The Joiners <19:00>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Rocktail Riot – Weekly Alternative Club Night | The Shooting Star <22:00>

—- Events —-
Salsa Classes | Tracie’s Latin Club <19:30>

Wednesday Women – Monthly Converation | Arches Studios <18:00>

—- Live Music —-
Gaslight Sessions | Platform Tavern <20:00>
ft. Emily Mongan, Owen Hackett, Our Hero From Horse Country

Blues with Hugh Budden & Pete Harris | Belgium and Blues <20:30>

SAS Band (pop rock) – Thu | The Brook <19:30>

Open Mic ft. Fragile Lucy | The Rockstone <19:30>

Live Music Showcase – In Memory of Bob Clark | The Art House <19:30>
ft. Saire Herschel, Steve Lowis, Rob Clamp, The Real Raj

Jazz Brew | Mettricks Guildhall <19:00>

UpTheHighStreet Live Lounge: A Good Lie <18:00>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Sub Zero | Engine Rooms <22:00>

Jax Jones | Switch <22:00>

—- Events —-
Bridget Hart: Chewing Gum Southampton Launch | The Black Phoenix Pub <19:30>

Salsa Classes | Tracie’s Latin Club <19:30>

The Six + Q&A | Harbour Lights <18:00>

Late Night Shopping | The Mercantile Flea, Bitterne <17:00>

==== FRIDAY 03 DECEMBER ====
—- Live Music —-

The London Ear 305 with Hannah Moule and The Moulettes |

Hannah Moule & The Moulettes (art-rock, Brighton) | Unity Brewing Co Tap <18:30>

Smoove & Turrell (soul and funk, Newcastle) | The Brook <19:30>
Support: Soul 45

Jessie Ware (pop, London) | Southampton Guildhall <19:00>

Fenne Lily (folk, Dorset) | Heartbreakers <19:30>

Everyone You Know (hip-hop, Uxbridge) | The Joiners <19:30>

Cockney Rejects / Knock Off / The Mistakes | The 1865 <19:30>

Davey Jones Locker | The Robin Hood, Sholing <21:00>

Paul Wilson | La Baronia <20:30>

Sing Christmas with University of Southampton Voices | Turner Sims <20:00>

Sax on Fire | One Oxford <20:00>

Paul Jude Wilson | La Baronia <19:00>

Riot Weekend (pop-punk, Guildford), Keep Summer Safe (pop-punk, London) | The Hobbit <19:00>

Monster | The Yacht Tavern <21:00>

Kyall Donovan and the Rolling Substitutes | Cricketers Bedford Place <20:00>

Jazz | The Bridge, Highfield Campus <19:30>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club | Engine Rooms <21:00>

Superfly | Papillon <20:00>

Corrective Measures | Heartbreakers <22:00>

Beyond Blues with Justin P | Belgium and Blues <20:00>

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

Research Café 42 for International Day of Disabled People | John Hansard Gallery <15:30>

—- Live Music —-
Slade (if you’re playing The Noddy Game with The Asylum on Voice FM, you have been warned!) | Engine Rooms

Mad Dog Mcrea (folk, Plymouth) | The 1865 <19:30>

Ellis D (hip-hop) | Heartbreakers <22:00>

Ben Dlugokecki (Singer-songwriter, Southampton) | La Baronia <20:30>

Jack of Hearts (modern folk) | The Art House <19:30>
ft. Fragile Lucy

Bon Giovi | The Brook <19:30>

Elijah Miller (singer-songwriter, London) | Heartbreakers <19:00>

Southampton Philharmonic Choir | Southampton Guildhall <18:30>

Grove Street Families and Friends | Suburbia <16:00>

Southampton University Concert Band – Christmas Concert 2021 | Turner Sims <15:00>

—- Live Music (Covers) —-
The Spoils (party band, Portsmouth) | The Robin Hood, Sholing <21:00>

New Age (modern rock) – Regents Park Pub | Regents Park Hotel <21:00>

Weird Unkles | The Drummond Arms <21:00>

Somethin’ Else | The South Western Arms <20:30>

—- DJs and Club Nights —-
Jungle Cakes | Engine Rooms <22:00>
ft. Benny Page, Ed Solo, Deekline, Aries, Hannibal, Murky Dubz, MC Sye

On a Mission – 10th Birthday | Switch <22:00>

Xmas Ladies Night with Million Dollar Men | Orange Rooms <21:00>

Shockwave: Rock & Metal Night | The Shooting Star <21:00>

Disco with DJ Nick | Brass Monkey <20:00>

—- Shows —-
Women in Rock | Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton <19:30>

—- Events —-
Argentine Tango Christmas Milonga | Tracie’s Latin Club <20:00>

Film Screening: Mothers of the Revolution | October Books <19:00>

Workshop: Interactive Climate Comic Workshop ‘The Renegades’ | October Books <15:30>

Abolitionist Futures Reading Club | The Art House <13:00>

Light Up Netley’s Lantern Parade | Hound Parish Council <17:00>

Mini Winter Festival | Southampton City Farm <11:00>

Lets Sketch Southampton Below Bar | Below Bar <11:00>

Wreath Making | Aldermoor Community Farm <09:00>

==== SUNDAY 05 DECEMBER ====
—- Live Music —-
Lucy Spraggan (singer-songwriter, Canterbury) | Engine Rooms <19:00>

Freya Beer (singer-songwriter, London) | The 1865 <19:00>

Jonny Moody | Marco’s, Oxford Street <17:00>

Apda Rough Gutts, Top Left Club, Bitterman | The Hobbit <16:00>

—- Events —-

Oldhimas Holiday Skirmish Event | Board in the City <12:00>

Dachshund Cafe Christmas | Revolucion de Cuba Southampton <11:15>

==== MONDAY 06 DECEMBER ====
—- Live Music —-

Sam Fender | Engine Rooms <19:00>

UpTheHighStreet Live Lounge: Charley Stride <18:00>