One of life’s great pleasures is to watch music performed live in front of you. Forget YouTube and MTV, you want to be able to feel the rhythm pulse through you as you watch performers doing what they love!

Live music venues generally have a great atmosphere and friendly vibe, with like minded people all there to enjoy a drink or two whilst watching all forms of live music from solo acoustic to a 5 piece band.

So where do you head to watch live music in Southampton?

The Joiners in St. Mary’s

Since 1968 The Joiners in Southampton has played host to upcoming bands from all over the world, with huge names performing even before you knew they were huge! Including the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead and Ed Sheeran! Notably one of the best small venues in the UK with a capacity of 200, it’s a fantastic venue for getting up close and personal with the bands. Find out more about the Joiners and what’s coming up!

The Frog & Frigate on Canute Road

The Frog & Frigate is legendary in Southampton for it’s great pub atmosphere and live music. A proper ‘spit & sawdust’ pub that enjoys a pirate theme throughout, it prides itself on it’s welcoming and lively atmosphere. With a live DJ and guitarist on Friday and Saturdays, you’ll also find regular live music from all over the world. Check out their website for further details.

Simons at Oxfords in Oxford Street

In the heart of the cosmopolitan scene on the popular Oxford Street Southampton you’ll find Simons at Oxfords. A fantastic venue that is home to great food, fab cocktails and live music! Enjoy live music every Friday with a different act each week, a live DJ set on Saturday nights, and their popular Sunday night Jam Session with improvisation from their own in-house band! Find out more about Simons at Oxfords.

The O2 Guildhall Southampton in Civic Centre

For well-known bands and talented musicians in Southampton you’ll find them at the O2 Guildhall. This large venue in the centre of the city is the biggest music venue in Southampton. You’ll find big names such as Beverly Knight and Erasure, all conveniently located in the Cultural Quarter of Southampton where you can enjoy food and drinks before or after your music fix. See what’s on at the O2 Guildhall Southampton.

Regular live music at Mettricks Guildhall

Just opposite the O2 Southampton in Guildhall Square you’ll find Mettricks. A coffee house that has is all, including live music! The perfect venue to sit back and chill out as solo, duo artists and bands perform. Enjoy music from different cultures, a range of styles and an eclectic mix of live entertainment. Find out more about Mettricks.

Platform Tavern opposite Town Quay

The Platform Tavern sits opposite Town Quay and offers an ambient traditional pub location with regular live music every week. With music genres including Blues, Country, Blue Grass, Rock n Roll, Acoustic, Americana, Roots, Jazz & Rockabilly, there’s something to suit all music-lovers tastes! Check out what’s coming up at The Platform Tavern.