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Trans Pride returns to Southampton in June

Trans Pride returns to Southampton in June

By Mabel Wellman. Trans Pride Southampton is returning to Southampton this year on the 29th June. Last year Trans Prids was a small and intimate event at Watts Park. The event started with a march through City Centre, then a picnic in Watts Park. Trans Pride Southampton this year will be at Edmund Kell Unitarian
Preview: LORE, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: LORE, Theatre Royal Winchester

Contemporary dance enthusiasts will delight in new production, LORE, which visits Theatre Royal Winchester on Tuesday 5 March. LORE takes audiences on a folklore inspired journey into a pagan world of gods, demons and humans. The show explores a connection with nature and the energy that flows from the ground through our bodies and back
Jesus Christ Superstar comes to Mayflower Theatre in March

Jesus Christ Superstar comes to Mayflower Theatre in March

by Michael Coveney. After their initial success with an early, twenty-minute version of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1968, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice were taken up by producer David Land, given a weekly wage of £20 a week each, an office, and encouraged to write anything at all with just one
Cowes Fringe Festival makes a grand comeback

Cowes Fringe Festival makes a grand comeback

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Cowes, the Fringe Festival will take place from the 24 – 26 of May 2024, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of music and performances. The much-anticipated return of the Cowes Fringe Festival is set to dazzle audiences with an array of performances from an eclectic
Preview: Dom Joly: The Conspiracy Tour, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Dom Joly: The Conspiracy Tour, Theatre Royal Winchester

Comedian Dom Joly returns with The Conspiracy Tour at Theatre Royal Winchester on Wednesday 6 March. The comic has been travelling around the globe once more, looking into some of the strangest and weirdest conspiracy theories that exist and his tour is a funny, fascinating and anarchic guide to the wacky world of conspiracies –
Interview – Welsh National Opera and director Olivia Fuchs are joining forces

Interview – Welsh National Opera and director Olivia Fuchs are joining forces

By Diane Parkes Welsh National Opera and director Olivia Fuchs are joining forces with contemporary circus company NoFit State for a bold new production of Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice this spring. The production, which comes to Mayflower Theatre on March 20, will use a range of circus skills to re-tell the classic tale of
Preview: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical & The Showstoppers Kids Show, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical & The Showstoppers Kids Show, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

The incredible Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and Showstoppers’ Kids Show are coming back to MAST Mayflower Studios on Saturday 16 March 2024. Spontaneous musical comedy at its finest, this is the first ever long-form improv show to have a full West End run and to be nominated and win an Olivier Award! Completely improvised and genuinely
Preview: Swinging at the Cotton Club, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Swinging at the Cotton Club, Theatre Royal Winchester

Jazz fans are guaranteed an unforgettable evening with Swinging at the Cotton Club at Theatre Royal Winchester on Wednesday 28 February. Swinging at the Cotton Club returns to Winchester with a spectacular showcase of dance and music, taking audiences on a trip back in time to New York City in the 1920s and 1930s, and
Preview: Awake My Soul: The Mumford and Sons Story, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Awake My Soul: The Mumford and Sons Story, Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of folk-rock band, Mumford and Sons, can enjoy this special celebration show, Awake My Soul, at Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday 25 February. This live concert tells the story of the famous British band and their unique sound – with a four-piece band bringing to the stage the group’s very best music including Little
Preview: Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Little Angel Theatre’s major new adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book will run from Friday 8 – Sunday10 March at MAST Mayflower Studios. Alongside this puppet-filled musical, which at its core celebrates the joy of reading, Little Angel Theatre will deliver a ground-breaking literacy project aimed at creating a supportive
Sam Lee’s headline tour brings him to Southampton’s Turner Sims in spring

Sam Lee’s headline tour brings him to Southampton’s Turner Sims in spring

Sam Lee will release his fourth studio album, ‘songdreaming’, on 15th March. The news arrives with the announcement of a 17-date headline tour for 2024, bringing him to Southampton’s Turner Sims in April.  ‘songdreaming’ represents the latest stage in the development of Sam Lee’s music, from its roots in traditional folk song to a new
Preview: The Take That Experience, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: The Take That Experience, Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of the UK’s number one boy band, Take That, are guaranteed the greatest evening when The Take That Experience comes to Theatre Royal Winchester on Wednesday 21 February. The show features fan favourites from the group, after more than three decades performing, from 90s classics to the band’s most recent songs, including Pray, Relight
Preview: Jesus Christ Superstar, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Jesus Christ Superstar, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The Olivier Award-winning reimagined production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s celebrated musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, will visit Mayflower Theatre from Monday 25 to Saturday 30 March 2024. Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen
Preview: Boy on the Roof, The Point, Eastleigh

Preview: Boy on the Roof, The Point, Eastleigh

Vamos Theatre, the UK’s leading mask theatre company has announced its new production, Boy on the Roof, will be performed at The Point, Eastleigh on Saturday 24 February. Boy on the Roof is the story of an unlikely friendship between Liam, a teenage boy with ADHD, and his 91-year old neighbour, Albert. Performed without words,
Frank Turner set to release 10th album, Undefeated

Frank Turner set to release 10th album, Undefeated

Hampshire Star, Frank Turner, is set to release his 10th album, Undefeated, on 3 May, which includes recently released single, Do One. Undefeated follows his first UK  number one album, 2022’s FTHC, and is the result of his decision to step away from the major label world to re-embrace the liberation of working as an
Art on the House project at The Art House, Southampton

Art on the House project at The Art House, Southampton

The final season of Southampton’s grassroots cultural stalwart The Art House is in full swing with every week packed with gigs as artists queue up for “one last show” in the much loved venue. The Art House will no longer have a permanent, bricks and mortar home but will still very much be a presence
Hat Fair looking for market traders for festival weekend

Hat Fair looking for market traders for festival weekend

The organisers of Hat Fair, the UK’s longest running festival of Outdoor Arts, are looking for market traders for the festival weekend. The festival, which takes place throughout the streets and green spaces of Winchester over the first weekend of July, will have pitches available for traders on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July. Market traders will have the opportunity to
Shout Season is at MAST Mayflower Studios this spring

Shout Season is at MAST Mayflower Studios this spring

MAST Mayflower Studio’s Shout Season gives a platform to traditionally underrepresented voices in the industry. Through this season, MAST seeks to challenge stereotypes and engage with the stories of their community. This years’ Shout Season brings you the very best local theatre and gives you a chance to see new work in its early stages.
Preview: Buffy Revamped, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Buffy Revamped, Theatre Royal Winchester

Audiences of the popular 90s TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will be thrilled to learn that Buffy Revamped, which is currently touring the UK after it’s award-winning Edinburgh Fringe premiere, comes to Theatre Royal Winchester on Tuesday 20 February. This fast-paced, hilarious parody that chronicles the entire seven seasons, 144 episodes of the original
Preview: Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

New Adventures, Martin McCallum and Marc Platt are delighted to announce the full cast of Edward Scissorhands – devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne – which comes to Mayflower Theatre from Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 March 2024. Based on the classic Tim Burton movie and featuring the hauntingly beautiful music of Danny Elfman
Award-winners and innovators feature in the latest season at Turner Sims

Award-winners and innovators feature in the latest season at Turner Sims

Image: Camilla George by Daniel Adhami. The University of Southampton music venue Turner Sims has announced events through to June 2024. The season is a bold celebration of classical masters, cultural diversity, and youth leadership. Classical highlights include a celebration of Shostakovich with the Carducci Quartet and actor Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, Endeavour, The
Pet Needs come to Southampton’s Joiners on UK tour

Pet Needs come to Southampton’s Joiners on UK tour

Image credit: Vanessa Sollner.  Pet Needs come to The Joiners, Southampton, on April 27 on the final UK date of their European tour. Those who can’t wait that long can also catch the band at an in-store event at Pie & Vinyl in Southsea on February 19th. Founded with humble bedroom-band beginnings by brothers Johnny
Brianna Ghey – A Night of Tribute and Mourning at The Art House, Southampton

Brianna Ghey – A Night of Tribute and Mourning at The Art House, Southampton

By Mabel Wellman.  On the 2nd February, the names of Brianna Ghey’s murderers were released. Brianna Ghey was a 16 year old trans girl, who was brutally murdered last year. With the names being released and the large media attention once more, a lot of trans people and our allies are feeling pain and complex
The Beans on Toast Band announce spring tour dates, coming to Portsmouth

The Beans on Toast Band announce spring tour dates, coming to Portsmouth

English Folk hero – Beans on Toast – will be taking his brand new live band out on tour for the first time, including a date at Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth on Thursday 7 March. With a new-look outfit comprising Scottish guitar wizard / folk songsmith Memphis Gerald, honky-tonk royalty King Killership, percussive powerhouse Abbi
PennFest announce a host of exciting additions to their summer 2024 line-up!

PennFest announce a host of exciting additions to their summer 2024 line-up!

Buckinghamshire’s biggest and best music festival PennFest have announced a host of exciting additions to their summer 2024 line-up! Ella Henderson, Professor Green, Newton Faulkner, Dutty Moonshine Big Band, East 17 Christmas Special, DJ Hype, Grooverider, Oxide & Neutrino and Matt Jam Lamont will join headliners Paul Weller, Richard Ashcroft and Jess Glynne in the first
Preview: WNO Death in Venice, Così fan tutte, and Opera Favourites, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: WNO Death in Venice, Così fan tutte, and Opera Favourites, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Welsh National Opera’s (WNO) Spring Season comes at Mayflower Theatre from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 March 2024, with two new productions, Death in Venice and Così fan tutte Death in Venice WNO will stage a new production of Britten’s Death in Venice , which will be the first time the Company has staged this
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce first show of 2024

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce first show of 2024

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce that their first show of 2024 will take place at Poole Lighthouse on Sunday17 March. The intimate gig will mark Noel’s second appearance at the venue, after first performing there 20 years ago with Oasis (on 23 June 2004 – a warm up show ahead of the band headlining
Preview: Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Direct from the West End, and having sold out venues worldwide, Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners will perform at Mayflower Theatre on 8 March 2024. In partnership with Tourism Ireland and in association with legendary Irish pub O’Donoghue’s – the place where it all started for The Dubliners back in 1962
My Life Story come to Southampton and Portsmouth

My Life Story come to Southampton and Portsmouth

My Life Story have confirmed in-store appearances at Southampton’s Vinilo and Southsea’s Pie & Vinyl this month.  Touring in support of ‘Loving You is Killing Me’, the Britpop band’s fifth studio album and first for some 5 years, Jake Shillingford from the band will be performing live and signing copies at these events.  Founded in
Preview: The Signalman, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: The Signalman, Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of a classic Victorian ghost story are in for a treat with The Signalman at Theatre Royal Winchester from Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 March. The Signalman tells of a terrified signalman who unburdens himself on to a young student who chances upon his railway cutting, telling him a chilling tale of a spectre
Preview: Rambert’s Death Trap, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Rambert’s Death Trap, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Rambert returns to the Mayflower Theatre stage on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March with Death Trap, a brilliant evening of dance devised by Ben Duke (of Lost Dog). Death Trap brings together Goat (2017) and Cerberus (2022), and continues Rambert’s focus on storytelling and characters, featuring awe inspiring performances by its diverse company of
Preview: The Hound of The Baskervilles, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: The Hound of The Baskervilles, Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of Sherlock Holmes can celebrate the 120th anniversary of The Hound of the Baskervilles when it comes to Theatre Royal Winchester on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 March. The Hound of the Baskervilles tells the story of the legend of the hound that has haunted the Baskerville family for generations – including Sir Charles
The first UK tour of Dear Evan Hansen collaborates with TikTok to find new talent

The first UK tour of Dear Evan Hansen collaborates with TikTok to find new talent

The casting team of Dear Evan Hansen, in collaboration with TikTok, are searching for the next generation of talent to star in the first ever UK tour of the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning Best Musical. Today is going to be a good day. And here’s why Meet Evan: an anxious high school kid who
Preview: Hannah Rose Platt, Papillion, Southampton

Preview: Hannah Rose Platt, Papillion, Southampton

Hannah Rose Platt is supporting Chuck Ragan at Papillon this Saturday night (3 February). A fascinating artist who made an album of poetic ghost stories last year called Deathbed Confessions – think shades of Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Kate Bush. Released in the Spring of 2023 and produced by Ed Harcourt, Deathbed Confessions comprises a collection
Victorious Festival: Sugababes, The Kooks, James Bay, Professor Green, Tom Walker and more join line up

Victorious Festival: Sugababes, The Kooks, James Bay, Professor Green, Tom Walker and more join line up

Sugababes, Razorlight, The Kooks, James Bay, Groove Armada, Professor Green, Tom Walker and more added as second wave artist additions for this year’s Victorious Festival in Southsea. The multi-award-winning Victorious Festival (23/24/25 August 2024) – the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival – has today announced a fresh round of acts to this year’s already monumental line-up,
Preview: Houdini’s Great Escape, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Houdini’s Great Escape, Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre lovers and fans of physical comedy, chaos and magic can enjoy Houdini’s Great Escape coming to Theatre Royal Winchester from Thursday 22 February. It tells the story of Houdini, the world’s greatest entertainer, whose death-defying escapology stunts have him on the cusp of a career-defining performance for King Edward until he discovers he has
Road to Victorious returns

Road to Victorious returns

It’s back! Last year saw the launch of Road To Victorious, an exciting competition open to bands based within the PO postcode area. Crystal Tides were the worthy winners, shortlisted from hundreds of talented applicants within the PO postcode, and went on to win your votes! Their prize saw them participate in a huge festival
Preview: Blood Brothers, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Blood Brothers, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The legendary, award-winning production of the international smash hit musical, Blood Brothers, returns to Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 27 February to Saturday 2 March 2024. Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins separated at birth, who grow up on the opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. When Mrs Johnstone, a young mother, is deserted
Preview: Friend (The One with Gunther), Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Friend (The One with Gunther), Theatre Royal Winchester

Friends fanatics will be delighted to hear that the award-winning parody, Friend (The One with Gunther), is coming to Theatre Royal Winchester on Friday 9 February. The show, which celebrates the much-loved 90s TV series – all ten seasons, 236 episodes – retells the stories of everyone’s favourite characters, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Monica and
Suzi Quatro to headline the Wickham Festival

Suzi Quatro to headline the Wickham Festival

Rock Goddess Suzi Quatro is set to headline a star-studded line-up at this year’s Wickham Festival. The American legend will join the Levellers, Seth Lakeman, Tony Christie and many more at the popular event which runs from August 1-4. The Detroit-born singer will top the bill on the Friday night when she will be belting
Maskers Theatre Company: Almost, Maine

Maskers Theatre Company: Almost, Maine

One of Southampton’s most popular amateur theatrical companies, Maskers, bring their latest production to their Shirley studio theatre from Monday to Saturday. ‘Almost, Maine’ explores many different kinds of love in a fresh way. A most special evening at the Studio is promised as each short playlet reveals the pleasures and pain of giving and
Preview: Seriously Collins, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Seriously Collins, Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of the musician Phil Collins are in for a treat when the celebratory show, Seriously Collins, comes to Theatre Royal Winchester on Thursday 8 February. The show, celebrating the music of the award-winning singer-songwriter and rock band Genesis, is packed with fan favourites including In The Air Tonight, Another Day in Paradise, Easy Lover,
Preview: Stuff and Nonsense: Pinocchio, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: Stuff and Nonsense: Pinocchio, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

A new adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s classic story from Stuff and Nonsense, Pinocchio, visits MAST from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 February ,and has all the elements of the story we all love and much more besides, as it unpicks the broader themes of this timeless story. The story of the wooden puppet who dreams
N’Faly Kouyaté announces UK tour dates for February

N’Faly Kouyaté announces UK tour dates for February

N’Faly Kouyaté will be bringing his Ré-Génération Tour to the UK for a series of special live shows this month, beginning at Southampton’s Turner Sims on 8 February. Best known as the frontman of Afro Celt Sound System, the Belgium-based artist will be hitting the road for nine intimate shows with his new solo project.
Preview: Bowie Experience, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Bowie Experience, Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of singer-songwriter, David Bowie, will delight in the return of Bowie Experience, which comes to Theatre Royal Winchester on Wednesday 7 February. The show, which comes direct from London’s West End, is a spectacular concert celebrating the music of the late great pop icon, David Bowie, who brought the world, classics such as Let’s
Southampton Gig Guide – February 2024

Southampton Gig Guide – February 2024

By Vicky Greer.  January wasn’t an easy month for live music in Southampton, with the announcement that venues Suburbia and The Art House would be closing their doors – although happily The Art House will be continuing to a presence in the city, just no longer with a permanent bricks and mortar home. Unfortunately, these aren’t
Judas Priest announce UK arena tour for March 2024

Judas Priest announce UK arena tour for March 2024

Judas Priest have announced plans to delight fans with a new world tour in 2024, including a visit to Bournemouth International Centre on 17 March. Over the past 50 years Judas Priest have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and headlined the world’s biggest stages. Their evolving music and live performances also saw the
Preview: Shrek the Musical, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Shrek the Musical, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The smash-hit musical, Shrek the Musical, will arrive at Mayflower Theatre on Tuesday 20 February, for one week only. Leave your troubles Far Far Away and join in the adventures as Shrek and Donkey endeavour to complete their quest of defeating the dragon and saving Princess Fiona. Featuring fabulous songs including I’m A Believer, Big Bright
Preview: WestEnders, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: WestEnders, Theatre Royal Winchester

Musical theatre-goers can delight in an evening of the greatest songs from the West End’s top musicals with WestEnders at Theatre Royal Winchester on Saturday 3 February. WestEnders features audience favourites from musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Evita, The Lion King, Mamma Mia, West End Story and Les Mis, to name a few –
Sao Paulo Dance Company brings the Brazilian sunshine to Southampton

Sao Paulo Dance Company brings the Brazilian sunshine to Southampton

By Diane Parkes. Theatre audiences can look forward to some Brazilian sunshine this spring when São Paulo Dance Company tours the UK and Ireland for the first time. The company comes to Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 13 and 14 February with a triple bill of contemporary works by some of the world’s leading Spanish and
Preview: Jonny & The Baptists: Double Bill Tour The Happiness Index / Ten Thankless Years, The Point, Eastleigh

Preview: Jonny & The Baptists: Double Bill Tour The Happiness Index / Ten Thankless Years, The Point, Eastleigh

Image: Matt Crocker A double bill of two shows in one night from cult multi-award nominated musical-comedians Jonny & The Baptists will take place at The Point, Eastleigh, on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 February. As one of the country’s most popular musical comedy double-acts, Jonny And The Baptists – like a non-related Bros, or
Preview: The Elvis Years, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: The Elvis Years, Theatre Royal Winchester

Elvis fans can rejoice in a celebration of The King’s music with The Elvis Years, coming to Theatre Royal Winchester on Wednesday 31 January. The Elvis Years, now in its 20th year, is an outstanding musical production that takes theatre-goers on a fantastic journey through the years that The King ruled the waves. With more
Theatre for all ages and tastes at Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre for all ages and tastes at Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre Royal Winchester is looking forward to the return of drama – from award-winning theatre companies to shows that will inspire the little ones. In February, New Old Friends return with Houdini’s Great Escape (22 – 24 February) about the world’s greatest entertainer who is framed for murder. From the company that brought Crimes on
Preview: The Thinking Drinkers Pub Quiz: Fancy Another Round?, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: The Thinking Drinkers Pub Quiz: Fancy Another Round?, Theatre Royal Winchester

 Audiences who enjoy a pub quiz and a drinks tasting can combine their interests with The Thinking Drinkers Pub Quiz: Fancy Another Round? at Theatre Royal Winchester on Saturday 27 January. A cabaret style quiz with an illuminating tasting, this brand-new show, The Thinking Drinkers Pub Quiz: Fancy Another Round? is funny, fascinating and educational
Preview: Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The Sleeping Beauty, which has been delighting audiences for well over a hundred years, sprinkling ballet magic on this favourite childhood story and its cast of familiar characters, comes to Mayflower Theatre from Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 February. Cursed by a wicked fairy, a beautiful princess pricks her finger and falls into a deep
Preview: FASAT Pantomime: Hail Caesar, Freemantle Community Centre, Southampton

Preview: FASAT Pantomime: Hail Caesar, Freemantle Community Centre, Southampton

The Freemantle and Shirley Amateur Theatrical Society’s pantomime this year is set way back in the past, in the times of the Roman’s invasion in fact, in 55 BC (Before Covid!) The scene is set in the ‘Prologue’ by Lurkio Ludicrous, a poor downtrodden Roman slave. He will help you along with the story, and
Preview: National Theatres Live Screenings, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: National Theatres Live Screenings, Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre Royal Winchester audiences have delighted in the National Theatre Live screenings of theatre productions captured live in London. Last year local theatre-goers enjoyed the likes of The Crucible, Life of Pi and GOOD and this year the theatre is hosting more screenings featuring well-known actors and by critically acclaimed and award-winning playwrights. So popular
Preview: RUSH – A Joyous Jamaican Journey, MAST Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: RUSH – A Joyous Jamaican Journey, MAST Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The Rush Theatre Company is delighted to be opening the 2024 tour of their critically acclaimed production, RUSH – A Joyous Jamaican Journey, in Southampton next month. They are thrilled to be returning to MAST Mayflower Studios on Saturday 24 February, telling the important story of the heroic Windrush Generation and the contribution the Reggae
Community groups wanted for this year’s Hat Fair Carnival

Community groups wanted for this year’s Hat Fair Carnival

Playmakers want to hear from local community groups interested in taking part in this summer’s Hat Fair Carnival. The theme of the procession will be Look Back, Look Forwards, Look Up and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hat Fair – the UK’s longest running festival of Outdoor Arts, which takes place in Winchester city
Queer & Quantum: science & arts day celebrating Trans Day of Visibility at Southampton’s Stage Door

Queer & Quantum: science & arts day celebrating Trans Day of Visibility at Southampton’s Stage Door

A ‘Queer & Quantum’ Science & Arts Day comes to The Stage Door, Southampton on Sunday 31st March 2024 for Trans Day of Visibility, celebrating  STEM subjects, the arts and trans/non-binary visibility in both.   The event will feature talks from LGBTQIA+ scientists across quantum physics,  astrophysics and more, supported by charity Pride In Stem, who
Avant-garde poetry performances come to Southampton

Avant-garde poetry performances come to Southampton

A series of avant-garde poetry performances  is being brought to Southampton by Wire Wool Events and Placeholder Poetry, beginning this month. The first event takes place on Thursday 25th January  and will see the basement room of The Bookshop Alehouse, Southampton transformed into a world of words. Three outstanding poets will be reading their own
Family shows coming up at Theatre Royal Winchester

Family shows coming up at Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre Royal Winchester has a brand-new programme packed full of family shows guaranteed to entertain young and old, creating plenty of opportunities for the generations to come together to enjoy lots of quality time. The fun starts with an evening of circus, magic and comedy in the Hat Fair Cabaret (21 January) – all the
Preview: São Paulo Dance Company, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: São Paulo Dance Company, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Brazilian heat and energy power the virtuoso dancers of one of Brazil’s finest dance companies in a thrilling triple bill, which comes to Mayflower Theatre on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 February 2024. São Paulo Dance Company is at the forefront of the South American contemporary dance scene. The company’s 22 outstanding dancers match ferocious
Preview: Viggo Venn, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Viggo Venn, Theatre Royal Winchester

Comedy fans who missed out on tickets to see Viggo Venn perform at Theatre Royal Winchester next month will be pleased to hear that an additional show date has been added, and he will take to the Winchester stage this month on Wednesday 24 January. The Norwegian clown – who moved to the UK with
Community and charity shows at Theatre Royal Winchester

Community and charity shows at Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre Royal Winchester is not only looking forward to a new season of professional shows, but also shows performed by local community members and for special causes. The new year begins with An Evening with Alan Titchmarsh (Wed 17 Jan) when the gardener, writer, novelist and broadcaster will talk about his life as part of
Mayflower Theatre launches An Inspiring Place and Mayflower Tours

Mayflower Theatre launches An Inspiring Place and Mayflower Tours

The team at Mayflower Theatre have announce that their 2024 Mayflower Tours Open Day will take place on Saturday 3 February. The Open Day will launch An Inspiring Place – the new and improved public venue tour programme, which will see tours tailored to different groups of attendees, including private family interactive tours, student focused
Reverend Richard Coles comes to Portsmouth next month

Reverend Richard Coles comes to Portsmouth next month

Famed for his star turn as a pop-star in the 80s with the Communards, as well as his long stint presenting Saturday Live on BBC Radio Four and (until he very recently retired) his full time job as a Church of England priest; The Reverend Richard Coles embarked on his first UK Tour in autumn,
Preview: Hat Fair Cabaret, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Hat Fair Cabaret, Theatre Royal Winchester

In the middle of winter, festival-goers can still enjoy the sights and sounds of their favourite outdoor arts festival, Hat Fair, in the shape of the Hat Fair Cabaret, which takes to the stage at Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday 21 January. The show will see international artists, circus performers and magicians take to this
Community radio station Unity 101 marked 18 years with celebration and awards ceremony

Community radio station Unity 101 marked 18 years with celebration and awards ceremony

By Charlotte Ndupuechi. A glamorous and vibrant celebration to mark the 18th anniversary of Unity 101 Radio took place at the Novotel Southampton on Friday the 5th of January. This is an annual awards ceremony to recognise the achievements of the station’s volunteers and partners.  If you haven’t already heard of Unity 101, where have
Preview: Pete Firman; TrikTok, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Pete Firman; TrikTok, Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of magic are in for a treat when the UK’s leading comedy magician, Pete Firman, brings his show, TrikTok, to Theatre Royal Winchester on Saturday 20 January. TrikTok, is an evening of jaw-dropping magic and hilarious comedy, which sees the critically-acclaimed magician take his magic from the small screen and transport it on to
Record breaking 80,000 attend Mayflower shows over festive period

Record breaking 80,000 attend Mayflower shows over festive period

The City’s Mayflower venues, Mayflower Theatre and MAST Mayflower Studio, are celebrating a record-breaking run of festive shows. Over 80,000 people saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, A Christmas Carol and Counting Down to Christmas across both venues. Mayflower Theatre had over 74,000 people attending Snow White, making it the highest attended pantomime for the
Cornerstone of Southampton’s grassroots cultural scene, The Art House, no longer to have permanent base

Cornerstone of Southampton’s grassroots cultural scene, The Art House, no longer to have permanent base

Cornerstone of Southampton’s grassroots cultural scene, The Art House CIC, will be leaving its Above Bar home in March this year. The arts venue, cafe, meeting place and much more, which has been at its present location for 15 years, will no longer have a permanent physical home. They made the announcement at 5pm on
Preview: A Century of Swing, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: A Century of Swing, Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of jazz and swing are invited to an evening with ‘the UK’s hardest swinging band’, Down for the Count All-Stars, as they celebrate A Century of Swing at Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday 14 January. A Century of Swing is a whistle-stop tour of the best swing music – from its origins in 1920s
I Should Be So Lucky – interview with Debbie Isitt

I Should Be So Lucky – interview with Debbie Isitt

No stranger to crafting hits for the stage and screen, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning writer and director, Debbie Isitt, is bringing the iconic songbook of Stock Aitken Waterman to life in the new musical, I Should Be So Lucky, which comes to Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 January. Best known for her
Preview: Forbidden Nights, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Forbidden Nights, Theatre Royal Winchester

Adult audiences are in for a second bite of the cherry when the sexy circus show, Forbidden Nights, returns to Theatre Royal Winchester on Thursday 18 January. Forbidden Nights is a sensational live stage show featuring world-renowned circus performers and acrobats, fire acts and aerial artists, performing unforgettable routines with plenty of tease and ripped
The Wizard of Oz – interview with The Vivienne

The Wizard of Oz – interview with The Vivienne

The Wizard of Oz, the musical based on the iconic story by L. Frank Baum, will be arriving at Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 16 to Sunday 21 January 2024. Here, we talk to The Vivienne, who plays the Wicked Witch of the West. What can audiences expect when they come see this version of The
Preview: Susie Dent, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Susie Dent, Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of the TV gameshow, Countdown, are in for a treat when the Queen of Dictionary Corner, Susie Dent, pays a visit to Theatre Royal Winchester on Saturday 13 January. Susie Dent will take audiences on a journey into the curious, unexpected and surreal origins of the words we use every day – sharing the
Preview: I Should Be So Lucky, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: I Should Be So Lucky, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Musical I Should Be So Lucky arrives at Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 January 2024. The Wedding is off, but the Honeymoon is on! Head from the aisle to the isles in the official Stock Aitken Waterman musical featuring the soundtrack of a generation with music from pop royalty including Kylie Minogue
Preview: The Wizard of Oz, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: The Wizard of Oz, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The Wizard of Oz, the musical based on the iconic story by L. Frank Baum, will be arriving at Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 16 to Sunday 21 January 2024. Michael Harrison, the producer of the smash-hit Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which thrilled audiences on its UK Tour in 2022, now presents Curve’s brand-new production
Southampton Gig Guide – January 2024

Southampton Gig Guide – January 2024

By Vicky Greer. Image: Shed Seven by Barnaby Fairley. January is always a slower time for live music, but there’s still plenty to do in Southampton this month. Whether you’re looking for an intimate in-store or a high-energy rock gig, there’s something for everyone to celebrate the start of 2024 in the city. Monday 8th
Preview: An Evening with Jeff Stelling, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: An Evening with Jeff Stelling, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

The legendary football host Jeff Stelling will be at MAST Mayflower Studios in 2024! Jeff Stelling will be performing an evening of entertaining anecdotes and football fun on Wednesday 10 January at Southampton’s cultural hub,(edited: now sold out}. With over 30+ years with Sky Sports, Jeff has been described as ‘synonymous with football,’ and
Preview: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Following a record-breaking three-year West End residency, sold out UK & Ireland Tour and Amazon studios award-winning film, the smash-hit and critically acclaimed musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, visits Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 9 to Sunday 14 January 2024. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit
More National Theatre Live screenings coming to Theatre Royal Winchester

More National Theatre Live screenings coming to Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre Royal Winchester has programmed another three National Theatre Live screenings of theatre productions featuring well-known actors, by critically acclaimed and award-winning playwrights and directors, and captured live on stages across London. On Friday 12 January, Skylight opens on schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receiving an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant – a successful
Southampton listings 19 – 25 December

Southampton listings 19 – 25 December

By Neil Glasspool He’s making his list. He’s checking his twice. And he’s somewhat taken aback at the remarkably eclectic mix of events that are on offer in this week’s Southampton listings. This week’s big news is A Christmas Carol at MAST. Billed as ‘a youthful musical to raise your spirits’, it’s on all week
Courting’s UK/EU headline tour brings them to Southampton’s Joiners next year

Courting’s UK/EU headline tour brings them to Southampton’s Joiners next year

Liverpool four-piece Courting have shared a new single titled “Emily G”. The track follows the band’s recent return with details of their highly anticipated new album “New Last Name”, which was recorded in collaboration with indie heroes Gary and Ryan Jarman of The Cribs. The album is due for release on 26th January. They band
The Zutons come to Southampton’s Engine Rooms in April

The Zutons come to Southampton’s Engine Rooms in April

Photo credit Jonathan Turton. The Zutons are embarking on a full UK tour next year, in support of forthcoming album The Big Decider, which arrives on 26th April 2024. Having sold out their run of intimate live shows set to take place from January to March of next year, they have added a string of
Squeeze to come to Southampton on 50th anniversary tour next autumn

Squeeze to come to Southampton on 50th anniversary tour next autumn

Image by Danny Clifford. To celebrate their momentous 50th anniversary, British music legends Squeeze have announced a massive UK tour for 2024 including a show at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre on the 27th October.  With a half-century distinguished by some of the smartest and sweetest guitar-pop made during the rock & roll era, Squeeze will be performing an
New Year’s Eve party and more at The Art House

New Year’s Eve party and more at The Art House

The Art House in Southampton City Centre is inviting everyone to join them  for a laid back, fun, family friendly New Year’s Eve. On Sunday 31 December (of course)  from 8.30pm  there will be an evening of food, music and more.An organiser said: “Come and clap your hands, stamp your feet and make a joyful
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce intimate headline show at Portsmouth Guildhall

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce intimate headline show at Portsmouth Guildhall

Image by Matt Crockett. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds today announce their first UK live performance for 2024 with an intimate headline show at Portsmouth’s Guildhall on Wednesday 20th March. Tickets will be on sale from Friday 15th December at 9:00am GMT here. The Portsmouth show will take place ahead of four huge outdoor performances in summer 2024, including Wigan’s Robin
Paul Weller coming to Poole Lighthouse in spring

Paul Weller coming to Poole Lighthouse in spring

Paul Weller has announced a full UK tour for 2024 with 14 dates lined up through April, including Poole Lighthouse on the 4th April. This year has seen Paul’s tour schedule taken up with extensive travels around Europe peppered with a handful of UK Forest Live shows and a special guest slot to Blur at
Preview: What’s on at MAST Mayflower Studios this festive season – 2023/2024

Preview: What’s on at MAST Mayflower Studios this festive season – 2023/2024

MAST Mayflower Studios is hosting an enchanting variety of shows this festive season. From a enchanting adventure for little ones and their grown-ups, to the mystery of a shark in the snow, MAST Mayflower Studios has you covered for a trip to the theatre. Shows are as follows: Counting Down to Christmas Date: 8 –
Hampshire FA Secures Joint Partnership with Mayflower Theatre & MAST Mayflower Studios

Hampshire FA Secures Joint Partnership with Mayflower Theatre & MAST Mayflower Studios

Hampshire FA has signed a joint agreement with Mayflower Theatre and MAST Mayflower Studios as its official Culture & Arts Partners. Mayflower Theatre is the largest theatre on the South Coast boasting a 2,271-seating capacity in their auditorium, hosting an impressive range of richly diverse shows from large scale touring productions, including musicals – many
Fatboy Slim, Snow Patrol, Jamie T and Biffy Clyro announced as headliners for Victorious

Fatboy Slim, Snow Patrol, Jamie T and Biffy Clyro announced as headliners for Victorious

Fatboy Slim, Snow Patrol, Jamie T and Biffy Clyro have this morning been  announced as headliners for Victorious Festival 2024, on Southsea Common. Courteeners, Pixies, Becky Hill, Wet Leg, Idles, Louis Tomlinson and Jess Glynne will also join the bumper line-up for next summer. There will also be comedy from Russell Howard and Frankie Boyle.
Interview: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’s Ivano Turco

Interview: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’s Ivano Turco

By Hugh Montgomery. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie comes to Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre in January. Ivano Turco who stars in the title role talks about the affinity he feels for the role. In his short career so far, super-talented musical theatre star Ivano Turco has already demonstrated formidable range: having made his professional debut playing Prince
Chance to win signed bestselling novel as Soton bakery revives Regency meal of ‘nuncheon’

Chance to win signed bestselling novel as Soton bakery revives Regency meal of ‘nuncheon’

Southampton residents are being asked to help revive the Regency meal of ‘nuncheon’ by entering a recipe competition run by a community bakery in the city. Shirley-based CommuniBakes wants ideas for cake or bread it doesn’t already make that would be suitable as a mid-morning or afternoon snack. The best two will win two novels
Theatre Royal Winchester announces New Year programme

Theatre Royal Winchester announces New Year programme

Theatre Royal Winchester has announced its New Year programme packed with music, National Theatre film screenings, well-known names, dance, stand-up, local talent and community performances, Fringe favourites, family shows, drama and comedy. The season begins with music and The George Harrison Project on 6 January 2024 – the UK’s leading tribute to the beloved Beatles
Interview: Mayflower panto star Christopher Biggins

Interview: Mayflower panto star Christopher Biggins

Christopher Biggins stars as the Man in the Mirror in The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton’s pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. He talks about his fondness for the city, Christmas traditions and more   What does doing pantomime mean to you?  It means a joyous time when parents, carers, grandparents, aunties, uncles, children, nieces, nephews,
Soton charity helping vulnerable young people through the cold this Christmas 

Soton charity helping vulnerable young people through the cold this Christmas 

Southampton-based young people’s charity, No Limits, is concerned about the rising number of young people facing issues with housing and homelessness, the cost of living, and their mental health, in the run up to Christmas. Demand for help is increasing. In the last year, the number of young people asking for support with money has increased by
Cinderella production pictures released

Cinderella production pictures released

Theatre Royal Winchester has released a selection of production photos from this year’s traditional family pantomime, Cinderella. Cinderella is the rags to riches story of a servant girl magically transformed into a beautiful princess to go to the ball to meet the handsome prince. The theatre celebrated the pantomime’s opening performance last night (Thursday 30
The Human League to headline Let’s Rock Southampton next year

The Human League to headline Let’s Rock Southampton next year

Let’s Rock has announced that synth-pop legends The Human League will headline Let’s Rock Southampton 2024 on Saturday July 6th. Also performing at the much-loved event on Southampton Common next summer will be Level 42, Peter Hook & The Light, From The Jam, eXTC, Jason Donovan, Kim Appleby, Altered Images, China Crisis, Dr & The
Southampton’s Charlie Smith coming to The Art House for two December dates

Southampton’s Charlie Smith coming to The Art House for two December dates

Southampton musician Charlie Smith has put out a new EP and is rounding 2023 off with two events at The Art House in the city centre.  ‘Southampton Sessions’ is a 6-track live EP. “This year has been extremely busy for me, performing countless local gigs and embarking on a northern England tour in October (Leicester,
Tom Jones and Madness to headline in Southampton city centre next year

Tom Jones and Madness to headline in Southampton city centre next year

Tom Jones and Madness are the latest headliners to be announced for next year’s inaugural Southampton Summer Sessions series. They join previously announced Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Kaiser Chiefs on the growing lineup of unmissable acts who will take over Southampton’s Guildhall Square for Summer Sessions from 15 to 30 June. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 01 December at 9am via smmrsessions.com
Author, musician, journalist, presenter and pundit John Robb comes to Totton

Author, musician, journalist, presenter and pundit John Robb comes to Totton

Author, musician, journalist, presenter and pundit John Robb has shared details of a UK tour, celebrating his life in music bringing him to The Attic in Totton, near Southampton, in April. Discussing everything from his recently released book ‘The Art Of Darkness – The History of Goth’ to his experience being the first person to
1 in 7 won’t be buying presents for their children this Christmas

1 in 7 won’t be buying presents for their children this Christmas

Research from national charity Family Action reveals the stark reality many families face this Christmas. Families across the UK are facing increasing financial hardship and new research from Family Action reveals that 1 in 7 parents/carers surveyed, said they won’t be able to afford to buy presents for their children this Christmas due to financial
Preview: A Christmas Carol, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: A Christmas Carol, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

MAST Mayflower Studios’ third annual Christmas youth production, A Christmas Carol, will open at the city centre venue on Tuesday 19 December 2023. Featuring a cast of 50 young people performing a new festive musical based on the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge – a classic from the past with the music of the present,
Southampton Gig Guide – December 2023

Southampton Gig Guide – December 2023

By Vicky Greer.  Hello, and welcome to your new monthly guide to Southampton’s ever-vibrant live music scene! Every month, I’ll be scouting out the best gigs in the city, from the massive headliners to the unmissable emerging acts. I’ve been attending gigs across the city since I moved here five years ago, and Southampton’s live
Preview: Cinderella, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Cinderella, Theatre Royal Winchester

Just one week to go until the opening night of this year’s traditional family pantomime, Cinderella, which arrives at Theatre Royal Winchester on Thursday 30 November and runs until Monday 1 January 2024. Cinderella tells the story of a servant girl whose Fairy Godmother transforms her into a beautiful princess to go to the ball
Preview: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The fairest pantomime of them all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, comes to the stage of Mayflower Theatre from Saturday 9 to Sunday 31 December. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes, and stunning scenery. Throw in a
Bdrmm to bring their signature dreamy pop to the Joiners in spring

Bdrmm to bring their signature dreamy pop to the Joiners in spring

Hull-based shoegaze quartet bdrmm will play The Joiners, Southampton, on 15th March 2024. News of the UK and European tour comes hot on the heels of their new 7″ single ‘Mud’. It’s the latest single from their widely acclaimed second album “I Don’t Know”, which was released in late-June to critical acclaim with Rolling Stone
90s electro legends Orbital to play Southampton Guildhall next spring

90s electro legends Orbital to play Southampton Guildhall next spring

Electro duo Orbital will play O2 Southampton Guildhall on April 25th 2024 as part of their Green Album 2024 celebration tour. Speaking about the tour, the duo said they are are excited about bringing the album to audiences old and new. Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll says: “The way we perform is always free and full of
Mayflower Theatre higher education bursary scheme

Mayflower Theatre higher education bursary scheme

Mayflower Theatre’s Higher Education Bursary Scheme has been designed to support individuals in the local community who want to progress in a career within the arts, whether that is as a performer, a technician or an arts administrator. Mayflower Theatre recognises particularly in the current climate, how key it is to support young people with
Kaiser Chiefs to headline Southampton Summer Sessions

Kaiser Chiefs to headline Southampton Summer Sessions

Kaiser Chiefs will perform a headline show in Southampton, as part of the Southampton Summer Sessions series, at Guildhall Square on Sunday 30 June 2024. They join previously announced Nile Rodgers & CHIC on the growing lineup of impressive acts set to play the Summer Sessions’ very first year in Southampton. British indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs are renowned for their
When Rivers Meet come to Southampton

When Rivers Meet come to Southampton

Image by Jon Sturdy. Hot off the release of their critically acclaimed third studio album “Aces Are High”, award-winning rock duo When Rivers Meet, comprised of husband-and-wife Aaron and Grace Bond, have announce their “Aces Are High” Spring 2024 UK Tour. The tour takes in eight concerts and starts at The Brook, Southampton on April
Interview: Uri Agnon on his new show, Antisemitism: a (((musical)))

Interview: Uri Agnon on his new show, Antisemitism: a (((musical)))

Antisemitism artwork by Lily Ash Sakula New show Antisemitism: a (((musical))) comes to Southampton on November 1st. Creator, Uri Agnon, a PhD student and outreach fellow at the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton talks to Sally Churchward about its background and significance. Composer and playwright Uri
Nile Rodgers & CHIC to headline new Southampton live music event

Nile Rodgers & CHIC to headline new Southampton live music event

Scotland’s long-running live music series Summer Sessions are set to come south, to Southampton’s Guildhall Square in summer 2024. Nile Rodgers & CHIC are the very first headliners to be revealed, playing Sunday, 23 June 2024, with special guests, Brit singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis Bextor and 80s-inspired contemporary pop band Deco. Founded back in 2013 by DF Concerts, Summer Sessions has become a much-loved and highly anticipated
Paloma Faith to come to Bournemouth in the new year

Paloma Faith to come to Bournemouth in the new year

Paloma Faith has returned with the release of her new single ‘How You Leave A Man.’ The single precedes the 16th February release of Paloma’s sixth studio album ‘The Glorification of Sadness’ via RCA Records. She will head out on an extensive UK tour in April, bringing her to Bournemouth International centre in May. She excitedly heralds
Date set for Let’s Rock to return to Southampton

Date set for Let’s Rock to return to Southampton

Image – Mark Almond at Let’s Rock 2023, Southampton Common, by Ian Cumming The iconic retro festival series Let’s Rock has announced the dates of four of their festivals for 2024. A celebration of all things pop and ‘80s, Let’s Rock will be returning to Leeds ( June 22), Exeter (June 29), Southampton (July 6)
Save the Platform Tavern

Save the Platform Tavern

By Charlie Hislop Fundraisers are being organised across Southampton in the next two months by musicians, and others, to help the Platform Tavern get back up and running after a night-time fire in the bar. A number of local bands have already signed up… Chicago 9, the Platform Posse, and the Pete Harris Blues Band
The Wykeham Arms to support Play to the Crowd

The Wykeham Arms to support Play to the Crowd

Play to the Crowd, the arts and education charity that runs Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair and Playmakers, are pleased to announce that the much-loved city centre pub, The Wykeham Arms, is supporting the charity’s work through sales of its homemade pie. For every sale of its famous Wyke Pie, the pub on Kingsgate Street
Winchester Poetry Festival 2023 attracted participants from across the globe

Winchester Poetry Festival 2023 attracted participants from across the globe

Image: Isabelle Baafi – Winchester Poetry Prize 2023 winner. The first full Winchester Poetry Festival weekend since the pandemic  proved that poetry still excites and delights people of all ages. Almost 1000 tickets were sold, with many events reaching capacity. This year attendees travelled to Winchester from all over the UK, and from all over
Black Grape tour comes to Southampton in December

Black Grape tour comes to Southampton in December

Image by Paul Husband. Black Grape return this year with a  new album ‘Orange Head’, which will be released on DGAFF Recordings on 3rd November. The album arrives  ahead of a  small UK tour, with  Shaun Ryder and Paul “Kermit” Leveridge and the band due to headline venues in Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, London, and Southampton this November/December, alongside a festival appearance
Dome Dining and Seasonal Feasts at The Greyhound on the Test, Hampshire

Dome Dining and Seasonal Feasts at The Greyhound on the Test, Hampshire

Cosy up for winter at The Greyhound on the Test, a 16th century characterful retreat with seven dog-friendly en-suite rooms and three accessible cottages. Looking ahead to the festive season, guests will find crackling fires, twinkling lights, and delicious food, whether they’re enjoying a relaxed festive gathering with family or a lively Christmas party with
Preview: Cinderella, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Cinderella, Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre Royal Winchester has announced its cast for its 2023/24 pantomime, Cinderella – which opens on Thursday 30 November 2023 and runs until Monday 1 January 2024. Cinderella is the rags to riches story of a servant girl whose Fairy Godmother transforms her into a beautiful princess to go to the ball to meet the
Interview: Ashley Banjo of Diversity talks about starring in this year’s Mayflower panto and more

Interview: Ashley Banjo of Diversity talks about starring in this year’s Mayflower panto and more

Photos by Stuart Martin. This year’s Christmas pantomime at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring Britain’s Got Talent winners and street dance sensations, Ashley Banjo and Diversity, alongside panto royalty, Christopher Biggins. Diversity shot to fame in 2009 when they won Britain’s Got Talent and since then under the leadership
MAST Mayflower Studios announce new Propel Associate Artists for 2023/24

MAST Mayflower Studios announce new Propel Associate Artists for 2023/24

Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive of MAST Mayflower Studios and the whole team are thrilled to announce details of the new Associate Artists for 23/24 as part of the Propel scheme – a programme designed to support companies and artists, local to Southampton and the surrounding areas, telling Southampton stories – in developing and creating new
Preview: The Good Enough Mums Club, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: The Good Enough Mums Club, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

The Good Enough Mums Club – a new musical written, produced, directed and performed by mums based on real life, moving, funny tales of motherhood – is coming to MAST Mayflower Studios on Wednesday 22  and Thursday 23 November 2023. Not perfect? Join the club! From peeing on sticks to drooping tits, The Good Enough Mums
Comedian Connor Burns comes to Totton following Edinburgh success

Comedian Connor Burns comes to Totton following Edinburgh success

Hot on the heels of his totally sold-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 season, which saw him add 2000 extra seats to what was only his second-ever Edinburgh Fringe, Scottish comedian Connor Burns is set to embark on a debut national tour with his critically acclaimed show Vertigo, bringing him to The Attic in Totton in
Theatre Royal Winchester plans refurbishments

Theatre Royal Winchester plans refurbishments

Play to the Crowd, the charity that runs Theatre Royal Winchester, has announced that the theatre will undergo a number of refurbishments to further improve the building for its audiences and other visitors. Theatre Royal Winchester will undergo work to upgrade its Circle level toilet facilities upstairs and install bi-fold doors at the Tower Street
Duo O. come to Southampton in the new year

Duo O. come to Southampton in the new year

Photo by Jamie MacMillan. O. – the London-based duo of baritone saxophonist Joseph Henwood and drummer Tash Keary – have announced details of their debut EP, “SLICE” which will be released on 24th November. They’ll be backing this up with a tour, hitting the road in October and coming to Heartbreakers, Southampton, in February. The
FM 40th anniversary tour to bring the band to Southampton next year

FM 40th anniversary tour to bring the band to Southampton next year

Picture by Paul Stuart Hollingsworth. FM have announced their “Old Habits Die Hard” 40th Anniversary UK Tour 2024, bringing them to Southampton’s The 1865 in May. FM will perform songs from their past 13 albums including their 1984 debut album Indiscreet, plus Tough It Out, Metropolis, Synchronized and many more, plus songs from their forthcoming highly anticipated 14th studio
Tickets for Take That in Southampton on sale this week

Tickets for Take That in Southampton on sale this week

Take That have announced they are hitting the road with a massive stadium tour next year, bringing them to Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium  on June 1st. The tour will follow the release of their ninth studio album This Life, on 24th November, and a new single Windows which is out now. This Life On Tour
James Arthur tour coming to Bournemouth following release of new album Bitter Sweet Love

James Arthur tour coming to Bournemouth following release of new album Bitter Sweet Love

Following his recent return with new tracks ‘Blindside’ & ‘A Year Ago’, James Arthur has announced his fifth, brand new studio album Bitter Sweet Love – out  on January 26th. James also announced his return to the stage with a huge UK and European tour that hits the UK in March next year for a run of
Music at St Mary’s Church, Twyford

Music at St Mary’s Church, Twyford

A historic church near Winchester has established itself as a centre for high quality music events. St Mary’s Church in Twyford started putting on shows in 2022 and among the artists who have already performed are Mary Gauthier, Plainsong, The Delines and blues maestro Aynsley Lister. The purpose of these shows is to raise funds
Southampton’s only specifically designed accessible allotment opens

Southampton’s only specifically designed accessible allotment opens

Its been a long journey for the dedicated team of volunteers, but we after their recent Community Action Day,the only specifically designed Allotment s for residents with disabilities in Southampton is open. A spokesperson for the group said, “its been a real achievement by a team of volunteers who deserve huge thanks. The fact that
Playmakers Youth Theatre is back!

Playmakers Youth Theatre is back!

Playmakers Youth Theatre is back this month for a new term and a new year of drama and musical theatre sessions that offer young people the chance to create and perform their very own, original pieces of work and develop their confidence. It offers members the chance to take part in exciting practical sessions that
OMD to tour following release of new album, coming to Portsmouth next year

OMD to tour following release of new album, coming to Portsmouth next year

Image by Ed Miles. After the recent announcement of their forthcoming new studio album, synth pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) have revealed details of their return to the stage, with the band taking to the road next year, bringing them to Portsmouth in March. Across February and March 2024, OMD will play 22 dates
Texas set to come to Bournemouth on UK arena tour next year

Texas set to come to Bournemouth on UK arena tour next year

Image by Julian Broad Following a triumphant, stand out performance on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury this year, which The Independent described as “one of Friday’s most memorable performances”, Texas will return to the stage for a run of UK Arena shows in September 2024, bringing the band to the BIC,  Bournemouth, on September 10th Kicking off at
Beans on Toast UK tour comes to Portsmouth in the spring

Beans on Toast UK tour comes to Portsmouth in the spring

On 1st December 2023, Beans on Toast will return with an all-new studio album,  ‘The Toothpaste and the Tube’, and from November he embarks on an extensive UK tour, including dates in Oxford, Cardiff and on the Isle of Wight, bringing him to The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, in March.   The latest Beans on Toast
Keane embark on world tour, bringing them to Bournemouth in May

Keane embark on world tour, bringing them to Bournemouth in May

Image by Alex Lake. Keane are set to release a special remastered version of ‘Hopes and Fears’ on May 10th 2024 exactly 20 years after its initial release. On the same day, the band play London’s 02 Arena as part of a world tour that kicks off April 1st in Mexico City before reaching Europe
Preview: Cinderella, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Cinderella, Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre Royal Winchester has announced the first members of its cast for this year’s traditional family pantomime, Cinderella – and it’s a double act reunion! Pantomime duo, Julian Eardley and Ed Thorpe, are back together after last appearing as a pairing in the theatre’s production of Aladdin in 2021 – when they played the characters
Brits full of the blues

Brits full of the blues

Despite nearly nine in 10 (89%) Brits believing being by the coast has a positive impact on their mental health, over two million people are missing out on the positive benefits having never visited the seaside recreationally. The new research, conducted by the Southampton International Boat Show ahead of its 54th year, shows that 3% of
James Blunt to go on tour next year, bringing him to Bournemouth

James Blunt to go on tour next year, bringing him to Bournemouth

Image by Michael Clement. James Blunt returns to the road next year in support of his new album Who We Used To Be – out October 27th on Atlantic Records. James and his band will play 12 dates across the UK next Spring kicking off March 30th at Leeds First Direct Arena and finishing April
Southampton-based young people’s support charity No Limits nominated for national awards 

Southampton-based young people’s support charity No Limits nominated for national awards 

No Limits, a Southampton-based charity supporting young people across Hampshire, has been nominated three times for the 2023 Children and Young People Now Awards – the gold standard for work with children, young people and families. The awards cover 24 categories and are the highest recognition for organisations across the country that support young people on a day-to-day basis.   The Preventing Homelessness Project, which supports young people
Miles Kane to play Southampton on UK headline tour next year

Miles Kane to play Southampton on UK headline tour next year

Miles Kane has announced fresh UK headline tour dates for January and February 2024, coming to Southampton’s Engine Rooms on February 6th. The  announcement arrives ahead of his brand new album One Man Band – out August 4th on Modern Sky Records, and follows the release of its superb latest tracks The Wonder  and Baggio.
Alabama 3 to come to Southampton in November

Alabama 3 to come to Southampton in November

South London roots-futurists Alabama 3 have announced a show in Southampton for November.   Heading to The 1865 on 30 November in support of their upcoming release ‘Cold War Classics Vol.2’, tickets for the show are on sale now.   Born at an all-night squat party during the ‘90s, the group formed when charismatic frontman
Preview: Autumn Season at Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Autumn Season at Theatre Royal Winchester

Photo Credit: Sian Trenberth Photography Theatre Royal Winchester is getting ready for an autumn winter programme of music, comedy, family entertainment, song, dance, drama, a sprinkling of magic, ghost stories, puppets, big names, talks, Christmas shows and, to round it up, panto! The season starts with music and A Celebration of Celine Dion – with
Far From Saints, feat Kelly Jones, UK tour brings them to Southampton this year

Far From Saints, feat Kelly Jones, UK tour brings them to Southampton this year

Image: Far From Saints full band colour L-R Dwight Baker, Patty Lynn, Kelly Jones, credit: Sophia French. After earning a No.5 chart position in the UK Official Albums Chart as well as widespread critical acclaim for their self-titled debut album, Far From Saints today (July 19th) announce details of their first full UK headline tour,
Preview: Autumn Season at The Point, Eastleigh and The Berry, Hedge End

Preview: Autumn Season at The Point, Eastleigh and The Berry, Hedge End

Photo: Ed Byrne by Roslyn Gaunt An exciting autumn season of events and experiences awaits theatre-goers as The Point and The Berry Theatre announce their new schedule. Tickets for the majority of the programme, which runs from September until the end of the year, are now on sale. At The Point, Eastleigh Crowd-pleasers at The
Author Neil Gaiman joined Mayflower Theatre audience of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author Neil Gaiman joined Mayflower Theatre audience of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Image: The Ocean at the End of the Lane company with cake. Credit Stuart Martin Photography. Neil Gaiman, the author behind the best-selling novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane which was adapted for stage by Joel Horwood, directed by Katy Rudd visited the National Theatre’s smash-hit production at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on
Mayflower Theatre announces new ensemble programme

Mayflower Theatre announces new ensemble programme

Mayflower Theatre has launched Elevate Ensemble, a ground-breaking new initiative aimed at providing young underrepresented performers in Southampton and the surrounding areas with exceptional training opportunities. Elevate Ensemble is a free two-year-part-time comprehensive training program, which has been developed with a commitment to nurturing talent, fostering creativity and empowering artists aged 16 – 25 who
Show Announcement: Shrek the Musical, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Show Announcement: Shrek the Musical, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The smash-hit musical, Shrek the Musical, will arrive at Mayflower Theatre on Tuesday 20 February 2024, for one week only. Based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film, the Broadway and West End hit show, Shrek the Musical, is a fun filled and hilarious musical comedy with a cast of vibrant characters and a ‘shrektackular’ score.
Ash to tour following release of first new album in more than 5 years

Ash to tour following release of first new album in more than 5 years

image by Steve Gullick.  Ash have announced their first new album together in more than five years,  alongside news of an upcoming UK / EU tour. Race The Night, the band’s eighth studio album, will be released on 15th September 2023 via one of their earliest label homes Fierce Panda. With 29 years, 18 hit
Skinny Lister come to Southampton as part of UK tour this winter

Skinny Lister come to Southampton as part of UK tour this winter

Folk-punk rabble Skinny Lister are back with a new track “Down On The Barrier” plus details of two extensive tours in North America and UK and Ireland throughout Autumn/Winter 2023, bringing them to Southampton’s Engine Rooms in December. Blending pogo-primed percussion, punk hooks, and a chorus that demands to be roared-out loud and proud, “Down
Play to the Crowd wins at Winchester Business Excellence Awards

Play to the Crowd wins at Winchester Business Excellence Awards

Play to the Crowd, the arts and education charity that runs Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair and Playmakers, has been awarded the inaugural Creative and Cultural Award at this year’s Winchester Business Excellence Awards. The awards, organised by the Winchester Improvement District (BID), The Hampshire Chronicle and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, recognise the best and
The Stranglers come to Portsmouth Guildhall in 2024 for 50th anniversary tour

The Stranglers come to Portsmouth Guildhall in 2024 for 50th anniversary tour

In 2024, The Stranglers, one of the most iconic and influential bands in British music history, are celebrating their 50th year anniversary with a following UK and Irish tour. The tour will bring them to Portsmouth Guildhall on March 24th. Since playing their last full-scale UK tour in 2022, the band has turned their minds
New writing group comes to October Books in Southampton

New writing group comes to October Books in Southampton

A new writing group, The Portswood Writers Circle, has recently launched at independent bookshop October Books. The group will next be meeting on Monday 22nd May. The aim of the group is to create a welcoming and encouraging environment in which local writers of all genres, styles, and experience can explore the creative process together.
Alabama 3 come to Southampton’s The 1865 this November

Alabama 3 come to Southampton’s The 1865 this November

South London roots-futurists Alabama 3 have announced a show in Southampton this autumn, and are heading to The 1865 on 30 November in support of their upcoming release ‘Cold War Classics Vol.2’.   Born at an all-night squat party during the ‘90s, the group formed when charismatic frontman and co-founder Rob Spragg started singing the lyrics
‘Meeting Place’ group launched as place for people in Southampton to connect

‘Meeting Place’ group launched as place for people in Southampton to connect

People in Southampton looking to connect with others in the community can attend a new multigenerational group which has recently launched. Meeting Place, set up by Saint Mary’s Church and supported by Communicare, will take place every Wednesday during term time at October Books in Portswood from 2.30pm.  The new group to provide somewhere for
Steamship Shieldhall releases details of 2023 sailing programme

Steamship Shieldhall releases details of 2023 sailing programme

The volunteers at Steamship Shieldhall in Southampton have released details of the ship’s 2023 sailing programme. Commencing on Friday 16 June, with a final sailing on Sunday 17 September, there are a variety of 2hr, 3hr, 3 1/2hr, 4hr and all day sailings to choose from, including some returning favourite cruises and some all-new trips. 
Preview: Pretty Woman, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton – July

Preview: Pretty Woman, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton – July

The producers of the smash hit, Pretty Woman: The Musical, are delighted to announce that the show will arrive at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre from Monday 22 to Saturday 27 July 2024, with on-sale dates to be announced soon. Pretty Woman: The Musical is Hollywood’s ultimate rom-com, live on stage, guaranteed to lift your spirits and
Applause! In Common launches new section to celebrate amateur dramatics and more

Applause! In Common launches new section to celebrate amateur dramatics and more

by Martin Brisland, amateur dramatics editor. In Common has been featuring professional theatre previews and reviews for some years now. As a community based online publication, we are expanding to working with local amateur companies in 2023 for a new Applause! section. This region has an excellent reputation for quality amateur productions. After all the
Preview: Wicked, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Wicked, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Wicked, the spectacular, multi-record-breaking and critically acclaimed production, is set to fly back to the Mayflower Theatre stage from Thursday 23 May to Sunday 16 June 2024. Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women – the popular Glinda and a misunderstood Elphaba – who first meet