Southampton Guildhall to be renamed


Southampton Guildhall, one of the South’s largest multi-purpose entertainment venues, is to be renamed O2 Guildhall Southampton in a deal that sees the Grade II Listed Building become the sixteenth venue in the partnership between Live Nation and O2 Telefónica.

O2 Guildhall Southampton, is owned by Southampton Council and operated by Live Nation UK. The partnership between Live Nation and O2 Telefónica, in place since 2008, already encompasses 15 venues, including O2Academy Brixton, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and the Live Nation owned and operated O2 Apollo in Manchester.

Speaking on the latest addition to the O2 partnership, Paul Latham, COO, Live Nation said: ‘This is a fabulous example of how we at Live Nation work with our respective partners to deliver a great offering to our customers. In this instance, we are combining the heritage and civic pride of our partner at Southampton Council with the vision and talent of our marketing partners at O2, to deliver enhanced facilities and engagement opportunities.’ 

The beautiful, neo-classical Southampton Guildhall was opened in 1937 and is located in the heart of the city at the centre of the new Cultural Quarter. Truly versatile, the venue plays host to a wide breadth of entertainment including Rock, Pop, Comedy, Classical Orchestras and Family entertainment.

Councillor Matt Tucker, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Leisure Services for Southampton City Council comments:‘Having this landmark building, as an O2 venue, represents a massive step forward in the establishment of the city’s Cultural Quarter. This new relationship will help ensure that O2 Guildhall Southampton remains one of the most important event venues on the South Coast, encourage more visitors to the city and provide value for  the people of Southampton.’

The O2Partnership provides an array of benefits to fans at all 16 O2 venues, including 48 hour Priority Ticket access to shows and a Priority queue.

Speaking on behalf of O2 Telefónica, Mark Stevenson, Head of Sponsorship and Priority, O2, said; ‘At O2 we know how much our customers love music and we’re proud to be adding this iconic building to our O2 Academy portfolio, and to bring benefits such as Priority Tickets to music fans across the Southampton area.’



About Author

I’m Megan Downing, an English Literature graduate from University of Southampton. I am the Music, Arts and Culture Editor for The National Student. I am the Membership and Communications Officer for the Student Publication Association, I write about music for 7BitArcade, and contribute regularly to The Culture Trip. I have a passion for live music and this is where I began in student journalism. Reviewing a gig or festival is still where my heart lies four years on. I will be starting at MTV as a News Intern in June 2015. One thing you should know about me is that I have an unhealthy obsession with Kevin Spacey.


  1. I don’t particularly mind, as I really like the O2 venues I’ve been to before, but doesn’t naming so many of them under O2 lose every ounce of individuality they have?

  2. Howell Davies on

    Strange that O2 have been operating it since 2008 but haven’t chosen to do anything to the venue. I’ve only been twice, but the sound has been so awful that it has put me off going to gigs there completely. It’s a real shame because it’s really close and has such potential. Hopefully now that the O2 brand is putting their name to it, they’ll put in a new sound system and give the whole place a much-needed refurb.

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