Venue in Focus: The Joiners Arms


Southampton is renowned for have a great history of live music. There are numerous venues throughout the city who can boast hosting some of the biggest names in music in the past. However, there is one venue in particular that can claim to have a history more prestigious than any other here on the south coast.

The Joiners Arms, more commonly known to the masses as simply The Joiners, is arguably one of the best small venues in the country. It’s peak capacity is just 200 people, which means that no matter who is playing, the show is guaranteed to be an intimate affair. NME actually named The Joiners as the UK’s best small music venue two years ago in 2013 – there aren’t many places that can boast such a high accolade.

The venue is internationally renowned, and has seen some of the biggest artists ever to create music take to its stage. To name but only a very select few, the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Bombay Bicycle Club, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Green Day, Kasabian, Muse, Oasis, The Libertines, The Pigeon Detectives and You Me At Six have all played The Joiners at one point or another. Since their performances in Southampton, all of these artists, plus many more, have gone on to do such things as headline the world’s biggest festivals and perform sell-out stadium tours across the world.

It is safe to say that if ever you go to The Joiners to see a band or artist perform, you could quite potentially be watching the next international superstar or a future idol. But that’s not the only reason you should go to this great little venue. If you’re someone who loves to check out new music, then this is the place for you. Most nights The Joiners is home to a selection of local, national and/or international talent. The vast majority of acts that perform there are apart of various rock sub-genres, but the venue enjoys putting on a whole host of different sounds and prevents itself from becoming one-dimensional.

If there is one thing you do during your time in Southampton, make sure you go check out The Joiners Arms in the heart of the city centre.



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