78 West Marlands Road, also known as The Cellar is the second Southampton based venue to announce an imminent closure. The venue is located in the city centre and has been home to a wide variety of music for many years, both as The Cellar and Soul Cellar prior to that. The Cellar has revealed that it will be shutting its doors for the last time as of January 2015, and thereafter will undergo a conversion into “cabaret-style fringe theatre venue”.
Nestled just off the Guildhall Square, The Cellar has been a major contributor in bringing independent musicians and artists to Southampton for the past 14 years. Setting itself up in the Southampton’s cultural hub, daytime events are a regular occurrence, ranging from film screenings to pop-up record shops. The Cellar is also notable for offering a vibrant menu of street food and craft beers, allowing punters to sample flavours from around the globe. Over the past year The Cellar has been running a variety of nightlife entertainment from open-mic nights and live bands, to afrobeats, and reggae; and even stepping up to host Kamo & Krooked for DBP’s multi-venue Halloween event.
There have been many club nights and brands that found their footing at The Cellar. The venue’s open door policy to all music genres allowed the likes of No Logo, Raygun Youth, Release, Soul 45, Headsessions, Contraband, Route to Roots, and many others to build up a following and bring talented musicians and DJs to Southampton’s shores.
Following the closure of The Cellar, the venue will reopen as The Stage Door. The new venture intends to bring something new to the city with a speakeasy bar and bistro, serving food and cocktails, along with a downstairs theatre. Its bookings will feature caberet, childrens theatre and touring shows.
For the foreseeable future however, the venue is still up and running with a number of events on the calendar. This Saturday (22/11/14), you can catch Headsessions Soundsystem in session, who are renown for offering Southampton’s only regular reggae/dub/steppa/