Set to open in September SWITCH will be a brand new 1250 capacity venue in the centre of Southampton operated by DBP (Dirty Box Promotions) and other partners. 127 Above Bar Street, previously home to Myth is being fully refitted complete with a state of the art sound system installation. The building itself opened in 1935 as the Forum Cinema and became the ABC in 1962. It later became the Southampton Cannon (still a cinema) and was closed in 1991. After a period of disuse the building was repurposed as nightclub, opening as the Square Balloon and later becoming The Square. In 2012 the venue became Provenance but only lasted a year before closing to become Myth. Now, a little over a year since Myth opened, DBP are taking over the venue and relaunching it as SWITCH.
DBP’s Warehouse (WH) brand will host the opening night at SWITCH on the 20th September with Seth Troxler and Alan Fitzpatrick. This event, being run in conjunction with High Tide and previously due to take place at the Mo Warehouse (The Mo’club), is one of several events on the WH calendar set to be moved to SWITCH. Throughout September, October, and November Steve Lawler (VIVa Warriors), MK, Groove Armada, Route94, Richy Ahmed, SecondCity, Oliver $, Lee Foss (Hot Creations), Alexis Raphael (Crèche), Shy FX (Digital Soundboy), Catz ‘N Dogz, Bondax, and many more will all be performing at SWITCH on Saturdays. All the Friday events on the WH calendar will be keeping The Mo’club as their venue, including those headlined by Wilkinson (RAM), Huxley, Shadow Child, Kry Wolf, and others.
DBP’s new venue will be playing a key part in the 2014 Freshers’ calendar. Solent Students’ Union’s 2014 AAA Pass (their all-access Freshers’ Fortnight ticket) will grant access to a number of new (and returning) clubnights set to take place at SWITCH. Similarly, SUSU’s Masterpass will also include several events at SWITCH. Switch Mondays (a new student clubnight to launch in September) will be included on the AAA calendar, as will District (a new alternative night scheduled for Tuesdays), Propaganda (an indie/alternative-themed clubnight set to recommence on Thursdays), and finally DBP’s extremely popular regular Friday clubnight Juiced (previously based at Voodoo Lounge). These four brands will continue on through the year as regular fixtures.
There are a few other other events throughout the Freshers’ period slated to take place at SWITCH, including The Big Freshers Icebreaker, an independently organised event not affiliated with DBP or either of the two students’ unions Freshers’ schedules, and Big Night Out (a t-shirt bar crawl that is part of the SUSU and Solent SU Freshers’ calendars.
SWITCH will also be used as one of the main venues on this year’s multi-venue Halloween event, organised by DBP. Redlight, My Nu Leng, and Zinc will all be performing at SWITCH while other venues across the city will be headlined by DJ Fresh, Camo & Krooked, Zinc, Toyboy & Robin, GotSome, and several others.
DBP have worked at 127 Above Bar St in the past, both when it was Provenance and prior to that. Before the advent of the Warehouse brand, their Motion Mondays clubnight at Provenance saw appearances from Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Dismantle, Bingo Players, and Shy FX in early 2013; while their student night Gossip Wednesdays was headlined by the likes of Benga, Kissy Sell Out, and Danny Howard around the same time. DBP also played a significant part in the running of Carnage, a large multi-venue t-shirt bar crawl targeted at students, which used The Square (and then Provenance) as one of the many venues.
More details about SWITCH will be revealed over the coming weeks. Meanwhile, tickets for all Warehouse (WH) events are on sale now, as are tickets for the Halloween event and all of Solent SU and SUSU‘s Freshers’ tickets.