The face of Southampton’s nightlife scene has rapidly shifted over the past few months, with the opening of new venues, impending closures, and rebrands. Further to all this, the owners of Lennon’s Nightclub have announced that they are putting their venue up for sale. Well respected as a hub of live talent, the fate of the venue on Onslow Road is unpredictable, as its future depends solely on the intentions of it’s new owner.
The venue has existed in Southampton since the mid 90s. Open for nearly twenty years, Lennon’s has established itself as one of Southampton’s best venues for live music, thanks to it’s impressive bookings, with the likes of The Kooks, and Maximo Park passing through its doors. A staple on the nightlub’s calender is the regular Club Psychodelia night, which welcomes a mixture of live acts and DJs under its rock and roll policy. The Psychodelia brand pays homage to the classics, with its DJs delivering nostalgic sets whilst live bookings reflect a choice selection of current touring bands to showcasing new talent. This venture saw critically acclaimed duo Royal Blood, grace Southampton earlier this year.
Thanks to its consistently successful calender, Lennon’s has deservedly earned itself a reputation among rock fans as one of Southampton’s most respected venues.
With a music policy to salivate over, Lennon’s is beyond essential — NME
The current club manager, Thomas Lennon plans upon making a career change, and consequently the venue is to be sold. His father, owner of the venue, and previous manager, Terry, recently clarified the situation with a statement in The Daily Echo: “I’m looking to retire and my son is looking to change career, there’s nothing extraordinary in it”.
The club is currently on the market for £615 000, however, Terry expressed an interest in ensuring the nightclub leaves with a positive legacy: “If I don’t get what I want from it I won’t be selling it.”
For now at least the venue will remain open, as Thomas has confirmed that the club will continue to function as normal until a buyer is found. The sale of the two-storey property is being managed by Christie + Co. The building features an open-plan bar and dancefloor with stage, along with five self-contained flats.