Unit nightclub surprised its regulars by announcing an immediate closure in November 2014. Owners attributed the sudden announcment to ‘reasons out of our control’. Home to Club NME and Uprawr, Unit was best known for its contribution of alternative/rock/indie club nights to Southampton’s nightlife. The venue has also in its time hosted its fair share of electronic music, including performances from Disclosure and Cashmere Cat, and was also the venue of the afterparty for SOTONIGHT’s Graduation Boat Party last year.
Having operated for the past six years from its site on St Mary’s Road, the venue is now up for sale from estate agents Goadsby. The property offers plenty of potential to developers. Situated in a location with high student traffic, the building can continue to serve as a venue or nightclub, but also provides options to developers to be re-purposed into residential or student accommodation, whilst the ground floor can also be used as a retail unit. The Southampton based estate agency are looking for offers around the mark of £495 000.
The team behind Unit are still very much a presence in Southampton. Operating as ‘Unit Events’ the promoters were keen to ensure alternative and indie folk weren’t neglected on New Year’s Eve and hosted a prohibition era styled Bootleggers’ Ball at Home (formerly Aura) in Bedford Place. Tonight (8th January 2015) sees the launch of Unit Events’ new Thursday club night ‘R!ot’ at Switch featuring a DJ set from Lower than Atlantis.
Meanwhile fans of Southampton’s other regular Rock & Roll night, Propaganda will be glad to know that Junk, voted Britain’s Best Small Club in MixMag’s 2013 Best of British poll, have taken up the baton to host the ever-popular club night. The UK’s largest alternative club night, Propaganda are dedicated to making sure that everyone has the chance to get their fix of alt, indie, rock and metal. The promoters are launching Propaganda this Friday (9/1/15), at Junk, situated on London Road.