This weekend marks the final weekend of The Cellar’s fourteen year tenancy in Southampton. The venue’s closure this weekend is to make way for development of the site, re-opening as The Stage Door, a diner styled cabaret theater, bar, and restaurant, later this year. To ensure The Cellar leaves Southampton in style, the venue will play host to two events this weekend to make sure that regulars and passers through get one last chance to enjoy the venue.
Tonight (9/1/15), Ben Goddard will be playing with his full band. Goddard has supported the likes of Bastille, Clean Bandit and London Grammer on the UK festival circuit, and also has a career writing music for a number of the BBC’s programs. The Southampton based singer-songwriter will be joined by support from Johnny Boxcars & The Dabhands for The Cellar’s final night of live music.
Tomorrow (10/1/15), The Cellar are opening its doors to one and all for The Cellar Closure Party, a free entry event to allow all to relive some fond memories and say their farewells to the venue. Billed as ‘the end of an era’ Saturday night will be a chance to remember The Cellar’s legacy of supporting independent music. During the day you’ll also have the chance to catch the last of The Cellar’s monthly pop-up record stalls. Formerly running his own record shop, Edgeworld Records, in Brighton, Colin Edgeworld has taken his collection of old and new releases on the road in recent years. Colin will be bringing his offering of vinyl to the venue between 12 and 5pm for your final chance to browse at The Cellar.
The news of The Cellar’s closure near the end of last November sparked a very vocal response from fans, largely agreeing that The Cellar’s contribution to Southampton’s nightlife would be sorely missed. In the broader picture The Cellar, is yet another casualty in the recent swathe of venue closures changing the face of Southampton’s nightlife. Unit announced a startling abrupt and unexpected closure in November, and the owners of Lennon’s recently announced that their venue was up for sale, heralding a possible closure in the near future as well. A common factor between all three veneus is their focus upon offering a mixture of live acts, and alternative club nights. With the loss of these venues many believe that the diversity of Southampton’s nightlife will suffer as a result.