Many will know The Mo’Club as the primary home of Warehouse Southampton, prior to the opening of Switch, hosting the likes of Skream, Hot Since 82, RAM Records, and Hot Creations. As of this week the venue on West Quay Road is operating as the Engine Rooms and is seeking to promote a greater presence of live music in the city. This is reflected in the initial bookings and the desire to support local talent by hosting a number of open-mic nights. The Engine Rooms’ agenda will likely come as good news to those disappointed by the recent announcement of The Cellar’s imminent closure.
The Mo’Club has operated in Southampton, first and foremost as a rollerdisco, but also regularly playing host to a variety of live performers, including Bastille, Mallory Knox, and Devin Townsend Project. The venue is under the process of a complete renovation to transform it into multi-functioning entertainment space, able to accommodate live music, comedy, exhibitions, cinema, theatre and “bespoke festivals”. The Engine Rooms will also have the added ability to adapt itself for varying capacities of 400, 600 and 800 guests, depending on the nature of the event.
Club nights will remain a mainstay at the venue, with one-off ventures as well as more regular nights likely to feature in the Engine Rooms’ calender, with further details of these to be announced in due course. Fans of the roller disco are not to be disappointed either, as the venue will continue to host the Mo’Club Roller Disco brand on select occasions.
The Engine Rooms’ director Ronnie Scarrott shared his excitement:
We’re really looking forward to taking Southampton’s Music scene to the next level in 2015 with The MJR Group, we predict some very exciting times ahead.
The current management have enlisted the help of the MJR Group and will use their expertise to support the venue’s expansion with in-house marketing, booking and production to expand the representation of live events in Southampton. The group are also responsible for running live music nights at venues across the country in Reading, Cardiff, and London, and have also recently launched another new venue, ‘The Marble Factory’ operating within Bristol-based club Motion.
The Engine Rooms’ listing of shows is as follows:
THE USED – 5TH FEB
OPEN MIC UK (LIVE & UNSIGNED) – FEB 28TH (Matinee)
HAWKWIND – 9TH MARCH
ALEXANDER O’NEAL – 4TH APRIL
WARD THOMAS – APRIL 12TH
OPEN MIC UK (LIVE & UNSIGNED) – APRIL 26TH
BIG COUNTRY – MAY 23RD
FROM THE JAM – JUNE 5TH
CHAS & DAVE – NOVEMBER 21ST
LIVEWIRE – NOVEMBER 28TH