heads logoSouthampton venue The Talking Heads moves location and takes over second venue, the 1865.

Good news for Hampshire area gig-goers (who might have attended one of these)

We can officially confirm that Talking Heads will be ending it’s tenancy at 320 Portswood Road at the end of January 2016, due to planned redevelopment of the building.

We are delighted to announce that we will be moving to, and operating in our new venue 16-22 The Polygon, Southampton, SO15 2BN (known as The Maple Leaf) as of February 2016.

All bookings will continue as planned, all ticket sales will still be valid.

Hopefully most people in the city will know this by now, but for those that don’t and people from the ‘catchment area’, and touring bands etc.

The wonderful The Talking Heads venue closes at the end of January 2016.  ( Boo!  Shame!)  But re-opens on a brand new location on 3rd February. (Hurrah!) The site is the Maple Leaf in the Polygon area – which is City Centre and 6 mins walk from Southamptons main Railway Station.

The Maple Leaf was formerly the Polygon Club  and played host to some great gigs in the 1980’s including Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, These Animal Men as well as glorious shows by local bands like Jane Pow and the Mild Mannered Janitors.

I am told that the PA, staff, choice of ales, everything from the old Talking Heads is moving, lock stock and quite literally barrels, to the Maple Leaff  ( which I am sure used to be spelled with a double-F ???)

Check the venues website for full gig listings

And if that was exciting enough… then came this announcement  from the 1865, a venue located on the other side of the City Centre . (Brunswick Square,Southampton SO14 3AR)

We are very pleased to announce that from 22nd January 2016, The Talking Heads music venue in Southampton have taken a lease on The 1865. This venue will still be known as The 1865, branded as: ‘The 1865 (a Talking Heads venue).’

This brings together two established, well respected names in the independent music business at The 1865, a superb, flexible 750 capacity venue located in the heart of the city. It will continue to host an exciting, varied programme of shows and events presented by an in-house team as well as major national and local promoters.

What with the relatively new Engine Rooms and the firmly established the Joiners and the Brook, not to mention The Alexandra (a pub but great free gigs on a Friday) there is possibly just too many great places to hear live music in Southampton now!

THE 1865 website

and in the interests of balance


All words Ged Babey except where quoted. 

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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