Venue Review – Engine Rooms, Southampton
The Venue – Engine Rooms Southampton
Southampton’s Mo’Club became Engine Rooms after a complete rebrand and renovation of the venue in December 2014.
The Mo’Club has operated in Southampton, first and foremost as a roller disco, but also regularly playing host to a variety of live performers, including Bastille, Mallory Knox, and Devin Townsend Project. The MJR Group have since transformed the venue into a multi-functioning entertainment space, able to accommodate live music, comedy, exhibitions, cinema, theatre, club music and “bespoke festivals”.
The Engine Rooms also has the added ability to adapt itself for varying capacities of 400, 600 and 800 guests, depending on the nature of the event.
We visited The Engine Rooms on 07 Feb 2019 to see The Fun Loving Criminals perform to a full house. See that review here.
The space is a large rectangular area, with a simple layout. Stage at the front and bar at the back. A big, well laid out sound system, great acoustics and lighting set-up and even in the light, it looked neat and tidy.
The place was clean, including the toilets. Bar prices were on the high side but not extortionate. Much less than many places who have a captive audience.
The stage is a good size and being built 3 feet above the floor it gave a perfect view, even from the back of the venue at the bar, for the standing audience.
Staff were all helpful and friendly. Security staff were very cheerful and welcoming and anyone who needed help with seating and the like were looked after well.
Based on the area it is in, this is unlikely to have been designed and built as a dedicated live music auditorium, but it certainly has the right ambience, right acoustics and for a standing audience, it is one of the best medium sized venues I’ve been to.
It feels like a proper venue, does a great job and I’d definitely recommend it.