About The Venue…

After an extensive re-fit in the summer of 2004, The Brook is fast becoming one of the favourite medium sized venue in the South of England.

Situated close to the University, it is an ideal venue as Southampton has an annually rising student population, which is currently over 32,000. The Brook is close to the M3 and M27 motorways, it also has easy access to rail, airport and ferry ports. With a fire limit of 600 and an effective ticket sale of 550, (with limited seating around the balcony), a fantastic intimate atmosphere is created whether you are sitting or standing.

The feel of the venue is a little like the old Mean Fiddler in Harlesdon, London. There are two floors with two large bars and disabled facilities. Because of the balcony, every member of the audience is able to feel close to the band. Many bands who have played have commented on how good a venue it is and we are justly proud of it.

Dressing Rooms

The Brook has two adjoining dressing rooms with power shower and toilet.

There is a fridge and washing machine in the kitchen area which leads out to an enclosed external balcony. There is also a television and Wi-Fi broadband internet access.

The comfort of the back-stage area leads to a perfect state of mind for a performance.


We can accommodate from small vans to double decker touring coaches with trailers, with access straight on to the stage, and can supply overnight electricity and water to sleeper buses.

“That was one of the best ever… We have got to do two nights next time” Leo coming of stage after the Saw Doctors show


We have promoted thousands of shows on and off site including:

James Brown, Will Young, Saw Doctors, Dionne Warwick, Alabama 3, The Delays, Blue Oyster Cult, Space, Bob Geldof, Catatonia, Tony Joe White, Roger Taylor, Mad Professor, Herbalizer, Ozric Tentacles, Rhazel, Bentley Rhythm Ace, John Martyn, Midge Ure, Oyster Band, Nils Lofgren, Peter Green, Fish, Scotty Moore, Ian Dury, Shane McGowan, Bill Wyman, Arthur Lee, Mark Lamar, Jeff Green, Ed Byrne, My Life Story, Catatonia, Tony Hadley, Hayseed Dixie, Hawkwind…


Bob Harris started recording a TV series of live shows in mid 2005, recording his first one at The Brook.

BBC Radio’s 2 and 3 have broadcast live from The Brook.

Available Hours

Flexible but generally ~ Sunday to Thursday 8pm – 12am, Friday to Saturday 8pm – 1am (We usually close at 12am on the weekend, but we are able to run till 2am)

Other Info

Open For 21 Years, PRS Listed Venue, ticket prices typically range from £5-£30, effective selling capacity is 550 with seating around the balcony.

“This place has got SOUL” – Edwin Starr

Technical – Sound…

2x EV Motivator 5 Mid-tops (2x 15″ + 2″)
2x CHAudio CHA280i subs (2x 18″)
XTA DP226 Crossover
CHAudio CHA2581i full range centre + 2x CHA81i mid-high outfills
Mid-high and fills:- Lab Gruppen, Crown Macrotech, Subs:- Crest 9001
Monitoring:- 8 x D&B Maxx 15”, Drumfill:EV 18” sub & 2x 12” + 1.5” mid/top
Monitor amps: QSC RMX2450, JBL MPX1200BSS
Allen & Heath GL4000 40 Channel, 32ch mono & 8ch stereo. 10 Aux Sends (6 Monitor, 4 Effects) – Retired after thousands of gigs!
Midas M32
1 x TC Electronic M One XL, 1 x SPX 900, 1 x SPX 90, 1 x TC Electronic M300, 1 x TC Electronic D2, 1 x Yamaha Rev 500
LA Audio Multigate (16x Gates)
2 x DBX 266XL Compressor/Gates
Klark Technic Square One (8x Gate/Compressor)
BSS Opal Graphic EQ on FOH & all monitor sends


D&B Max 15 Monitors. Large Tri-Amped Drum Fill. Six way monitor mix from front of house plus easy installation of on stage monitor desk (at extra cost), with separate back stage access for technicians.

Large Selection of Microphones


32 Track Live Recording

32 Channels of M32 24Bit 48kHz Multi-track Recording Available.  Multi-Track files can be delivered on the night for you to mix at your leisure, or mixed at P/H Rate.  Most people just want the files which is fine by us. :-)


Please get in touch in advance if you would like to record your show. This must be arranged in advance. Previous clients include The Rifles, Dreadzone, The Yardbirds + More…

Technical – Lights

Foh Control
Chamsys Mini Wing Run From Touch Screen PC


2x Iwb 6 Par 64 Mfl 500w Side Bars (Paired)
1x Iwb 6 Par 64 Nsp 1k (Single Channels)


2x Iwb 6 Par 64 VNSP 500w (Paired)
12x Par 64 VNSP 500w (Singles)
2x 2 Mole Blinder 650w DWE
6x Par 56 VNSP 350w (Paired)
4x Stairville Mh-X25
5x American Dj Mega Par Profile (Tri Colour)

A full rig plan and dmx patch list is available on request.

Stage Size

Stage dimensions are:

7.6m x 3.7m / (25′ x 12′) (approx).
4.5m from stage to ceiling.  (14’8″)