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Southampton Guildhall

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Southampton Guildhall

O2 Guildhall Southampton
Exterior of the O2 Guildhall Southampton, shown at night, 2005
Former names Southampton Guildhall (1937-2013)
Address W Marlands Rd
Southampton SO14 7LP
Location Civic Centre
Owner Southampton City Council
(operated by Live Nation UK)
Capacity 1,749
Opened 13 February 1937 (1937-02-13)
Venue Info

The O2 Guildhall Southampton (originally the Southampton Guildhall) is a multipurpose venue in Southampton, England, located within the Civic Centre. The grade II* listed building was originally a town hall. There are three venues within the Southampton Guildhall catering to various event formats: the Guildhall, the Solent Suite and a lecture theatre.[1]


The Guildhall was opened on 13 February 1937 and was designed to complement the rest of the Civic Suite. It features a large and unique pipe organ which was built into it from new. The organ has two distinct consoles and is a fully featured classical concert organ on the one hand, and also a large theatre organ on the other. The two consoles share the same body of approximately 4,000 pipes which are housed in chambers above the proscenium arch. It was the largest organ made by its builder, John Compton. On 7 October 2013, the venue was renamed to the O2 Guildhall Southampton, due to partnership between Live Nation UK and O2 Telefónica.[2]


Website with information about the venue's organ:

  1. ^ Southampton Guildhall Webpage
  2. ^ "Southampton Guildhall renaming 'cheapens' venue".  
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