SOUTHAMPTON’S newest live music venue has opened its doors with performances from five popular local bands.

The Loft, on Lower Banister Street, was packed for its inaugural show. New band Minister got the evening off to a flying start before superb sets from indie stars Calum Lintott, Costellos and headliners Toreador.

Special guests Indigo Lo, formerly Glastonbury stalwarts Dolomite Minor, played their first show under their new name with singer-guitarist Joe Grimshaw, and drummer Max Palmier now part of a four-piece.

Cassava were in the crowd supporting family and friends at the launch of the 450 capacity venue.

“All tickets were sold on the door so to get such a great crowd tonight has been amazing,” said promoter Tom Dyer. “The venue’s gone beyond expectations - the sound, production and the whole team have made it what it is. We were still painting in the afternoon and the sign only went up with two hours to spare, but it’s all come together. All five acts delivered strong sets and then stayed to watch each other. Bands supporting other bands is what makes a city’s music scene and ours in Southampton is the best it’s been for some time.”

Future shows include Charley Macaulay, The Rising, Vant, Yak, The Big Moon and Clean Cut Kid.