Thousands pledge support for Southampton's Talking Heads

Thousands pledge support for music venue

Talking Heads, Portswood

Captain Sensible

Rob Da Bank

First published in Southampton by

CLOSE to 4,000 supporters have signed up to an online campaign to save one of Hampshire’s top live venues.

But as the pressure grew for the Talking Heads in Southampton to be saved any hopes that leading lights in the music business are about to buy the club look slim.

The club in Portswood Road is being remembered for welcoming a long line of up and coming musicians and comedians by a host of celebrities and visitors.

The support has flooded in on the social networking websites.

Those paying tribute to the Talking Heads included Captain Sensible from punk group The Damned, who had a number one single as a solo artist with the song Happy Talk.

He said: “I’d buy it but the Happy Talk money ran out years ago.”

BBC film critic Mark Kermode, who lives in the New Forest, also gave his support, as did the band Right Said Fred.

Southampton Itchen MP John Denham said he hoped the “great venue” could be saved.

But at the moment the bands and hundreds of fans who graced the venue on Saturday night still look like being the last people to enjoy the well-known nightspot.

Speculation that Isle of Wight Festival supremo John Giddings or Radio One DJ Rob da Bank could combine to save it look like wishful thinking even though both have gone public in support of the Talking Heads.

Mr Giddings, who relaunched the Isle of Wight Festival, has quashed the rumour while continuing to hope someone else will come forward.

He told the Daily Echo: “It is sad to hear that such a great music venue in Southampton has closed its doors.

“I wish them all the best for the future and hope that someone brings it back to showcase local bands.”

Rob da Bank was unavailable for comment but his press team said they did not believe he was involved in plans to save the club.

On a plus note the Candle Club, where singers, musicians, poets and comedians take to the stage to hone their skills, looks like it will survive the venue’s closure.

It moved to The Shooting Star in Bevois Valley Road last night and is expected to remain there on Monday nights if the Talking Heads is lost for good.

Despite the setbacks hope remains.

Discussions are also continuing online on the possibility of the venue being run as some kind of community venture.

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7:24am Wed 11 Jan 12

sarfhamton says...

I am glad the Echo is continuing to keep this story going, fingers crossed!
I am glad the Echo is continuing to keep this story going, fingers crossed! sarfhamton
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8:11am Wed 11 Jan 12

Higginz says...

That's one serious cardigan Robs wearing.
I'm please to hear that the Candle Club will continue. That's always been a bit of a lottery of an evening but there have been some real gems there. I particularly like the guy that opens a book at a random page and reads for ten minutes.
That's one serious cardigan Robs wearing. I'm please to hear that the Candle Club will continue. That's always been a bit of a lottery of an evening but there have been some real gems there. I particularly like the guy that opens a book at a random page and reads for ten minutes. Higginz
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11:02am Wed 11 Jan 12

G0Rf says...

Southampton needs a propper music arena...to rival the Brighton Dome, Bournemouth BIC, Manchester MEN arena
Southampton needs a propper music arena...to rival the Brighton Dome, Bournemouth BIC, Manchester MEN arena G0Rf
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10:10am Fri 13 Jan 12

JLCopelandIsAnIdiot says...

It's nice of The Echo to follow the story but maybe they should revise their arts section and advertise stuff local to Soton. They used to have a gig guide, how about reinstating that? Maybe some good will come out of it.

A fb group is nice but until it reopens, everybody is left in the dark. It's between the owner of the building and whoever has the financial backing and business savvy to resurrect it. Speculations are just wishful thinking.

The place needs business brains and I am afraid the speculations of a handful of music journos on the dole who wish to keep their playing ground open is no good to anyone. The place is closed, it's the result of something. If it is reopened and exactly the same methods are applied, then it will sink again. After all, it can't just be the patrons' fault for not drinking enough once they've paid the usual 5er to get in. It's biting the hand that feeds you.
It's nice of The Echo to follow the story but maybe they should revise their arts section and advertise stuff local to Soton. They used to have a gig guide, how about reinstating that? Maybe some good will come out of it. A fb group is nice but until it reopens, everybody is left in the dark. It's between the owner of the building and whoever has the financial backing and business savvy to resurrect it. Speculations are just wishful thinking. The place needs business brains and I am afraid the speculations of a handful of music journos on the dole who wish to keep their playing ground open is no good to anyone. The place is closed, it's the result of something. If it is reopened and exactly the same methods are applied, then it will sink again. After all, it can't just be the patrons' fault for not drinking enough once they've paid the usual 5er to get in. It's biting the hand that feeds you. JLCopelandIsAnIdiot
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11:05pm Wed 18 Jan 12

AdeByrne says...

Why would anyone want to have another BIC? If you really wished to support music locally you'd aspire to rival the Wedgewood Rooms. As far as I'm aware Southampton already has a venue for panto and personally I wouldn't like to see the door left wide open for David Essex and Snow Patrol!
Why would anyone want to have another BIC? If you really wished to support music locally you'd aspire to rival the Wedgewood Rooms. As far as I'm aware Southampton already has a venue for panto and personally I wouldn't like to see the door left wide open for David Essex and Snow Patrol! AdeByrne
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