A SOUTHAMPTON nightclub is set to close its doors after 15 years.

Oceana Southampton has announced that after 15 years the club will close and move its night events to Switch Southampton.

This comes after the owner of the club, Deltic Group, tried to secure a "rescue deal" in late 2020 to avoid going into administration.

The company, which operates the Oceana and Pryzm chains and employs 1,500 people, hired advisors to secure investment in October after trading was battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

But now, in a Facebook post yesterday evening, Oceana Southampton said: "After 15 years of memories, today is both a sad and exciting day. The Oceana dance floor will not jump again but this is not the end.

"From June 21st, we have agreed to move our Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday night events to Switch Southampton.

"We’ve always been fans of the events Switch host and now Southampton will experience the buzz of Oceana & Switch working together!"

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The post has been shared 718 times and seen over 2,500 people comment since the announcement was made with many expressing their sadness at the closure.

One former visitor to the club, Jennifer Wright, said: "I’m gutted. Visiting regularly when I was at the University of Southampton. And came in 2019 for my friends hen do. Such a good night out."

Another, Gail Scott added: "Literally heartbroken! The thought of never dancing in the disco room again. Over 10 years of partying, drunk chats in the toilets, hot dogs to end the night and where I met my husband to be, cheers for the memories."

As previously reported, Mr Peter Marks, who founded the group in 2011 by purchasing the collapsed Luminar nightclub business has been a vocal critic of government policy on nightclubs which have been unable to fully operate since March last year.