Word has just come out that Southampton music venue The Talking Heads, which closed in January after struggling in the poor economic climate, has been taken over by new management and will reopen soon after rennovation work. See below for the full press release:
Southampton venue, Talking Heads has been closed since early January this year. Negotiations have now been finalised with the Landlords and a new lease has been signed. It must be stressed that the owners had no intention of ‘developing’ the site (as many rumours have suggested) and have been immensely supportive in putting together a new agreement in the shortest possible time.
New owner Guy Benfield, currently studying at Southampton University, in collaboration with Martin White, are confident they can put the venue back on it’s feet. Guy, an experienced business developer with an avid interest in the local music and performing arts culture has been friends with Martin since school days and have often discussed various venue project possibilities. Martin, who has been involved in music and the entertainment industry from a young age is also an Associate Lecturer at Southampton Solent University teaching Live Event Production.
Conditions and amenities have deteriorated somewhat over the past few years so the venue will remain closed while remedial work is carried out which, after completion, will make it an attractive venue for all kinds of events. The estimated re-opening is around mid to late March.
In the past Talking Heads has been known for staging a variety of different musical genres such as World Music, Roots / Folk, Reggae, Jazz / Jazz/Funk / Indie, Punk as well as Drama Productions, Comedy and Poetry and has often been billed as Southampton’s most ‘eclectic’ venue. The aim is to move back to this format somewhat while still incorporating the current trends and touring bands. Over the years Talking Heads has hosted gigs from such acts as The Script, The Damned, The Easy Star All Stars, Juliette Lewis, The New York Dolls and Southampton based trio Band Of Skulls.
Another aim is to make the venue more open to the community with plans for daytime production/music/drama/dance workshops for the younger up and coming performers and technicians, involving professionals from the entertainment industry.
There’s good news for the real ale drinkers as well with the cellars being completely renovated and a selection of favourite ales put back on hand pumps. Opening from midday the front bar will retain a ‘pub’ feel while also serving prime coffee and light snacks.
Further information will be available on the new website shortly.