One of Southampton’s successful independent music venues, The Brook has seen artists such as Passenger, Jess Glynn, Hoosier and Tom Odell in recent times, pleasing gig-goers who are able to get up close and personal with their favourite bands thanks to its broad yet intimate layout. The stage can be viewed from two tiers, where despite a capacity of over 500, it’s still easy to feel close to performers. The split level layout also lends to enhanced acoustics, and offering something different from most other gig spaces. It further permits a wide stage and dancefloor, creating plenty of room for both artists and audience to enjoy music. The Brook has not confined itself to solely musical performances, venturing into comedy and television too. Big names of the stand up world have rattled ribs of The Brook’s visitors, such as Michael McIntyre, John Bishop and Ed Byrne. The BBC have used its supreme acoustical setup for broadcasts and in 2016, October Films recorded an episode of Obsession there. Many other events take place in the home of all kinds of entertainment. From sing-alongs to sports screenings, The Brook also prides itself in being a well-loved haunt of the local community. Visitors to the venue don’t have to go far if they want to enjoy some food and drink either. The Brook even has a mini-kitchen onsite to complete the package as the ultimate entertainment place, serving up wholesome British grub to keep bellies full.