LiveSoc provides a platform for musicians and music lovers to enjoy performing and watching live music in and around Southampton. Our aim is to host regular jams, gigs and open mics, provide support and equipment to budding musicians, and to meet and socialise with fellow music-lovers

Interested in getting involved with LiveSoc? There are many ways you can interact with us as a society; whether you play an instrument or not, just turn up and get involved! Membership to LiveSoc will always be FREE. 


LIVESOC JAM SESSIONS: The purpose of the Jam Sessions is for musicians, or casual observers, to come along and enjoy a relaxed musical environment. We typically perform a range of covers and improvised jams as a group, plus a series of solo performances. Any and all, musical styles and proficiency, are WELCOMED and ENCOURAGED. All equipment necessary for a small band performance will always be made available to anyone who attends the Jam. There will also be dedicated acoustic jams throughout the year to supplement the traditionally more electric jams. We also often head to Stag's after the Jam, which is a great way to converse with and get to know your fellow jammers - consumption of alcohol is certainly not necessary! For more details of the jams, check out the Facebook pages above. 


LIVESOC GIGS: Going beyond the weekly jams, we also run some larger concerts for members. In 2018-19, we hosted a large charity gig with the theme "bands from the noughties", featuring groups of LiveSoc members performing songs by artists from Amy Winehouse to Tool. Last year's edition was sadly cancelled due to the unforseen early end of the academic year. We also host events with the intention of getting local bands in to showcase their talent. We ran a freshers gig last year in Stag's in October, and are intending to organise some more for this coming academic year. Come on down to support some excellent local bands! 


COLLABORATIVE EVENTS: Starting in 2016, LiveSoc has aimed to work more closely with the other music and dance societies under the Performing Arts Group in collaborative events. In March 2017 we collaborated successfully with a number of Dance Societies in the annual 'Pure Dance' performance, providing live music to many of the dance performances. This is certainly something we wish to pursue with many other Dance Societies of various styles. We also collaborated with SUSU and SUSingers to bring the Union's very first 'Open Bike Night' to fruition in June 2017. The event consisted of multiple amplified acoustic performances powered by the audience's pedal-power. In June 2021 we worked with The Edge magazine to organise and run the Edgetival, a weeklong festival of music to celebrate the end of a Covid-struck year. We contributed several bands to perform across multiple days at an epic series of gigs on campus.

We are always on the lookout for more collaboration oppurtunities! If your society is interested in collaborating with LiveSoc, please don't hesitate in contacting us via our Facebook page (linked above) or by email: (Ben Smith - President) 


EQUIPMENT HIRE: LiveSoc is fortunate to be in the position of having its own musical equipment in storage in the Student Union Building. This equipment is readily available for hire at a certain price per piece per day. Please be warned that it is up to you to find a suitable location near the Student Union Building for using the equipment. To get in contact regarding hiring our equipment, please contact us via our Facebook page or email Sam Rickard, equipment manager, at We have:

Item Name


Practice Cost

Gig Cost

Drumkit (Full Kit)1£10£15
Drumkit (Shells)1£6£9
Drumkit (Breakables)1£6£9
Line 6 Guitar Amp1£5£6
Kustom Guitar Amp1£5£6
Fender Champion 100 Guitar Amp1£5£6
Combo Amp (2x12)1£5£6
Fender Bass Amp1£5£6
Active Monitor (Large)1£5£6
Active Monitor (Small)1£5£6
Official LiveSoc Cowbell1N/A (not for hire I'm afraid)N/A (not for hire I'm afraid)

Full Setup: £25 Practice / £40 Gig 


BAND PERFORMANCES: If you're a local band and would like to get in touch with us regarding performing at one of our events, please get in contact with us via our Facebook page, or email Gideon, bands manager, at For more information or individual questions about LiveSoc, join our Facebook group, message our page, or get in touch with one of our committee members. We hope to see you get stuck in with Live Music Society! 

  • President: Ben Smith
  • VP/Secretary: Anna-Marie Muir
  • Treasurer: Sam Walker
  • Bands Manager: Gideon Wakelin
  • Events Manager: Gustavo Simas
  • Equipment Manager: Sam Rickard
  • Jams & Open Mic Manager: Barnabas Kovacs
  • Jams & Open Mic Manager: Max Searle
  • Social Sec: Kayleigh Porter

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The Committee

All clubs and societies within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Live Music Society this year are:

Gideon Wakelin
Bands Manager
Samuel Rickard
Equipment Manager
Gustavo Simas De Oliveira
Max Searle
Jams and Open Mics Manager
Barnabas Kovacs
Jams and Open Mics Manager
Benjamin Smith
Anna-Marie Muir
Kayleigh Porter
Social Secretary
Samuel Walker

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Membership Information

These are the current membership fees offered by Live Music Society, although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.

You must be a member of the Students' Union to join a club or society
NameCostValid PeriodDetails
LiveSoc Membership 2021-22FREE01/07/2021 - 30/06/2022Registers you as an official member of LiveSoc for the academic year 2021-22, and allows you to run/vote in AGMs.


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Health & Safety

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