It is the Southampton venue that has hosted some of the biggest names in music, but few nights can match what happened at The Joiners 30 years ago this evening.

Not many of the hundred or so people who had paid £3 entry at the St Mary Street venue on Monday 29 March 1994 will have realised they were about to witness history in the making. 

For the second act appearing that evening were two brothers from Manchester called Liam and Noel, plus their mates Paul McGuigan, Paul Arthurs and Tony McCarroll, together a five-piece who later that year would release their debut album, Definitely Maybe, before returning to sell out The Guildhall in November.

Daily Echo: Oasis played The Joiners on March 29 1994

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Only18 months later, they would go onto play what at the time was the biggest indoor gig in Europe at an especially expanded Earls Court before international superstardom.

At The Joiners, Oasis were famously not the sole headliners. They were sharing the bill with another hotly tipped Creation Records act called Whiteout. A copy of the poster can still be seen at the venue.

Their set list included Supersonic, and a trademark cover of I am The Walrus.

Fans who missed Oasis could return to The Joiners the following night to see Yorkshire group Shed Seven. Other Britpop acts who also appeared in 1994 included Sleeper, Ash, Dodgy and Gene.

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The Joiners is one of the few venues on first national tour by Oasis that is still hosting live music.

This week, The Music Venue Trust, published its annual review which revealed that grassroots venues closed at an average rate of two a week last year, with financial reasons such as higher energy costs and rising rent the main reasons.

They also reported that in 2023 there were 835 grass music venues across the country putting on 187,040 events, with total audience attendances of 23.6m. The sector employed 28,223 people and the average venue capacity was 309.

Now in its 56th year, The Joiners has also presented Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, The Vaccines, and Manic Street Preachers.

In 2013, it was named best music venue by The NME. Oasis played their biggest Southampton show at the then Rose Bowl in 2005.