Southampton native and UK techno newcomer Ronnie Spiteri shows us around his home city on the South coast. He'll introduce us to his favourite spots and give us a guided tour of the best places to go. Check it out below.
Known for its iconic port, Premier League football team and musical ties, Southampton is a city steeped in history. It has one of the busiest docks in the UK and was also the site where The Mayflower left for the Americas all those years ago. It's also home to a bustling club scene, students and its fantastic shopping centres (something which we love!). The city has also produced some of the UKs finest garage acts like Artful Dodger and, of course, Craig David.
Southampton is also the birthplace of Ronnie Spiteri, Drumcode, DO NOT SLEEP and Knee Deep In Sound favourite. Ronnie's affiliation to the techno scene came after watching his Dad DJ when he was younger and attending his first rave aged SEVEN with his Dad - it's safe to say he was destined to DJ. Fast forward a few years and he's playing sold out shows across the globe but still loves coming home to his city. This is Ronnie Spiteri's City Guide to Southampton, take a look.
The first place you go when you’re back in the city?
David Lloyd Leisure, for a swim, steam room and sauna.
Best place for a first date?
Lakaz Maman is a stunning restaurant operated by master chef UK winner Shelina Permalloo.
What’s a hidden gem in the city?
The Mini Golf site in East Park is a great little hidden gem in the city, hours of fun down there.
Where would you go to chill out?
Santo Lounge on Shirley High St is the best spot in the city to chill and relax.
Where serves the best breakfast?
If I didn’t say my own House, the better half wouldn’t speak to me again!
Where’s your favourite place to have a quiet drink?
The Orange Rooms does great cocktails and there is a great vibe in there. It’s ‘kinda’ quiet and does get going a bit later on in the night.
The best place to go clubbing?
Not being biased, but where I have my residency at Switch Warehouse is the best spot in town for clubbing, where they get all high profile international acts come to perform in the city!
Favourite place to go shopping?
I’d say West Quay Shopping centre and specifically, All Saints, Levis and the Apple Store.
How would you describe your city’s style?
Very festive at the moment as all the Christmas markets are currently going up, but in general it’s a very welcoming and friendly city with a lot students and a great fashion scene.
One song that sums up your city?
The Saints FC Song, it has to be.