Welcome to the website of the Totton Disco, the Central-South's leading volunteer-run transgender disco venue (maybe the only one!). The disco has been running, in one guise or another, for more than twenty years in the same location: Totton's Empire Hall, on the western fringes of Southampton. We've had a sequence of record-breaking attendance figures recently. In winter our average is in the mid-sixties; in summer the mid fifties.
The current (2019) organisers are Eleanor Roberts, Sylvie Buckle, Gina Hallett and MIchelle Edwards. Please see the hostesses page for more details. We have a dedicated team of other volunteers who help run the disco evenings. The monthly event is a community effort; no-one gets paid for their efforts apart from our DJ. Why not come along and experience the friendly atmosphere? But please remember that it is a disco and its prime function is to give people a chance to dance. Please do not complain about the volume of the music. We like it that way!
Sadly, early 2019 saw the death from cancer of one of our leading helpers, Ava Hay. Ava was our "Microphone Queen" for several years, and worked hard to make people feel welcome and relaxed. We miss her presence.
If you are a regular at the disco and wish to volunteer for a half-hour spell, please have a word with Eleanor.
Our finances are on a solid footing, with a bank account that requires two signatories to authorise all transactions. The current "finance" people are: Eleanor, Sylvie Buckle and Gina Hallett. We post a financial summary a few days after each disco; you can see it on our Facebook page. We believe in transparency in all of our financial matters.
The Friends of Totton Disco is a loose-knit group of regular attendees. A small, informal committee of dedicated volunteers manages the monthly event, but is responsive to ideas from regular visitors. We encourage all attendees to participate in running the event, if they have the time. We are a mix of transgender people, friends, family and supporters. We welcome all genuine transgender people, wherever you are on the spectrum, along with partners and friends - as long as you are tolerant and would like a good evening out in safe surroundings, you will have a great time at our venue. It is important to understand that the organisers and the helpers are all volunteers from the local trans community, receiving no payment for what they do. We are not a commercial venue.
What will you find when you arrive? A welcoming group of people (once we've extracted your £5 entry money!); lighthearted chat and conversation; the area's best dance floor and the region's best T-girl DJ; a varied menu of hot food; a full range of drinks at the bar; a mixed clientele of TVs, TSs, wives, partners and friends; a safe and secure environment in which to relax and enjoy yourself; a complete absence of intimidation (which the organisers will not tolerate); links to local and national support groups and societies; expert help and advice if you need it. The venue is supported by the local police LAGLO.
If you are a member, friend or supporter of the transgender community then please come along and support this friendly bunch of people. It will only cost you £5 to get in and you'll have an enjoyable evening. We go out of our way to make wives/partners/friends/family members feel welcome and part of the group. We do our best to run a safe and supportive venue, light-hearted but with people on hand who can point you in the right direction for further advice and help.
Contact us for more information.
We meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 7:30 pm until 11:30 pm. The fully licensed bar stays open until 11 pm, with a varied menu of hot food available until 9 pm. The bar serves a large range of wines, beers (including real ale), cider, spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and snacks. Our resident DJ, Katie Gridley, has been running discos for many years in the central south. Entry cost: a mere £5. We have a prize raffle, occasional make-up experts and manicurists, plus occasional clothes sales.Venue details are:-
The Empire Hall (next to Totton Conservative Club), Salisbury Road, Totton. SO40 3PY. It is best to park in the nearby library car park if you can't find a slot around the hall. There is a lit walkway from the library that takes you to the road very near to the Empire Hall. Do not park in the shoppers car park opposite or you may find yourself billed.
We want to acknowledge the work of previous organisers. Namely Michelle King, who found the venue and ran the disco for the first ten years or so of its life, and Tina Turner, who organised it until 2014.