The Studio is set to bow out on a high with indie rockers Palace

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A LIVE music venue will bow out on a high by holding an album launch for one of Hartlepool’s most exciting new bands.

The Studio in Tower Street will hold its last show next week before it closes for good.

The Studio, Tower Street. Picture by FRANK REID

The Studio, Tower Street. Picture by FRANK REID

It is after the leaseholders Hartlepool College of Further Education and Cleveland College of Art and Design gave notice on the lease.

But it is set to go out with a bang after the night has been chosen to launch the debut album of Hartlepool indie rockers Palace.

Hartlepool music promoter Andy Kelly was so impressed after hearing the lads, who are all 19, that he resurrected his record label Cosmos Recordings, to launch their first album.

Andy said: “I heard Palace and thought ‘this stuff is amazing’ so I decided to set the label back up again to put this EP out with a local band.

“This is going to be the final show at The Studio which I think is a nice synchronicity.

“The Studio was originally to bring national and international bands to the town but also as a platform for local bands to perform with touring artists.

“Now we are going to finish off with a local band launching its EP on a local label as its final show so some good will come out of a relatively sad night for the music community.”

Palace is made up of Jonathan Bee, Luke Cowley, Grant Shears, Sonny Williamson and Tom Sotheran.

They have been building up their profile since they formed two years ago and have supported fellow North Eastern group Maximo Park at Newcastle.

Lead guitarist Luke said: “Andy has got some pretty big contacts so with him putting the record out we can get more exposure.”
He said he will be sad to see The Studio close and hopes a new buyer can be found.

“It is such a shame,” added Luke. “There has been some amazing gigs and big bands have come from all over the UK and abroad.

“They have said our town is so lucky to have a venue like this, so many places would love to have a place like The Studio.”

College bosses blamed the “harsh economic climate” for their withdrawal just two years after they saved The Studio from the brink of collapse when it fell into voluntary liquidation.

They tried to develop it into a venue for students to use during the day.

But while the night gigs have proved a success, plans to build the daytime trade have not materialised.

Palace will be joined on stage on Thursday, July 25, by another Hartlepool band Arcs and Trauma, The Glass Moths and Antlez. Doors open at 7.30pm and admission is £3.