THE appearance of a successful Britpop performer is the first of many hoped to help turn around a once-popular music venue.
Mark Morriss, former frontman with 1990s indie band the Bluetones, is due to perform at The Studio tomorrow.
Mark, who fronted the four-piece group over a successful and fruitful 15-year period, scoring 14 top 10 singles and three top 10 albums, while also touring the UK, Europe and Japan, will be playing a live acoustic set at the venue in Tower Street.
The Bluetones disbanded in 2011 and last year Morriss released his second solo album, A Flash of Darkness. Supporting Mark on the night is singer-songwriter Paul Liddell from Sunderland.
Amanda Gallagher, chairwoman of the studio, said: “We’re delighted that Mark will be appearing at The Studio, he’s a fantastic musician and performer with an amazing catalogue of songs.
“The Studio’s new board has been working very hard over the past few weeks to lay the foundations for the venue to become one of the region’s premier music venues once more and we have some great acts and gigs lined up over the next few months.
“We’re looking forward to a great night for Mark’s gig and hoping to see a lot of friends there, old and new.”
The Mail reported last year how volunteers at The Studio were delighted to reveal the venue has had the go-ahead to stay open after raising enough cash to fund the insurance.
The future of the venue looked grim when Hartlepool College of Further Education and Cleveland College of Art and Design withdrew its support, leaving the closure of The Studio looking inevitable.
But volunteers got to work on raising the cash and turning the venue into a music sanctuary and a community hub. Dozens of volunteers gathered at a meeting last September following a call for help to make the venue a success.