Hartlepool music studio celebrates 25th birthday with 12-hour charity fundraiser

A volunteer-led music studio is diving into its 25th year with its first all day concert of 2023 in aid of a popular Hartlepool charity.
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The Studio, in Tower Street, is kicking off its celebrations with a charity fundraising event on Saturday, January 28, from 2pm until 2am.

The We Shall Overcome fundraiser will support St Aidan’s Kitchen, in Oxford Street, which provides support for people who are hungry, homeless, struggling or in need.

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St Aidan’s Kitchen runs a food kitchen every Thursday where it provides hot meals and bags of groceries to anyone in need.

Studio trustees Brian Barnes and Karen Martin outside the Tower Street premises.Studio trustees Brian Barnes and Karen Martin outside the Tower Street premises.
Studio trustees Brian Barnes and Karen Martin outside the Tower Street premises.

Speaking about their chosen charity, event organiser Brian Barnes said: "At the moment, with the cost of living crisis, there are a lot of people struggling in Hartlepool and we believe this charity best captures those needs.”

Studio trustee Brian said: "I have been putting events on for eight years now and generally I always look towards local charities.”

He added: “We just want people to support local charities.”

Acts who have already been confirmed for the event include Alex Featherstone & Friends, Cosmic Egg, Lost State of Dan, Charlie Thomas and Burn The Valley.

Trustees Brian Barnes and Karen Martin inside The Studio.Trustees Brian Barnes and Karen Martin inside The Studio.
Trustees Brian Barnes and Karen Martin inside The Studio.
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Analogue Blood, Daniel D’arcy And The Swear Downs, Peter Hall, DJ Horace Zontal and Jas and Finn Weatherill will also be performing.

The Studio first opened in May 1998 but it was not until 2014 that it became a completely volunteer-led charity.

This is a wristband event with a suggested donation of £5 although anything more or less is also welcomed.