Studio is back with live bands

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LIVE music will make a triumphant return to a town venue tonight since its shock closure was reversed.

The Studio, in Hartlepool, reopened last month as a student union for two nearby colleges after it closed earlier this year.

Tonight it will stage its first public gig as it looks to go from strength to strength.

Up and coming Sunderland band Hyde and Beast will perform in the refurbished venue in Tower Street.

New manager Daniel McCarte said: “It is a good way to start with a real up and coming band.

“I think it will be a good night.

“A lot of people shed a tear when the Studio closed and hopefully they will cheer for its return.”

The Studio fell into voluntary liquidation in April after being hit by the credit crunch.

The venue, which staged regular gigs for the town’s music talent and fans suffered falling numbers and bosses were forced to call in the administrators.

But Hartlepool College of Further Education and Cleveland College of Art and Design stepped in and agreed a deal to keep the former Baptist church going.

It reopened last month after a summer-long renovation.

Hyde and Beast, a six piece, features members of prominent Sunderland band The Futureheads and The Golden Virgins.

Daniel said the gig will be the first of many public shows including comedy and theatre.

He said: “This will definitely be the first of many. We have another couple of gigs coming up at the end of the year and next year it will be full steam ahead.”

Tonight’s gig will also feature support bands Weird Shapes from Stockton who have been played on BBC 6 Music and Hartlepool’s own Antlez who will open the show.

They have been booked by Hartlepool-based Cosmos Promotions, which books acts for Stockton Riverside Festival and arranged gigs for Hartlepool’s Tall Ships Races last summer.

Tickets for the show, which available on the door, are £6 for students and £7 for everyone else.

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