Studio trustees refuse to give up hope despite last gig with Hartlepool colleges’ support

The Studio, Tower Street. Picture by FRANK REID
The Studio, Tower Street. Picture by FRANK REID

THE last gig at a live music venue in the town before leaseholders pull out will take place tonight – but charity bosses say it’s not the end yet.

Hartlepool indie rockers Palace will be launching their EP at a show at The Studio, in the town’s Tower Street, tonight, which is expected to be close to a sell-out.

It’s the last gig at the venue before Hartlepool College of Further Education and Cleveland College of Art and Design withdraw their support.

But The Studio as a charity is set to continue and the venue will remain open until at least November when the insurance on the building runs out.

And in that time, the charity’s trustees are on a fundraising drive to raise £5,000 to pay for the insurance for another year if a buyer still hasn’t been found.

Phil Swinburne, chairman of The Studio’s trustees, said: “It should be a brilliant gig tonight and the response for it has been really good.

“But we want people to know we are still here after the gig.

“It’s the last gig before the colleges pull out but we are still doing everything we can to keep the venue open. We need to raise £5,000 by the end of the year to insure the building until next year, it will be tough but we will do what we can.”

The trustees attempted to raise awareness and money for the cause by making the trip to Scotland for a football game earlier this month. The Studio 11 played an 11-a-side match against a Scottish Sunday league team and came out on top, winning 5-4 despite going 2-0 down.

Phil thanked the Park Inn, Headland Boxing Club, Stranton School and Children’s Centre, Wishful Inkin and family and friends for their support and the trustees are now thinking up other ways to raise cash. There have been a number of interested parties in buying The Studio, as revealed in the Mail, but no deal has been struck yet.

Hartlepool music promoter Andy Kelly has helped to put tonight’s event on at The Studio. Andy runs his own record label, Cosmos Recordings, which Palace will be using to launch their very first album. Palace will be supported by another Hartlepool band Arcs and Trauma, The Glass Moths and Antlez. Doors open at 7.30pm and admission is £3.

To support The Studio call (01429) 424440.

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