THE star of a Britpop group is set to make an appearance at a Hartlepool music venue hoping to rise to its former glory.
Mark Morriss, former frontman with 1990s indie band the Bluetones, is due to perform at The Studio later this month.
He will be playing a live acoustic set at the venue in Tower Street on Thursday, February 19.
Mark 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.
The Bluetones disbanded in 2011 and last year Morriss released his second solo album, A Flash of Darkness.
Supporting Mark on the night is the excellent Paul Liddell from Sunderland.
Promoters, Peng Music said: “Mark is widely regarded as one of the most genuine and nicest guys in the industry and his talent is unquestionable. It’s a real coup for the town and also a boost for the venue which is completely run by local volunteers. We are delighted to bring Mark to the town and the same can be said for Paul Liddell. It promises to be an excellent night and we will also have a couple of local up-and-coming Hartlepool acts playing on the night.”
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 extremely grim when Hartlepool College of Further Education and Cleveland College of Art and Design withdrew their 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.