A RESURRECTED Hartlepool music venue has announced a trio of gigs to take place on Easter weekend.
The Studio, on Tower Street, will host some of the region’s best bands at their Resurrection Weekender.
Local favourites Para Alta and White Negroes will be performing, as well as acclaimed tribute acts The Total Stone Roses and Oaysis.
Amanda Gallagher, chairman of The Studio, said: “There has been an incredible amount of work taking place behind the scenes to get The Studio back to where it was as one of the region’s leading live music venues.
“In many ways, we are experiencing our own rebirth, relaunching the venue with music very much at our heart and soul and are acknowledging that with an amazing Resurrection Weekend.”
The venue was formerly a Baptist church built in 1890 and had faced an uncertain future, with various partners trying to recapture its glory days.
In many ways, we are experiencing our own rebirth, relaunching the venue with music very much at our heart and soul and are acknowledging that with an amazing Resurrection Weekend.
But, thanks to a dedicated committee supported by dozens of volunteers, The Studio’s fortunes may have turned around.
Electricians, plumbers, plasterers, decorators accountants, promoters, designers and marketing specialists gave their time free of charge in their efforts to revitalise the venue.
Amanda added: “When the new committee and volunteers came together it was very clear that we all shared a love for The Studio and that it could have a bright and sustainable future. It’s baby steps at the moment, but we are putting together a programme that will see an eclectic range of bands, singer-songwriters and musicians perform every week at The Studio.”
The weekend kicks off on Friday, April 4 at 7.30pm when Para Alta and Lisbon headline, before The Total Stone Roses and Oaysis play on the following night at 8pm. Rounding off the weekend on Sunday will be White Negroes, with acts including Jay Harrison providing support.
White Negroes frontman Ian Monaghan said: “The Studio is Hartlepool, this place means so much to so many people in this lovable town where we live. I am ecstatic that there is to be a resurrection for The Studio, the people have seen the light and will be basking in its glory for many years to come.”
Tickets are available from wegottickets.com and seetickets.com or in person from The Hillcarter Hotel in Church Street and Cafe 33 in Park Road.