The Studio comes back from the brink to host packed programme in December

Tom Cook in the Studio
Tom Cook in the Studio

A POPULAR town music venue which faced closure earlier this year is now hosting a packed programme of gigs and events throughout December.

It’s been a remarkable turnaround for The Studio, in Tower Street.

Earlier this year the future looked extremely bleak when Hartlepool College of Further Education and Cleveland College of Art and Design both withdrew their support, leading to the popular nightspot being put on the market.

But the venue’s biggest fans refused to see The Studio beaten and have left no stone unturned in raising cash and renovating the building, turning it into a facility for the whole community.

And now those volunteers have put together a fantastic line-up of gigs throughout the festive period, starting tomorrow evening when three local artists will be performing, with organisers urging those who are visiting the festive fair in Church Square to pop into the new-look venue.

Opening at 5pm, The Studio will be offering mulled wine and other beverages to those who attend the Christmas extravaganza nearby, who will be entertained in the venue by Murdock Circus, Grouchy Mishap and Delta Dog. Admission is £3.

Popular tribute band Guns or Roses will take to the stage next Friday, December 13 with tickets, priced at £10, selling well.

And the venue’s volunteers have a real festive treat planned for music fans.

The Studio and The Clarendon have teamed up to organise the Boxing Day Big One, which will see eight local artists performing across both venues featuring Palace, Arcs and Trauma, Mercedes and Antlez.

The day later, on December 27, Hartlepool band Black Magic are performing at the spot to raise cash for mental health awareness charities.

The Studio will be packed out on New Year’s Eve as The Style Selektors come to town for their own new year party.

All of the money raised on the night will go towards young Bradley Lowery, from Blackhall, who is battling rare childhood cancer neuroblastom.

Tom Cook, 24, The Studio’s marketing and PR manager, said: “All of December’s events are being organised and manned on a completely voluntary basis in order to fund the final refurbishment of the venue and maintain our donation-only policy on rehearsal slots.

“The profits will all be invested back into The Studio’s charity apart from the specified events where it will be invested into other charities.”

For more information about gigs, times and costs visit