Protest as film and music studio opens in Dalston

Karl Jenkins @ Blue Studios, 160 Dalston Lane, Hackney E8 1NG ©

A RECORDING studio for musicians and filmmakers is to open in Dalston next month, December 2013.

Andrew Bantock believes that his Blue Studios in a former factory behind a derelict Georgian house will be at the heart of the creative movement in London. “The recording industry,” he says, “is moving to Dalston.”

The audiovisual centre includes four air-conditioned music studios, a control studio, a 325 sq m hall with infinity wall and space for rehearsals, photography, film-making and exhibitions, video pre and post-production rooms and a viewing cinema.

Noise reduction will be of a high standard, says Bantock.

There will be a kitchen for users of the premises, who will be able to buy a drink.

That, says Bantock, is where confusion has arisen, resulting in a leaflet objecting to his application for a late-night refreshment premises licence.

Above, the unsigned leaflet and, top, drummer Karl Jenkins tries the Blue Studios’ acoustics
Above, the unsigned leaflet and, top, drummer Karl Jenkins tries the Blue Studios’ acoustics

Some local residents were apparently worried about late-night noise. Bantock says he was advised to apply for an entertainment licence as a catch-all. Loving Dalston has so far failed to find the originator of the notice.

Richard Ducker said: “My wife and I have lived on Dalston Lane since 2000 and we would like to protect our home and community from the negative effects that the area’s recent change in status to a night-time venue is threatening.”

Ben Logie, of Healthy Stuff, the café a few doors from Blue Studios, says: “It looks good and is high-spec.

“I don’t think its a bad thing and it should bring a bit of business to the area.”

Bantock emphasises that “it will not be a 24-hour nightclub”. The in-house dining and bar would be for “people working in the studios”. He adds: “Other people can come in to eat, but it’s not aimed at the public.”

He expects to employ 10 full-time staff, as well as freelances.

Early in December, the studios plans to hold an exhibition by the American-born high-street-style photographer Al Vandenberg (1932-2012) who died in England.

Hackney Georgian house at 160 Dalston Lane, Hackney E8 1NG ©
Music gateway: to left of Georgian house

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* Blue Studios, 160 Dalston Lane, Hackney E8 1NG. 

* The deadline for comments on the licence application is Thurs 17 Oct 2013.

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8 thoughts on “Protest as film and music studio opens in Dalston

  1. They’ve been quiet for a month or so while they waited for their licence.

    We got a letter yesterday saying they’ve withdrawn the application.

    Tonight there’s kick drums and bass booming out of there. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence…

  2. I agree it is misleading. I have and know many others who have objected to the 24-hour licence.

  3. I object to the licensing and development of a recording studio on this site. A 24-hour-drinking licence will cause noise pollution and bring crime to the area.

  4. Your article is misleading. There is considerable local opposition to the licensing application.

    Far from it, the article did not describe the size of the opposition. A protest meeting this week did not invite me, although I have been trying to report on that aspect. By all means, tell me via — David

  5. I object totally to the licensing and development of a recording studio on this site accessible/operational 24 hours a day.

    This is a residential area, with the great majority of homeowners and renters employed — and therefore conforming to a day/night schedule with night necessarily being a quiet time.

  6. Why would a premises that is suppose to finish at 11pm require a 24-hour licence? Why does a recording studio need to be licensed at all?

  7. See those big two white windows to the left of the building. That’s my room, and my living room. The Blue Room has been noise-polluting our community for two years.

    I was horrified to find out about the 24-hour-drinking licence application. Noise, violence, drinking… And I’m not some old lady moaning: I’m 22. No way can we accept this.

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