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.
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.
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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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