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I've lost count of the number of bands I've rehearsed with or auditioned for at that place. Scuzzy as it was, I'll miss it.

 

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We got the news from their Facebook page: Survival Studios

I'm not sure of the reason why, and they don't mention it in their final post - perhaps to be razed to the ground to build more housing? :(

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I'm sure I used to rehearse there in the 90s if so it's been going a long time 

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I rehearsed there in  the late 90s. Lots of Trace Elliot amplification, you could smoke in the rooms, of which there were fewer, and  then again just a few years ago with the Ashdown amps, cleaner air, more rooms and added sweety machines in reception. Staff were always great, always friendly. Had some good times there. Shame it’s closing.

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I spent way too many nights with countless bands in that place. Maybe condemned by the Council, at last. 

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Bit of a dump though wasn't it. And those Behringer bass stacks :(

Good falafels from the cookshop next door though!

The whole School Road area has been earmarked for redevelopment into residential buildings.

 

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I had my first session there back in 1982. It only had 2 rooms and a pool table. The last time I was there they had lots of rooms.

It used to run by a bloke called Simon and his sister IIRC.

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52 minutes ago, toneknob said:

Bit of a dump though wasn't it. And those Behringer bass stacks :(

Nothing wrong with Behringer gear! :D I was more worried about being electrocuted because of the extensive damp...

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12 minutes ago, Skol303 said:

Anyone know if they're auctioning off the gear?

Hmm... a Behringer bass rig that's been used and abused by practically every bass player in town since the late 70s... I bid 99p!

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12 hours ago, Happy Jack said:

I've lost count of the number of bands I've rehearsed with or auditioned for at that place. Scuzzy as it was, I'll miss it.

Likewise. The various steps and industrial bits nearby were very handy for moody photos, particularly the classic 'up the nose' shot.

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... also when they proudly bought some Marshall VBA stacks which all blew up within about six weeks xD:(

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Blimey, I thought the name rang a bell.  I used to rehearse there about 30 years ago.  And did some recording at Triple X studio on the same industrial estate. 

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On 30/05/2018 at 14:48, Hobbayne said:

I had my first session there back in 1982. It only had 2 rooms and a pool table. The last time I was there they had lots of rooms.

It used to run by a bloke called Simon and his sister IIRC.

Funnily enough I bumped into Simon a year or so after it closed, he's now working as a postman at my delivery office! We had a good chat about the studios, and he said he'd been able to sense it was coming to an end a while before they closed. He'd been there since the 90s.

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@MattyBoy

Ta for the update and if you see him around tell him thanks for the good times :)

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