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Dylan, Radiohead Studio Under Threat

Thursday, August 23rd 2012 11:45

North London's Church Studios might be turned into flats

The studios are currently owned by wobbly headed singer songwriter David Gray with the studios largely obsolete these days. The studios were originally developed and owned by the Eurythmics, and it was there that they recorded tracks such as 'Sweet Dreams' during the height of their fame.

Bob Dylan, Radiohead and Depeche Mode have also used the studios for sessions in its 30 year history but now a planning application has been submitted to turn the studios into a number of flats and some office space.

Eurythmics' Dave Stewart said on his Facebook page "It has so many memories for me not just recording sessions I would host evening soirees with poets , philosphers , musicians etc. Burn Frankincense on huge columns at 2.a.m.

"Dylan would turn up with his band and hold court etc. or Joni Mitchell would play drums ! Things have changed now , Music Scene is not the same , I understand him having to sell , I wasn't bothered about the cost of running it (always at a loss)"

However, Steve Watson, of Crouch Hill, said in a letter to Haringey Council opposing the plans: "The Church Studios have been a part of Crouch End’s artistic and creative heritage for decades.

"Many local musicians use and are based in the building.

"If the main part of the building is converted into flats, the studios that adjoin the building will likely have to cease operation or spend thousands on further soundproofing.

"This will have a significant effect on the vitality of the local arts scene and the character of the area.”

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