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BBC closes down Maida Vale studios moving live music base to east London

BBC closes down Maida Vale studios moving live music base to east London
Image: Adele performing at Maida Vale Studios in 2011.
(Photograph: Andy Sheppard/Redferns)

The world-renowned studio that was once the brewing pot of thousands of performances that ranged from Beatles to Beyonce is about to have its shutter down, according to BBC’s plan. After 84 years of live jams and performances, the Maida Vale studios will move its live music base to Stratford in east London. The studio was the pilgrimage of performance artists and was famous for hosting BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The construction of the studios was back in 1909 and the place emerged as a short-lived roller-skating venue until finally BBC took over the building in 1930s. The place was refurbished to its studio setup. The venue became BBC’s one of the oldest studio setups. The build of the setup was also extremely unusual and the place is located within a residential area. [The Guardian]

An accumulation of seven sound studios under the BBC banner has made the complex of Maida Vale Studios quite an intimidating setup. Among the seven, five studios are for regular usage. These studios served to record thousands of classical pieces, popular music and drama sessions and were broadcasted via BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Radio 6 Music. The studio has been one of the major setups for BBC since 1946 to the present times but the situation might change soon enough. [Urban75]

The announcement of a close-down came via email from the director general Tony Hall. Hall told the staff on Tuesday morning last week, that the complex will no longer be hosting the recordings and is on its way to be replaced with a new and state-of-the-art setup in east of London. He also added that the move from the complex to its new east London setup will enable the brand to record more live music than they could produce ever before. The new setup is expected to be ready by 2022. The relocation of the studio will enable BBC to share the locality with other arts organizations such as the V&A, Sadler's Wells and the London College of Fashion. The studio is planned to be shifted to the Olympic Park in Stratford. [BBC]

The Guardian quotes Tony Hall: “I understand how much our musical heritage at Maida Vale means to us, to artists and to audiences. We haven’t taken this decision lightly. But we’re determined to ensure that live music remains at the heart of the BBC and moving to this new development gives us the opportunity to do just that.”

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