Gig raises £700 for studio bid

A fundraising gig in Market Harborough has brought in nearly £700 for a planned music recording studio in town.

The gig was held at Joules Yard off the High Street in Harborough last Friday.

All the money raised will be going towards a community recording studio and rehearsal facilities.

The £80,000 studio plan is being led by town organisation Room for Music on a site at Symington’s Recreation Ground, off St Mary’s Road, next to The Cube youth centre.

It is hoped that work on the new studio will begin March next year.

Room for Music, a not-for-profit social enterprise group, has enough money already to start building work on the project.

But it is still raising cash to help equip the two-studio and control room venue.

Room for Music’s director is Mike Heaps.

He said: “We’ve got a lot of equipment already, but we want to make sure everything is good quality.”

The fundraising gig ran from 6.30pm until 11pm on Friday.

Money raised on the night – about £670 – has been further boosted by a debut CD release featuring students’ work.

The line-up featured James Condon, Rachel Palmer, The Unknowns, Daniel Drew, The A-Team, James West, Ileana, Adam Pugh and the RFM Allstars.

The studio project itself really took off after Harborougb District Council awarded it a £30,000 grant last month.