The famous studio where Joy Division, The Stone Roses and The Smiths recorded some of their best-known songs is to be brought back to life – but it needs the public's help.
Strawberry Recording Studios in Stockport closed in 1993 and is now used as offices - but for two days only a group of music enthusiasts are restoring the iconic studio back to its original glory, as part of the National Heritage Open Days scheme.
Dr Peter Wadsworth and Chris Hewitt – in conjunction with CHvintageaudio.com and the Chris Hewitt Museum of Rock – have launched a crowdfunding campaign to recreate the original Control Room to open to the public on September 9 and 10.
The Crowdfunder currently has £675 raised towards a target of £4,000, and Peter Hook of Joy Division has already made a donation. He commented on the Crowdfunder page: “That will be a weird feeling??? Does anyone fancy a seance? Hooky ;).”
From initially recording Hotlegs, Barclay James Harvest, Neil Sedaka and 10CC’s albums and singles, the studio became one of the favourite control rooms of Factory Records and Martin Hannett in the late 1970s.
Hannett was there from 1979 producing bands and artists including Joy Division, Durutti Column, John Cooper Clarke, Pauline Murray, The Names, Minny Pops, Stockholm Monsters and The Stone Roses.
He also used the control room to mix songs by OMD, A Certain Ratio and the Happy Mondays.
Other notable names who recorded at Strawberry included Paul McCartney, The Buzzcocks, New Order, Crispy Ambulance, Blitz, The Wake, James, The Smiths and Simply Red.
Donations to the Crowdfunder can be made at: crowdfunder.co.uk/strawberry-studios-rebuild-the-control-room/
Tickets to visit the Strawberry Studios Original Control Room are free via the Eventbrite website.