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The Studio is an independent music venue with 2 Recording studios and 7 rehearsal rooms.

In 2023 we celebrated 25 years as a registered charity supporting local musicians and bands. 

Situated in Hartlepool, on the East Coast of  Durham, in the North East of England, many great artists have passed through our doors, and we for hope many more in the future.


  • To provide musical training and education, fostering appreciation for music and its positive impact on community development and wellbeing.


  • To cultivate a vibrant arts and music culture within the local community, promoting mental health and general wellbeing through engaging activities and events.

  • To empower and support local youth and underprivileged individuals to actively participate in musical arts and culture projects, encouraging creativity, collaboration, and personal growth.

Transmission (The Sound of Joy Division) Stage Set Up, Febraury 2022


Our venue has a standing capacity of 200 people and is equipped with disabled access and toilets. It is conveniently located near Hartlepool's Bus and Train Stations, making it easily accessible for visitors to the area.

We offer a variety of drinks, including a selection of cans, wines, and spirits, as well as non-alcoholic options. Our bar is also equipped with card machines for convenient contactless payments.

Where is Hartlepool? 

Hartlepool to York

60 miles

Hartlepool to Durham

18 miles

Hartlepool to Sunderland

21 miles

Hartlepool to Newcastle

32 miles

The Team

We are a collective of volunteers led by Trustees who bring a range of experience and knowledge to ensure the safe and effective operation of The Studio.

The Trustees are:

Brian Barnes - Chair

Karen Martin

Tony Armstrong

Michael Kitching

Transmission (The Sound of Joy Division) Stage Set Up, Febraury 2022


There are many reasons to join our team of volunteers, here's a just a few we can think of:

  • Meet new people

  • See amazing bands

  • Gain valuable work experience in Box office, Bar work and event management

  • Help keep our fantastic independent venue running for another 25 years.

If you would like to join us, simply drop an email with your details to 

The Studio in Photos

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