The first fully licensed recording hub in the country is set to open its doors in Sheffield.
Yellow Arch Studio’s music venue on Burton Road, in Neepsend, has already secured 65 bookings and opens in February.
Andy Cook, who co-owns the new studio and gig venue with Colin Elliot, said: “We should have opened the venue by now but we took an ‘all or nothing’ attitude and opted for the ‘all’ so it’s taken longer than we anticipated.
“If you’re going to do something, you have to do it properly.”
The fully kitted-out venue has three rooms, quirky and exotic decoration and can host 500 gig goers.
“The venue will be so much bigger than we planned but we did get some funding from the Government, although it’s mainly been built with our own money. “The whole thing has created five jobs as we’ll be trading 16 to 20 hours a day,” said Andy.
The addition of a bar will also mean that the studio is the first fully-licensed recording centre in the country.
Since the Boardwalk closed the city has few 500 capacity venues - other than Academy2, at the o2 Academy Sheffield.
Andy added: “All the money and the effort will be worth it because what we are delivering is much-needed in Sheffield.”