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The London recording complex is bidding to become a "world-class music venue" with its new event director and concert series
By Jon Chapple on 30 Nov 2016
Metropolis – the Chiswick recording studios, not the V Festival promoter rumoured to be the target over a takeover bid by Live Nation – has announced the launch of Metropolis Live, a series of free monthly concerts co-promoted with Clash magazine.
The launch of Metropolis Live coincides with the hiring of a new event and content director. Gavin Newman, most recently head of online and music at London private members’ club the Hospital Club, will “oversee Metropolis’s event and content strategy to drive new commercial and content partnerships”, including “amplifying Metropolis Studios’ position as a world-class music venue”.
“Metropolis Studios has an unprecedented heritage and incredible facilities,” comments Newman. “It will be an extremely exciting challenge to tap into this infrastructure and start building their live music presence as one of London’s most exclusive and intimate venues for music fans, the record industry and brands.”
“Metropolis Studios has an unprecedented heritage and incredible facilities. It will be an extremely exciting challenge to … start building their live music presence”
Metropolis CEO Ian Brenchley adds: “We are all absolutely enraptured to have someone of Gavin’s experience come on board and work across the whole business. Gavin’s passion and vision for the business is entirely complimentary to the ‘Motown’ analogy we constantly talk about and are working towards.”
The first Metropolis Live show, all of which will take place at Metropolis Studios in Chiswick, south-west London, is Saint Leonard’s Horses on 8 December. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis to Clash readers.
Metropolis was established in 1989. Artists who have recorded at its facilities include The Verve (Urban Hymns), The Stone Roses (Second Coming), Amy Winehouse (Back to Black), Lauryn Hill (The Miseducation of…), Lady Gaga, The Libertines and Robbie Williams.
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