With further weather warnings issued and more floods on the way, two of Leeds’s finest music spaces are still reeling from Boxing Day’s freak weather.
As you’ve all probably seen, there have been devastating floods across the UK over the festive season, and as a result two of Leeds’s finest studio spaces have been destroyed. Blueberry Hill Studios provides four rehearsal rooms and a private event space.
Across the road, the Suburban Home Studio has produced some of the finest records of the past few years, having worked with the likes of Frankie & The Heartstrings, Pulled Apart By Horses, Joanna Gruesome, Eagulls & Martha to name just a few. It has fast become one of the places to record, with producer/owner MJ (Hookworms) becoming the producer of choice for many.
This unprecedented weather has destroyed both spaces, with water levels rising to 3-4 feet as the River Aire burst its banks. However, the Leeds music scene has been quick to rally support, with a Fundraiser arranged for Blueberry Hill Studios on the 3 January at the Brudenell Social Club. Featuring a plethora of Leeds acts including Cowtown, Fold, Brawlers, Benson and Indigo Project, there there will also be a raffle to aide the cause.
Unfortunately, the floods aren’t confined to the Leeds area, with Hebden Bridge also severely affected.
Hebden Bridge Trades Club are currently providing free hot food, take away food as well as bedding and children’s clothes to the people of the Calder Valley. The venue is doing all it can to help those immediately affected.
They’re also putting together a series of fundraising events for January, the first of which will be on the 8th featuring Sky Antics & Akranes with more to be announced. The second and third will be on the 16th and 17th featuring Drum Machine, with the another on the 29th, with acts to be announced.
If you can’t make it to any of the shows, you can donate to the Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal here.
As the relentless rain still pounds the UK, there has been no let up for those affected. The intense weather has only lead to further devastation for the UK’s musical community, with the latest casualty being Melrose Yard Studios in York. Who are appealing for funds here, to help them get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
It’s not all doom and gloom however. Following last night’s (January 3rd) fundraiser, Blueberry Hill Studio has managed to raise over £8,000 to help with repairs and the replacing of equipment. But you can still donate to all those affected by following the links above.
(Last amendment January 4th 2016)