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Four Sides of Highbury

A double analogue album for vinyl and music lovers featuring 16 great artists and no computers.

Hello, we’d like you to be part of the community pledging to secure a sustainable future for an important piece of Birmingham’s music heritage at the city’s best-loved boutique analogue recording studio and in return receive some tremendous offers.

Here at Highbury, a studio built in 1980 we have a wide variety of artists passing through to record or rehearse. We still work on analogue tape and we have an idea for a very special album that we’d like to make.

We want to preserve the fine heritage of this old studio that saw artists like Duran Duran, Stephen Duffy get it together in the early eighties. Ocean Colour Scene, Slade, Ruby Turner and many other greats came by later. We want to continue offering our services to the next generation of great writers, singers and players from Birmingham and beyond.

We’d like you to consider pledging to buy this special album for yourself or as a gift. Why is it special? Because we’re going to record on 1" tape, mix down to 1/4" tape then have it cut at Gearbox’s cutting room where they prepare it for vinyl with no digital interface at all. Then we have it pressed on finest 180 gram vinyl into a two album package in a gatefold sleeve.
For people who don’t have a record deck but will love this collection we’re offering a digital download too.

We can’t record all the artists that we love here, even on a double album, neither can we get all the artists featuring on the album on to our Pledge video, so surprises to come. You have heard just some of the artists that are going to be on the album.

Currently artists due to record brand new material for the album are Goodnight Lenin, Alternative Dubstep Orchestra, Boat to Row, Big Tent and The Gypsy Lantern, Hannah Molloy, Roland Gift, Rhino and The Ranters, Little Comets, Namiwa Jazz, The Old Dance School, Misty’s Big Adventure and The Bonfire Radicals with four more tremendous artists to be added shortly.

This is going to be four great sides of contemporary Birmingham music, recorded in a unique fashion. Things the artists have in common, other than their support for Highbury are that they all write, play and sing really very well. When it comes to genres there are no limits, currently we know we’ll be bringing you Folk, Soul, Americana, Dubstep, Indie, Cow Punk, Afro Twang and Reggae, with more to come.

As well as the album and download we’re going to be offering different experiences relating to Highbury Studio, which you can read about below.
If you help us reach our goal it’s going to be a great productive summer here, we can’t wait to share the fruits of our work with you in the autumn or maybe to welcome you here whilst it’s all going on.
The Highbury Team.

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5% of any money raised after the goal is reached will go to Acorns Children's Hospice Trust.

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AccessPass: Four Sides of Highbury

Four Sides of Highbury
£10
10.00
Available

A download of all 16 great tracks from ‘Four Sides of Highbury’ plus regular updates during the recording of the album with lots of pics and tales from the studio and control room. You’ll meet some lovely people!

Four Sides of Highbury Vinyl

Four Sides of Highbury Vinyl
£24
24.00
Available

16 track double album in gatefold sleeve recorded entirely using analogue tape and cut to vinyl with no digital interference at all.

Artists confirmed for the vinyl:

Goodnight Lenin, Alternative Dubstep Orchestra, Boat to Row, Big Tent and The Gypsy Lantern, Hannah Molloy, Roland Gift, Rhino and The Ranters, Little Comets, Namiwa Jazz, The Old Dance School, The Bonfire Radicals and Misty’s Big Adventure with four more tremendous artists to be added shortly.

One hour in the studio to record a song to backing track

One hour in the studio to record a song to backing track
£45
45.00
Available

A great gift or a treat for yourself. We’ll send a laminated voucher for the time to your address. Just call us when you’d like to book the session and tell us your choice of track and we’ll do the rest. Sing pretty much anything you like, Stephen Duffy’s ‘Kiss Me’ in the very place it was first recorded maybe?

Come and record in this famous studio

Come and record in this famous studio
£130
130.00
Available

A half day (4 hour) recording session, ideal for acoustic artists. A great gift or a treat for yourself. We’ll send a laminated voucher for the time to your address. Just call us when you’d like to book the session and we’ll look forward to welcoming you. Perfect for singer/songwriters, duos, trios without a drummer.

A one hour mentoring session with John

A one hour mentoring session with John
£60
60.00
Available

John Mostyn as a manager has helped more artists to international success than anyone else in The Midlands. There’s a good chance he’ll know something that could be useful to you or someone you know. Suitable for artists, managers and most people looking to start or move on their career in the fast changing music industry of today. We’ll send a laminated voucher for the time to your address. Just call us when you’d like to book the session and we’ll look forward to welcoming you

A Duran Duran World Exclusive for 6 People

A Duran Duran World Exclusive for 6 People
£300
300.00
Available

We’re thrilled that Duran Duran have given us permission to play the demos they recorded here before they signed to EMI all that time ago. The tapes have never and will never leave this studio so this is the one chance to hear them in the very place that they were recorded. A two hour session with refreshments for up to 6 people.

A three hour recording party to backing tracks

A three hour recording party to backing tracks
£120
120.00
Available

For friends who fancy singing together to backing track. Record up to 4 songs, each with as many vocalists as you’d like. A great gift or a treat for yourself. We’ll send a laminated voucher for the time to your address. Just call us when you’d like to book the session and tell us your choice of tracks, we’ll do the rest.

Come and record a band

Come and record a band
£260
260.00
Available

in a full day’s recording session (8 hours). Allow 6 hours for recording and then mix on the day or come back for a couple of hours to mix after your ears have had a rest. Great for a first studio experience for a young or old band. We’ll send a laminated voucher for the time to your address. Just call us when you’d like to book the session and we’ll look forward to welcoming you.

Fondue at Highbury

Fondue at Highbury
£280
280.00
Available

Come have fondue fun cooking for yourselves carefully selected king prawns and chicken in our own 48 hour organic bone broth accompanied by delicious sides. Starting with champagne and blinis and finishing with John’s totally tiramisu. Wine included. Times to suit you in our unique retro space above the studio. On pledging we’ll send you a laminated voucher. Just call to book and we’ll look forward to welcoming you. Perfect for 4 fondue friends.

A live band Karaoke evening

A live band Karaoke evening
£1,950
1950.00
Available

One for Birmingham’s serious party people: A live band Karaoke evening for up to 16 guests recording up to 12 songs with some of Birmingham’s top session musicians – Drums, Bass, Guitar and Keyboards. We send a voucher to your address and you call us when you have your guests organised and tell us the 12 songs that you’d like to record. The band will have them rehearsed and ready when you come. Singers will have a chance to go through their song once as a rehearsal in private whilst everyone else is mingling in the lounge then we’ll all go down to the studio where everyone can share the thrill of recording with a live band in an intimate cabaret situation. Everyone is welcome to film/photograph etc. 2 days later we’ll send you 16 CD’s of the evening’s recording to share amongst your guests (we need a little time to mix them) Refreshments included, just bring your guests and their voices.

A filmed live band Karaoke evening

A filmed live band Karaoke evening
£2,600
2600.00
Available

For up to 16 guests recording up to 12 songs with some of Birmingham’s top session musicians – Drums, Bass, Guitar and Keyboards. We send a voucher to your address and you call us when you have your guests organised and tell us the 12 songs that you’d like to record. The band will have them rehearsed and ready when you come. Singers will have a chance to go through their song once as a rehearsal in private whilst everyone else is mingling in the lounge then we’ll all go down to the studio where everyone can share the thrill of recording with a live band in an intimate cabaret situation. We’ll video the whole evening for you professionally. 2 days later we’ll send you 16 CD’s and 16DVD’s of the evening to share amongst your guests (we need a little time to mix them) Refreshments included, just bring your guests and their voices. £2600

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