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Warwick Hall revamped as Factory-style space

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James McLaren James McLaren | 09:22 UK time, Tuesday, 25 January 2011

The Warwick Hall Of Sound studio in Cardiff, home of FF Vinyl and Probation Management in the last decade, is being revamped and relaunched by two long-standing local music personalities.

When it became clear that the facility could no longer be kept afloat by its former management, photographer Jon Pountney and marketing expert Kevin Jackson, who had been tenants above the studio, decided to take it over.

This Friday the pair will reopen the studio as a creative hub called Cardiff Music Studios, with an atmosphere inspired by the Factory facility run by Andy Warhol in the 1960s.

Talking to Guardian Cardiff, Jackson said: "The place was left like a tomb - you could see great things had happened here, but it had been left in a stasis. I knew it existed but didn't know the extent to which it had been neglected.

"The people at Warwick Hall said they started with enthusiasm and drive, but it had fallen by the wayside over time. We are feeling that same energy now and motivation but we are very realistic about the task ahead and the resources we've put into it.

"We wanted to return to how it was in its heyday. Hit records have been made here."

The pair have been joined by local musician John Davies who will be the on-site sound engineer.

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