As first reported in PSNEurope’s sister title Music Week yesterday, Sarm Studios is selling off some of its old recording hardware, ahead of the property’s imminent renovation, in a ‘yard sale’ this Sunday, 18 August.
Taking place at the Trevor Horn-owned facility on Basing Street, Notting Hill, it will run from 1-6pm.
According to pictures on Sarm’s facebook page, equipment being offloaded includes many and varied studio monitors, digital and analogue recording devices, and a pile of old analogue tape. “Some of it works, some of it needs repair… but it’s all definitely seen some action”, says a cheery message announcing the sale.
Entry costs £5 and proceeds will go to the Fr. Jim Teeling, Trevor Horn CBE and Jill Sinclair Trust Fund which assists children in need of aid in the Philippines.
Sarm will close its doors at the end of August for around three years as it undergoes major redevelopment – plans that were first announced in PSNEurope in May 2011. Sarm 2016 will be reduced to two basement recording studio spaces, with the upper levels of the building converted into offices and luxury apartments.
While the work is carried out, staff of SPZ Group (the parent company owned by Horn and his wife Jill Sinclair) will move to temporary new premises in the former Virgin offices in Ladbroke Grove. This will be renamed Sarm Music Village and will include 10 programming rooms. SPZ’s Music Bank rehearsal space facilities in Bermondsey will be used for recordings, while premises near Ladbroke Grove tube station have also been leased. In addition, SPZ is investing in a property in Lymington that will become Sarm South Coast.
Sarm Studios has hosted recording sessions from the likes of Bob Marley & The Wailers, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Eagles, Robbie Williams, Roxy Music and Rihanna. Liam Howlett of the The Prodigy had a room at Sarm as a base for some years.