Directory: ROCK, POP & DANCE MUSIC
Rock & pop bands (touring): Venues for touring bands in & around Stoke are: Britannia Stadium (very occasional large
'big name' concerts such as Elton John); The Sugarmill (400 capacity); Staffordshire University SU
(1,700 capacity, but a NUS card is needed for entry);
The Underground in Hanley;
The Glebe in Stoke town;
Keele University (1,500 capacity? - enough to host the Pet Shop Boys and The Levellers in recent years);
Queen's Theatre, Burslem (1,300 capacity); and the
King's Hall in Stoke town which hosted All The Young in 2012. See also: BBC Stoke's music venues listings page
and the stokegigs.co.uk site.
Folk & Jazz: See Creative Stoke's classical & traditional music page.
:: Ardua Music music management company - based in Stone, North Staffordshire.
:: Music Matters to Us - a lively music reviews blog for Stoke-on-Trent.
:: The Situation - has a... "mission is to bring interesting and innovative music to the people of Leek" in North Staffordshire.
:: Radicals Rising - a Stoke-on-Trent based reviews site, with a focus on the local music scene.
:: Sellaband - an innovative idea for making aand promoting an album, with the help of your fans.
Our area has around 250 bands and singers who create original material. Creative Stoke can't keep up with ever-changing websites and Facebook addresses for local bands, so can't
provide a directory for them. But those wanting a survey of the current scene should look at other local music listing websites such as:
the stokegigs.co.uk site;
BBC Stoke's Introducing from Stoke show (formerly Subculture);
and the Stoke Sounds website.
Local blogs regularly covering gigs and bands at March 2013 include Music Matters to Us and Radicals Rising.
Note also the 6 Towns Radio "Independent & Unsigned Show".
ORGANISATIONS & PROMOTERS
:: Industry Music Group - supporting local bands.
:: BlackStar Stoke.
:: Psychophonic Records.
:: Zankyo UK - a niche record label which specialises in promoting selected Japanese artists in the UK. Currently based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Assorted Records.
:: RIP Records - based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Owd Dear Recordings - based in Stoke-on-Trent.
PRODUCERS & COMPOSERS
:: All4One Music - provides production music for film, TV, video productions and websites.
:: Andy Moor.
:: Adam White.
:: BBC Stoke's Introducing from Stoke show (formerly Subculture).
:: Alive HQ - a well-equipped music studio in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
:: Clock House Recording Studio
- based in the Music Dept. at Keele University.
:: Soniq Studios (formerly Studio Q at the Queensberry Youth Centre, Normacot) - in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
Run for under-19s, and available free.
:: Sub Sound Studio - based in Stoke.
:: Flank Recording Studio - based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Prism Recording Studios - based in Stoke.
:: Big Dan Studios - based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Venombase Studios, a music and recording studio in Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent. They also have their
VB Distribution and promotion company (to 17 digital stores worldwide).
Studio costs are "priced in Stoke-on-Trent" and they don't charge for equipment hire.
:: Summer Bank Studios - a large-sized recording studio in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Audio Mill - a Staffordshire audio-production service.
:: Cross Rhythms Radio - offers recording sessions for independent bands.
:: Orchard Studios - a rural recording studio at Oakhanger, near Crewe.
:: Anger Management.
:: Prism Recording Studios.
:: StaffordAV - run by Steve Bradbury, who has thirty years of audio and live sound engineer experience.
:: Inspire Music Recording Studio - Matt Bishop's recording studio and music school in Stone, Staffordshire.
:: Lizard Lounge Studio.
:: The Toilets - band rehearsal rooms in Stoke Town, Stoke-upon-Trent.
Silence Studios (aka Goldphone Recordings)
Mad House Recording Studios. "Professional but affordable"
16/24 track digital studio, with "tons of valve gates compressors",
and engineers who are "specialists in achieving
the authentic punk/oi sound".
Large six-room studio & rehearsal complex in Stoke-on-Trent.
Blue Lizard Studio. Down
in the basement of the Burslem School of Art, Stoke-on-Trent.
Down towards Stafford town there are also recording facilities at: Ingestre Arts;
TEACHERS OF ROCK/POP
:: Inspire Music - provides professional music lessons in Stone, Staffordshire.
:: Greenway Music - based in Alsager. Musical instrument tuition, live music for events, and recording facilities.
SPECIALIST SHOPS, SERVICES & INSTRUMENT REPAIRS
:: Cookies - based in Longport, Stoke-on-Trent.
Well-known DJ superstore. They also offer DJ training, and
maintain a register of local DJ's who can be hired.
:: McCullough & Howard Guitars - an electric guitar repair and refurb service based in North Staffordshire.
:: Synth Repair Services.
:: Global Groove - specialist stockists of dance music.
:: Living Design
- sound & acoustics design. Based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Madhouse Music -
based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. Specialist record collector's service.
:: The Guitar Doctor.
:: Bulletsound - who describe themselves as "Staffordshire's leading PA hire company".
VOICE COACHING & MUSIC TUITION
:: Sally Rivers, a highly experienced vocal and singing coach,
based in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Monkey Music - based in Stone.
LIGHTING, VJ's, PHOTOGRAPHERS & MUSIC-INSPIRED ARTISTS
:: Echomap - the sound artist duo of Shaun Bailey and Clive Mollart.
Shaun & Clive created the interactive 'Sound Wall' at the Royal Horticultural Society's 2010 Tatton show, and this structure
was later re-built at Stoke's Trentham Gardens where it still runs today. The duo are currently making new experimental interactive sound sculptures.
:: no.ground.processes -
a co-op for experimental music + filmmaking, and also
interested in DJs/VJs, interactive-media artists, photographers etc.
:: Peripheral Anomaly
- specialist rock & pop band photographer. Has a very extensive online portfolio,
featuring just about every band that's played in North Staffordshire in the last 18 months!
:: Stoke-on-Trent arts and experimental music group InDustrascapes.
:: Jon Weinel - based at Keele University, doing all sorts of interesting things with sonic art, interactive video and games.
:: Visualade - video projection and visuals.
:: Warped Noise - specialise in making music videos.
TRADITIONAL, FOLK & CLASSICAL
(See Creative Stoke's Classical directory page.)