New space will come with Cloudwater bar and host gigs
Online music TV platform Low Four is launching a new recording studio and venue on Deansgate Mews at Great Northern Warehouse, with a bar from Cloudwater.
The studio, which was previously based at Old Granada Studios, will sit alongside a growing community of artisan businesses that include Holy Grain Bakery, The Butcher’s Quarter, Dormouse Chocolate, Three Hands Deli and Another Hand Restaurant.
We hope the new Low Four offers the best of both worlds; great music with great production values, in-person and online
Low Four will officially open on Thursday 16 September with a live-streamed show from Manchester electro-punk rockers WH Lung. As for many of the intimate shows at the studio, tickets will be given away for free via socials.
A live launch for Manchester's newest music venue
To celebrate the launch, the studio has released a preview session with Francis Lung (no relation), recorded this summer, featuring six tracks from his second album Miracle released by Memphis Industries earlier this year.
Low Four has previously worked with an impressive catalogue of acts, including live streaming performances from the likes of Everything Everything, Alexis Taylor, This is the Kit, Mew and Poliça; recorded albums for GoGo Penguin, Dutch Uncles and Francis Lung, and collaborations with organisations from the Hallé Orchestra to Manchester Science Festival.
As part of the move, the studio will also resume its talent development scheme which includes free studio and production development time, awarded to Manchester’s most promising artists.
Support for all aspects of Manchester's music scene
Alongside musical talent, the project will also nurture technical skills, most notably through its partnership with the University of Salford, functioning as a teaching and research hub. This includes an online music industry conference to debut in November.
Manchester's Cloudwater will be supplying the beer for the live shows as well as collaborating on content that will support emerging local talent. The bar will also be open for casual drinking on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings when no gigs are scheduled.
Jimi Pearce of Cloudwater said:
“It’s great to see Low Four find a new home and for Cloudwater to be part of their story. To work with a studio is a new experience for us, and complements our own weekly live-stream events. This is an exciting opportunity for us to collaborate and support new music and culture in Manchester.“
Low Four co-founder Dan Parrott added:
"It was frustrating not to be able to operate during the pandemic, the landscape since our last broadcast has changed drastically but we hope the new Low Four offers the best of both worlds; great music with great production values, in-person and online, all at the same time. We were really fortunate to come across the right building, at the right time and to be part of something really exciting happening along Deansgate Mews."
For more information including how you can win tickets to the launch of Low Four with a set from Manchester funk-punk rockers, W.H. Lung follow the venue's socials. The show will be free to watch online Thursday 16 September at 9.30pm on the Low Four website.
Low Four, Deansgate Mews, Manchester, M3 4EN
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