The new owners of a revamped multi-roomed band rehearsal facility is helping a Lincoln pub host a charity event in aid of Lincoln County Hospital’s Cancer Unit.
Martyn Bewick and Scott Naim recently took over the rehearsal studio Playing Aloud in North Hykeham.
The pair used to practice with their band Phoenician at the studio, before being offered to take it over from the previous owners.
The studio was opened seven years ago, after converting a previously empty warehouse into four sound-proofed rehearsal rooms and a recording studio for bands to practice in.
Martyn Bewick said: “Myself and Scott used to practise down there with our old band, and I used to use the practise rooms to record other bands out of, until one day day Duncan [the previous owner] pulled me aside and quite simply asked if I’d like to take over the place.
“We’re currently in the process of redecorating the place and giving each of the rooms new character. We’ve already gone about seriously upgrading the recording studio and PA hire equipment.”
Playing Aloud will offer bands rehearsal space, a recording studio and PA and equipment hire.
Under the new ownership, it will also offer musical tuition in guitar, band, drums, piano as well as learning the ropes of music technology and recording skills.
Martyn and Scott regularly rent PA equipment to High Street pub The Anchor, who hold an Introducing Wednesdays night for Lincoln’s musical talent, including bands who use the Playing Aloud studios.
The pub will run the charity gig with the equipment loaned — an all-day event consisting of live music, a barbecue and fun, family friendly activities throughout the day.
Martyn added: “All the proceeds will go towards the Lincoln Hospital Cancer Unit, who the landlord and ourselves all have a lot to thank for.”
The charity event will take place on August 25. To find out more about Playing Aloud and the services they provide, visit their website.