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Friday 19 July 2019

Your chance to live in a piece of Irish rock history for just €200k

Bono and U2 have recorded at the famous studio
Bono and U2 have recorded at the famous studio
Windmill Lane Studio

A famous Dublin recording studio, that has played host to the likes of U2 and Sting is to be sold at auction.

The former Windmill Lane Studio 2, at 22 St Stephen's Green, is to be put on the market by auctioneer Allsop Space.

As well as the ground floor studio, the property also includes a first-floor three-bedroom apartment on a 2,365sq ft premises. It has a reserve of €170,000 - €200,000.

Allsop Space's Richard O'Neill admitted the auctioneer was not aware of the rich music history associated with the St Stephen's Green studio, which was separate to Windmill Lane's Studio 1, close to the south quays.

"People were trying to work out the property angle on it, as opposed to rock music aficionados. It's not every day you get to buy something with a Stephen's Green address," the surveyor told the Sunday Times.

Originally known as Keystone Studios, it opened its doors for the first time in 1979.

The property's first client was musician Sting when he hired the studio to record demos for the Police album Zenyatta Mondatta.

Difficulties

When the studio ran into financial difficulties in 1984, Windmill Lane took over and it's where Bono produced The Bridge EP for Cactus World News.

Other notable guests of the studio included Mary Black, John Martyn and The Waterboys.

Studio 2 closed in the early 1990s, and the final band to record there was the Cranberries who were working on their debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? at the time.

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