Dublin’s iconic recording studio opened its doors to a selection of special guests this morning, to launch its new visitor center.
Chairman Michael D. Higgins, Dónal Lunny, Paul Brady, Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Dave Fanning were among the guests gathered at Windmill Lane Recording Studios this morning, February 20, to launch the legendary studio’s all-new tour experience.
Since opening its doors in 1978, Windmill Lane Studios has earned a unique place in music history – welcoming legends like U2, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Kate Bush, David Bowie and Lady Gaga to record in this legendary space.
To celebrate this remarkable story, Windmill Lane Recording Studios has announced a brand new experience for visitors – launching this morning with a special live event, attended by a host of special guests, including Windmill Lane Studios founder Brian Masterson .
“Windmill Lane Recording Studios, over the years, has always been about creating a special space for musicians to come and make music,” Hothouse Flowers’ Fiachna Ó Braonáin said in her opening statement during of the launch. “It’s not just about the walls, but about the people who run the place – from the engineers to the people who greet you at the door. This creates an overall experience that makes it a joyful and magical place for musicians.
Windmill Lane Recording Studios CEO Naomi Moore was also on hand to preview her vision for the new visitor experience – promising that “there will always be music that escapes from these walls”.
“Industries change and the recording process changes,” she continued. “As everyone in this industry knows, reinvention is the key to survival – just ask someone like Madonna. Windmill Lane Recording Studios will live on through a blend of creativity and music with sessions of recording, and sharing our story with a wider audience through that visitor experience. We’re in the music business, and the visitor center is another part of the entertainment we can offer as a business, to ensure Windmill Lane Recording continues its legacy and significance as a heritage site.”
Speaking to the audience, Fáilte Ireland chief executive Paul Kelly welcomed the new addition to tourism in the town.
“Windmill Lane’s history and Dublin’s great musical heritage is so evident in terms of consumer appeal and visitor attraction,” he said. “I think it will be a wonderful addition to Dublin’s tourism offering. I am delighted that we can share the stories, the culture and all the great musical traditions that have come down from Windmill Lane with the visitors who come here.”
The special live event also featured a powerful performance from Paul Brady and Dónal Lunny, who celebrated their involvement in the Windmill Lane Recording Studios legacy with Brady’s classic “Nothing But The Same Old Story”.
Guests also received a sample of the visitor experience with special tours of the legendary studios – as well as a preview of a studio history video, featuring founder Brian Masterson.
“40 years ago, this idea of creating a world-class recording studio in Dublin, and hoping it would work, was incredible,” he says in the video. “I looked at a list of artists who have been here, and it goes on and on. There’s been so much great music recorded here by so many great artists.”
“I know, knowing all the guys here, that this place is going to carry on that tradition and carry it on into the future,” he continued. “Music is music – we have it, we have to have it, and we can’t live without it.”