Dublin’s famous Windmill Lane recording studios are opening their doors to the public with a new “visitor experience”, which tourism chiefs say will be a “huge draw” for domestic and international tourists.
Brian Masterson and James Morris opened the doors of Windmill Lane in Dublin in 1978. The original studio buildings were covered in graffiti by U2 fans from around the world.
Since then, some of the artists who have recorded there include Kate Bush, The Rolling Stones, The Cranberries, The Spice Girls and more recently Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Westlife, The Script and Hozier.
The soundtrack for the film The Commitments and the album Riverdance were also recorded there.
Growing demand for its services led to its relocation in 1990 to a larger facility in an Art-Deco protected structure on the site of the former Tramway Depot Power Station on Ringsend Road.
Chairman Michael D Higgins was guest of honor at the studios for the launch of the new tour experience on Thursday, during which singer Paul Brady performed alongside Dónal Lunny.
The tour gives visitors an insight into the creation and production of select albums and songs from the past 40 years through a blend of technology, audio-visual media and storytelling. They can also observe the process of recording and producing music.
Fáilte Ireland chief executive Paul Kelly said the new offering will boost tourism in Dublin, with visitors also receiving a historical summary of the Ringsend area from the days of Oliver Cromwell to the Easter Rising of 1916 .
“Overseas visitors are looking for fascinating experiences and we are confident that the experience here will be a huge draw for domestic and international tourists,” he said.
“We are working to develop the potential of the docklands as a vibrant tourist location and we believe this visitor experience will be at the heart of this as it embodies the theme of cultural innovation that has always been inherent in the docklands.”
Naomi Moore, Managing Director of Windmill Lane Recording Studios, said: “It’s wonderful to see the reaction of visitors as they hide behind these iconic doors and learn about the building’s long history.
“We have recorded so many albums that visitors have grown up with, and the songs that their children and grandchildren grow up with, so it is a very special experience to stand where and learn how they were recorded. .”
Windmill Lane Recording Studios founder Brian Masterson said the studios had been “an important part” of his life.
“I’m thrilled that visitors have the chance to learn about the history of the studios and learn about what goes into making the many great albums that have been recorded there,” he said.
“Windmill Lane Recording has been an important part of my life for so many years and I’m very happy that it continues to live on and grow stronger. It’s a great opportunity to experience a wonderful piece of Windmill history. recording of Irish and international music.