In Days Of Old, When Magic Filled The Air
Rockfield: The Studio On The Farm, the famous Monmouthshire recording studio, is to be immortalised in film, and will have its world premiere at the annual SXSW Festival event in Austin Texas on March 16th.
Hawkwind recorded several albums at the residential studio, including 1975’s legendary Warrior On The Edge Of Time while Queen recorded A Night At The Opera there.
You can watch a trailer for the film here –
The film is directed by Hannah Berryman, who made the BBC documentary The Brick In The Wall Kids about the schoolchildren who featured on Pink Floyd’s 1979 Number One single Another Brick In The Wall Part 2, and centres around the Ward Brothers, Kingsley and Charles, who converted their farmhouse into the world’s first residential studio.
Other notable artists to use Rockfield include Robert Plant (1982’s Pictures At Eleven) Judas Priest (1976’s Sad Wings Of Destiny), Clannad (1987’s Sirius), Budgie (who recorded most of their classic 70s albums at Rockfield), Motorhead (1979’s On Parole), and Black Sabbath (1992’s Dehumanizer).
More recently the studio has been used by Coldplay, The Stone Roses, Oasis, Simple Minds, Manic Street Preachers, The Charlatans and many more.
Rockfield: The Studio On The Farm features interviews with Dave Brock, Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Martin, Jim Kerr, The Stone Roses, Tim Burgess and more.