The place where Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody was laid down has an immediate entry onto any chart of great places to cut discs, but Monmouth-based Rockfield additionally claims to be the world’s oldest residential studio (founded 1965) and has played host to a wide range of other stars of wax from the golden years of pop onwards.
Built out of a ramshackle set of old farm buildings and solid stone studios, it has a unique sound that was well described in the name - rock field, indeed. A glance down their catalogue reads like a who’s who.
In the 60s it was Amen Corner, followed in the 70s by Dave Edmunds, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Hawkwind right across the spectrum to Mike Oldfield and Carlene Carter.
The 80s saw such luminaries as Simple Minds, Adam And The Ants, Clannad, The Waterboys and Echo And The Bunnymen.
Into the 90s and The Pogues, Stone Roses, Boo Radleys, Aztec Camera, Super Furry Animals, Paul Weller, Julian Lennon, Manic Street Preachers and Coldplay made Rockfield their studio of choice.
So far this century, they’ve welcomed New Order, Suede, Supergrass, The Darkness, Kasabian, Badly Drawn Boy, KT Tunstall and The Proclaimers. They also developed their own successful record label.