The studios were founded by brothers Kingsley and Charles Ward in 1963, by converting an existing farmhouse. In 1965, they became the world’s first residential studio, set up so that bands could come and stay in the peaceful rural surroundings to record. There are two studios, the Coach House and the Quadrangle, which are both set up for digital and analogue recordings.

Horse sale in around 1915 / Image: Rockfield Studios
The Quadrangle studio

The Coach House studio was constructed in 1968 and is based around vintage microphone amp and equalisers. This live area was designed for band recordings with an emphasis on separation and natural acoustics.

The Quadrangle studio was constructed in 1973 and designed to record bands as live.

Rockfield Studios

The first big hit recorded in the studios was Dave Edmunds’ “I Hear You Knocking” in 1970. Of the many famous tracks recorded at Rockfield, perhaps the most iconic, is Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Rockfield was also the primary studio for much of the band’s albums A Night At The Opera and Sheer Heart Attack.

Other classic albums recorded at Rockfield include Coldplay’s Parachutes, Oasis’s (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? and Hemispheres and A Farewell To Kings by Rush. The entire client list reads like a Who’s Who of the British and wider music scene of the past decades, and it is far too long to be listed here completely, ranging from Black Sabbath and Motörhead in the 1970s to Simple Minds and Robert Plant in the ’80s, Annie Lennox, Ash and Paul Weller in the ’90s, and Suede, Kasabian and New Order in more recent years.

In addition to the traditional studio business, Rockfield have recently branched out to offer residential recording masterclasses to groups of up to eight students, as well as running bespoke courses in collaboration with a number of colleges.

Artists who have recorded at Rockfield Studios

1960s

Amen Corner
Doc Thomas Band (Mott the Hoople)
The Interns
Love Sculpture

1970s

Ace
Alquin
Andy Irvine and Paul Brady
Arthur Brown
Bintangs
Be-Bop Deluxe
Black Sabbath
Blonde on Blonde
Budgie
Carlene Carter
City Boy
Dave Edmunds
Del Shannon
Dr. Feelgood
Edwin Starr
Flamin’ Groovies
Foghat
Gary Shearston
Graham Parker & the Rumour
Hawkwind
Help Yourself
Hobo
Joan Armatrading
Judas Priest
Lone Star
Man
Mike Oldfield
Motörhead
Prelude
Queen
Radio Birdman
Roy Harper
Rush
Tyla Gang
Van der Graaf Generator

1980s

Adam and the Ants
Age of Chance
Alain Bashung
Bad Manners
Bauhaus
Christian Death
Clannad
The Cult
The Damned
Di’anno
Dumptruck
Echo & the Bunnymen
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
Fields of the Nephilim
Human Drama
Ian Gillan
The Icicle Works
Iggy Pop
Joey Parratt
Lone Wolf
The Mighty Lemon Drops
Monsoon
Modern English
The Questionnaires
Robert Plant
Simple Minds
Skids
Smashed Gladys
The Stone Roses
The Stranglers
That Petrol Emotion
The Teardrop Explodes
The Undertones
The Waterboys
The Wonderstuff
Tom Cochrane
T’Pau

1990s

60 Ft. Dolls
Annie Lennox
Ash
Aztec Camera
Beta Band
Big Country
Black Grape
Black Sabbath
The Bluetones
The Boo Radleys
Carcass
Cast
The Charlatans
Coldplay
Del Amitri
EMF
Energy Orchard
Gay Dad
Gene
Headswim
Herbert Grönemeyer
HIM
Hot House Flowers
Julian Lennon
Lush
Manic Street Preachers
Menswear
Monk & Canatella
The Mutton Birds
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
Northside
Oasis
Paradise Lost
Paul Weller
The Pogues
Rock Union
Sepultura
Stereophonics
The Stone Roses
Super Furry Animals
Symposium
Teenage Fanclub
Toploader
The Wedding Present
Witness
XTC

2000s

Badly Drawn Boy
Band of Skulls
Beta Band
Bullet for My Valentine
Catatonia
The Coral
The Darkness
Delays
Delphic
The Enemy
Funeral for a Friend
George Michael
Gyroscope
Heaven & Hell
In Case of Fire
Joe Strummer
Kasabian
The Kennedy Soundtrack
KT Tunstall
M83
Manic Street Preachers
Morning Runner
New Order
Nigel Kennedy
Ocean Colour Scene
Oceansize
Paolo Nutini
The Proclaimers
Simple Minds
Starsailor
Suede
Super Furry Animals
Supergrass
Violent Soho

2010s

Bear’s Den
Bellowhead
Ben Montague
Broken Hands
Buck & Evans
The Burning Crows
The Camden Ladz
Chinaski
The Cure
The Darkness
Dexters
Dinosaur Pile-Up
Estrella
Emma Blackery
Fireroad
Frost
Go Primitive
Gun
Gwyneth Herbert
Idles (band)
J.Fla
Jayce Lewis
Kasabian
The King of Things
KOLO
The Light Assembly
Lisbon
Lower Than Atlantis
LTNT
The Maccabees
Matthew & Me
Maxïmo Park
Merrymouth
The Misers
Ocean Colour Scene
Opeth
Phil G Band
Phantom Limb
Pixies
The Proclaimers
Roving Crows
Royal Blood
Salvation Brass
The Sherlocks
Skinny Lister
The St. Pierre Snake Invasion
The Strypes
Turbowolf
Turin Brakes
Voodoo Vegas

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